Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Daily Snapshots: Pere-Lachaise in Paris


Next Day: The Louvre

Nearly All Saints Day at Père Lachaise Cemetery, Paris

It seems fitting that, with the coming of All Saints Day, we should visit a cemetery. . . and why not visit the most famous of them, Père Lachaise.    

This is the final resting place of many of Paris’ luminaries, so we buy a guide outside the gate in order to locate the graves of the most famous and infamous. However, once inside the gate we mostly ignore the guide, letting the changing light serve as our guide instead. In the late afternoon sun the cemetery is serene and beguiling. . . with every turn a new vista appears, a jumble of grave markers new and old, pristine or long neglected, glowing richly in the sun or withdrawing darkly into the shadows.

Can’t get to Paris? You can visit Père Lachaise virtually.

Next Post: Islamic Art at the Louvre

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We were in Paris as a stopover on our return from the Seychelles. Those posts can be found at Visiting the Seychelles  

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Daily Snapshots: Ashore on Mahe

Off the Road on Mahé, Seychelles

In Search of the Perfect Sunset in the Seychelles

Welcome to Mahé – Lost and Low on Petrol

The End of Our Seychelles Cruise

Monday, October 22, 2012

Daily Snapshots: Felicité, Cocos, and La Digue

Sunset from La Digue

It isn't very dramatic, but sunset with friends and a drink is always a good thing.

Next post: Touring La Digue
Previous post: The Habor at La Pass

More Seychelles posts 

The Harbor at La Passe on La Digue

There is Beauty all around Felicité and La Digue


We Almost Get to Cocos Island

At Sea in the Seychelles

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Daily Snapshots: Praslin

Sunset from Government Beach, Praslin

Walking Government Beach, Praslin

Sailing Along Praslin

Visiting Praslin’s Vallée de Mai

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Daily Snapshots – Curieuse and Praslin

Anse Volbert, Praslin

We are anchored between Anse Volbert and Chauve Souris Island, just off Praslin. It is a stunning spot, especially between rain showers. 
It looks like a wonderful place to snorkel, but Anse Volbert Village beckons. There are boat errands to run (garbage and recycling to drop off, spices and rum to buy) and personal shopping to do – it will still be a few more days before Lane and I have luggage again and we suspect our boat mates would appreciate some additions to our very limited wardrobe. A pair of sunglasses would be nice too.

From the shore, there it is no doubt about the beauty of this beach. 

The village is tiny, but we do ok on our garbage disposal and boat shopping. Lane and I find a couple tee-shirts and I find a cover-up, but cheap sunglasses prove elusive. There’s not much between basic necessities and silly tourist items. 
At the end of the town’s single street, we come to the art gallery at the Hotel and Café des Arts. We have arrived just before it reopens for the evening. While this was the one place in the islands I had hoped to do some shopping, the sun is hot now and I’m tired. I’d rather find our boat mates or other friends and have a drink.
Maybe I’ll have time for some shopping when we return for dinner tonight.

Next post: Praslin’s Vallée de Mai
Previous post: Saint Pierre Islet
More Seychelles posts 

Saint Pierre Islet, Seychelles

Turtles, Mangroves, and More on Curieuse Island


Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Photo Thursday: Signs of the Season

The seemingly endless election season here in the United States is finally working its way to a close. This last month is shaping up to be particularly nasty - which seems to make it a good time to schedule a trip to some place very far away from the news cycle in the U.S.

Having said that, I always enjoy seeing all the lawn signs scattered about proclaiming the political leanings of each property owner. There is something rather festive about it all.

This year, some of the hardest fought races in my part of the world revolve around ballot issues. Since we've been carpeting the city with "Vote No" signs, I think it was very thoughtful of the folks behind this campaign to use seasonally appropriate colors. 

But I am done with fall. The leaves are almost gone and in a few weeks the electoral winners and losers will both be thinking about whatever comes next.

It's time to think about other places and seasons. One way to do that is to check out Nancie's Budget Travelers Sandbox.  There are sure to be great images posted there and links to more from all around the world.