Thursday, February 22, 2007

Luca -The Boy


Regular readers! In fact do I have any regular readers?

Anyway regular readers of Réal DP will know I post a photograph of our Grandson Luca from time to time. The baby is now a boy and he is sporting an English shirt. I'm not sure if this is the right thing to do for a Scottish/Brazilian boy, but who cares he looks as if he is having fun.

Hopefully we will get to see him soon.

Photo Izabel James

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Panel Panorama

Panorama Panel

One last image from the Notre Dame de la Garde looking at the panel that gives the information about the islands that lie just if the course of the port of Marseille including the famous Chataeu d'If where the famous fictional character The Count of Monte Cristo was held for 14 Years. Another one for you Betty!

And no it is unlikely that I will ever make my fortune on the Google ads but as I also host other sites like World Photo Adventure I am hoping it may go a little way to paying my hosting costs.

Kate, Nice to know you are in Mexico and yes I will come and visit. Now did you mean just your photo-blog or was it an invitation to come to Mexico?

Sunday, February 18, 2007

The Old Port Marseille

The Old Port Marseille

In the quiet countryside of the Tarn where we live not a lot has been happening. I should perhaps have been out taking photographs but the weather has not inspired me to get out a snap away.

The weather has been very changeable with temperatures on at least one day reaching the heady heights of 20°C and then others where is has been wet, windy and miserable.

For that reason I have missed a couple of days and again post another photograph from out recent trip to Marseille - a fisherman working to repair his nets at the old port in Marseille.

Thursday, February 15, 2007

Château d’If


From the Basilique of Notre Dame de la Garde. Told you it was a great spot to get some fantastic shots.

Looking out over to Les îles du Frioul and Château d’If.

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Notre Dame de la Garde


Ming asked if yesterdays photo was taken from Notre Dame de la Garde and yes it was. It is the major landmark of the city of Marsielle, seen from a distance it is an impressive sight.

Affectionately known as La Bonne Mère it is well worth a visit to see the panorama I have already mentioned, the blue of the Mediterranean to the sweep of the urban landscape of most ancient city of France.

The altitude of the hill is just over 147 meters

Tuesday, February 13, 2007



The telescope is a good accessory to have to pick out detail, although the panoramic vista of Marseille is a site to behold.

If you look closely you can see where the fish market is held. There may well be another fishy image before the Marsielle series is finished.

Monday, February 12, 2007

Marseille Close Up

Marseille Close Up

The light was going fast and it looked great over the urban landscape panorama of Marseille.

The telescope was looking shiny and new and I can't image the amount of people who have scanned the buildings that surround one of the highest points of this Mediterranean city.

Fish Market

Fish Man

How interesting can a fish market be? Well the one that stretches along the quay side at the old port in Marsielle is certainly interesting. Full of fish of course lots of fun and some great photo opportunities.

I wish I had had more time to get some nice portraits of these people - perhaps another visit is needed.

Saturday, February 10, 2007

Fish Market Marseille

Fish Market Marseille

Our trip to Provence was mostly spent in the City of Marseille and although we lived in the beautiful village of Allauch for 8 months we never took the opportunity to explore the city of Marseille.

This time we had a super guide who was born and grew up in the village of Allauch and gave us a great tour of the wonderful city of Marseille.

This first image is of the famous fish market that I last visited in 1989 - how time flies. I think the guy is telling us about the one that got away!

Saturday, February 03, 2007

Wild Geese

Wild Geese

Photographed in the foothills of the Pyrenees. The Pyrenees mountain range lie about 100 miles south of us and on a clear winters day you can almost feel you can reach out and touch the snow covered mountain tops.

This image was taken on one of our rambling drives through the mountains.

I will not posting for about a week as we are of to Provence for a five days.

Friday, February 02, 2007

Allauch Festival


Another interruption to Réal DP from this weekend for about five days. We are off to Sunny Provence for a few days. Well it's showing sunny and warmer than Réal at the moment. I hope it lasts.

This is an image from the village of Allauch where we used to live.

Thursday, February 01, 2007

Church Door

Church Door

Doors are my thing. Well not all the time and this is a church entrance. What really caught my eye was the little blue sign top right of the doorway.

It reads; Eglise St François. XIV et XV siècles. Ancienne Eglise des Cordeliers dont le couvent avait ètè fondé vers l'an 1220 par Sicard VI de Lautrec Baron d'ambres.

Quick traslation; The church of St François from the 14 and 15 centuries. Ancient church of the 'Cordeliers' monks. The monastery was founded around 1220 by Sicard the 6th of Lautrec - Baron of Ambres.

Taken in the town of Lavaur. I've walked past this church several times even been inside and only the other day did I notice the blue plaque, which in itself is an old style sign. Not as old as the church but maybe 50 years old.