Saturday, November 30, 2013

Le Castellet 2




















Le Castellet 2

Even though we were part of a tour group, the guide suggested that we leave the group if we wanted to see the community on our own.  It wasn't long before the group broke up and I found myself wandering the tiny streets alone.


The lady in the first photo looked happy to see a group of tourists show up this late in the season.  Near the highest point in the hilltop community an archway looked out over the vineyards in this part of southern France.

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Friday, November 29, 2013

Le Castellet




















Le Castellet

Today is the first in my new Le Castellet Series. 

The first stop on our cruise was Toulon in Provence which is located in the south of France. I took a shore excursion to the hilltop medieval village of Le Castellet about 30 minutes drive through the scenic countryside.  Originally a feudal village, today it is a tourist destination and most streets are lined with small shops, art galleries and restaurants. 

Apparently the buildings have been restored but not changed, so walking the streets is like walking back through time.  Of course, it is not at all like it would have been 800 - 1000 years ago.  It is a beautiful little town to photograph however:  the narrow streets, interesting arches,  ivy-covered buildings, colourful doors and windows are all great photographic subjects.


The advantage of visiting this community in late October is that there are few tourists in the area.  Many shops and galleries were closed, but that didn't bother me because I was more interested in making images of the community than shopping.  I was able to make photos without crowds of people in the way.

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Thursday, November 28, 2013

Barcelona 5

























Barcelona 5

This is the last of the Barcelona Series.  

As I stated earlier in the week, I tried to make more photographs of people this year.  Our walk through the Gothic Quarter ended at the bottom of La Rambla where there were several "human statues" set up on both sides of the street.  I made photos of most of them and have included them in the 25 photos on my Blog this morning.  If you haven't seen human statues before, these people stay very still until someone puts money in a can - then they do their short act that usually involves getting the person to pose with them. 

I have seen a couple of them previously, but the alien was new to me.  It was the weirdest costume and act of all that were there that day.  As you can see from the photo above, the alien pretended that it was going to eat the person and, to be honest, people got a little nervous because of how close it invaded their personal space.


Quite a few people posed with Galileo, but the most popular (at least during the few minutes I was there) was the painter, who got people to hold a frame as he posed with them.  Check my Blog to see other photos of the human statues.

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