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ParaScubaSailor 8:01pm, 2 January 2007
2007/01/01 - Lundi 1er Janvier.

Bon, ben voilà, on y est arrivé à 2007, il suffisait d'être patient.

Mon année commence par une annonce, c'est maintenant officiel, je ne renouvelle pas mon contrat de travail, donc à partir de fin Avril, je suis libre (tout au moins de ce côté là).

Je pars faire un petit tour à la voile dans l'océan Indien. Première étape, Afrique du Sud - Madagascar...

Ca s'arrose:
Cooling down

Plus de détails sur un Blog qui va garder une trace de ce périple.
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sunshinecity Posted 11 years ago. Edited by sunshinecity (member) 11 years ago
she's 50?? omg she looks a lot younger! tell her congrats on her youthful appearance!

lovely shot

~ sunshinecity,
a picture, a story
Ladybadtiming PRO 11 years ago
well, you know what ?
I am not even cross about you having missed our appointment
your diagnosis was right
I am a bit sick
but everything is under control
I just wish you a lot of those delicious evenings
and more

[LadyBadTiming / snapshooting my life away, day after day, after day, after day]
satrina* 11 years ago
Love the portrait of Maryse, so natural and happy. That food looks yummy, I'm glad to hear you had such a great time in the Laussane Flickr meeting

And I agree with sunshine, Béatrice looks younger.

Satrina: av meg
Did you save me a few bites of that dinner up there on 7 february? Wow, that looks and sounds delicious. I love olive tapenade.

( A Gypsy Outdoors)
ParaScubaSailor 11 years ago
Sunshine, nooooo, she's well under 50!!!! Heck! She's not even 40 yet. But Béatrice is a contractor, and she's decided to not work for a while, a looooong while.

Lady, I WAS at the appointment. Where were you?

Satrina, I'm glad you enjoy Maryse's portrait. The food was indeed yummy, and the Lausanne Flickr bunch is a really nice and fun bunch

Gipsy, I didn't save anything, but I'm going to try and reproduce it tonight...
ParaScubaSailor 11 years ago
2007-08-09 - Vendredi 9 février.

The weather has been beautiful the whole day, and I stared wistfully at the mountains out of the office windows. There's been a tiny bit of snow that fell in the last few days, just enough to whiten the mountains all around Geneva.

On my way home, I was so engrossed in some hot SMSsing that I missed my usual tram stop. Instead of catching another bus or tram, I decided to enjoy the feeling of sprintime and walked to the point where I normally catch the bus to my hitch-hiking spot.

On my way, I passed "Le pont de la Machine", the sluice-gates that used to regulate the level of the Geneva lake.
Le pont de la machine

I took a couple of pictures of the Mont-Blanc, from the car of Patrick, my driver for the day. He resided in Siberia for a while and has fascinating stories to tell. The way home has seldom felt that short...

This time of the year is very nice: all the shops are adorning their windows with sexy stuff to make us buy more. While I pester against the commericalisation of every aspect of life, I don't mind life being made sexier. I'm sure I'd blow LadyBadTiming's horniness meter if we connected it...
satrina* 11 years ago
Great shot! That Mont-Blanc shot is also great, love to be walking around there. And I agree with you, sexier life is something really good.

Satrina: av meg
~magpie~ PRO 11 years ago
This last one is amazing. Faved it. Contrasty, well-composed, and I love the deep blue with the warm yellow tones. Nice!

Erica Day by Day 2007
Ladybadtiming PRO 11 years ago
love those wheels of steel
and that a song or something ?

[LadyBadTiming / snapshooting my life away, day after day, after day, after day]
ParaScubaSailor 11 years ago
Satrina, we agree on everything, then! ;-)

Erika/Phillip, thanks for the comments (and the fave).

Lady, it rang a bell, so I did a bit of digging: Wheels of Steel is indeeda record.Can't recall any of the songs, though. I'll have to dig some more. On Tuesdays, I visit one of the CD libraries in Geneva, so I'll check if they have it.
ParaScubaSailor 11 years ago
2007-02-10 - Samedi 10 février.

Lazy day. I potter around the house, start looking at packing bags for the trip. The evening is more interesting, as I'm invited at Maryse's place for supper. I cook. I actually almost always cook when I'm invited. For supper I try to reproduce the dish I had at Le Lyrique. Except for the coriander sauce, everything comes out as I recall it from the Flickr meeting in Lausanne. I'll work on the coriander sauce when I actually find a plentiful supply of that fragrant herb.
Test dish...
Supper is only a small part of the pleasures that evening. The company is even better...
ParaScubaSailor 11 years ago
2007-02-11 - Dimanche 11 février.

Another lazy day. It's raining. I read in bed, get up late, have a huuuuge pot of tea and read a couple of articles online. A quote I particularly liked from an article in "The Guardian". 'It matters that teenagers in Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, South Korea, Mexico, China, Taiwan, Lebanon, Pakistan, Nigeria and Argentina have come to despise America and the American people despite - or precisely because of - their being eager consumers of American culture.' The greatest antipathy is directed at the American President. As Markovits has it: 'Bush represents to Europeans the quintessential ugly American: arrogant, uncouth, uncultured, ignorant, inconsiderate, and aggressive.'
We have to keep reminding ourselves that it's mostly their leaders, not all 'Merikuns are like that...

In the afternoon, I go to the woods to take the telelens for a walk. No birds, there's too much wind. The few that venture to fly are blown along at a hundred kilometers an hour. The autofocus complains...
In the woods...
satrina* 11 years ago
If you're ever around I should definitely invite you for dinner ;) -and we wouldn't have to worry about the coriander- that dish looks great! Glad to know you had a pleasant evening

And the texture in this last pic is great, kinda makes me wanna put my hand on my screen to see if I can feel it

Satrina: av meg
BellaGaia PRO 11 years ago
that looks like something from middle earth -- beautiful

the Shrub is such an embarassment.....

" BellaGaia (Living with BellaGaia) "
Superb photo.
Yes, I often feel like an Ugly American. This country is so embarrasing sometimes. When I travel in Europe, I don't feel any hatred towards individuals from the U.S. but I have never traveled in the middle east. C'est très dificile, n'est-ce pas?
CollardGreens PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by CollardGreens (member) 11 years ago
Hello - I stop by often...comments are few however. I really like your work, your philosophy and your city (Lausanne). I come to visit a couple of times per year to work at the univ hospital.

Reason to comment - ugly americans. My everyday task (for the last 8 years living in Paris and working all over EU, Africa and Middle East)...my everyday task is to in some small way erase the impression of ugly and paint one of tolerance. There are many americans here with the same task...look for them.

I too have a keen and sharp embarassment for our current leadership. Maybe in a couple of years he can retire??

CollardGreens: Oops !
~magpie~ PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by ~magpie~ (member) 11 years ago
How sad that so many Americans are embarrassed. (myself included.) A friend of mine had a woman from Ireland come visit, and I felt the huge urge to explain myself within the context of this country. To apologize...

(FYI, this is Erica... Phillip only comments on individual photos, this journal is mine! Mine!! Oops, the American is coming out of me there... sorry...)

Erica Day by Day 2007
Ladybadtiming PRO 11 years ago
say hi to that tree for me
next time you see it/he/she !

[LadyBadTiming / snapshooting my life away, day after day, after day, after day]
ParaScubaSailor 11 years ago
Hmmm... Satrina, Mexico isn't that far... I might take you up on your invitation.... ;-)

Bella, kick the bastard out, and all his cohort... Better learn self-government.

Maquisarde, your fellow traveling countrymen are usually the best of the lot. As in most nations, the ones to fear are the ignorants.

Collard, waiting for him to retire is leaving it until too late. It might be too late already...

Erica, I felt the same way when the French special forces sunk the Rainbow Warrior in New-Zealand. I came sooo close to burning my French passport...

Lady, I will. It's a tree I visit quite regularly.
ParaScubaSailor 11 years ago
2007-02-12 - Lundi 12 février.

This Monday starts a short week, so it makes it a bit easier to go to work. I'm quite busy at the office, and I have a lot of things floating in my head, so the evening catches me without haveing taken a photo representative of my day.

All that Jazz...

I'll just showcase my evening then: All that Jazz...
ParaScubaSailor 11 years ago
2007-02-13 - Mardi 13 février.

The highlight of the day is most definitely the evening meal in a Thai restaurant. There is this lovely place in one of the old town streets, called Chiang Mai. Every time I've been there I've had a lovely experience. The food is as good as the one I remember from Natti's Thai Kitchen in Port Elizabeth. And it's a non smoking restaurant too, so you can really enjoy the flavours.

I went there with Gisèle, it was a very enjoyable evening...
Beauty in a moment...
Digimai 11 years ago
I've just discovered your diary today. You have some amazing shots and good taste of music, wining and dining. Will drop by more often.

Digimai in Paris, emerging from beneath the surface... in 2007
BellaGaia PRO 11 years ago
yum thai -- i forgot elsewhere in the world that people can smoke in restaurants..... happy valentine's day!
Ladybadtiming PRO 11 years ago
ParaScubaSailor Posted 11 years ago. Edited by ParaScubaSailor (member) 11 years ago
Just got back from a long week-end in Venice, my apologies fro taking so long to reply. You'll have to get used to it, though, my Internet access is going to get more and more random, especially after April.

Digimai, welcome. I've browsed through your diary in a few minutes (fast is the keyword) and I definitely plan on spending a bit of time to look at it a bit better, you seem to lead an interesting life...

Bella, smoking in restaurants is one of the curses that's on its way out. Can't wait for it! I hope you had a good one, mine was excellent ;-)

Lady, fine is an understatement. Swimmingly fine, wonderfully fine, beautifully fine is more like it...
ParaScubaSailor 11 years ago
2007-02-14 - Mercredi 14 février.
Valentine Day.

I normally make a point of celebrating "holy" days on a day different to everybody else. The meal at the Thai restaurant in part was my attempt at Valentine Day, and it was a good one.
I had planned to take the day off work for a long week-end in Venice, to see the Carnival. Things didn't quite go the way we planned it, so I ended up going to the office. I should have received my Lensbabies, but UPS messed it up. The parcel was sent from the 'Sates, so I guess they have a good excuse for having confused Basel with Geneva. At least they got the country right! This was the biggest disappointment of the day, but everything else went up from there, including an improvised photosession with Gisèle on the theme of VD:
Valentine Day
I posted a similar photo on my stream, in colour, I'm not sure which I prefer...
ParaScubaSailor 11 years ago
2007-02-15 - Jeudi 15 février.

Gisèle has a few issues to sort out until mid-morning, and we get on the road to cross part of Switzerland, Piedmont and Lombardy. On the way, we stop at Arona, on the shore of the Lago di Stresa, one of the beautiful lakes in the North of Italy:
Lago di Stresa
As is usually my custom, I haven't booked anything in advance. We find a lovely hotel in the countryside not far from Treviso, about an hour's drive from Venice. It's really a pitty we ate on the road. We pester the kitchen staff for "just a salad", and begrudgingly accept to have a risotto as a starter. This is one of the best risottos I've ever had in my life, and we then discover that this restaurant is considered amongst of the best in Italy!
The cheese platter was amazing too...
Ladybadtiming PRO 11 years ago
"swimmingly" fine near an italian lake !
you've got all the luck
and I know you deserve it ...

[LadyBadTiming / snapshooting my life away, day after day, after day, after day]
satrina* 11 years ago
That is a really beautiful lake, sounds like you had a good trip. About the 14th pic, I think I prefer the color one because is much warmer.

Satrina: av meg

And of course, if you're ever around you're invited :)
ParaScubaSailor Posted 11 years ago. Edited by ParaScubaSailor (member) 11 years ago
Lady, I don't know what you know, but I agree with you anyway ;-)

Satrina, a beautiful lake indeed, and I'll make sure I make a turn near Mexico in the next few years...

Marc, you have some mighty interesting photos in your stream.
drab chicken [deleted] 11 years ago
the valentine shot is tastefully sensual. if i could give it a standing ovation without drawing stares from my coworkers, i would. the color version is also lovely. i can't choose a favorite between them
ParaScubaSailor Posted 11 years ago. Edited by ParaScubaSailor (member) 11 years ago
2007-02-16 - Vendredi 16 février.

After going to bed quite late (risotto, remember?), and going to sleep even later, we decide to enjoy the view from the bed before breakfast. We're in no rush to reach Venice and take in the view from the room window. The countryside is peaceful.

We then have a very pleasant breakfast. All the other guests have left, and the personel is very discreet, leaving us on our own to enjoy a quiet contemplative time, stretching in the morning sunshine...
A short hop on the autostrada gets us to Venice in time to find our hotel before we go for lunch in the vicinity of il ponte di Rialto.
We spend the afternoon walking around the little streets, having our make-up fixed in piazza San Marco and generally having a good time looking at all the dressed-up people.
That evening, we book two tickets for a concert given the next night. On the program, Vivaldi (of course), Geminiani and Paganini. Just outside, on the square, a musician is giving a mandolin serenade. No one stops and there is vey little money in his upturned hat. After taking the picture, I decide to do a little experiment. We stand in front of the musician, enjoying the music. After a short while, a small crowd has formed, people stop and listen. I call that the sheep effect...

Overall a gorgeous day. So nice in fact that I feel like giving a reading on LBT's HL: it's a solid 5 the whole day, peaking in the red at 6.5 at times...
ParaScubaSailor 11 years ago
Thank you Glory, I'm pleased you enjoy it.
ParaScubaSailor Posted 11 years ago. Edited by ParaScubaSailor (member) 11 years ago
2007-02-17 - Samedi 17 février.

The hotel is very nice, and although there's a bit of activity in the streets below, the absence of car noises makes it very different from being anywhere else in the world.


We catch il vaporetto to get close to the station to a shop we'd seen the day before and fetch a spare pair of shoes from the car. On the way back, we make a turn near Piazza San Marco, but seeing the crowd, we remain on the side to reach a street and escape to more quiet streets. We go and fetch a few slices of pizza, a calzone and a rottolo for lunch. There are so many people around that we have to take refuge in the hotel to have a siesta...
The concert that night is very nice, and the mandolin player is present again on the square when we come out, but he doesn't give us a chance to repeat the previous day's experiment: his sit-in is finished, he folds his seat and leaves.

Another day that bursts LBT's HL meter, but siestas have a tendency to do that, don't they?
ParaScubaSailor Posted 11 years ago. Edited by ParaScubaSailor (member) 11 years ago
2007-02-18 - Dimanche 18 février.

We have decided to leave leisurely and take our time to drive home. As we're about to get the car out of the parking, Gisèle's phone rings. She looks at it and asks me why I'm calling her. I put my hand to my pocket at the same time as the explanation downs on me: the chambermaid from the hotel is probably trying to warn us... So it's back on the vaporetto to rush back to the hotel and come back before the parking expires.


We make the trip back with five minutes to spare. I'm quite proud of my navigation skills for having picked the faster route there and back...

The rest of the day is spent on the road, getting home.

A memorable week-end indeed...
ParaScubaSailor 11 years ago
2007-02-19 - Lundi 19 février.

Back to the grindstone...

The highlight of the day is definitely lunch with Yasser, a work colleague with whom I share similar musical taste. We eat in an Indian restaurant. I'm highly surprised that the food is served on metal trays.

Indian lunch
ParaScubaSailor 11 years ago
2007-02-20 - Mardi 20 février.

As I get home, I look at the sky to enjoy the sunset, and I notice the contrail the setting sun is highlighting:
Contrails at sunset

I count the contrails, I can actually see 29 of them in the sky at that moment. We're right under a "highway" in Haute-Savoie (the whole Alps, really). The pollution in this area is a big advantage, for sunset photographs. Can't really think of anything else positive that's happened in this region over the last twenty years...
summersumz PRO 11 years ago
2007-02-10 - what a lovely place setting! You look to be a wonderful cook.

2007-02-13 - The orchids are so pretty. I love the DOF.

2007-02-14 - Cute.

2007-02-17 - This is a gorgeous shot. I love how the gondola is only partially shown and the DoF is excellent.

2007-02-19 - Interesting shot. I like how the tie adds atmosphere to the shot.
ParaScubaSailor 11 years ago
2007-02-21 - Mercredi 22 février.

Another stunning sunset.

Mystery sunset
ParaScubaSailor 11 years ago
2007-02-22 - Jeudi 23 février.

Just your average workday. Highlight of the day: lunch with Tanya.

satrina* 11 years ago
Glad to know you had a nice trip and you're back with great pics. My favorite is the gondola, for the cropping and composition and those sunsets are beautiful

Satrina: av meg
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
Para - man your photos make Italy magic...we're off to Firenze and Parma next week and your photos have sparked up the anticipation - merci..

CollardGreens: Oops!
bunæn PRO 11 years ago
Yes, the photos are consistently wonderful. And, the daily journal is outstanding.
ParaScubaSailor 11 years ago
Marc, thanks for your appreciation of venitian music ;-)
Yup, it's definitely not only "the others", we're all complicit in the maintaining of the current order.
What can you do...

Satrina, a wonderful week-end it was. The gondola is almost an accident: the other half of the gondola was occupied by a film crew (probably reporters) and I didn't want to show _that_, but we were on the vaporetto and I shot a series of pictures without having too much control on the point of view...

Collard, I'm sure you've planned an itenary already, but in case you haven't, have a look at the web site of the Charme & relax association of Italian hotels. The one we stayed in Trissino was part of that association, and they had a booklet in the room with all the others in it, where we found the Venice one. The descriptions in the booklet and the website are not over-hyped and I'll definitely pick from that list on my future visits to Italy. In any case, I'm sure you'll enjoy your trip, and look forward to the pictures you're going to bring us back.

Bun, thanks. I try ;-)
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
Thanks !! Will definitely use this as we have not a hotel in Parma...promise photos
Ladybadtiming PRO 11 years ago
your travels make me wanna travel too !
anyone here knows about Athens ?
in which neighbourhood should I stay if I go there for 4-5 days in april ??

[LadyBadTiming / snapshooting my life away, day after day, after day, after day]
satrina* 11 years ago
I think Rob was there last month
ParaScubaSailor 11 years ago
Collard, enjoy it! Last time I was in Florence, I did not have much time, nor the appreciation I now have for the arts (that was over twenty five years ago), and I plan on going there, maybe even soon...

Lady, hold on tight, you'll want to travel muuuuch more!
Sorry I can't help with a stay in Athens, never been there myself.
ParaScubaSailor 11 years ago
2007-02-23 - Vendredi 23 février.

It's Friday, and I still haven't gone through all the pictures from the previous week-end, let alone the ones for the week... Aaaarrrgh! Working takes too much time away from one's life. In my next life, I'll be rich and idle!
Back to earth, Friday is casual day at the office, and Georgina wore fantastic boots. There were a few eyebrows raised in the coffee machine area when she did her modeling session while I snapped pictures, all during work time (technically our "tea-break"), but we couldn't do it earlier as I spent my lunch time with Nadia:
On our way back from a small unpretentious Portuguese restaurant, we came across a modified Citroên 2 CV. When I grow up, I want a car like that...
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
I want one too !! The 2CV that is...only I want one that is beat up so I can park near shiny Mercedes !

I passed some info on Athens to LBT - hope it helps -

CollardGreens: Oops !
Beautiful portrait.
satrina* 11 years ago
And I want a coat like Nadia's and boots like Georgina's :)

Satrina: photo-operational and digitally enabled again ;)
Zuzu*Petals PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by Zuzu*Petals (member) 11 years ago
Your shot on the 17th from Carnavale is quite inspiring. Hope to get there someday, myself! =)

Here's to rich and idle!

zuzu*petals - notes to self
ParaScubaSailor 11 years ago
Hey Ted, all you need to park next to shiny Mercedes is a Hummer ;-)

Thank you Gipsy.

Satina, I'll ask them. I have the feeling we'll be in trouble if we take Georgina's shoes...

Zuzu, thanks for visiting. Maybe you should take advantage of your trip to Paris and stay for a week longer. The advantage is that from Paris there is a night train that's direct to Venice. Very romantic too...
ParaScubaSailor 11 years ago
2007-02-24 - Samedi 24 février.

Rainy day. I take advantage of the bad weather to catch up on some reading.
Know thy enemy...
I didn't need any arguments to convince me not to vote for the nabot, but it's good to have a few facts to be able to discuss them.
ParaScubaSailor Posted 11 years ago. Edited by ParaScubaSailor (member) 11 years ago
2007-02-25 - Dimanche 25 février.

More rain, more chances to catch up on my backlog of emails. For months I've been sending short replies to friends, promising them more news when the bad weather arrived, and this time I have to keep my promises.
ParaScubaSailor Posted 11 years ago. Edited by ParaScubaSailor (member) 11 years ago
2007-02-26 - Lundi 26 février.

Went to work in the rain this morning. On my way back tonight, just before dark, I can see a little snow has fallen in the hills above, close to 800m.

Snow again!
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
Getting round to see a few before sleep. Thanks for the nice comments on the photostream - real kind of you. Sarkozy...better to know than to find out too late ! Can't vote yet but can campaign...

Thanks for the advice on Italian hotels - we found a good one in Parma...I'll send a photo.

Best - CollardGreens: Oops !
satrina* 11 years ago
I also have a lot of catch-up to do on my reading... This last shot is lovely! that church looks like a place I'd like to visit

Satrina: av meg
sotonrich 11 years ago
My god I can't believe I've totally missed out on your diary for almost two months...what happened! I'm sorry!

I have a lot of catching up top do, but from what I've seen your shots are stunning!

Breathed Upon
ParaScubaSailor 11 years ago
Ted, I'm glad you enjoyed the hotel. Good to know the standard is consistent between the two I experienced and the one you did. It's a definite recommendation then.

Satrina, for a long time I've been avoiding to enter churches. It's only recently that I've been curious enough about the architecture to overcome the disgust brought about by religion.

Richard, welcome. Gald you're enjoying the visit, make yourself comfortable ;-)
ParaScubaSailor Posted 11 years ago. Edited by ParaScubaSailor (member) 11 years ago
2007-02-27 - Mardi 27 février.

Highlight of the day: at the public library (la médiathèque Vieusseux) I finally found a CD by Saxon, the group that sings "Wheels of Steel", a CD I've been looking for since I took a pic of some gears on Le Pont de la Machine and LBT made a comment about it.

On my way from work, the sun reflexion on the water and the menacing clouds created a beautiful picture. I had to take the camera out and take a shot through the bus window. Next time I'll catch a bus with clean windows ;-)

Sunset in Geneva

Islands and hurricanes
Wind blows in from Jersey
It floats across the bay into the open ocean
It's a good day to run away
Freedom is a scary thing
Not many people really want it

Me, I keep my distance
I'm always leaving. That's just my way
Cool water
Now you're just another speck on the horizon
Just another speck on the sea
Cool water, cool me

It's from a song called "Statue of Liberty" by one of my favorite singers, Laurie Anderson. She's very creative, original, her work since the 1980s has always been extremely interesting. She played with David Bowie, and Klaus Nomi, also one of my favorites.
ParaScubaSailor 11 years ago
2007-02-28 - Mercredi 28 février.

Last day of the month. Another two months to work...

I'm invited for supper tonight. And I don't have to cook! ;-)
Martial cooked a lovely onion soup, very suited to the weather. We spend a very good evening chatting around the table at Maryse's place. Claire is sitting next to me, she's very happy as her wedding plans are coming along very nicely. She's looking forward to moving to join her husband-to-be. We have champagne to celebrate...

Claire and Maryse
~magpie~ PRO 11 years ago
Just coming over to say salut! Love that you took the moody sky photo out of a bus window. Nicely done, nonetheless!

Erica Day by Day 2007
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
Champagne...ANY reason to celebrate with a glass ! Dirty window or no..the lac is a good shot. We are having the same high winds and clouds here but I don't care - I am in stupid meetings all day !

Hope the grappa was as good as mine !!

CollardGreens: Oops!
satrina* Posted 11 years ago. Edited by satrina* (member) 11 years ago
Very nice shot of the lake, I love the reflection in the water.

I'm not very fond of religion either but always end up visiting the churches of the places I go to :P

Satrina: av meg
Feb. 26 shot, I love the mystical light on the buildings with the mountain of snow behind and the cloudy skies.
The view from the bus window is outstanding.
Your portraits, though, are your strong point in a collection of fantastic shots all around.
bunæn PRO 11 years ago
The cloudy sky shot is excellent, and I find myself charmed by the one of the 28th.
Ladybadtiming PRO 11 years ago
here's to wheels of steel and buses with clean glasses !
any other wish ?

[LadyBadTiming / snapshooting my life away, day after day, after day, after day]
ParaScubaSailor Posted 11 years ago. Edited by ParaScubaSailor (member) 11 years ago
Thank you all for the kind comments. It looks like the lake photo was enjoyed by all.

Ted, I ended up having an old South African Brandy. I have a bottle that was brought to me by a dear friend a few years ago. It was a ten year old Brandy _then_... Delicious stuff.

Gipsy, I'm surprised that you consider portraits as being my strong point. I feel the photos I take of people are more in the style of "snapshots", in a way to document events rather than attempts at artistic expression.

Bun, no wonder you find yourself charmed, I was in charming company!

Lady, plenty wishes, but mostly for things to carry-on being the way they are.
ParaScubaSailor 11 years ago
2007-03-01 - Jeudi 1er Mars.

Big event of the day, my brother is visiting, with the whole fandamily. Well, not all, as one of my neviews has started his first real "job" in is life. He's studying food and restaurant services, and last week he went to his first practical period.
My niece Elisabeth has featured on a few of my pictures before:
ParaScubaSailor 11 years ago
2007-03-02 - Vendredi 2 mars.

At lunchtime I went shopping for some leathers and a helmet to ride my bike. On the way, I came across a very interesting scooter.

That evening, around the table for the evening meal, generalised laughter when my brother suggests it's impossible to rotate your hand and your food in the same direction, and then reverse the foot rotation ...

ParaScubaSailor 11 years ago
2007-03-03 - Samedi 3 mars.

My brother is still here for a few more days, so after breakfast we all go for a walk in the woods, just to get our shoes dirty...

On the way there, there's a flock of pidgeons in a field of maize that's obviously feeding on something...
Cristel !! 11 years ago
Wonderful shot, love the details.. certainly with your new lens... not so new indeed ! since christmas time, a few months ago now !!
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
Hey - just a quick hello...we are quite by chance dropping into Lausanne tonight (I sent flickrmail)...Cheval Blanc is a pub by the river and we stay in hotel nearby....

Pidgeons...nice flight shot ! Best -
satrina* 11 years ago
Your niece is lovely! it's good to have family visiting.

Your pidgeon shots are great, I like the sense of freedom they give me

Satrina: av meg
Great shots as usual.

I answered your question at my site. Thanks for your interest.

Elizabeth is a beauty.

( A Gypsy Outdoors)
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
Good Morning - you are up early I see ! I didn't realize that you were 2 hours away from Lausanne when the invitation was sent out...invitation sincere but would not have wanted you to miss out on family visit.

We were exhausted anyway by the time we had some dinner! The sunset was beautiful but fog was our only morning friend. Back inParis now ...in recovery (not to mention rehab !!)

CollardGreens: Oops!
Ladybadtiming PRO 11 years ago
you did succeed in glamourizing pigeons !
not an easy trick !

[LadyBadTiming / snapshooting my life away, day after day, after day, after day]
lramiro520 11 years ago
Great pigeon photo! I love photos that show the suspension of flight.

I hope you and your brother are enjoying each other's company.

The Other Side Of The Fence
ParaScubaSailor 11 years ago
Thanks for visiting, Cristel. In a way it still feels like a new lens: I still have to think about the controls and where to put my hands. I'll consider it an "old" lens when I can just shoot with it without having to think about the act of shooting. Still need quite q lot of practice to get there.

Ted, I noticed Le Cheval Blanc on our way back from the Flickr meeting on Wednesday night (technically Thursday morning, actually). Good to hear you enjoyed the sunset. I can almost see Lausanne from my house (not the center of the town, but its Western suburbs).

Satrina, I was inspired by La Maquisarde's picture for the pigeon shot.

Gispy, thank you for answering my questions, I'll probably have more after experimenting this week-end...

Lady, they're such docile birds that they make good models for practice.

Iramiro, family is family (said with an Italian accent).
ParaScubaSailor 11 years ago
2007-03-04 - Dimanche 4 mars.

It's a rather good day, the weather is very nice and I take a late morning walk to the woods with my nephews. I teach them to walk slowly and not make too much noise, but the weather is so nice that there are a lot of other people walking around, and after a while they get bored and make a lot of noise so we head back home.

In the afternoon, I go to Très-Le-Mont, to one of our paragliding club take offs, but the wind is blowing the wrong way so I have to walk down. It was a nice walk nevertheless.
ParaScubaSailor 11 years ago
2007-03-05 - Lundi 5 mars.

Hell of a day at the office, no time to even think about taking a picture, so to relax in the evening I decide to add another knot to the collection:
ParaScubaSailor Posted 11 years ago. Edited by ParaScubaSailor (member) 11 years ago
2007-03-06 - Mardi 6 mars.

I borrowed this book from the library before, and I liked it very much, I think Jeanne Moreau is a very good actress, with a very sexy voice, and her choice of love songs is very good.

Moi je t'offrirai
Des perles de pluie
Venues de pays
Où il ne pleut pas
Je creuserai la terre
Jusqu'après ma mort
Pour couvrir ton corps
D'or et de lumière
Je ferai un domaine
Où l'amour sera roi
Où l'amour sera loi
Où tu seras reine
ParaScubaSailor 11 years ago
2007-03-07 - Mercredi 7 mars.

Flickr meeting day in Lausanne! For the past few reunions, we've met in restaurants, but this time, Caroline is hosting the meeting at her place, a spacious flat in town.

A lot of fun is had by all...
Le regard

I get home just before 3 in the morning on Thursday. I have just under two hours sleep before I get up to travel back to Geneva...
ParaScubaSailor Posted 11 years ago. Edited by ParaScubaSailor (member) 11 years ago
2007-03-08 - Jeudi 8 mars.

No photo today. I learnt that my aunt Aure (my father's brother's wife) died yesterday. It was expected but it doesn't make it any less sad...

Enjoy life while you're still alive!
ParaScubaSailor 11 years ago
2007-03-09 - Vendredi 9 mars.

I know Summer is on its way when I can see the lights of dawn when I get up in the morning...


Thank goodness it's Friday. This week has been plenty long enough, and the day ended up being hell. My plans for the evening 5Sushi take aways and a movie with Gisèle) had to be canned as I was at the office until after 19:00. I'm really looking forward to the end of this contract.
~magpie~ PRO 11 years ago
Pigeons are also called "rock doves." Sounds so much nicer, doesn't it?

Which knot were you working on?

I really like the portrait on 7 Mar. I missed the Portland Flickr gathering on the 8th... oops. I'll go next time...

Have a good weekend!

Erica Day by Day 2007
Ladybadtiming PRO 11 years ago
Cristel !! 11 years ago
Just want to come back on the photo of the Jeanne Moreau's book..
yes she is a very good actress and her voice si very sexy... I have not read this book yet but sure I will..your illustration with the song of Jacques Brel "Ne me quitte pas" is a very good choice even if this is a sad love song... For me this is the most beautiful love song.... Sorry for my bad english writing, I keep on with french... Le poids de chaque mot de cette chanson résonne dans ton corps et dans ta tête lorsque tu as vécu une séparation, ou un amour impossible.... la chanson d'amour par excellence...
satrina* 11 years ago
Love the bird shot in March 4th and the colors in March 5th but my favorite is between the portrait in March 7th and the landscape in your last post...

After much thought and going back and forth, the landscape won because it has a very nice mood

Satrina: av meg
bunæn PRO 11 years ago
The photos are good to great to spectacular!
CollardGreens PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by CollardGreens (member) 11 years ago
Yo - para...the chute opened... right ??

CollardGreens: Oops!
ParaScubaSailor 11 years ago
2007-03-10 - Samedi 10 mars.

Busy day, lots of things to do, and the feeling at the end of the day that nothing was done...


The colour of sunsets in the area really worries me. There isn't as much dust in the air as in Africa, and the spectacular nature of the sky only comes from the brown/orange shit spewed in the ambiant atmosphere by cars and industrial plants. We've had a long period without significant wind, and the air quality is becoming bad at the bottom of the valleys.
ParaScubaSailor 11 years ago
Erica, "Rock Doves" sounds indeed a bit better, but I can't shake the feeling that those birds are soooo stooopid!

Lady, thanks for the visit.

Cristel, I like Brel, he puts a lot of feeling in each of his songs.

Satrina, the daybreak is really a special moment.

Bun, thanks for the visit. I'm glad you enjoy the photos.

Ted, no worry: I'm not the type that jumps out of a plane in perfect working order. We paragliders do it properly: we make sure the glider flies before we take off ;-)
For me, the moment I got it was when I realised we don't jump, we take off...

Sorry all for the long silence. I visited some of your streams in small snatched moments during my lunch breaks, but didn't have enough time to leave the comments I wanted to. Things are probably not going to get better until I stop working, and then I'll lose my DSL Internet access when I fly away, so better get used to seeing me in bursts ;-)
ParaScubaSailor 11 years ago
2007-03-11 - Dimanche 11 mars.

Relaxing day. Went for a leisurely walk in the woods with Gisèle, under the pretense to take photos of birds, but we spent most of the time talking.

Came across a tree I hadn't noticed before. Some kids probably inscribed their love many years ago. I wonder what happened to that love... Did they go on getting married, having children, getting divorced and hating each other? Or am I too cynical?
Old writings...

It was really good being in such balmy weather. Hurray for global warming!
ParaScubaSailor 11 years ago
2007-03-12 - Lundi 12 mars.

At the public library, on Saturday, I checked out a couple of cartoons (bédés in French) from Bilal. He was one of the pioneering cartoonist in the 70s, creating a new genre of cartoons that haven't aged much.


The first issue of that story was "La Foire aux Immortels", I still have it in one of the boxes in the attic. I'm glad to see that he continued work in that line, as the second and third issues came out in 1986 and 1992...
ParaScubaSailor Posted 11 years ago. Edited by ParaScubaSailor (member) 11 years ago
2007-03-13 - Mardi 13 mars.

Video evening. At the recent Flickr gathering in Lausanne, Caroline lent me a set of DVDs of "La voie Jackson". It's an old movie made for TV in 1981, I missed it as by that time I'd given up on TV. I'm glad it came out on DVD, I wouldn't have known it otherwise.

La voie Jackson

The interesting bit of trivia is that it's based on a true story, and filmed in Chamonix.
ParaScubaSailor 11 years ago
2007-03-14 - Mercredi 14 mars.

Sometimes in life you receive something totally unexpected. Best to be grateful and appreciate the gift than try to find a reason that might not exist.

Sunset normally marks the end of the day, but it was only starting...

P.S. LBT would have liked the H.L. that night...
ParaScubaSailor 11 years ago
2007-03-15 - Jeudi 15 mars.

I've been meaning to go and explore the estuary of La Dranse, a river that comes from the mountains into the lake near Thonon. I was delighted to realise there is a nature reserve, with a pond full of bird life.


A great day...
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