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CollardGreens says:

oops !

Sometimes "oops" is what you say when you make a mistake - other times it is when you make a discovery - today "oops" means " CalibrationIntact "
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Professional vagabond - My job takes me all over Europe, Africa, Middle East, Scandinavia and Russia - some nice places, some not so nice - all interesting. Thanks for stopping by.
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BellaGaia says:

i'm with the rest of the group -- in awe of your dandelion shot
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Thanks for the comments on the dandelion !! There were many that didn't turn out so good. This one was the result of : Pluck, Focus, Blow and click at same time...
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CollardGreens says:

Sunday Dinner
29AVR07 - CollardGreens

Sunday Dinner

Tonight we were invited to the home of a local chef / cuisine prof. She produces extraordinary dishes and is directly responsible for my less than optimal waistline. My wife has taken 3 years of courses from this lady and has indeed improved the quality of our evening meals. It was the chef's birthday and she pulled some very nice wines out of the cave as well as presented us with a variety of dishes from her arsenal !! Wonderful meal. We were a group of 8 and talked away the evening...good stuff.

Just prior to the meal we experienced a rareity here - a thunderstorm ! I took a very serious nap through most of the banging and awoke just in time for our meal ! Good timing is everything !
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CollardGreens says:

SpringEvening
30AVR07 - CollardGreens

SpringEvening

A special treat today as Christian (9T6DPI) was in town and we managed to meet up for a couple of glasses of something cool. It was a real pleasure to share a few minutes with a new friend. Safe journey...

The evening from that point forward was a warm one with plenty of activity from the restaurant below. The trees are fully out now and they cover much of the winter window view - we like them as they become our garden view.
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MayDay
01MAI07 - CollardGreens

MayDay

The first of mai is a holiday in much of europe - it is Labor Day and there are special activities such as the Croix Rouge (red cross) donation drive. They set up a stand to sell flower bundles - a staple on 1 Mai.

Here we have a shot of the activity across the street. It was the only shot I took all day - sorry. We are in preparation for a long week in the south of france - begins this friday and carries for 10 days or so. I will be mostly out of internet range (on purpose) and will continue to collect / process the shots for posting upon return. I do look forward to our "MaiMadness" trip. It affords me the time to read, reflect, sleep in and generally get to know my life again. So - MayDay...only this...
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Gypsy Flores Photography says:

Have a wonderful adventure. Look forward to seeing all about it.
( A Gypsy Outdoors)
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ParaScubaSailor says:

Great pictures and stories!

Love the pic of the dandelion, I've been trying to set one up like this for quite a while.

About the Rubens style of women, you are so right. I lived in South Africa for quite a while, and there, it was a sign of wealth to have a well-nourrished wife. Things change fast, though, and the "new" generation of urban black South-Africans have a slim ideal, especially young women. Incidently, it has become a popular destination for "plastic surgery tourism", with many private clinics providing breast, buttock and facial plastic surgery, coupled with after-surgery holidays, while the scars heal... The importance of image in our culture has become a sad story.

Have a great long week-end, Ted. Looking forward to the stories on your return...
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eelend says:

we are going to miss you
:)
have a nice trip


eelend's 2007
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RobW_ says:

Hi CG, just caught up with your pics and stimulating discussions. I enjoyed your irony in the "Presse" pic, the humour in April 27, your beautiful dandelion, and that lovely island in the Seine. Enjoy your time away, and come back with some great holiday snaps and further good advice!
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CollardGreens says:

thank you all for the vacation wishes...I'll keep an eye out for some interesting subjects...posting all on return probably.
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charmante (via kindle) says:

Bonnes vacances, Monseiur/Dame!
I look forward to your postings when you return... :~>

charmante's New York City 2007
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Debate
02MAI07 - CollardGreens

Debate

The final debate between the candidates. Next sunday is the voting and then there will be only one standing - the president elect.

I watched and listened with great interest to this debate. It went on for more than 2 hours. There was talk about education, retirement, minimum wage, social programs, taxes - all manner of items that impact the everyday citizen. I switched between the french language and the english simultaneous translators. I preferred the native language because there are nuances that just can't be translated.

I heard all manner of important subjects debated with very little intrusion by the moderators. I heard the candidates speak not from printed answers but from their heads/hearts. I heard them debate bitterly at times and in agreement at others. It was a good program.

I did not hear the word "terrer" once...
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barb howe says:

I heard the RFi report on the debate yesterday. I really liked the woman and hope she wins.

I really like the photo of May 1st!

--barb (aka luckywhitegirl)
DPD: la vista desde aca
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Jonathan Riverwalker says:

love the leaves and the vagabonding lessons - i keep working on getting rid of things so that one day, when the breeze is just right, the light just so, and the tide and stars line up, i might just walk right out my door and keep going...
you are inspiring
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Gypsy Flores Photography says:

You are lucky to be able to have a choice in your leadership. Here, I just get that sinking feeling when I hear about veto after veto and the man thinking he is emperor.

( A Gypsy Outdoors)
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RobW_ says:

Happy Election Day! It should be an interesting few days ahead for France, and the prospect of change after so many years of the present incumbent.
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dda1605 says:

Vive Sarko..........and more important, vive the French Democracy, more than 82% of voters. Impressive.

(6/5/07 at 22:50)

(Didier 2007 )
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Gypsy Flores Photography says:

I just spent more than an hour on the telephone with a friend in Paris. Such bad news. Such bad news. My condolences to France and this world we live in.

( A Gypsy Outdoors)
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ragged division [deleted] says:

Sad news indeed!
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dda1605 says:

"Sad", "Condolences".........I think both of you over reacted. What I saw here is a real democratric process, where 86% of the French people voted, 19 millions of them chose the man they want for president. Cuba is sad, condolences to Africa or Irak but not for France.........
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lramiro520 says:

Just stopping by to say hi! Indeed, it seems like the voter turnout was pretty impressive.

Hope you're doing well...

The Other Side Of The Fence
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CollardGreens says:

Hello to all - just walked back in the door from a very nice holiday south...will be posting some of the photos in the morning...
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dda1605 says:

welcome back
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CollardGreens says:

Michelin Magic
03MAI07 - CollardGreens

Michelin Magic

The Michelin guide to france is one of the most comprehensive guides to motorways I have every had the pleasure to use. Every detail is there - all the small roads - all the big ones - all the places to take a pleasant stop for a photo or picnic lunch. Restaurants and hotels reference the guide by page number and even grid number sometimes. Good Stuff ! If you have to drive in france, you need one of these.

We are planning our yearly MaiMaddness departure. Each year, near the anniversary of our marriage, we take off on a no holds barred holiday. This year we have chosen a country house in the south of france - you can see the village in this photo (if you look really hard) "Le Mas-Canet" (west of Salasc). The michelin guide does not even list the unpaved road that we will call home for the next 10 days. We hope for the best !!
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Blesle D88
04MAI07 - CollardGreens

Blesle D88

Off we go !! After waiting around for the apartment copropriety to inspect water pipes and drain pipes in our apartment (there are leaks and will be replaced while we are gone - we hope - another story). On the road to a VERY old village (Blesle D81). We have a hotel room there but have not ever visited the village...a new experience to be sure !

The hotel turns out to be splendid and will go in my collection. I have a collection of hotels that I have stayed in and deem suitable for recommendation or another visit. Complete with address, telephone numbers, personal description and (get ready) GPS coordinates! Someday in retirement, I will publish this guide for the professional vagabond - reserve your copy now !

We had a wonderful dinner - local wine, local recipe...then a few steps upstairs to bath and bed. Good Stuff !

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Farmhouse
05MAI07 - CollardGreens

Farmhouse

Today we arrive at the farmhouse (N 43° 37.244' E 003° 17.077'). Those of you who have done this before know that there is a certain set of advertisement photos that go into the pub that lists the property....and then there is the reality !! We saw the photos of the rooftop terrace with a place to BBQ and a wonderful view of the lake...that sold us !! Well - the terrace is certainly on the roof...and there certainly is a place to BBQ and there is a view of the lake that a good set of binoculars will bring into focus - IF they are of good quality and sufficient power ! So - there is a bit of a difference in what the pub said and what we see when we arrive. OK - this is to be expected...and we are tolerant...ready to make the best of it.

The weather in france over the last few weeks has been the stuff of fairytale legend - beautiful and warm and full of sun. We had been expecting change but the gale force winds across the region and the rain and the temperature drop was not in our range of expectations...cold does not begin to describe the conditions. The windows rattled, enough wind coming through that candles had to be well placed to avoid the draft. There was hope in the form of 4 huge duvets...warm, inviting and immediately pulled from the beds and placed in a pile in the salon...we would live in them tonight...did I mention that the heat to the house had been summerized and not on again until next winter ?? OK - this makes for close companionship and perhaps a little more as the wine cork popped...we will survive and enjoy regardless !!
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Kitchen View
06MAI07 - CollardGreens

Kitchen View

Sunshine and wind...ok not so cold this morning. The thick walls of the farmhouse do not give up the cold very easily and we pile on the warm clothes...the sun (when you are well hidden from the wind) warms us to the core. I woke up very early and made the coffee in a piston - warm and strong. We have breakfast and are off to explore some of the small and NOT empty villages. It is election day in france and everyone is making a good turnout - good ! We do not have tv or radio and the cell phones and communication devices do not work well...who will win ??

A promise of restoking the boiler for heat goes unfulfilled...alas there is no radiator warmth. Dinner under duvets with the howling wind as a serenade...shutters flapping and windows creaking add to the mystique. Warm would be good. We do not have heat but we do have hot water so a warm bath helps to stave off the cold. Perhaps the sun will come again tomorrow and the wind will take leave of this place.
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RidgeWork
07MAI07 - CollardGreens

RidgeWork

The morning sun was once again in action making an attempt to warm the upper salon to some level above frightfully cold. No heat again this morning - we can hear the water running in the pipes but it brings only more cold. Showers are a challenge...water is hot enough but if a tap opens anywhere in the house the temp plunges immediately to teeth chattering cold...a tap opens - COLD !

Off we go to visit a nearby town to bring home eats, drinks and ready now...charbon de bois...if there is no heat this evening at least I will have the pleasure of toasting up some food on a warm grill ! Something will be grilled tonight I guarantee !!

On the route there is a touristic road that promises great views. This area was once volcanic and the hills are very sharp and jagged. It looks like you are on another planet. We take a series of shots and return to the farmhouse to start our naps...at least we can do that in comfort !

Evening brings an attempt to warm the terrace with the grill and at this writing is doing a pretty good job of making our clothes smell like wood...on to dinner !
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CollardGreens says:

Nothing Planned - Everything Realized
08MAI07 - CollardGreens

Nothing Planned - Everything Realized

Today we had in our agenda to be completely worthless. I mean - no activity other than strong naps...that we did with ease. The skies cooperated with a display of clouds and bleue. Mr wind provided the sound effects and kept us at a comfortable temperature during slumber time.

Later in the day we slid the cork out of a bottle of wine and watched the stars come out. Nothing planned...everything obtained...it was a good day ! Tomorrow we have appointments with some of the local places that make wine...
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CollardGreens says:

WaterColors
09MAI07 - CollardGreens

Water colors

We are really getting into the pace of this vacation thing ! The weather is surely warmer and the morning shower has not been such a thing of dread. We still have no heat but it is not so important now. We migrated to the nearest big town this morning to take in a market - it was a good one. We purchased some regional products for the upcoming meals and wandered home to the obligatory naps in the sun...all is according to plan ! My wife had some time to enjoy her watercolors in the afternoon.

Our neighbors (who visit here too, from Germany) are a cordial group. We were invited to dinner on the inner courtyard terrace (of course we accepted). Fish, very fresh from the sea, join us for the meal (grilled) and we are treated to a wonderful evening of meeting friends for the first time.
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CollardGreens says:

Dessert-au-terrace
10MAI07 - CollardGreens

Dessert-au-terrace

Today's adventure takes us to a new small town within 30 minutes of the farmhouse. We are interviewing villages, towns and cities for the future. We look for acceptable locations for our future (we hope) retirement. This is a few years off - but we are starting the interview process early! A real find and certainly a contender. We take some lunch, enjoy the small town atmosphere and slowly interview the town...asking merchants, fellow tourists and local color about the general experience here. Good results ! Perhaps we will make a more in depth visit in the future.

As we were hosted so kindly by our neighbors last evening - we invited them to join us on the terrace for some night sky watching. They accepted and soon there was another evening of pleasant behavior. Everyone is looking a little tired this evening so not too late...good stuff !
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CollardGreens says:

Evening Walk
11MAI07 - CollardGreens

Evening Walk

Today, not as hot and only a little breeze to keep things comfortable. We are sad that this is the last day we are scheduled to be in the farmhouse. Our plans call for driving north tomorrow and finding a nice hotel. This involves packing up all the stuff, putting it into the car...then when arriving at the hotel - take it all out again. As we have a couple hundred kilos of wine to the load (yep - found some!)..I am not wanting to leave. We ask the owner if we can stay another night - the response comes yes - so YES! we get to spend another night. The place grows on you...we take an Evening Walk.
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Viaduct
12MAI07 - CollardGreens

Viaduct

It is Saturday and normally we would have been in the car heading north - but we have made the decision to stay an additional night. That gives us the chance to drive up the road about an hour to the site of France's newest pride and joy...the Millau Viaduct project. The highest bridge in the world as of today (google it up). 7 piers with an overall height of 336.4 meters (almost 1000 feet) !! We drove across it on the way into Mas-Canet but now we are able to see it from another view. We have seen it from both sides of the valley and will post to photostream in a few days (we have soooo many shots to process). The bridge not only rises from one side of the valley to the other but takes on a curve as well. Impressive to say the least !

In the evening we ate up all the leftovers, packed a bit and then some stargazing on the terrace with a nice wine from just down the hill...a good local wine costs about 3.50€ per bottle !! Good Stuff !
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au revoir Mas-Canet
13MAI07 - CollardGreens

au revoir Mas-Canet

An early morning wake-up to gray skies...they were sad too. We leave this morning for home ...better we are for the visit. We will do this again.
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*sweet coffee* says:

You´ve captured the holiday feeling in your last photos! And there also so representative of France.
You should write your own Michelin guide : Collards guide to vagabondage.

*sweet coffee* Candy for the eye
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barb howe says:

wow these last few photos are incredible! some day --i swear-- I'm gonna make it to europe!
barb
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Jonathan Riverwalker says:

your vacation farm house sounds like my house every day - hahaha
the wine is not as good here but the seafood is to die for - you should interview digby - :P
love the photographs and stories - yummy
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CollardGreens says:

Thank you ! I have high hopes of producing some sort of travel guide - really! Perhaps Vacation Vagabondage would be a good working title?

Barb - there are (as the song goes) 50 ways to leave...just get on the bus gus ! Feb-Mar are the cheapest and the weather is not so very bad (if you have good clothes). I think you would never go back home...we came for a 3 month contract and never left (8 years now)!

We came to appreciate the routine in the house - even on the warmer days the inside was quite chilly...it does grow on you. I'll just bet the seafood in digby is worth the cold !

Thanks to you all (and above the vacation posts also) for stopping by to comment - CG.
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Good to be home
14MAI07 - CollardGreens

Good to be home

I managed to get an extra day off from work to unpack and settle back into the Paris groove. The light today was a silvery gray and as evening came around the window called me over to take a look. Here is what I saw...Good to be home !
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Just a little tired
15MAI07 - CollardGreens

Just a little tired

Back at work today and the emails were piled high. I made significant headway to reducing the pile and tomorrow may even catch up ! The roses on the balcony (where the smokers go now) are in full bloom, many too heavy to hold their heads upright....this is the way I felt in the late afternoon. Head full of beautiful thoughts but too tired to hold up...Just a little tired.
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dda1605 says:

Fantastic reportage of your trip. You really know how to make all of us want to go there. It seems to be a beautiful place. I have been in the south of France several times and I love thie region.
Some great pictures in the show.
Good to have you back.
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RobW_ says:

I loved your vacation pictures. The first few days sounded Spartan in the extreme, but I'm sure the wine and the duvets comforted you. May 10 and 11 are outstanding pictures, so beautiful, your spirits must have lifted. That bridge has had a lot of press, featured in advertisements also, if I recall, and the cycling scene from your window means you are truly home again. With all of this advance work and interviewing, and a Guide Michelin, you are sure to have a wonderful retirement. And, happy anniversary (ours coming up this weekend).
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ParaScubaSailor says:

Great pics! Didn't have time to read it all yet, but I'll get around to it, one day...

Welcome back, good to see you back safe and in a jolly mood.
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~ Phil Moore says:

Love the colours of the rained-on street in the 14th, and ambience of 'Water Colours' on the 9th :)

--
[Phil: Un agenda visuel]
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CollardGreens says:

Thank you sir...I never knew how diverse the south was until this visit - really prize stuff. Appreciate your comments.

Always a pleasure to have Rob the Greek Bar Guy drop by ! Happy Anniversary to you as well !

Yes - the vacation was exactly what I needed to return the REAL jolly to my soul !

Thanks - coming from you (I do look in) that is a good compliment. I spotted some of your boulder jumping on "Caught in the Act" . I don't have the bones for that but like to watch !
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Dragonhide says:

great stuff man... !!!
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CollardGreens says:

Thank you Mr Dragonhide ! Funny - just swooped by to take a look at what you have been doing - I see you with the ladies all the time...thanks for dropping by and also for the compliment !
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eelend says:

welcome back!!!!
i love your last shots, specially the one of 14th
:)


eelend's 2007
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CollardGreens says:

Oh - it is good to be back...we had fun but it is always nice to come home ! Thanks for coming round.
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RastaBloom
16MAI07 - CollardGreens

RastaBloom

In the office where I work, the managers are kind enough to have a plant service - I like it and so does everyone. It is a calming element in a sometimes charged atmosphere. Most people made a choice for floor plants - I chose to have one that hangs (not too much floor space...). In the beginning it was a tiny thing with only a few droopy vines coming out and down. It sort of looked rasta like to me so I named it "Rasta Plant"...It has grown into a very long and very rasta like hanging basket - it threatens no one...rastas are peaceful !

I have asked about it blooming...it must to reproduce right?? Well it has never in 2 years produced anything but vines....that is until this week. Suddenly without warning it produces the little bell shaped bloom...ok - that is nice I thought but most were empty bells. Then today I looked up and there it was...the REAL bloom...looks like the tiny bell is exuding the larger bloom...it is interesting to me and so I post today - RastaBloom.

It may not seem like much to you but it pleases me...and that was enough for today's entry !
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Dragonhide says:

Rasta Plant.. perfect :)
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CollardGreens says:

Parapluie à la carte
17MAI07 - CollardGreens

Parapluie à la carte

Today is an official holiday in france and the weather is absolutely gray and with drizzly rain. Suppose to be romantic but we were hoping for a picnic in the park...ok so we substitute a nap on the sofa ! Lazy - good for nothing - slack jawed - no agenda...so this is the sum total of my photoeffort today...promise to do better.
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Jonathan Riverwalker says:

i am exactly that tired too - but not so pink im afraid

hey the sum total is great - seems it owes a little something to eelend maybe...
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CollardGreens says:

This shot is a direct recipe steal from eelend...I attend the eelend school for B&W photography - admission is nearly free but worth it !
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Jonathan Riverwalker says:

ya know you said to jallen about being with the ladies - but it occurs to me just lately that we are shrinking and there were always more ladies than gentlemen here and now even more so...
but then who's counting...
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CollardGreens says:

I agree that the group seems to be a little smaller these days...as many are from EU - we have a boatload of holidays this month - in fr there are 3 official holidays and 1 unofficial (not observed). We combine them to make longer weekends etc. Maybe that is the case. On the other hand we experienced a 1st qtr drop - this may be an extension of that. I really wonder how many we will be at the end of the year and also how many 100% people there are in the group (posted all days with shots taken on the day according to the original rules).

I think if you go to the main discussion page it lists something like 250 topics - I feel like there is only about 50 really participating and 15 or so very actively...who is counting - correct.

I took on the challenge for personal reasons - to force me to chronical my hijinks...and to improve my technical style...anyway, I will be here throughout the year and probably will continue even privately in the future - I like it and the interaction...
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69 Mercedes 280SL
18MAI07 - CollardGreens

69 Mercedes 280SL

The weather today is a bit wet but warmer than in days past. We have the windows open and drifting in through them is the exhaust trumpet from a smooth running Mercedes. A camera grab and dash to the window reveals this example of autoengineering from 1969.

It is not a secret here that I appreciate the form and function of vintage automobiles. I am sensitive to the situation we as a planet are faced with - planetary warming (it is real)...BUT I simply can't help drooling a bit when viewing such a metal animal. This one sophisticated and smooth - I do prefer the more agressive models but this one is on my doorstep today.

So - without further fanfare I give you this perfectly maintained example of personal transport from nearly 40 years ago...a few minutes after the photo, it's owner returns and slowly but elegantly drives off towards the river. I wish it was me behind the wheel.
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ParaScubaSailor says:

"metal animal"... I share the same concerns as you do about the planet, and yet your appreciation of vintage automobiles reflects mine.
Just heard a few minutes ago: the average 'Merikun car gets 20 miles to the gallon. Ford Model T used to get 25...
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CollardGreens says:

My appreciation comes from the stance that the model has endured through the diligent effort of it's owner(s). The car itself was designed to satisfy a "whim" and not to fulfill some transportation "need". As life is short and sometimes hard..."whims" are good. Someday...
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Wankel Moto
19MAI07 - CollardGreens

Wankel Moto

A while ago (1957) a different type of motor was developed by Felix Wankel...the Wankle engine is a 3 stroke rotary (as opposed to 4 stroke reciprocal) engine that never really got the respect it deserved. Here we have an example of the motor in use on a motorcycle. The noise it makes is Hummmmmm...no burping - just one continuous sound and reliable preformance.

This evening all the museums in Paris opened their doors free of charge. We opted to visit the Arts et Métiers in the 3eme. It is HUGE ! If you are interested in the making of everything from printing presses to cycletrons then this is the place for you ! I certainly enjoyed myself and was able to mingle for hours with all manner of things that are mechanical. Good section on bridge making and a good selection of historical pieces like music boxes etc. You should go sometime...
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Loca.... says:

Hi there. Came here today and had to read almost from the begining of April, to pick it up where i left almost a month ago.
Those vagabondage advices are quite something, will keep them in mind cause they will be needed someday, i'm sure.

Now, what i do have to comment is:

April 14th
Love the post. Acceptable / Unacceptable, great point of view and great photo too. Like very much the way everything seems to be happening only on one side of the photo. You're a very good photographer with a very good eye.

April 15th
It remimded me of the year i was in England and when the weather was good, everyone would go to the city gardens to have picnics and naps, great times i spent there.

Your balcony now looks even more delightful, much brighter and beautiful with all those flowers, looks like an even better place to enjoy the view.

April 27th
"Life long for long life" sais it all. After the "presse" shot is just like the cherry on top....
great capture.

Now, I have to go. Stopped reading in the begining of your trip, will come as soon as I can to update the reading. It's always a plaisir to come here.
:))

Loca
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Jonathan Riverwalker says:

love how so many of your shots just wander under your window and holler up to you - and -
*gestures for you to come closer, cups my hand to your ear
dont tell anyone but this thread is one of my fav's -
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dda1605 says:

Hi,
Love your last two shots.
I just landed in Mumbai and it reminded me the local Royal Enfield
www.royalenfield.com/app/IN/default.asp
I'll try to get a "life" picture of it in the Delhi streets.
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CollardGreens says:

Hey there ! Glad to see you back - reading all this can help you to sleep !! Your comments are kind - thanks.

Marc you are right about the "come hither" look to the car. It calls... you arrive, no other choices.

So many tourists come to paris and try to see all the beautiful sites in 3 days before heading off to the next city...my advice is always to plan a day of people watching at a cafe. The front windows of our apartment (there are 5 sets) all open to a corner occupied by a fairly popular restaurant and that provides me with a constantly changing view...I find it interesting. Thanks for the compliment - please pull up a chair and look a while... *pffft (never pop!) goes the champagne cork.

British influenced bikes like the enfield all have such a wonderful trumpet...please grab a photo of one in action if you have the chance - I would love it. Safe travels.
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RobW_ says:

That is a classic shot of a classic car, gleaming in the street below.
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barb howe says:

wow that mercedes is certainly impressive. looks like a model from this perspective
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eelend says:

that motorbike is very elegant
i like it very much


eelend's 2007
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CollardGreens says:

Its a good un Rob...would love to drive it !

The evening light caught the champagne paint job with flair don't you think?

The bike is really nothing special but the lighting that evening was right on for good contrast. Thanks for the comment on the gears - that one almost made it here !
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CollardGreens says:

CoverUp
20MAI07 - CollardGreens

CoverUp

Today was filled with weather not worthy of a look outside ! Cold, rainy, no light and (on my part) certainly no initiative...stayed in my pajamas all day !! Loved every minute of it. So sorry for the dull shot but that is what the day turned out to be - dull and damn well worth it !
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Dragonhide says:

beautiful motorcycle.
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CollardGreens says:

Napolean Lives Here
21MAI07 - CollardGreens

Napolean Lives Here

Yep he does - he is surely dead but he does live here now !

After the completely unusable day yesterday, mother earth apologized with a lousy morning BUT a completely beautiful afternoon/evening. We took a nice long walk, camera in tow, and this is what we found. Les Invalides is a combination of buildings...hospital, military museum, chapel and dome. Good place to visit and the museum is a must... Nice walk ...and now to some additional decompression by way of a digestive and after dinner conversation. nite.
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CollardGreens says:

Thanks !!
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Jonathan Riverwalker says:

i just read a short story by ?? about what if napoleon had been in jail when he was supposed to be taking over ... course i knew nothing about him before i read it and now have to do some research and read it again i think - good to know he is still alive even if he is dead - ok - im confused

i too took some serious TIME OOUT this weekend - need more of that i think...
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dda1605 says:

Ah the beautiful Invalides. What an inconvenient name for such a beautiful building.
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CollardGreens says:

I have heard the tales around the lunch table at work...curious fellow this corseican. The museum has on display the casket used to transport the rather smallish body back to Paris...the casket used in the tomb is large by anyone's standard - I guess this is part of the "Napolean complex" ?

From what I read...you burn the candle at both ends - good to take down time - I can tell you we did absolutely nothing more than breathe and read this past sunday ! I plan to do it again in the near future...we are after all adults and can do what we want right ??

The real beauty of this complex for me is the fact that old soldiers still live there...you see them on nice afternoons. There is a broad promenade around the outer walls and this is where we see the veterans. Thanks -
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ItinerArts says:

Nice contrast & shadows. I miss Paris....

www.flickr.com/groups/2007/discuss/72157594528937014/
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eelend says:

wow that's amazing


eelend's 2007
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CollardGreens says:

Thanks !! This is a city of light as the song goes...I find the shadows underappreciated !
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CollardGreens says:

2205
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2205

A long, long time ago in a land far, far away...we stood in the evening light with our backs to the sea. The question was asked twice with the same answer both times. With this image in my mind each 22 Mai, I find a new appreciation for our time together. I look forward to each new anniversary with the anticipation that there will be another.
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ebilflindas says:

*sigh*
That rose seems to grow sharper and sharper in focus the longer I stare at it--and it seems to come right off the screen!

Happy Anniversary, Ted, and to your wife!
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RobW_ says:

Happy Anniversary! Ours was on Sunday. That is a beautiful sliky rose, appropriate to the occasion, and you had splendid sunlight on the dome of Les Invalides the previous day.
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dda1605 says:

Ours was on the 18th. May seems to be a great month for lovers.....
My friend, I have a pic. for you........I'll be back on friday.
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barb howe says:

yeah Happy Anniversary Collards! My friend just had a beach wedding down in Costa Rica ("backs to the sea"). The roses are beautiful!
--barb
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Jonathan Riverwalker says:

life love and roses do have a way of sucking one in - all the best
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Dragonhide says:

Happy Anniversary... That is a stunningly beautiful capture of the rose, I love what you did with the light.
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CollardGreens says:

It was a very nice evening - thank you...the roses were well appreciated !

Happy Anniversary Rob (and better half)...thanks for coming by.

Happy Anniversary to you and yours as well Didier ! Do I hear a motor in the photo ??

South Jax Beach - with family and friends we stole a moment at sunset...really a nice venue...thanks for the wishes.

Roses are an easy way to tell them you care ! Thanks for stopping off...

Thanks Jallen...I used a "white card" held under the on camera flash (aimed light at ceiling) rather than an off camera source...worked out well!
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eelend says:

my best wishes
:)




eelend's 2007
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CollardGreens says:

Many thanks ! I hope you didn't get any sand in places where you shouldn't get any sand ... ;-)

!! thanks...
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CollardGreens says:

Retirement
23MAI07 - CollardGreens

Retirement

I have been asked to create a video for a friend who leaves this workplace and moves to retirement. She of course will not completely retire as it is not her style. It takes a long time and software is full of hiccups. The video will be done on time but it takes all my attention...I want a MAC !
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Mind The Gap
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Mind The Gap

Today finds me on a dash to the north. London is a mere 2:25 away from Paris on the Eurostar so it is possible to make a round trip in a day. I finished the work I went to accomplish and had an hour to kill before my train. The London Eye is just next door to Waterloo station so I took a few minutes to cool my heels.

This is a very good way to see London but the crowds lined up to ride make you think. Europe is seeing a return of N America tourism even in the light of 1£ = 2$ and 1€ = 1.35$. Should be good for the merchants but really really bad on business travel...the professional vagabond has to wait...

"Mind the Gap" is a constant recording that you hear on the London tube system...annoying, certainly but every day 3 tourists do not mind the gap and fall in the crack between platform and traincar...Mind The Gap.
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Gypsy Flores Photography says:

Love todays photo. Wonderful perspective.
I always have to remember to mind the gap. When I go downstairs or down a ladder I have to consciously tell myself to step on each stair (or rung) otherwise I will just jump right off into space.
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CollardGreens says:

I know what you mean. I wear variable lenses and the strongest magnification is in the down direction where you read...it is very hard to even walk down stairs so I too slow for these descending manuevers. Jumping into space doesn't worry me - it is landing into floor !! Thanks for stopping by.

Having read this far you can understand that I appreciate the warning ! The tube system in London is of course one of the pioneer underground transport systems that has been copied and made better throughout the world. It is an "elegant old lady in a tattered dress". It is however under renovation (closed stations and strange rerouting - bad for vagabond pro). Mind The Gap.
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Pensif
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Pensif

Today was a curious one. First light was bright sunshine then in the afternoon there were severe thunderstorms. This is unusual for Paris as our rain is normally of a softer nature. The storms were loud with lots of electricity and flashes of light. I went out on to the balcon at work and was promptly met with a spray of rain - retreating quickly to the dry interior...so what does all this have to do with Pensif ? Not too much really.

I have to admit something. I am of neutral opinion when it comes to personal pets. That is to say I would not search out (at this time in my life) the companionship of an animal but understand if you do. So into the office bounds this young brown labrador...and the storm breaks...coincidence ?? Anyway - I found her color and the expression on her face interesting. Here we go: clap thunder, snap photo - and she seemed to say: "Whats going on here?".

There are those who think I am not fond of animals. It is true I do not live with any. I do not dislike them however I just wish they would not try to lick me...you know why. Perhaps this will soften in my old age...
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RobW_ says:

Wonderful capture of the longing expression on the dog's face. And an interesting angle on the London Eye. Ah yes, "Mind The Gap" (I can hear that announcement in my mind's ear now).
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CollardGreens says:

Funny Rob - you were posting to me as I was posting to you...good morning.
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dda1605 says:

I understand from friends in Paris that you had an interesting weather for the last 2 days. May be the dog wants to say : On est fin Mai, c'est quoi ce temps de M.....?

(Didier 2007 )
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barb howe says:

awww.... he is sooooo cute! was he lost? was he scared of the storm? are you gonna keep him? :I'm the opposite of you. I love animals and always end up living with several even when I try not to. I can't help it. They look at you like that and want something you have --well, you just gotta give it to 'em! lol... I think he's beautifull. You should keep him. You've already taken your first great portrait of him!

--barb
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CollardGreens says:

It is true - the end of mai is a time of uncertainty concerning the weather. BTW - Thanks much for the machinery photo - good street scene with it as well !

Hey Barb - yes he is a rather convival animal however he does live with a colleague who brought him to work for the day. Its ok to do that here - no one seems to mind and the dogs are generally well behaved. Dogs in particular enjoy a status of being welcome in almost all establishments, restaurants and if carried they are even welcome on the metro.

How is that new lens?
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CollardGreens says:

Touch
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Touch

Gypsy (La Maquisarde) posted a photo of "touch" a couple of days ago and it has been on my mind ever since. Touch - we all use it to articulate an emotion, message or feeling that we are trying to convey. The kindly touch of an elder to the shoulder of a child...holding hands walking down the street...the back of your lovers hand as it strokes your cheek.

I'm talking about the positive uses of touch in relationships. We will avoid the discussion of "touching" in anger here as I am trying to paint the uplifting.

I knew a nurse long ago who wrote a masters thesis on the subject of "hand holding" in the intensive care unit. Her study looked at legnth of stay between a group that recieved regular and long hand holding to that of a similar group who received none. Of course the hand held group had a shorter period of time in the ICU.

So I urge you to immediately take a few moments and touch someone you love. Let me know how it works out !
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dda1605 says:

It is my wife birthday today so it was easy to take your advice.
great picture by the way

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