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Posts Tagged ‘travel’

Paris by Deaux Chevaux

by Blake Robinson

June 20th, 2014    2 Comments     Add Comment
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On our recent trip to France one of the most memorable things we did was to tour around Paris in this car, a “deaux chevaux” or 2CV, made by Citroen.  These cars are quintessentially French and were made from the late 1940’s to 1990.

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Our group had 18 people, so we had one couple in each of 9 cars. We buzzed all over town together, getting out from time to time to take pictures. Even the normally cool and sophisticated locals took note of our vehicles, as did this fellow walking his dog.

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Do you see the yellow ball suspended near the base of the tower? We wondered too. The French Open tennis tournament was going on during our trip. The ball said, “Roland Garrros 2014.”

Our driver, Antoinette, pictured below behind the wheel, was a graduate student in art and a terrific guide for us.

I have to admit, when I first heard about the deaux chevaux, I thought – why don’t they take us around in a Mercedes? But this turned out to be much more fun!

 

 

Working both in the studio and on location, photographer Blake Robinson serves the Connecticut communities of Darien, New Canaan, Stamford, Norwalk, Westport and Greenwich.

(Click on any image in this post to see it in a LAGER size.)

“Individual, Indelible, Iconic Images”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Monet’s Gardens

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(Please click on any image to view in A LARGER SIZE.)

On our recent trip to France, we visited Monet’s house and gardens in Giverny. There were lots of tourists here – some visible on the far footbridge in this first image.

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Despite the crowds, it was fun to walk around and imagine Monet here, deciding on the viewpoint for his next painting. I tried to push the other tourists out of my consciousness and go back in time. Monet happened to see the village of Giverny while passing by in a train. He lived there from 1883 until his death in 1923.

Working both in the studio and on location, photographer Blake Robinson serves the Connecticut communities of Darien, New Canaan, Stamford, Norwalk, Westport and Greenwich.
“Individual, Indelible, Iconic Images”

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Bordeaux Wine Country

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We’re just back from three weeks in Europe – a whirlwind through England, France, Portugal and Spain. We spent two days in the area of Bordeaux.

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OK, I’m embarrassed to say I’ve forgotten the name of this very famous chateau. I’m sure one of you will remind me! The chateau was closed – we just had a chance to photograph it from the road. I imagined a damsel in distress calling out to us from one of the towers.

We did visit an amazing wine property in St. Estephe, Chateau Phelan Segur.

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This is part of the exterior of the beautifully maintained chateau. Pictured below is the view from the main building out towards the Geronne River. Chateau Phelan Segur owns all the land down to the river’s edge.

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Here’s the chateau label. We were fortunate enough to taste several of their recent vintages – all delicious, even at 10am in the morning.

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We visited the chateau on September 15th. In most years, they’d be getting ready for the harvest, but this year, because of unusual summer weather, the grapes will be harvested in mid-October. We tried a few grapes off the vine – very tasty! Notice the rocky soil – part of what makes Bordeaux wines so special.

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After a hard morning (not really!) touring, we had a lovely lunch in the town of Bordeaux, at this hotel, with its quintessentially French facade.

More pictures to follow from our trip.

Working both in the studio and on location, photographer Blake Robinson serves the Connecticut communities of Darien, New Canaan, Stamford, Norwalk, Westport and Greenwich.

“Individual, Indelible, Iconic Images”

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