Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Wednesdays in France

To end our previous trips to France (it will be our 6th in October this year) we treat ourselves to one week in Paris. You'd think after several trips you would have explored the many nooks and crannies of this wonderful city. I like to take the camera down the little lane ways to see what I might discover.

Just down Rue de Grenelle, I found this lovely piece of history cowering below the more modern apartment houses around and above it.

The Tudor like buildings, the roses and other leafy growth drew me further within the grounds of the property where I found a small church. The path took me past the church and back out to the busy and noisy main streets of Paris once again. These little gems of serenity are a peaceful respite from the bustling commercial life of Paris.

Can anyone tell me where I was - not a competition, I'd just like to know more.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Throwback Thursday

Throwback Thursday is not about me, but my Mother and Father.
Jack is 93 and Meryl, my mother, my father's wife married in the late 40s, they bought a home in the working class suburb northern of Melbourne. They made a life for themselves for themselves with my sister and I.
Meryl passed away in 1978 and Jack naturally still holds a special spot in his heart after 36 years without his soul mate.
I guess we will all experience the same loss in our lives sometime - some day.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Its Wednesdays in France

It was 2012 - only two years ago and Sue's birthday trip being our fifth to France.
This trip took in a birthday dinner with family in Paris before hitting the TGV for two days in Marseilles. We picked up our hire car that took us from the south of France, across the Cote d'Azure via Frejus and Vence, through the Canyon Verdon, and then back to Saint Remy De Provence to meet up once again with family.
The 2012 trip took in many other delights but that's for another Wednesday's in France post.

Looking through the window at delicacies in Marseilles
Over the rooftops of Marseilles
Sue's favourite type of French shop - no not clothes or handbags.
Cooking things...

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Back on the Bike

I know that I bang on a bit about bikes but its a lifestyle thing since I was a toddler. My folks told me I rode a bike before I could walk. I had this little circuit in the house where I would sprint up the hallway and around into the dining room via the sitting room and back up the hallway. The woodwork was chipped on the edges from my constant falls. Things don't change!!!!!! I still fall off.

How true is this statement.
After four weeks since my fall when I fractured two ribs, I had my first real training ride. It's the depths of winter here in Bayside Melbourne. I donned the thermals (7 degrees) for a 6.00 am start at the corner to meet the guys for the Saturday ride. We actually start before the main 7.30 am group for the extra kms but enjoy a stop along the way at a dedicated cyclists cafe - strangely called Cafe Racer.

Many of the cycling fraternity begin and finish their rides rides from Cafe Racer in St Kilda. Its about 20 odd kms from our starting point and a great place for a coffee and croissant. The walls have photos on the walls, all of a cycling theme - Eddy Merckx of Belgium is a favorite of all. There's the old time photos of the early Tour de France riders having a ciggie or a swig of French wine from the bottle.

Even our local Melbourne newspaper ran stories on the TdF and cycling generally while the Tour is in progress.
OK, now back to me - I can't tell you how good it was to be back out there on the bike with like minded friends - cold it was but the friendships within the sport are warm. PS: 70 kms for the today, a good start.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Winter at Mentone Beach

The wind was gusting - there was a chill in the air.
Snow fell on the higher altitudes in the rural areas of Victoria.
It is winter at Mentone Beach,
our home by the bay.

It was Friday 8.30 am when I stopped to take these photos on my iPhone.
We are now in the depths of Melbourne's winter and its hard to be motivated with outdoor activities.
But then again, its not Canada or Britain in winter.
Our weekend is looking better - not raining for a change.