Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Highland Park, Rochester, NY Lilac Festival

 It's Lilac Time in the city!
Hundreds of types of lilacs are in bloom in May
It's not just about lilacs at Highland Park
 The pansy bed

another year, another view

 A bed of tulips!

More tulips :)

Michigan, including Sleeping Bear Dunes, Old Mission Point and South Haven Beach

 From atop of a dune 400' above the water level.  I was fascinated by the weathering on the old tree stump, and the contrasting colors between the sky and sand.

 The wind and the sand wreck havoc on this poor tree.

 From the Scenic Drive overlook. It looks more like Hawaii than Lake Michigan, don't you think?
Sand, water, sky.  I loved the lines and angles of this.
In the lighthouse. This is known as a Fresnel light.  It's design maximized the light's power.

Lake Michigan.  Really!

Sunset at South Haven Beach, MI.  We waited for a while for them to raise all the sails, and then be in the perfect spot between me and the sun!

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Linwood Gardens, Linwood, NY during the Tree Peony Festival in May

The garden wall is decorated by tree peonies.

Another beautiful variety of tree peonies at Linwood Gardens

Through the garden gate

Ivy covered wall

Another beautiful peony

Sunday, February 20, 2011

St. Raphael, France - a city by the Mediterranean

The sign read:  Private garden, please enjoy!

The author of "Le Petit Prince  (The Little Prince)
lived in St. Raphael for a while
This carousel was near the beach

A sculpture on the beach

Market day in Aix-en-Provence

A typical French shop,
-this one for cat lovers!


Biscuits (or cookies, to us)

Big, beautiful radishes


Even the garlic looks beautiful

Around Provence

The "perched village" of Callian, Provence

Le Marina Restaurant in Montauroux.
My best meal in France was here!

A street scene in Montauroux

Montauroux, Centre Ville

 Cabris, France
Near the top of the hill in this perched village
Cabris church
Near the "Hotel de Ville" (City Hall)
Draguignan, France

Paris in the springtime

 The Eiffel Tower by day

The Eiffel Tower by night

The Hotel St. Germain

 Typical Paris architecture