September 30, 2014

September in Pictures

"By all these lovely tokens September is here 
With summer's best of weather
And autumn's best of cheer"
~ Helen Hunt Jackson


September 30, 2014 Photo (273/265): "Doorway"

“Ah, September! You are the doorway 
to the season that awakens my soul... 
but I must confess that I love you only 
because you are a prelude to my beloved October.” 
~ Peggy Toney Horton
September 29, 2014


September 29, 2014 Photo (272/365): "Toxic"

Some poisons are obvious, 
while others pose more subtle dangers that threaten 
both our emotional and physical health. 
Beware of toxic anger, jealousy, criticism, 
fear, self-doubt, stress, negativity...

"Words kill, words give life; 
they're either poison or fruit - you choose." 
(Proverbs 18:20)
September 28, 2014


September 28, 2014 Photo (271/365): "Pink"
"Pink is the new navy." ~ Diana Vreeland
September 27, 2014


September 27, 2014 Photo (270/365): "La Fin du Monde"
Pas encore ... feeling better!
September 26, 2014

French Friday: "It's a sign!"

It's easy to find your way around Paris.
Neighborhoods and monuments are clearly marked.
Iconic blue and green signs on the sides of buildings
indicate the arrondissement and street name.
Some are curious.
Some are cultural and historic.
Other signs share points of interest like this apartment 
There are signs for sales and advertisements...
... pretty handwritten signs in the markets ...
... and always le menu du jour.
Don't forget to look down.
This sign in the Place de la Concorde marks the spot 
where Louis XVI and Marie-Antoinette lost their heads!
If you pay attention, you're bound to spot at least one
of 135 Arago markers running along the ancient
Rose Line and former Prime Meridian in Paris.
Some signs are amusing.
Some are confusing.
Some are lovely, if ephemeral.
This sign on the Parvis de Notre Dame marks 
the exact center of Paris from which all routes are measured.

It is a tradition that if you step on the medallion
you will return to Paris one day (and I never miss it).
I think it's a sign that I should go back...hopefully soon!

[Top 2 photos via Pinterest]


September 26, 2014 Photo (269/365): "Bench"

I've been benched for the past two days -- down for the count, 
(Yes, I realize that I just mixed sports metaphors!)
but I hope to be back in the game soon.
So today's photo is an instant replay from last September.
September 25, 2014


September 25, 2014 Photo (268/365): "Aster"

"May your life be like a wildflower 
growing freely in the beauty and joy of each day." 
~ Native American Proverb
September 24, 2014


September 24, 2014 Photo (267/365): « Feuilles »

« L'automne est un deuxième printemps 
où chaque feuille est une fleur. » ~ Albert Camus

"Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower."

September 23, 2014


September 23, 2014 Photo (266/365): "Fall"
Happy 1st day of fall!
September 22, 2014


September 22, 2014 Photo (265/365): "Thistle"

Somehow this thistle seems an apt symbol for Monday:
Harsh and imposing, potentially painful,
yet with the potential to yield something beautiful. 
September 21, 2014


 September 21, 2014 Photo (234/365): "Red"

"I see the turning of a leaf dancing in an autumn sun,
and brilliant shades of crimson glowing when a day is done..."
~ Hazelmarie "Mattie" Elliott,  A Breath of Heaven

September 20, 2014


September 20, 2014 Photo (263/365): "Towering"

"Faith is taking the first step
even when you don't see the whole staircase."
~ Martin Luther King, Jr. (Courage is climbing remaining 177!)

 "I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, 
from whence cometh my help." ‎Psalm 121:2 
September 19, 2014


September 19, 2014 Photo (262/365): "Skyline"
Milwaukee: "A Great Place on a Great Lake"

French Friday: Mont Saint Michel

  • Location:  NW France, near Avranches - Department: Manche
  • Region: In Normandy, but right on the border with Brittany
  • Distance from Paris:  222 miles
  • Nearest cities: Caen and  Rennes
  • Most visited destination in France outside of Paris
  • UNESCO World Heritage site since 1979
  • Founded in 708 AD by Saint Aubert of Avranches
  • Built on the island as protection against Viking invasions
  • Dedicated to Saint Michael, the patron saint of sailors
  • Gothic-Byzantine Abbey built from 11th to 16th centuries
  • Village with a population of 44 residents
  • The 200 m “Grande rue” through the village climbs progressively to the Abbey stairs
  • On the top of the main street starts the “Grand Degré” -- 350 steps to the Abbey
To reach the island, you must cross the 600-meter causeway
that was subject to tidal fluctuations until it was elevated in 2006.
The spire with the statue of Michael the Archangel
The ramparts
The imposing fortress of the Abbey
A view from the top
The cloisters
In the village...
Be sure to visit La Mère Poulard for a giant omelette
or des caramels au beurre salé (miam!)...
Or enjoy a Breton galette --
a savory crêpe made with buckwheat flour.
Photo courtesy of Pinterest
And don't forget a glass of Normand cidre!
All photos taken at Le Mont Saint Michel in 2005 & 2011