Roye (Haute-Saône), France

On our way from Belgium to Switzerland we stopped overnight in Roye, a small village in France. We found the village covered in snow, beautifully lit by the sunset light.


In drumul din Belgia spre Elvetia ne-am oprit peste noapte in Roye, un sat micut in Franta. Ninsese toata ziua acolo, iar cand am ajuns noi soarele lumina la apus si totul parea ca dintr-o carte cu povesti.

 

Paris in black and white

united_kingdomI saw Paris in the spring, summer and fall. I want to see it immensely during winter, snowy, cold and deserted. To climb the stairs of Montmartre and freeze my hand on the railing. And get warm in a Parisian café with a hot tea. And take pictures, many, many pictures.

Until then (who knows when I will be in Paris with snow …) I enjoy the beautiful memories and landscapes of Paris in pictures. I tried a black & white version. Here’s what came out (I like them very much):


romania_flagParis in alb si negru

L-am vazut primavara, vara si toamna. Imi doresc enorm sa-l vad si iarna, inzapezit, rece si pustiu. Sa urc pe scarile din Montmartre si sa imi inghete mana pe balustrada. Sa ma incalzesc intr-o cafenea pariziana cu un ceai fierbinte. Si sa fac poze, multe, multe poze.

Pana atunci (cine stie cand voi fi in Paris cu zapada…) ma delectez cu frumoasele amintiri si peisaje pariziene din poze. Am incercat si o varianta alb negru. Iata ce a iesit (mie imi place foarte mult):

paris, view from triumph arch, eiffel tower, black and white
The Eiffel Tower, view from the Triumphal Arch / Vedere din Arcul de Triumf
paris,champs elysees, black and white
Champs Elysees
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Jardin des Tuileries / Gradinile Tuileries unde se sta pe scaune de metal in jurul fantanilor
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Bridge over the river Seine in Paris / Pod peste raul Sena din Paris
montmartre, paris, cathedral, black and white
Sacre Coeur de Montmartre, my favorite spot in Paris / Bazilica Montmartre, locul meu preferat din Paris
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Champs Elyees, view from the Triumphal Arch / Champs Elysees, vedere din Arcul de Triumf
louvre, luvru, Jardin des Tuileries, black and white, autumn
The Louvre seen from Tuileries Gardens / Muzeul Luvru vazut din Gradinile Tuileries
paris in black and white
Paris seen from the Arc de Triomphe / vedere din Arcul de Triumf
the glass pyramid entrance at louvre, paris, france
The glass pyramid entrance at Louvre Museum / Intrarea in muzeul Luvru e o piramida de sticla
street in montmartre, paris, capital of france
Street in Montmartre, one of my favorite neighborhoods in Paris/ Strada in cartierul Montmartre, unul din cele mai frumoase din Paris
love locks on bridge in paris
Love locks on bridge in Paris, a very ugly habit which destroys the bridges all over the capital, some pieces fell under the weight of the locks. / Lacate pentru indragostiti. Oamenii nu sunt constienti ca este un obicei urat si distructiv, multe balustrade de poduri s-au prabusit datorita greutatii lacatelor.
la tour eiffel, paris view from the eiffel tower
The moon near Eiffel tower (left). View from the Eiffel tower (right). / Stanga- luna langa turnul Eiffel. Dreapta – vedere din turn.
notre dame-de-paris- in black-and-white-the-seine
Notre Dame de Paris / Catedrala Notre Dame pe malul Senei
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Me and my cousin on the stairs at Montmartre / eu si Andreea pe scarile de la Montmartre
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View from the Triumphal Arch in Paris. In the middle is Champs Elysees Boulevard / Vedere din Arcul de Triumf. Bulevardul din mijloc este Champs Elysees.

For more photos of Paris (in color)- click here.

Alte poze din Paris (color), aici.

 

 

 

The love I have for Paris, in photos

united_kingdomNot everyone understands the love I have for Paris. But for me, France’s capital holds a special place in the heart. Paris is for me:

  • the city from the novel “The Lady of the Camellias” (French: La Dame aux camélias) by A. Dumas
  • Montmartre neighborhood  from my favorite movie “Amelie”
  • the streets of Paris from 2 of my favorite movies of all times “Before Sunrise” and “Before Sunset”
  • the Seine river and its artists depicted in my childhood cartoons “Sandy Belle” (the seed for my love for Paris started growing because of this cartoon)

I’ve been to Paris 4 times so far, but I would go again, and again, and again…to admire the large boulevards, the white buildings, the Seine, the artists in Montmartre, the parcs, the people…


romania_flagMulti nu imi inteleg dragostea ce o port pentru Paris, dar pentru mine Parisul e:

  • orasul din romanul “Dama cu Camelii” al lui A. Dumas
  • cartierul Montmartre din “Amélie”, fimul meu preferat
  • farmecul strazilor Parisului din “Before Sunrise” si “Before Sunset”, alte filme de suflet
  • raul Sena si pictorii de-a lungul Senei din “Sandi Belle” (desenele copilariei mele, de la care probabil a pornit samanta de iubire ce o port pentru Paris).

Parisul e orasul pe care l-am vizitat de 4 ori pana acum si unde m-as duce din nou, si din nou, si din nou… sa admir bulevardele largi, cladirile albe, anticarii de-a lungul Senei, artistii din cartierul Montmartre, parcurile, oamenii…

 

pigeon kissing parismontmartre fleurs architectureHouses in Montmartre / Case in cartierul Montmartre

seine postcards and eiffel tower paris

stairs montmartre parisThe stairs in Montmartre / Scarile din cartierul Montmartre

sacre coeur de montmartre catedraleSacre Coeur Basilica

sleeping on grass in paris

cafe in montmartre

restaurant champs elyseesWaiter on Champs Elysees / Chelner la un restaurant pe Champs Elysees

eiffel tower sunset light

eiffel tower metalThe Eiffel Tower from a different perspective / Turnul Eiffel dintr-o alta perspectiva

drawing eiffel tower giraffe elephant

louis vuitton line in parisIdiots

champs elysees view from the eiffel towerChamps Elysees viewed from the Arc de Triomphe / Celebrul bulevard Champs Elysees vazut din Arcul de Triumf

vegetable market in paris

stockings with dogsFunny stockings, with dogs on them / Ciorapi cu catei

locks on paris bridgeThe love locks on one of Paris bridges. Stupid habit. / Lacate de indragostiti ce invadeaza podurile parisiene. Un obicei urat si stupid. Datorita greutatii lacatelor o parte din balustrada unui pod a cazut.

the watch at musee d'orsayAt Musee d’Orsay / in muzeul Orsay

louvre and eiffel tower

Jardin des TuileriesJardin des Tuileries / Gradinile Tuileries

Jardin des Tuileries Paris

sleeping on bench in paris

Market day in Provence in Isle sur la Sorgue

united_kingdomOur host in Provence, France, recommended a visit to the Sunday Market in Isle sur la Sorgue, where they sell antiques/old stuff.

I like these kind of markets, not for buying, but for photographing. I find old things to be extremely photogenic.


romania_flagGazda noastra in Provence ne-a recomandat sa vizitam Duminica piata de antichitati (vechituri) din Isle sur la Sorgue. Imi plac pietele de genul acesta, dar nu pentru ca vreau cumpar vechituri la preturi exagerate, ci pentru ca mi imi place sa le fotografiez. Mi se pare ca lucrurile vechi sunt extrem de fotogenice.

bird cage old market provence

old clocks market

old suitcases market

vintage old pots

antique market and teddy bear

isle sur la sorgue brocante marche

Avignon, in Provence, France

united_kingdom I still have some remaining photos from Provence, the beautiful region in France where I’ve been 3 weeks ago. The following photos are from Avignon, a city in Provence with the most relaxed atmosphere I’ve ever found in a big city.

The places I loved the most in Avignon were the Papal Palace (Palais des Papes) and the square in front of it. Also the park with the view over the city is beautiful and worth climbing the many stairs leading to it 😀


romania_flagAm ramas restanta cu pozele din Provence, regiunea frumoasa a Frantei unde am fost in urma cu 3 saptamani. Am sa va arat in aceasta postare poze din orasul Avignon care, desi e un oras destul de mare, are o atmosfera extrem de relaxata.

Cel mai mult mi-a placut zona din jurul Palatului Papal (Palais de Papes), un mare castel cu ziduri albe si cu o piata larga in fata lui. Iar in spatele palatului e un parc cu vedere asupra intregului oras si iar zecile de scari ce duc la el merita urcate. Frumos!

 

palais papale avignon castlePapal Palace / Palatul Papal

square papal palace

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in avignon

at palais des papes

behind palais des papes in avignon

save water  drink wine avignon

avignon castle stairsstreet building avignon

avignon view

view of avignon from the park

palace avignon

at palais de papes

papal place in avignon

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avignon merry go round

avignon view from palais des papes

view of Avignon

stairs in avignon france

A colorful village in Provence: Roussillon

united_kingdomRoussillon is a beautiful hilltop village in Provence region of France.

It’s located close to Bonnieux si Lourmarin (the villages I showed you in the last post) and yet is so different from them! The colors here in Roussillon are intense yellow, orange or red.

The village stands on an Ochre deposits, therefore the beautiful terracotta colors of the houses come from the pigments of ochre used in the paint.


romania_flagRoussillon e un mic sat in regiunea Provence a Frantei.

Desi aflat la 15 minute distanta de Bonnieux si Lourmarin (satele cu case din piatra alba ce vi le-am aratat in postarea trecuta), Roussillon e total de diferit de acestea. Satul se afla pe un depozit de Ocru, de aceea casele din Roussillon sunt colorate in culori vibrante de galben, portocaliu sau rosu, datorita pigmentului de ocru folosit in vopsire.

Va las cu pozele sa va convingeti de frumusetea acestui loc.

 

The Village of Roussillon

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lavender in provence

rousillon provence

roussillon vaucluse

roussillon town

roussillon en provence

green bench in Roussillon vaucluse

roussillon vaucluse provence france

porte painted door in roussillon france

red house in roussillon vaucluse

roussillon souvenirs

roussillon building

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The Ochre Deposits in Roussillon / Depozitele de Ocru din Roussillon

ochre en roussillon vaucluse

ochre roussillon

roussillon ochre mine

provence roussillon ochre

 

Video in Roussillon made with a GoPro 3+

Villages of Provence – Bonnieux and Lourmarin

united_kingdomDuring my travels over the past years I visited beautiful places, each time one more beautiful than another. After each trip I feel that nothing else will be able to beat what I’ve seen last and the next destination should be over the top in order to impress me.

Provence Region in France managed to impress me. Here you find the most beautiful villages of France, connected with narrow roads between vineyards, in the Luberon Valley.

Bonnieux and Lourmarin are two of those villages in France, at 20 minutes drive from each other.

Narrow cobbled streets, colored shutters at windows and flowers everywhere. I felt like photographing every door and window, every corner of this Heaven on Earth.

bonnieux provence maison

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provence window

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bonnieux couple

Lourmarin man at window bonnieux stairs house

bonnieux street and buildings provence lourmarin

romania_flag Satele Bonnieux si Lourmarin din Provence, Franta

In timpul calatoriilor din ultimii ani am reusit sa vad multe locuri minunate, de fiecare data unele mai frumoase ca altele. Dupa fiecare calatorie simt ca de atunci incolo nimic nu ma mai poate impresiona si urmatoarea destinatie trebuie sa fie intr-un loc supraomenesc de frumos ca sa imi placa.

Regiunea Provence a Frantei a reusit sa ma impresioneze. Aici sunt satele cele mai frumoase din Franta, legate intre ele cu drumuri inguste printre campuri de vita de vie, in valea muntilor Luberon.

Bonnieux si Lourmarin sunt doua din cele mai frumoase sate ale Frantei (declarate oficial asa, si pe buna dreptate!) la 20 de minute cu masina unul de altul.

Stradute inguste, case din piatra, ferestre cu obloane colorate si flori. Cum sa nu fotografiezi fiecare usa si fereastra, fiecare coltisor din acest rai pe pamant?!

Gordes, the hilltop village in Provence, France

united_kingdomGordes is one of the most beautiful hilltop villages in the Provence region in France.

The white stone houses of Gordes seem to rise directly from the rocks of the hill, the narrow cobbled streets are charming and the view of Gordes at sunset is breathless. I loved it!


romania_flagGordes e unul din cele mai frumoase sate din regiunea Proventa a Frantei.

Casele din piatra alba se incadreaza perfect intre stancile dealului pe care au fost construite, unele din ele par a fi direct in stanca.

In Gordes sunt stradute inguste, cu piatra cubica, foarte dragute, iar vederea asupra satului Gordes la apus e superba!

 

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gordes photo gordes houses on hill

photo with gordesin gordesgordes village houses on rocksgordes in the villagesenanque abbey gordesSenanque Abbey near Gordes in Provence / Manastirea Senanque langa satul Gordes

Dijon, the city in France with beautiful buildings

united_kingdomThe city of Dijon in the Burgundy region of France is famous for the Dijon mustard, but also for the different types of architecture of the buildings (Gothic cathedrals with gargoyles, half timbered houses similar to the German medieval architecture, colonial buildings reminding me of the ones in Paris and also beautiful polychrome terracotta roofs).


romania_flagOrasul Dijon din Estul Frantei e celebru pentru mustarul de Dijon (acela cu gust intepator de otet), dar si pentru frumoasele sale cladiri in diverse stiluri arhitecturale (gotic, sau renascentist) si distinctele acoperisuri policrome din teracota colorata in diverse modele geometrice.

red timbered house dijonhalf timbered houses in dijon france

pharmacie dijon timbered house houses in Dijon, France

buildings Dijon FranceTeracotta polychrome roofs and half timbered houses in Dijon / Acoperisuri din teracota colorata in Dijon

Dijon, France Church, colored roofs

palais de duc, ducal palace Dijon francePalais Ducale/ Palatul Ducaltimbered houses dijon france cathedrale dijon dijon gothic church gargoyles

Valençay Castle on Loire Valley, France

Château de Valençay

It’s one of the most beautiful châteaux of the Loire Valley and from what I noticed, also one of the most underrated.

There weren’t many visitors; the traveling agencies and the information centers don’t put it high on the “must see” lists, but, in my opinion, Valençay is well worth a visit if you are more a fan of Palaces and Châteaux than medieval constructions like Blois or Amboise.

Architecture

Built in Renaissance style during the 16th century, the château overlooks the Nahon Valley. It has a square entrance tower positioned in the center of the North façade, flanked by corner turrets, reminiscent of the north face of Chambord Castle

Nature

The castle is surrounded by a park with tall trees offering a refreshing shadow during hot summer days.

There is also some sort of Zoo with farm animals like goats and pigs. I also saw peacocks walking freely around the park.

A quite large wooden maze is there in the park and you can spend at least one hour getting lost in it.

The front entrance at Valencay castle, with the square tower in the middle
The front entrance at Valencay castle, with the square tower in the middle
The back yard of the Valencay Castle
The back yard of the Valencay Castle
This in one the peacock I was telling you earlier. They are walking freely in the park behind the castle.
This in one of the peacocks I was telling you earlier. They are walking freely in the park behind the castle.
One of the round towers of Valencay Castle
One of the round towers of Valencay Castle
The kitchen of Valencay Castle
The kitchen of Valencay Castle
In the back of Valencay Castle
In the back of Valencay Castle
The wooden maze at Valencay Castle. It's not that simple as it looks from up here :D
The wooden maze at Valencay Castle. It’s not that simple as it looks from up here 😀
Any respectable chateau has a large wine cellar
Any respectable chateau has a large wine cellar
The entrance gate of Valençay Castle
The entrance gate of Valençay Castle
A nice fountain in the back yard of the Valencay Castle
A nice fountain in the back yard of the Valencay Castle
The front yard at Valençay Castle
The front yard at Valençay Castle
One of the most beautiful chateaux on Loire Valley: Valençay Castle
One of the most beautiful chateaux on Loire Valley: Valençay Castle
And this is me at the shadow of the big trees in the park behind Valençay Castle :)
And this is me at the shadow of the big trees in the park behind Valençay Castle 🙂

Chenonceau Castle on Loire Valley, France

Among many other beautiful castles on Loire Valley in France, Chateau de Chenonceau is well worth a visit.

Built around the 13th century on the river Cher (a left tributary of the river Loire), Chenonceau Castle is also nicknamed “The castle of the Ladies” becausethroughout the history it was administrated and taken care of by women like Diane de Poitiers (the mistress of Henri II) and Catherine de Medici (the wife of Henri the II) who forced Diane de Poitiers to move out of the castle after the death of her husband.

Chenonceau Castle Night walk

NIGHT WALK at Chenonceau Castle

The Castle can be visited during day, but also during evening (“Night Walk”). I recommend the evening visit, because while walking through the illuminated gardens you’ll be enchanted with the most wonderful classical music of Arcangelo Corelli (an Italian Classic). The music is heard in every corner of the gardens: it’s relaxing, romantic and a unforgettable memory.

garden chenonceau castle Chateau de Chenonceau Illuminated Garden Chenonceau castle reflection chenonceau river cher Chenonceau Castle

Chambord Castle on Loire Valley, France

It’s the largest castle on the Loire Valley and, in my opinion, the most beautiful as well! Château de Chambord, in France, is a fairytale come true!

Built in French Renaissance architecture, the castle has many little towers, a large surrounding field, stone walls and is a very popular tourist attraction.

Enjoy the pictures and have a wonderful day!

Château de Chambord - front view
Château de Chambord – front view
View from the back
View from the back
View from the side
View from the side
Beautiful Château de Chambord
Beautiful Château de Chambord
B&W HDR Château de Chambord
Chambord Castle in Black and White