A WEEKEND IN FRANCE

We went for a weekend to France, to Dunkerque to be exact, it is just past the Belgian border in the North-West of France and by the North sea.

We took the dog with us and that turned out to be quite a handicap as the world is not really dog friendly, you can not visit one museum and in a lot of places you are not welcome with a dog, not even a tiny one. So we did a lot of walking and sightseeing.

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THERE WAS THIS BEAUTIFUL SHIP IN THE HARBOUR

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WE WANTED TO SEE MORE OF IT SO WE WENT CLOSER TO INVESTIGATE IT

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IT TURNED OUT TO BE A HISTORICAL PROTECTED MONUMENT THAT YOU COULD VISIT ON THE INSIDE, ALAS IT WAS NOT POSSIBLE WITH THE DOG BUT WE WERE IMPRESSED WITH HOW IT LOOKED ON THE OUTSIDE

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IT MUST HAVE BEEN QUITE A JOB TO GET IT TO SAIL !!!! LOOK AT ALL THOSE CABLES !!!

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WE THOUGHT IT WAS A REAL GEM, BUILT IN 1901 AND IT WAS CALLED DUTCHESS ANNE AND IT WAS GERMAN BUT NOW IT WAS A MUSEUM

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ANOTHER VIEW ON THE HARBOUR WHERE THERE WERE LOTS OF PLEASURE BOATS FROM ALL OVER EUROPE

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OLD BUT BEAUTIFUL BUILDINGS

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I LOVED THIS BLUE DOOR AND THE LOVELY BOXWOOD TOPIARY

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WE TOOK OUR DOG FOR A WALK ON THE BEACH, IT WAS RATHER COLD AND WINDY BUT HE LOVED IT

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YOU CAN SEE THERE WERE NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE VISITING

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ALTHOUGH SOME WERE VERY BRAVE !!!

Thanks for stopping by ! Have fun in your garden or on your holidays !

 

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OLD BUT BEAUTIFUL part 3

Isn’t time flying these last days of 2013 ! We had no real Winter days yet, except for a few light night frosts, not that I am complaining !

The sun is shining today so I’ll try and take a few pictures from the garden today. But first I’ll continue with the tree’s series that I started a while back. I met some pretty amazing tree’s on my travels and as I know some of you like tree’s as much as I do I want to share my pictures with you.

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THIS IS A EUCALYPTUS TREE, YOU FIND THEM EVERYWHERE IN FRANCE AND NOW THEY ARE POPULAR IN BELGIUM TOO, ALAS THEY ARE NOT ALWAYS WINTERHARDY OVER HERE

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ANOTHER EUCALYPTUS

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THE BARK OF A PALMTREE IN MONACO

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I FELL IN LOVE WITH THIS TREE THE MOMENT I SAW IT IN THE JARDIN EXOTIC IN MONACO

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THIS IS A CLOSE UP OF THE BARK, ISN’T IT STUNNING !!!!???

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HOW ABOUT THIS ONE ? LOOKS LIKE TE PAW OF AN ELEPHANT ! ALSO TAKEN IN MONACO

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THIS IS A CACTUS TREE, THE FIRST CACTUS TREE I SAW IN MY LIFE, I DIDN’T KNOW OPUNTIA’S COULD GET REAL TREE STEMS !

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A HUGE JADE TREE WITH A LOVELY STEM

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ANOTHER CACTUS TREE IN MONACO

The following pictures were taken in the south of France, I found these old pine tree’s quite impressive.

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With this pictures I’ll end the old but beautiful tree’s series but I’ll continue to photograph them and in the future I’ll do more of the tree’s series.

I wish you all a very happy and beautiful new year with lots of fun and inspiration in whatever it is you are doing and I want to thank you all for visiting my blog and commenting on it, I really appreciate it !!!

 

LA DOUCE FRANCE : LAST DAY

All too soon we had one last day to fill before we had to go back home. We looked for a zoo in the area of La Garde-Freinet where we stayed in a beautiful B&B called le Mouron Rouge, and we found one a few kilometers further, it was a little gem !

It was a small zoo and all we knew was that it was called “exotic zoo”, and it was exotic ! Most of the animals there were exotic birds but there were monkeys and kangaroo’s, goats and deer as well BUT what made it so special for me was that the planting there consisted of bamboo, cacti and succulents !!! My favorites !!! The sun was shining, there were only a few people there and we enjoyed every minute of it. We fought for the camera as my hub wanted to take a picture of all the birds !!! and I wanted a picture of all the cacti and   succulents ! We definitely need another good camera !

Here are some of the pictures we took.

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THESE STATUES ARE MADE OF SPECIAL WOOD BY SOME AUSTRALIAN TRIBE WHO LIVE ON A SMALL AUTRALIAN ISLAND, THEY HAD QUITE A FEW OF THEM

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A BALI SPARROW, THERE ARE MORE OF THEM IN CAPTIVITY THAN THERE ARE IN THE WILD AS THEY LIVE ONLY IN BALI IN THE WILD

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THERE WERE LOTS AND LOTS OF HORNBILL BIRDS

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THESE LITTLE GUYS WERE ABSOLUTELY ADORABLE !!!!!

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THE CAGES WERE BIG AND CLEAN BUT I AM NOT A FAN OF CAGED ANIMALS ALAS NOT EVERY ONE HAS THE MONEY TO GO AND SEE ANIMALS IN THE WILD SO FOR EDUCATIONAL PURPOSES IF THEY ARE WELL KEPT AND IN LARGE CAGES…..

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I THOUGHT THIS SMALL REE HAD BEAUTIFUL FOLIAGE, A GUM TREE MAYBE , IT DIDN’T HAVE A NAME TAG

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FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO UNDERSTAND FRENCH :THIS WAS A FUNNY SIGN

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BEAUTIFUL YELLOW BAMBOO STEMS

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A BEAUTIFUL PHEASANT

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LOVELY SILVER GREY FOLIAGE

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BATHING IN THE SUN

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AND THIS IS THE MOTHER OF SOME OF MY FUTURE OPUNTIA’S, THERE WERE A LOT OF FRUITS ON THE GROUND SO I TOOK ONE AND THE SEEDS ARE NOW DRYING AND WILL BE SOWN IN SPRING

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THE END

I hope you enjoyed the series of La Douce France, I still have lots of pictures to show you but that will be for later.

Have a great weekend all and enjoy your gardens wether it is Spring or Autumn where you live !

And thanks for stopping by, I really appreciate it !

LA DOUCE FRANCE : MONACO

The day we visited the tropical garden in Monaco (le jardin tropical de Monaco) was for me the most beautiful day of our holiday in France !!! This garden was built against the slopes of a mountain and what grows against mountains in a warm climate ???? right : cacti and succulents !!! It was magic as soon as we entered the garden, I didn’t know where to look first and what to photograph as I felt like a child in a sweet shop. There were cacti and succulents everywhere and then that environment !!! We had a look over the mediterranean sea and Monaco, it was breath-taking really !!!! It was also a perfect day for a visit to this garden, the sky was blue and the sea was blue and the sun was shining, what more can you want ???!!! I was overwhelmed but happy !

But please look for yourselves, I took loads of pictures to show to you.

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THIS BEAUTIFUL TREE WAS AT THE ENTRANCE OF THE GARDEN, BEHIND THE TREE YOU CAN SEE A BIT OF THE SEA IN THE BACKGROUND

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CEIBA INSIGNA SAID THE LABEL, I’VE NEVER SEEN A TREE LIKE THIS ONE, I FELL IN LOVE WITH IT IMEDIATLY

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A VIEW OVER THE SEA FROM THE GARDEN, LOOK AT ALL THE YACHTS !

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A BEAUTIFUL AGAVE

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A CACTI STILL LIFE

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A BUNCH OF AGAVE STRICTA

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GOLDEN BARRELS, WE CALL THEM “MOTHER-IN-LAW’S CHAIRS”

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GARDENS ON TOP OF THE APARTMENTS ARE EVERYWHERE

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ON THE RIGHT SIGHT IN THE BACK YOU SEE A CEMETARY

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LOOK AT THIS YUCCA STEM !!! IN THE BACK YOU SEE A BIG JADE PLANT AND SOME GOLDEN BARRELS

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AGAVE VICTORIA REGINAE, ONE OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL AGAVES FOR ME

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ANOTHER BEAUTIFUL STEM !

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A HUGE OPUNTIA, LOOK AT THIS STEM, IT TURNED INTO WOOD LIKE A REAL TREE STEM !!!

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A THORNY EUPHORBIA IN BLOOM

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SMALLER SUCCULENTS ARE PLANTED EVERYWHERE BETWEEN THE BIGGER PLANTS

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ANOTHER EUPHORBIA

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PORTULACARIA’S WERE EVERY WHERE, EVEN N THE SHAPE OF HEDGES

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OH IF ONLY THIS COULD BE MY GARDEN !!!!!!……….

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A CRISTATA FORM

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A CACTUS FRUIT AS BIG AS AN ORANGE

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ANOTHER PRICKLY CRISTATA FORMED BEAUTY

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A FEW OF THE BIG BOYS

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A FEW LITTLE GEMS

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WHY OH WHY CAN’T I GROW THIS IN MY GARDEN ???

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AN ARCHE MADE OF PORTULACARIA

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ANOTHER GARDEN ON TOP OF A FLAT

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MORE ROOFGARDENS

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LOOK AT THE STEM OF THIS JADE PLANT !!!

I HOPE YOU ENJOY THIS AS MUCH AS I DID ! In reality it looked a lot more beautiful than what I can show you here with my pictures ofcourse. Thanks for stopping by and have a great week !

LA DOUCE FRANCE : PEROUGES 2

Today I’ll show you the beauty of Pérouges, a medieval town in France, all the buildings are made between the 12 th and 15 th century, the buildings were restaured several times over the centuries of course but it is protected by the government. It really is a little gem !

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THE ENTRANCE OF THE TOWN, ALL THE STREETS STILL HAVE COBBLESTONES

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THE 12TH CENTURY CHURCH

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BEHIND THE GERANIUMS IS A PUB, WE HAD COFFEE AND HOT CHOCOLATE THERE

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THE STREETS WERE VERY NARROW

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THIS WAS PART OF AN OLD WINE PRESS

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THIS IS A VERY OLD WOODEN STATUE

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A BEAUTIFUL OLD DOOR, PEOPLE WERE A LOT SMALLER IN THE OLD DAYS

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THESE ARE SPECIAL PIES FROM PEROUGE

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THIS HOLE WAS USED TO SHOOT THE ENEMY

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THIS IS THE MAYORS HOUSE

I hope you all enjoyed your visit to Pérouges, I did !

Enjoy your garden !