LA DOUCE FRANCE : DIJON 2

As our first day in Dijon was a rainy day we went to the”musée de beaux arts”, a beautiful old building, nicely restored and modernised to protect the art pieces from sunlight and humidity.

Here are a few of the pictures I’ve taken there.

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A BEAUTIFUL CROWN MADE FROM SILVER AND LAYERED WITH GOLD, THIS ONE IS MANY HUNDRED YEARS OLD

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A BEAUTIFUL WOODCARVING COVERED IN GOLD, THIS WAS HUGE

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A CLOSE-UP OF THE ABOVE WOODCARVING

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THE TOMBE WHERE THIS KING AND QUEEN ARE BURRIED

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A PAINTING OF THE TOMBES AND THE HALL THEY WERE IN, IT IS AMAZING TO SEE HOW WELL KEPT ALL THIS ART IS !!!

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IMAGINE YOU HAVE TO WEAR THIS WHEN YOU HAVE TO GO TO WAR !

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THESE SWORDS WERE ABOUT THE SAME HIGHT AS THE HARNESS ABOVE, THESE MEN MUST HAVE BEEN STRONG !!!

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AN OIL PAINTING WITH LOTS OF GOLD

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THIS WAS CARVED IN IVORY, THEY HAD MANY OBJECTS CARVED IN IVORY

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I FOUND THIS WORK OF ART IN A SHOPPING STREET IN DIJON, A TREE COVERED WITH A HEAD MADE OF GREEN IRON LEAVES

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I ALSO FOUND THIS VERY OLD MERRY GO ROUND

have a great day and enjoy your garden !

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LA DOUCE FRANCE : DIJON

I am in France at the moment on holiday. We spent the first days of our holiday in Dijon, a small city in the east of France, known for it’s strong mustard. They have a beautiful old city center with many old building and art everywhere you look. We had a beautiful B&B on the outside of the city center and it had a beautiful garden ! Did you know France had the most visitors in the WORLD ?!

As pictures tell you so much more than words, here are some of the pictures I took.

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BUILDINGS LIKE THIS ONE ARE EVERYWHERE IN THE CITY CENTER.

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THE BUILDINGS ARE ALL VERY WELL RESTORED

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I FOUND THIS ONE VERY FUNNY

We also visited the botanic garden in Dijon.

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AN OLD LINDEN TREE WITH IT’S TRUNK FULL OF NOBS

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STATUE IN THE ROSE GARDEN, ALAS THE ROSES WERE TOO FAR GONE AND NOT PRETTY ANYMORE, ESPECIALLY AFTER A WHOLE DAY OF RAIN

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BIG POTS FILLED WITH PLANTS AND FLOWERS ARE EVERYWHERE IN THE CITY CENTER, THIS ONE WAS IN THE BOTANIC GARDEN

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STATUE OF THE FOUNDER OF THE BOTANIC GARDEN

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I LOVED THIS BEAUTIFUL BEE HOTEL

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ONE OF THE MANY BORDERS

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ANOTHER PRETTY BORDER, BUT YOU CAN SEE IT WAS ALMOST THE END OF THE SEASON

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THIS IS A TINY BEGONIA WITH A PRETTY LEAF, I HAVE NEVER SEEN ONE LIKE THIS BEFORE

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This is it for today, I’ll give you more tomorrow. Thanks for stopping by and enjoy your garden !

ABOUT CROATIA AND IT’S FLORA,FAUNA,FOOD AND ART (1)

We went to Croatia for a short holiday and as usual, wherever we go my main intrest is to see what plants they have and what tree’s and shrubs and most important of all ; do they have cacti or succulents I can take home with me or some beautifull pots for my plants.

It was our first visit to Croatia so I didn’t have a clue about what to expect. Croatia is located at the Adriatic sea in the south of Europe, it used to be part of Yougoslavia. What I saw was a mixture between Spain and Italy with about the same tree’s and plants and loads and loads of rocks in all sizes. The temperature was arround 25 C°(mid September) so this was really nice, not too hot and not too cool.

We went by car, so when you drive from Belgium to Croatia you drive trough the following countries ; Germany, Austria and Slovenia.

SOUTH GERMANY, CLEAR BLUE SKY AND FOG IN THE MORNING

ON THE HIGHWAY IN SOUTH GERMANY, FOG BETWEEN THE MOUNTAINS

WHEN YOU LOOK IN THE MIDDLE, AT THE BACK, YOU CAN SEE THE FIRST SNOW HAS ALREADY FALLEN, AS YOU CAN SEE MOST OF THE MOUNTAINS (THE ALPS)ARE COVERED WITH TREE’S, MOST OF THEM ARE FIRS

I FOUND THIS LITTLE FELLOW IN FRONT OF A RESTAURANT NEAR THE HIGHWAY IN GERMANY

THIS PICTURE WAS TAKEN IN AUSTRIA, YOU CAN SEE THE MOUNTAINS (THE ALPS) ARE HIGHER HERE AND BARER  THAN IN GERMANY BUT ALSO HAD A BIT OF FRESH SNOW

THIS IS ONE OF THE FIRST PICTURES I TOOK IN CROATIA, THE PLACE IS OVERCROWDED WITH SMALL LIZZARDS, THIS ONE IS ONE OF THE BIGGEST WE SAW, MOST OF THEM ARE SMALLER BUT AREN’T THEY CUTE !!!?

HERE’S ANOTHER ONE, THEY WERE EVERYWHERE, EVEN ON THE BEACH ! THE REALLY TINY ONES WERE BROWN SO I THINK THEY WERE JUVENILES OR FEMALES

THE SEA AND THE SKY WERE SOOO BLUE, THE BEACH WAS COVERED IN ROCKS, TINY ONES AND BIG ONES AND RIGHT BEHIND THE BEACH WERE PINE TREE’S FOR SHADE

THE WHOLE COAST LINE IS COVERED IN ROCKS, IN AND OUT OF THE WATER SO IT WAS NOT EASY TO GET IN THE WATER FOR A SWIM BUT THE WATER WAS REALLY CLEAN, UNFORTUNATELY THERE WERE VERY LITTLE SHELL’S TO BE FOUND, I LOVE SEASHELL’S !!!

THE HOUSES WERE COLOURFULL TOO AS YOU CAN SEE

HOUSES IN A VILLAGE CALLED UMAG

BIRDS ON THE ROCKS IN FRONT OF THE BEACH

SUCCULENTS, YOU CAN ALREADY SEE THE FALLEN LEAFS OF THE TREE’S , A SIGN OF AUTUMN

MORE SUCCULENTS

I SAW A LOT OF MORNING GLORY, I THINK THIS IS A BEAUTIFULL COLOUR

A PRETTY SMALL RED ROSE WITH A DELICATE PERFUME

ANOTHER RED ROSE

THERE WERE LOADS AND LOADS OF OLIVE TREE’S

TRACHYCARPUS TREE’S EVERYWHERE, IN ALL SIZES

This is all for today but I will continue soon as I have lots more to show you.

Have a nice day, enjoy your garden and thanks for stopping by !