Sunday, December 31, 2006

Transitory Market

I could not finish the year without a photograph of the place of the Capitole with the typical christmas market. Each year, there are hundreds of decorated wood country cottages and a huge choice of gifts to be bought.

Saturday, December 30, 2006

Fruits As Gift
During last week eat fruits is a dream for a lot of people who stay with their families around chocolates box.
Victor Hugo market

Friday, December 29, 2006

A Right Trousers Size
Young people seem to have some difficulties to find a right size for their trousers. It should not be easy to walk like this.
Alsace Lorraine Street

Thursday, December 28, 2006

To Cover You
the temperatures are always low today. Please, do not forget to cover you before going out.
Royal Garden

Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Christmas Break

A lot of people leave town for the Christmas break especially for the end of this week. They start to take some days off in the Pyreenees montains but some of them take exotic trips in tropicals islands.

Tuesday, December 26, 2006

A Huge Crowd

We are in the middle of the christmas market of place Wilson. During this season there is a huge crowd everywhere in the downtown. We can see one of the biggest christmas tree of the town. It was not planted there for the occasion. It is a permanant tree.


Monday, December 25, 2006

It's Christmas !!! Merry Christmas!

Usually stores start decorating the shop windows around mid November, which I think is a little early to start celebrating Christmas.
A many larges Christmas trees are placed in the town squares.
With all Good Wishes For Christmas
The Town hall: "Le Capitole"

Sunday, December 24, 2006

Reindeers and Sleighs

When the celebrations of Christmas are fast approaching a simple ho-ho-ho or mention of reindeer and sleighs brings one name to mind for nearly everyone in the world.Father Christmas. He stands in a long tradition of gift bringers that appear around the turn of the year.

"La Fayette" Street

Saturday, December 23, 2006

Old Stones

At the end of the Middle Ages, economic prosperity and the necessity for rebuilding after the huge fire of the town can be observed in many hôtels particuliers.
Nazareth Street

Friday, December 22, 2006

The Exile in Switzerland

The veteran French pop singer Johnny Hallyday, already in troubles with a difficult question of choice of nationality last month and he is planning to become a tax exile in Switzerland, has a new problem of property and identity. Musical that one. Life is easy for nobody in France even if you have a good job!!

Jules Guesde

Thursday, December 21, 2006

Time For The Photographers

After the rush of shoppers at the end of the day streets are not really empty. It is the time for the photographers. The christmas light attract them too.
Boulbonne street

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Wines, Breads and Cheeses

Wine, breads and cheeses is not precisely the formula of a new medicine even if a lot of people could think that it could be better sometime that some chemical drugs. Sorry, I am joking! All good restaurant must have a honourable choice if it wants to keep its clientele.

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

A Boxes Collection

The boxes of banania are very symbolic in France for collectors. It was a drinking chocolate mark. The Vichy pastilles were sold at the origin in pharmacies. Nowadays you find it everywhere but in plastic bags. But both are worldwide trade mark? I don't think?

Monday, December 18, 2006

The Ice Sculptor

The streets are animated this week. It there a lot of people everywhere. The owners of stores have a strong imagination to have the attention of the shoppers. This man is carving a dophin in a block of glace.
Victor Hugo street

Sunday, December 17, 2006

The Organ

This is the organ in cathedral St Etienne. It is a curiosity. It is huge and dates from the 17th century. He is hanged spectacularly from wall. The wood is oak and walnut.

Saturday, December 16, 2006

The Father Christmas

Père Noël is the French equivalent of the British Father Christmas and the American Santa Clause. He wear a long red hooded robe, edged with white fur. He furthermore is believed to live in lapland near the North Pole but in december he travel a lot. I saw him last night in the downtown around midnight. He has a a very nice bike this year.

Place Esquirol

Friday, December 15, 2006

"Fat Liver"

Foie gras (French for "fat liver") is the best fattened liver of a duck or goose that has been overfed. Along with truffles, foie gras is one of the greatest delicacies in French cuisine. But it is produced by cruel and inhumane farming practices. Ducks raised for foie gras have difficulty standing, walking, and even breathing. Here one of the greatest place of foie gras sale of the town.
Victor Hugo market

Thursday, December 14, 2006

The Poet

The statue of the poet Lucien Mengaud (1805 - 1877) in the garden and behind the building of the university.
Grand Rond

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

The Sidecar

Before the 1950s sidecars were quite popular, providing a cheap alternative to passenger cars; they have also been used by the army and police. During WWII, German troops used many BMW and Zundapp sidecar motorcycles. But it is the first time that I see this one in the town. I just had the time to take the camera before it leaves.
Croix Baragnon Street

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

The Ginkgo is yellow

The yellow tree is a Ginkgo Biloba. It will not keep this yellow color for a long time. It is the reason why I took this shot. Do you know that Ginkgo leaf extracts have been shown to have a wide range of biological activities? The most well-known use is the ability to improve short term memory. The first mentioned use of Ginkgo biloba appears in China in 1436 during the Ming dynasty.
Royal Garden

Monday, December 11, 2006

The Silence Of The Night

The place which surrounds the church Saint Aubin is deserted this evening. On sunday morning there is a market with products from the farm here. It is very popular. It is a totally different atmosphere.

Saint Aubin

Sunday, December 10, 2006

The Garlands

Christmas arrive quickly. The streets of our cities are ornamented of garlands, the fir trees scintillate, each one starts to think to prepare the gifts.

Fourbastar street

Saturday, December 09, 2006

Fruit & Vegetable Market

All day, there is the fruit and vegetable market on boulevard de Strasbourg. It is an important place in the downtown. They are not expensive! It is raining today.

Friday, December 08, 2006

The Path Across

The strike of the drivers of bus of the Tisséo network does not seem ready to stop if we listen to the last declarations. It is a good accasion to walk in the town and to take new roads.

Perchepinte street

Thursday, December 07, 2006

Les 3 musiciens

In the old industrial architecture of the Slaughter-houses some major works of the monumental art of Fernand Leger are installed. Here three musicians "les 3 musiciens". The original is a painting of 1930.
les abatoirs

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Out of Fear of Breaking it

The owner of this bike has a lot of imagination and he must be a good craftsman too. I must not try sitting on the back of his bike though out of fear of breaking it!

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Chocolat Golfer

The golf season is finish until the next spring but we will have chocolat golfer for the new year celebration. This is one of the creation of a popular chocolat shop of the town. It is near "Place Des Carmes". Take care not to eat the ball!

Monday, December 04, 2006

The Bench

If you are a moment I encourage you to take a site on a park bench in the Royal Garden. You will appreciate the peace an colors of fall.

Sunday, December 03, 2006

The flower Kiosks

On this place Wilson and the cinemas all around there are flower kiosks. When the movie is finished lovers have the chance to buy a bouquet before going out for a drink in the lively place Victor Hugo.

Saturday, December 02, 2006

How your home is perceived?

What do you have chose to do this week end? The painting of your house is a tangible part of your home's personality. Small details often make a significant difference. If you are not a good craftsman continuous to take a look on the city photo world...

Japon Street

Friday, December 01, 2006

The Trees

People do not take time to wait to see growing the trees of their garden. They want them immediately adult. My neighbor has move his trees just before his furnitures when he arrived!
how to add a hit counter to a website