Back at the Beach


 We have arrived at our beach place ready to see what summer has in store for us.

We arrived at the la Rochelle train station which looks very castle like. Our trip is a little over three hours from Paris.

Our very first night I ran out to the beach to get some photos as the sun set. I love the sun shining through the beach fence.

The sunset through the fence.

And, finally, the sunset. They usually aren’t this spectacular in the Spring as I recall. There is no filter with this photo either, this is just how it looked, filling our living room with scarlet light.

This and That at the Beach

Some places and things seen around here at the beach.

IMG_1161[1] A God’s Eye sunset.

IMG_1252[1] A very heavily decorated house near us. Shells and driftwood figures all of the place but I liked it.

IMG_1170[1] Sunrise, beach fence, sand and water.

IMG_1187[1] I bought a bouquet of these roses at our market. They may be what is call Japanese roses, I’m not sure.

IMG_1256[1] A cocktail on the terrace as the sun goes down.

IMG_1260[1] Some fruity ice tea at a new tea and coffee place on rue de Marche. Not enough ice-there never is in France-but very refreshing.

Beach Life

So here is a bit of this and that at the beach. It is so restful and peaceful here.

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There’s always sunset watching. The sunsets aren’t very spectacular this time of year, just sort of mellow and pale with a fog bank that usually hides the sun as it sinks into the ocean. We had a very big wind storm the other day with rain showers which leads to clouds that I love in sunsets but, in the end, just a little color developed in the sky. Late summer and fall, we have really great sunsets.

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Walks along the beach are common for me. I always looks for perfect shells. Mostly there are oyster shells but, now and then, there are surprises.

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Hollyhocks are common here. They are just starting to bloom. I love to see the sun shine through the petals.

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There aren’t fields of poppies here as there are in Provence, but riding along on my bike I spot them next to the road. I got down on my knees to get this photo, trying for a different angle. You can see how flat the terrain is with the marsh in the background.

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On another topic, President Hollande wants to change the map of France, making it into 14 regions instead of 22. This is to save money by reducing the amount of bureaucracy. It seems like a shame to me-our little region of Poitou Charentes would be absorbed for instance-but Maurice says that the map was changed in the 60s so it isn’t a totally radical new thing. It remains to be seen if it will happen.

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On a totally different topic, here is an interesting article on language in the US. It certainly surprised me.

Beach Shots

I’m calling this post Beach Shots instead of This and That but it’s the same thing. I haven’t gotten out much since my little wreck on my bike and I’m still recovering from our company but I can always round up a few photos. We are meeting Maurice’s sister today at a place we haven’t visited before so I’m sure I will have something new to show soon.

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I’d love one of these some day. I’m always watching the weather on TV and checking the weekly weather forecast everyday on my computer so this is right up my alley.

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Not the best photo every, but it did get me wondering why the owners of this house named it the Sea Urchin. Probably just because it’s near the ocean.

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These were for sale at the fete on Sunday. I’ve seen them in Paris too. I was really curious about them as the tops are as they look-burned. I even bought one once just to see what they taste like. The yellow part is a vanilla cake and the black part tastes burned as you might expect. I’m wondering if it has something to do with long time storage or something. I’ve never found out. Maybe one day…

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I may have posted this photo before. I just like how they arranged these fish. Rather artistic.

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And, finally, a hollyhock that was blooming on the beach between a few rocks. It just took me by surprise to see it there.

Beach Life

So, here we are, back at the beach. We often just sit and look at the view. There’s always something interesting to see. We will have guests for the next two weeks and I think we will be going out to explore several times so we will be seeing more than just the view from our apartment.

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Down the beach, a short way from our place, are these little cabins for rent. I think they are for changing and storing beach things. I just like blue and white stripes.

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Sea gull prints. I thought they were cute.

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Geraniums in a window. Looked inviting and friendly.

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Here and there, they lay out these carpets leading down to the ocean. Again, here are my blue and white stripes.

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I love these little sail boats used for teaching children how to sail.

Repeat

If you follow me on Facebook or Twitter, you have seen these photos but I’m going to use them for this post anyway. While we have Sunshine today, we also have a very strong wind so, except for a trip to the grocery store, I’ve stayed inside.

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After days of rain I was so happy to get up one morning and see this. Blue sky, rising sun reflected in the clouds-perfect.

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I was so happy to see sunshine on the flowers for sale at our little market. Just brightened my day.

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We had Maurice’s sister and her sister in law over for lunch one day but it was too cold to eat on our terrace so we brought our new table inside. You know what was a hit? My American mashed potatoes. My secret? Evaporated milk and Lawry’s Garlic Salt.

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I was brought these lovely pink roses fresh out of the garden. I enjoyed them for days and they were sometimes the only color I saw unless you count shades of gray(50 shades of gray?) and flat beige beach colors. This coming week is said to be a bit better but on the cool side. All I know is that I love it when the sun comes out.