LA VIE EN FRANCE

I’ve been fortunate, in the last several years, to spend a considerable amount of time in France.  While there are clearly similarities between the English and French, they are known more for their differences – vive la difference!   Ironically, it’s often these differences, subtle and otherwise, that prove attractive to the English and draw them across the Channel to sample the delights of La Belle France.  I guess I’m one of them and whilst I’m not a francophile in everything, I do enjoy many aspects of French culture.  Leaving aside the obvious attractions of fine red wine and good food (not always, alas, good), it is the seemingly mundane aspects of French life – cherished ancient architecture, creation of modern architecture, art appreciation, markets and so on – that hold, for me, the greatest appeal.  It is with this in mind that I have over the years, almost unconsciously, been recording aspects of French life with my camera.  I thought it might be nice to share some of the images via my blog.  Hopefully they will prove to be as enjoyable to view as they were to create.

MONOCHROME IMAGES:

AndréI have known André, a Normandy farmer, for more than eighteen years.  It has been my pleasure to share much good food, wine and Calvados with him.

André
I have known André, a Normandy farmer, for more than eighteen years. It has been my pleasure to share much good food, wine and calvados (brandy) with him. Our many conversations have always been stimulating, always enjoyable.
Il est comme mon père Français.

Café plein air

Café plein air

French farmers' mart (1)My blog followers will know that I love markets of all types.  The French farmers' mart is no exception, encapsulating, as it does, an important aspect of rural French life.

French farmers’ mart (1)
My blog followers will know that I love markets of all types. The French farmers’ mart is no exception, encapsulating, as it does, an important aspect of rural French life.

French Farmers' Mart (2) Sheep awaiting sale at the French Mart.  The auction process is very different to that in the UK.  Buyers and Sellers gather in small huddles and agree a price for the animals.

French farmers’ mart (2)
Sheep awaiting sale at the French Mart. The auction process is very different to that in the UK. Buyers and Sellers gather in small huddles and agree a price for the animals.

French Mart (3)The Reluctant purchase

French farmers’ mart (3)
This sheep was clearly a reluctant purchase !

Patisserie - BoulangerieOne of the great joys of France is to savour the freshly baked bread and pastries.  With at least one patissier/boulanger to be found in even the smallest French town, that's easily done.  In contrast to the trend in the UK, such businesses continue to survive and thrive.  We can learn much from La Vie en France.

Patisserie – Boulangerie
One of the great joys of visiting France is to savour the freshly baked bread and pastries. With at least one patissier/boulanger to be found in even the smallest French town, that’s easily done. In contrast to the trend in the UK, such businesses continue to survive and thrive. We can, I believe, learn much from La Vie en France.

COLOUR IMAGES:

Evening - Dinan, BrittanyThe historic and charming town of Dinan in Brittany  has many cafés, restaurants and galleries packed into its small streets and alleyways.

Evening – Dinan, Brittany
The historic town of Dinan in Brittany has many cafés, restaurants and galleries packed into its small streets and alleyways.  These help to make Dinan a charming place and most certainly, a favourite of mine.

Rocking chair, lace & hat

Rocking chair, lace & hat

 

 

 

 

I WILL BE UPLOADING, FROM TIME TO TIME, FURTHER IMAGES FROM MY ‘LA VIE EN FRANCE’  PROJECT.

 IT IS MY INTENTION TO SELL MANY OF THE IMAGES IN THE SERIES AS ‘LIMITED EDITION’ PRINTS OR UNDER LICENCE.

PLEASE CONTACT ME VIA MY BLOG FOR FURTHER DETAILS.

I AM ALSO CONSIDERING PRODUCING A BOOK TO ACCOMPANY THE SERIES.

YOU ARE WELCOME TO VIEW – THANK YOU FOR VISITING.

PLEASE ENJOY.

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