Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Photos of France

This is my last batch of photos of France. There are more pictures of the castle near Anduze in southern France, an old cannon, vineyards and sunsets.

An old WWII cannon in the South of France

Wine vineyards in the countryside in the South of France

Sunset in France

Snow covered streets in Anduze, south of France

An antique farm truck in the south of France

Inside the castle ruins outside of Anduze, France

Castle ruins in France

Ivy growing on the castle ruins

Sunset over the castle in southern France

This is an very old fountain in Anduze. It originally marked the center of a market in the tiny village, and is hundreds of years old.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Pictures of France

This are more of my photos from France. From the little village of Anduze in the south of France, I walked all around the countryside. There are miles and miles of vineyards growing grapes for wine. I also found many old castles, nestled along the hillsides. I would sometimes drive into Nimes, which is the closest city. This tiny city is home to beautiful French architecture dating back hundreds of years. They also have a lot of Roman ruins from the time of the Roman Empire.

Grape vineyards for making wine in France.

Train tracks at the Train station in Nimes, France.

The stain glass above the doors of the church has the design of the Rose of the Knights Templar. The Knights Templar were very active in the South of France, and most of the churches here have some sort of associated designs in their architecture.

Small village streets in Anduze, France

Photo of Anduze, France taken from the surrounding Mountains. Anduze is known as the gateway to the Cevennes, where this mountains range begins in the south of France.

Carousel in France.

Christmas in France. It was beautiful to be in France during Christmas. All of the tiny streets were decorated for Christmas, and markets were set up, with artisans selling home made crafts. For Christmas Eve, the town of Anduze had a big celebrations in the town square, where Santa visited the children, and everyone drank warm spiced wine and apple cider.

An old castle in the mountains in France. One day while I was hiking I found this dilapidated castle nestled in the vineyards.

French castle.

Picture of the Castle in France from far away.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Photographs From France

These are some old photographs I took in France. I have about a dozen rolls of film sitting in my refrigerator that I have been waiting for years to develop. I finally had them developed, and was pleasantly surprised to find these images of France. I thought I had just not taken any pictures at all while I was there, because I didn't use my digital camera. I was staying in the small village of Anduze in the south of France, right outside of Nimes with an amazing Chilean family. It was the first snow of the year, and a rare occurrence for te south of France. It was the first time the Chilean woman had ever seen snow, and she happened to be driving when it started. However, the snow storm arrived just in time for Christmas. I took these with an old 35 mm point and shoot, so the quality of the images is not the best.

Park Bench in the snow, France

Snow geese lovers, swimming in a pond during snowfall, France

Persimmons in the snow, France. I think this was one of the most beautiful things I have ever seen in my life. While huge snow flakes drifted down from the gray sky, the city was completely empty, still, and quiet. While I was walking, I stumbled upon these bright orange persimmons covered in snow. It reminded me of a Chinese watercolor, simple and zen. Although, I do not think the photographs does it justice.

Graveyard tombstone, France

Graffiti on a train, France

Graffiti in France

French Graffiti

French Bust

French Signs

Castle Ruins, France. I was amazed by how many old castles there were just lying around the french countryside. Most of the architecture of Anduze was from the 1500's and 1600's, which made me realize how young America is in comparison to France.