Saturday, October 12, 2013

Visual Feast VI


A great city is not to be confounded with a populous one. 

The week has been a busy one. Hectic, to say the least, but energizing as only hectic weeks can be. Husband in his corner, typing, typing, making phones calls, his muffled voice shifting through the closed office door, his intense concentration and tenacity broken only by the occasional wandering into my workspace for a bit of tension-relieving buffoonery. And I have spent my days editing, revising, adjusting and adding paragraphs … or cutting paragraphs on two articles soon to be published, finally hitting the send button with a satisfied tick. Simon rushes into the apartment and then out again loaded down with bags and sacks of school supplies and what to make dinner for three or four hard-working students, swallowed up into the night.

The weather has finally cooled down a bit, and as autumn sets in, wrapping the city in a golden glow, we put aside our work, slip into sweaters and coats and rediscover our lovely city. Camera in hand, I notice what I never took note of, what I simply never saw before.

Along the Loire River

The famous penis balconies... former brothels?

Saint Nicolas

Place Bretagne

L'apératif on Place du Bouffay

I look up, I look down, I search out street art and unusual architecture, I spot greenery and ironwork, sculptures and oddities that had hitherto been secreted from me in my blindness. I now see art in the everyday, magic in the mundane.

Saint Nicolas peeking over into Place Royale

Les Nefs de l'Ïle de Nantes

La Maison des Vins de Loire on Place du Commerce for a little Gros Plant

Nantes' famous Mascarons keeping the evil spirits out.

Take a short break with me and allow me to show you around.

A stroll along the Erdre.

When you look at a city, it's like reading the hopes, 
aspirations and pride of everyone who built it. 
- Hugh Newell Jacobsen


Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

A visual feast it is indeed! Thanks for sharing your lovely pictures with us.



Jackie Mc Guinness said...

Thanks for showing me around with your gorgeous photos!

Rambling Tart said...

Oh how I love this, Jamie!! :-) Your city is SO beautiful with such hilarious (penis balconies!!) and quirky and wonderful spots. :-) You've captured it so well. :-)

nancy baggett said...

That feeling when you click and send...relief and anxiety mixed,at least for me. It's done--well is it really? Did I miss something? Is this good enough? But a big sigh of relief as well. You too, I bet.

Another lovely post. Hope all is well.

Simones Kitchen said...

Such gorgeous Photos Jamie! Now I really have to visit you one day to see all that beauty for myself. The weather has definitely cooled down dramatically here today and today is one of those days to be huddled indoors while rain and storm are blowing around the house!

Maureen | Orgasmic Chef said...

Oh you have outdone yourself on this one. Magic photos.

As one who works with the one she loves, that little bit of buffoonery makes life worth living. :)

Eve martin-sikkes said...

Never headed in the direction where you're living Jamie, but it sure looks nice. It certainly is one of the destinations on my wish list...Thanks for your nice pictures! Greetz, Eve

Eve martin-sikkes said...

Thanks for your beautiful pictures Jamie. Nantes will be a nice place to visit in the not so far future, it is on my wish list places to visit now! greetz, eve

Bizzy Lizzy's Good Things said...

Oh Jamie, what an absolute picture! Thanks so much for sharing these beautiful images.

Lora CakeDuchess said...

I love seeing more of Nantes. I couldn't wait for you to share more of it with us. It's such a pretty city. Keep on sharing these pretty photos, Jamie!

bunkycooks said...

I love seeing these photos of your beautiful city. I hope that I can visit you and see it in person some day soon. Then we can share dessert and wine together! xx

Carolyn Jung said...

OMG, the balcony bit is hilarious. You can tell someone had a good sense of humor to create that. ;)

Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen said...

You're making me want to pack up and move, it's such a pretty city.

Jill @ MadAboutMacarons said...

Just snorted on my coffee seeing the dickie balconies! It ain't have hot in Nantes, Jamie! Yes, these skies are bewitching just now. Beautiful shots.

Denise said...

Jamie, I love this post so much, it is as if we are walking together in all these shots. Merci!

Jeanne said...

Those penis balconies totally kill me! Nantes is a great city - wish I'd had more time there!

Elizabeth said...

You've really captured the beautiful autumn light, Jamie. I love its golden quality.

Please keep up these wonderful visual feasts. I love to live vicariously.

Ivy said...

A very beautiful city and your pictures are very beautiful!


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