New Canon 600D DSLR Camera – Week 2

Another depressing week in which the task was to take photographs with different ISO settings and compare the results. And I would have to use the fully manual mode. I decided it was time to get to grips with AV mode, one of the two semi-automatic settings on the camera, and at least understand what this could achieve. Continue reading

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Bradshaw’s Hand Book to London, 1862, Day 8 in City Road (no.75)

This is my penultimate post of the 8-day tour of London proposed by Mr Bradshaw in his Illustrated Hand Book to London, and a tour which I began in January 2013! But we have not yet finished the tour of London – the Environs of London remain to be explored, Bradshaw in Hand. Continue reading

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New Canon 600D DSLR camera – Week 1

I have taken the plunge and signed up for a beginner’s course in photography! Continue reading

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Open House Weekend – Eltham Lodge

Eltham Lodge is a Grade I listed building dating from the 17C and situated in South East London which I visited during Open House Weekend in London. Continue reading

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Autumn in Greenwich Park

Caster Oil Plant

Caster Oil Plant

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Autumn in Greenwich Park

Late Summer, or early Autumn – the season has definitely changed.

Montbretia seeds

Montbretia seeds

Paeony leaves

Paeony leaves

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Travel in France – Chateau of Azay-le-Rideau

The Château of Azay-le-Rideau was built between 1528 and 1527 on the site of the mediaeval castle of Ridel d’Azay, a knight in the King’s service. The fortress was built to protect the road from Tours to Chinon. This original building was burned down in 1418 during the Hundred Years’ War. It was Gilles Berthelot, Treasurer-General to the King, who acquired the site in 1518 and began building the current Château. The property changed hands over the years until 1905 when it was acquired by the State and is now a National Monument.

Chateau of Azay le Rideau

Chateau of Azay le Rideau

The Château is on an island in the Indre River, which was diverted to create a moat around the building.

Chateau of Azay le Rideau

 Inside the Chateau it was cool, and there are many beautiful details. The most striking feature is the Grand Central Staircase, the Escalier d’Honneur. 

The construction of the roof is amazing.

Inside the roof

Inside the roof

Chateau of Azay le Rideau

 

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The Chateau
Photographs of the decorations on the building
A brief history

 

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Travel in France – Issoudun to Ouistreham

On the final day of Travel in France we travelled from Issoudun to Ouistreham, with visits to the Chateaux of Villandry and Azay-le-Rideau along the way. The overnight ferry returned us to the UK. Continue reading

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Travel in France – Issoudun

Issoudun has a long history, with evidence of settlement since at least 2000 BC. By the Middle Ages it was the second largest town in the Berry and one of the stages on the Pilgrim Route from Vézelay to Santiago. It was the end of a long day and the light was fading, but I did my best!

The Church of St Cyr was started in the 15C and completed in the 19C

The Church of St Cyr, Issoudun

The Church of St Cyr, Issoudun

The Church of St Cyr, Issoudun

The Church of St Cyr, Issoudun

The Belfry used to be the main entrance into the fortress and still lead into the old, fortified part of the town. In WWI the tower was used as a prison. In the 12C Issoudun was on the borders of English Plantagenet territory and the Kingdom of France and often under attack. The Tour Blanche is a donjon from the 12C, built by Richard the Lionheart.

La Tour Blanche

The Hotel de Ville opposite La Tour Blanche dates from 1731, with a modern addition and an installation of mirrors.

The boules pitch next to the walls and La Tour Blanches

The boules pitch next to the walls and La Tour Blanche

Theols River, Issoudun

Theols River, Issoudun

 

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Photographs of Issoudun
A brief history of Issoudun

 

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Travel in France – St Hippolyte du Fort to Issoudun

Day 25 of Travel in France and we began the long drive north.

Packed up

Packed up

Our route was over the Causse de Larzac, the Millau Bridge, and up the motorway. There were several traffic jams, and we diverted briefly along the Lot for a coffee stop. But it was a long drive and it was good to finally reach Issoudun.

Millau Bridge

Millau Bridge

Traffic jam

The first traffic jam

The Lot

The Lot

Bridge

Bridge alongside the Lot

The Aubergne

The Auvergne – coffee stop

The plains around Issoudun

The plains around Issoudun

 

 

 

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