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Weekly Photo Challenge: Ephemeral

bourges marshland, france
Location: The Marais de Bourges, France

Dear friend

I send you a flower from my garden –
Though it dies in reaching you,
you will know it lived,
when it left my hand –
Hamlet wavered for all of us –

Emily Dickinson


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March 27, 2015 at 1:16 pm 7 comments

weekly photo challenge: serenity

eiffel tower
location: bourges, france
“life is difficult.” that’s how m. scott peck, author of the road less traveled, began his famous book.

“this is a great truth,” he continued. “it is a great truth because once we truly see this truth, we transcend it. once we truly know that life is difficult — once we truly understand and accept it — then life is no longer difficult. because once it is accepted, the fact that life is difficult no longer matters.”

when times get tough and give us the feeling that enough is enough, we need to find a way to cope from it all. some do it by wasting themselves in liquor or drugs. some do it by talking to themselves or to imaginary people. some do it by taking their own lives and the lives of others. some do it by taking a walk or hike literally or figuratively. i guess we do whatever works. but like most of you, i belong to the latter category.

walking or hiking is good for our health and well-being. for one thing, it helps clear our mind of excess baggage and regain its flexibility. it’s especially true when we step into nature and open ourselves to its wonder and amazing grace. it’s indeed the best route to take when we want our sanity and serenity back.

the above picture was taken while hiking in the marshland of bourges, considered the greenest city in france. a city proud of its ancient past, it used to be the capital of the province of aquitaine at the end of the roman empire. it’s located in the loire valley in central france about two and a half hour drive from paris.

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January 16, 2015 at 4:13 pm 12 comments

weekly photo challenge: an unusual pov

public bulletin board an abandoned boat some kind of wheel

if the owl sings today friendly scarecrow a vegetable garden
it will rain in 3 days

a farmer busy at work a farmer’s house the marsh

click on any image to enlarge
france is one of the most visited places in the world. it should come as no surprise as it has much to offer for the young and the old alike. it’s also more than the sum of its castles, cathedrals, museums, and famous landmarks. to discover what you’re missing, you need to get off the beaten path.

these photos were taken at the backdoor of the old town of bourges. it was a world far away from the din and bustle of tourist destinations. for three hours, we walked around the marsh and behind people’s backyards and observing them as they tended their gardens. it was simply marvelous to see the country’s hidden charms.

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September 6, 2013 at 2:23 pm 17 comments

weekly photo challenge: one shot, two ways

the cathédrale saint-étienne is one the world’s best representation of ancient gothic architecture. it’s a catholic cathedral located in bourges, france. it was completed sometime in the 13th century or whereabouts and dedicated to saint stephens.

its beautifully sculptured west facade is huge at over 130 feet wide. as you can see, using a point-and-shoot camera, i found it hard to photograph either in portrait or landscape mode. maybe it’s time for me to invest in a better camera. the ideal is something that’s not too bulky to carry as i tend to travel light. any recommendations?

August 9, 2013 at 5:52 pm 19 comments

From The Book Thief

i have hated the words and i have loved them, and i hope i have made them right.

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