photos of wild flowers, a few trees and flowering bushes that catch my eye with the occasional pet photo.

Saturday, July 4, 2015

MuCEM, Marseilles

Photo taken from the MUCEM site on line-400 panels of a lacy cement totaling 15, 510 m2, 11 years to complete,  architect-Mr Rudy Ricciotti.  We would cross that suspended foot bridge!

Vieux Port 

Vieux Port 

Muséé des civilisations de l'Europe et de la Méditerranée

Mr O. at entry

view just before we crossed the suspended foot bridge

pigeons and 'Cathédrale Sainte-Marie Majeure' 

This is the top of the building you see in the first photo.

lacy cement up close and Fort Saint-Jean in the distance. 

Museum and Fort Saint-Jean. 

'Basilique Notre Dame de la Guarde', seen in the distance perched on a hill.   

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

les tournesols en Provence

Provençal Sunflowers, they are inviting us to go crazy among them as do the fields of Lavender and Poppies when they arrive on the scene.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Grotte de Chauvet, Vallon-Pont-D'Arc-Ardêche

Today we are slipping north-west from Provence into the Rhône-Alpes region and the department of Ardêche to a reproduction of a prehistoric Aurignacian cave.   

The original cave was discovered by three speleologists in 1994, closed to the general public almost immediately, studied and opened to a minimum of people each year; kept heavily protected and climatically controlled.

It is under the modern art cement building in the background where one enters into the reproduction of the 35, 000 year old cave. 

This is the entrance to an interactive museum where splendid replicas of ancient animals, Aurignacian people, and artifacts are on display.  We'd learn that in this cave human evidence, fossilized remains and prints were found. Some of the drawings represent now extinct animals.   

stairs to a lovely resturant and terrace, to the right you can see the entrance to a huge cafeteria. 

informative stops along the path to the cave

well posted lanes meander around the 18 hectare site   

We waited here for a few minutes while the groups before us were lead into the cave, groups of 25 or less, every 10 minutes still we didn't feel overwhelmed nor crowded...

opening before summit fell 

closed entrance