Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Daily Snapshots: Pere-Lachaise in Paris


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Nearly All Saints Day at Père Lachaise Cemetery, Paris

It seems fitting that, with the coming of All Saints Day, we should visit a cemetery. . . and why not visit the most famous of them, Père Lachaise.    

This is the final resting place of many of Paris’ luminaries, so we buy a guide outside the gate in order to locate the graves of the most famous and infamous. However, once inside the gate we mostly ignore the guide, letting the changing light serve as our guide instead. In the late afternoon sun the cemetery is serene and beguiling. . . with every turn a new vista appears, a jumble of grave markers new and old, pristine or long neglected, glowing richly in the sun or withdrawing darkly into the shadows.

Can’t get to Paris? You can visit Père Lachaise virtually.

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We were in Paris as a stopover on our return from the Seychelles. Those posts can be found at Visiting the Seychelles  

Monday, October 29, 2012

Port Launay from the Shore on Mahé, Seychelles

While on the water, we anchored at Port Launay for a couple of days. It was a gorgeous spot

Now we are staying just up the road from that anchorage, so we head almost to the end of the (increasingly narrow) road to see Port Launay from the shore. 
I think this is the best view we will get from up here. Not perfect, but nice!  
 Back on the road, a roadside shrine along a spring provides a spiritual respite for visitors.  

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The Botanical Garden in Victoria, Mahé, Seychelles

We’ve mostly  been on the water on this trip, so I’m eager to commune with some plants for a while. Fortunately, Victoria has a pleasant Botanical Garden
The garden is divided into a number of sections, including a tropical forest.  
There are also formal gardens, ponds, and trees filled with fruit bats.
 It’s a wonderful, serene, place.

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