Even the McDonald’s restaurants in Paris have macarons on offer:
This platter we shared at a French resto should get seafood lovers going…
Summer rain comes and goes without much ado in Paris
Anton, a good friend of mine, is into bird photography and took these lovely pictures on a recent trip to Xinjiang. He’s super nice and let me post some. : )
Here’s a European bee-eater:
This is the very same bird from a different point of view:
How spiffy is that? Amazing how beautifully formed every part of it is..
This fellow below, a greenish warbler, defines dapper. It could attend a wedding or luncheon pronto, right off the cuff (/wingtip), don’t you think?
Now for gorgeous shades of blue on an azure tit:
Not the first time I’ve run into a goose plodding placidly around a Beijing hutong… (At first glance […]
Last winter I took a beginner’s French course at the Alliance française Xihai (西海) campus. Xihai is a lovely, rather secluded little lakeside area in Beijing, with lots of weeping willows and people (mostly elderly) fishing, playing chess, strolling about, bicycling and humming Peking opera strains, hanging laundry, and what-have-you. It’s not terribly well known, even among locals.
I’d never seen such extended fishing-poles before, but these seem to be the norm for Xihai-ers… then again I’m also completely fishing-illiterate.
A Xihai-er sunbathing while keeping some vegetables company
Snapshots of the East Side Gallery, originally painted in 1990 to commemorate the falling of the Berlin Wall. Taken summer 2009.
I was aware there was restoration work going on, but it was odd to me why stretches of wall were being completely destroyed??
These were taken during Beijing’s last snowfall of the year.
Like little sentries: