June 30, 2016

Town Houses in Port-Vendres. South of France

Town houses in Port-Vendres - as it can be down here in the South of France.
Attractive? IMO YES.

2 photos stitched. Camera: iPhone6plus.

Walking home from the Madeloc Tower. Cote Vermeille - South of France

What a place. The magnificent vista over this beautiful landscape with the vineyards falling the hill down the hills to the shores of the Mediterranean. To the left we can see the harbour and village of Port-Vendres and right ahead the distant Banyuls Sur Mer.

Such a landscape can only be captured with a stitch of 3 photos in my iphone6plus.

June 29, 2016

Roquefort the small cheese village in South of France

From the terracce of the main Office to the Cheese Company: Societe we overlook the village street of Roquefort.
One street clinging to the nearby mountain - essential for the producing of the Word famous cheese.

This is another stitch of 3 photos.

From the net:
The cheese city clings precariously to the side of the Combalou Rock in the South of Larzac.It is a village of 679 souls, and the altitude is 630metres -2066ft-. Roquefort is located in the Grands Causses Regional Natural Park.

Even if Roquefort seems to be peaceful, it is also an industrial village where about a thousand people work to ripen the famous Roquefort cheese. The tradition dates back to a thousand years, and this secret is kept at the depths of its natural caves. Those caves are directly laid out in the slide rock of Combalou and measure 2km -1.24mi- long and 300m -984ft- wide.

June 27, 2016

The beautiful landscape by Roquefort in South of France

It was a very beautiful and lovely landscape we could pass on Our way to the village producing the most known French cheese: Roquefort in the Aveyron District.  (Close to Millau and the grand viaduct).

My Choice was to make a stitch out of 3 photos to have the really grand panorama to unfold as displayed above.

Som more from the net:
Aveyron district
This is a region of gently rolling hills and valleys, and livestock farming. Cattle in the lower area, but increasingly sheep farming as one moves further up into the "Causses", fairly dry limestone plateaux famous as the production area of France's most famous cheese, Roquefort (a blue cheese made from ewe's milk).

June 26, 2016

Panorama of Millau in the South of France

2 photos stitched with some details from the village Millau in the Aveyron department in the French Midi-Pyrenees region.  This photo is a "right out of the hotel window" version.
We did not have a view directly to the well known Millau bridge - one of the highest in the world - but still, as you can see, a fine view.

The day after we visited the small village Roquefort and of course
had some sightseeing in the caves where this very famous cheese mature.

Beautiful landscape outside of the Roquefort Village in South of France.
3 photos stitched

June 24, 2016

The gate to Port-Vendres in South of France. iphone6plus

2 photos stitched from iphone6plus - presenting the gate to Port-Vendres the deep water harbour in South of france. Close to the Spanish border. 
My favorite Place to sit in the afternoon white a glass of white wine looking at the boats going in and out of the port. Just along the curved road to Cape Bear.

June 23, 2016

Harbor details Port-Vendres. Sud de France

5 photos stitched from the deep water harbor in Port-Venderes in the South of France.
Today the harbor is still having some fishing ships as they always have had. For some years ago it was central for shipping men and equipment between France and Algeire.
Before that it was the last stop for the big ships going from Marseille via Port-Vendres with immigrants to the attractive USA (for sure a pre Trump period).

Some "barrels" problem with the lines here - but still a good view to this small maritim village.

June 22, 2016

Hiking to the Madeloc Tower. Collioure in South of France. (iphone6plus)

This is a stitch of 2 photos taken by an iphone6plus.
We are hiking the last part of the road leading up to the Madeloc Tower at alt. 650m above the Mediterranian sea. And as you can see we have a magnificent vista to Collioure and a large part of the Rousillon plain here where France ends in the SouthEast.

June 21, 2016

Jardin les Plantes. St.Cyprien in South of France. (iphone6plus)

Perfect Place for a walk on a fine summerday just inside the shores of the Mediterranian in the small village St.Cyprien.

From the net:
le Jardin des Plantes de Saint-Cyprien s'étend sur presque cinq hectares et permet d’admirer des arbres plus que centenaires et de très nombreuses variétés de palmiers, bambous, camélias et plantes aquatiques...

June 19, 2016

History of old fishermens huts by Etang du Canet ou de Saint-Nazaire in the south of France

Just inside the coastline on either side of Canet-Plage, there are the large lagoons. These are now protected natural spaces, where members of the public can go (ideally on the well-maintained special cycle routes) to see the huge variety of natural wildlife, which includes the local rosé-coloured flamingos. You can also see the traditional fishermen’s huts along the shoreline of the nearest on, the Etang de St Nazaire. They were constructed using a variety of reed that grows traditionally on the lagoon. They have almost no windows and were used as homes by the fishermen up until the 1950s. Now, they are mostly used for storage by the ten fishermen that are still licensed to fish the lagoon.

In fact, centuries ago, Canet-en-Roussillon was a walled fortress of a city that profited from trade along its route as part of the Catalan kingdom.
That particular era of financial prominence ended when feudal France took over from the kings of Catalonia and Majorca and Louis XIV ordered all city walls in the area to be dismantled in 1645.

In the last century, the beach extension of Canet-Plage was created. Up to that point, there were no tourists along this stretch of coastline. People went much further east to places like Nice or west to the resorts of the Atlantic coast. The Catalan coastline was a place only for local residents and fishermen on the lagoons. It was all quiet and traditional, smelling strangely and plagued by mosquitoes.

REF: irishexaminer.com

iphone 6plus: Hotel with a view. Collioure. South of France

From here you have a super view over to  the other side With Plage Boramar and Plage St. Vincent in Collioure. With a room at the hotel (to the right in the photo) you can enjoy a breakfast on the terrasse with a super view to the center of the idyllic village Collioure down here in the South of France - Close to the border of Spain.

June 17, 2016

iphone6plus Classic Collioure motif. South of France

A "must" for everyone visitng the small village Collioure is to have a version of the church with it feets out in the sea placed bewteen two small beaches in this popular tourist town.

"Among the village's more interesting sites is Notre-Dame des Anges, a waterfront church with a one-of-a-kind lighthouse-bell tower and overly ornate altar." (quotation Rick Stevens)

June 15, 2016

iphone6+ Start of the beach season in Collioure, South of France

In June there is still lot's of free space at the beach in Collioure. Water temp. at 17 deg Celcius is not so tempting and air temperature is only some 23C.

Beside of that the beach, one of 3 in this village, looks quite idyllic in the fair weather as it did this day.

2 photos stitched (left part)
2016:06:12 13:54:56
Apple iPhone 6 Plus
Focal Length:
29mm (35mm eq.)
Aperture: f/2.2
Exposure: 1/3049s
Ev: 13.8
ISO equiv: 32

From the net:
Collioure is a seaside resort on the Languedoc coast, just north of the border with Spain and on the 'Vermeille Coast'. It was historically a small fishing village then after a time as an an important military centre, Collioure began to attract the artistic community including such renowned artists as Matisse and Derain in the early 20th century.
It is now a very popular destination with tourists and Collioure has a lively town centre with some interesting historical monuments and a popular local beach. With the castle and church creating an impressive backdrop, the beach and harbour are among the most scenic in Languedoc-Roussillon.

June 13, 2016

On top of Port-Vendres in the South of France

As we cross the small hill between Collioure and Port-Vendres we are welcomed with a fine bird view of the idyllic village Port-Vendres in the South of France. We can also see the deep water harbour in the back - an important destination for freighters coming up from Africa with exported products.

From the net:
Even before it became an important harbour of the Kingdom of Majorca during the 13th century, Port-Vendres had already been known since the 6th century BC by Greek navigators as « Portus veneris » (the port of Venus). There has always been an important shipping activity in this natural shelter.
From 1838 on, when France got involved in economical exchanges with North Africa, the port was enlarged and improved. It enabled Port-Vendres to become an important commercial port (“the shortest crossing and the most sheltered waters”). Goods and passengers traffic flourished and increased until 1962.

EXIF (main photo)
2016:06:08 11:13:39
Panasonic DMC-GX7
Focal Length:
40mm (35mm eq.)
Aperture: f/14
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Ev: 15.3
ISO equiv: 200

June 11, 2016

A walk along the foot of the Pyrenees, South of France

A good walk in the hilled landscape along the foot of the Pyrenees this pre summer day.
At the far away hill we can see the Madeloc tower - quite close to the border between France and Spain. 

Flower detail
EXIF (main photo)
2016:06:08 11:25:26
Panasonic DMC-GX7
Focal Length:
40mm (35mm eq.)
Aperture: f/14
Exposure: 1/160s
Ev: 14.9
ISO equiv: 200

June 10, 2016

Parallel parking a la France

Even in France there is not common that you have to open a concrete wall to be able to remove cars from the fields of paralell parking.

Whatever must have been in this drivers mind will for many of us be difficult to understand as we see this huge trailer catched with the front in the wall of the Lidl shop in Collioure - while the back part is stuck in the concrete wall facing the outside street. Regard the guy to the left in full swing with a concrete saw...

2016:06:09 15:53:15
Apple iPhone 6 Plus
Focal Length:
29mm (35mm eq.)
Aperture: f/2.2
Exposure: 1/3300s
Ev: 14.0
ISO equiv: 32
Copyright: Jack R. Johanson

June 8, 2016

Finally there. Fort St. Elme. South of France

A fine day in the summer. Perfect to hike up from the old village Collioure to this little fortification above the city: Fort St. Elme. Rebuild after drawings from Vauban around 1650.
The first origins of the Fort goes back to around 8th century as it was a watchtower up here.

Port-Vendres in France in a 4 photos stitched panorama

This summer morning we did a walk from our apartment via Port-Vendres up to the summit with Fort St.Elme and back to Collioure. On the way we was rewarded with this fantastic view to the small village Port-Vendres by the coast of the Mediterranean down here in the South of France

As the day ends in Collioure, South of France

We are back in Our Apartment in the small village Collioure by the shores of the Mediterranian in South of France.  Only 2 minutes away we can walk to a nice spot to overlook the village and the sun as it sets to the west. A good place to be in this pre season of the summer.

June 2, 2016

iphone6+ Springflood, melted snow passing the Hydro Electric Power Plant, Askim, Norway

After many weeks the melted snow in the mountains is finally passing the huge Hydro electric Power Plant along the river Glomma in Askim, Norway - only some few kilometers more to go before the river ends up in the Oslofjord.

Difficult light for the iphone - a little overexposed water - still worth posting asking me...