Lunch at the Beausejour in Gorbio. Two village cats are avidly hoping for left-overs. Given the chance they'd have grabbed something/anything/everything. What is it with cats? For any of you following Monte Carlo Daily Photo lately, you'll remember the cat at the Chèvre d'or in Eze village doing the same thing. (click on the link)
My computer guru and good friend, Anthony, had come over from Cannes to move files and folders from my PC to the new iMac - and this lunch was a sort of thankyou - he loves the Beausejour - and so do I.
You can see, in the small pic, how the plates looked before we demolished the food. Anthony ate the duck. Mine is the fish - a dorade. No comments about red wine not going with fish. It went just fine...
31 October 2008
30 October 2008
'Ask and I will give you what your heart desires.' Perhaps a more accurate translation would be - 'Your wish is my command.'
Perhaps a French reader will confirm or otherwise?
Regardless -isn't it heartwarming.
29 October 2008
A surprise amongst the beautiful artisan-made gifts you can buy - obviously Menton caters for all tastes...
28 October 2008
Bougainvillea in a Gorbio garden - an olive tree in the foreground - fallen olives on the steps.
The photograph was taken on the 11th October and it's still in flower today. Actually, the flowers you see are not flowers, but 'bracts.' The actual flower of the bougainvillea is small and generally white. Each cluster of three flowers is surrounded by three or six bracts in the bright colours associated with the plant - here a beautiful pinky/red.
The name comes from Louis Antoine de Bougainville, an admiral in the French Navy who discovered the plant in Brazil in 1768.
That's our horticultural lesson for today!
27 October 2008
26 October 2008
After reading all the comments on whether this is a Virginia creeper, a Boston ivy or a vigne vierge - for which thankyou - it seems that vigne vierge is Parthenocissus vitacea, Boston (or Japanese) ivy is Parthenocissus tricuspidata and Virginia creeper is Parthenocissus quinqifolia. All are members of the Ampelopsis family and so all are related.
Having read the comments, I think the red one would be known as vigne vierge in France and I'd call it Virginia creeper. Probably the green one is Boston ivy. But now I'm getting confused again - time to post today's photograph...
25 October 2008
A once-a-week opportunity for villagers to buy their meat and of course to chat.
24 October 2008
23 October 2008
Randonée - hiking, rambling, walking - is very popular around Gorbio with some great hikes through the mountains and into other villages. It's quite usual to see a group walking down the hill to take lunch in the bar, or to sit here having a picnic in the square.
22 October 2008
21 October 2008
20 October 2008
Some socca ovens are bigger than this one and take a one-metre diameter cast iron pan - then the cooked socca obviously feeds quite a few people.
From Provence Beyond: 'Socca and Cade are Provençal pancakes that go back at least to 1860. Cade de Toulon, probably the most ancient, was made from corn flour and the Socca de Nice that evolved from it is made from chick-pea flour. The Marseilles version is today made with a mixture of flours, using only a small amount of chick-pea flour; in Marseilles this was called "tourta tota cada", meaning "tourte toute chaude", or nice hot tarts. It was mentioned in 1879 by Frédéric Mistral as "gâteau de farine de maïs qu'on vend par tranches à Marseille" (or in the vulgar tongue "corn-flour cake sold by the slice in Marseilles").
In that ancient time, there were cade/socca sellers at the marchés and at work sites where they provided the favorite morning meal of the workers. The cade/socca sellers used special wagons with built-in charcoal ovens to keep their wares hot while they announced them with the appropriate cries of "cada, cada, cada" or "socca, socca, socca caouda". Some of the ambulatory socca/cade sellers (or their descendents) are still to be found in the markets at Nice, Toulon and la Seyne-sur-Mer, where the slices are served in paper cones.'
And in Gorbio...
19 October 2008
Socca is a sort of crepe made with chickpea flour and olive oil and it's delicious. Come back tomorrow and we'll see exactly how it's made.
18 October 2008
17 October 2008
16 October 2008
15 October 2008
14 October 2008
You might recognise this square - the church is to the left and recently I posted a photograph of a brass hand (door knob) and the next day the door and facade. It's the same door you see on the left. Click on the link to see how different it looks without the children's clothes and toys.
13 October 2008
12 October 2008
11 October 2008
10 October 2008
Above is one of the two stills. The small photograph on the left shows the fermented grape pulp after distillation.
Tomorrow we'll wander about the village and see what else is going on...if we can stay upright, that is. The Branda is strong stuff.
09 October 2008
08 October 2008
My photography book says 'never have the horizon in the centre of a photograph.' So, when I looked at this on the screen I hesitated, but rules are made to be broken. I wanted to show you the shadows on the beach and I wanted you to see that blue sky - so...
07 October 2008
06 October 2008
She's 22 months old and lives, with her equally good-looking mother, in Latte, which is just across the border in Italy.
05 October 2008
I don't know the significance of the lines, but don't you love the patterns they create on the water. Perhaps they are nets giving protection against jelly fish, but I don't see the nets.
Taken from les Sablettes beach yesterday. You see the Port of Garavan on the left and beyond that Italy.
04 October 2008
This actor, who lives in the village, takes the part of the Castellan (Castillion)who attends the Prince of Monaco.
03 October 2008
Walking around Roquebrune village at night is even more magical than during the day - you also never know who you might meet. Come back tomorrow and see who we met in this particular street.
02 October 2008
Yesterday's photograph of Monaco - published on Monte Carlo Daily Photo - was taken from here.
01 October 2008
I'm really looking forward to seeing how 164 other City Daily Photo bloggers have interpreted today's Theme and know all will be fascinating. Click here to view thumbnails for all participants