Sunday, October 23, 2011

Cote d'Azur


The beach at Cagnes-sur-Mer

This isn't the best of pictures, but it does show the line of color change from light to deeper blue.

Lovely ladies on the beach.  They didn't seem to mind the rocks.
Azur is the color of the sea here.  It changes from a light blue near the shore, to varying shades of deeper blue the farther out you look.  The beaches are not sandy, but rocky.  There are still folks sitting and sunbathing on them, but I don't see how it can be comfortable, it's even hard to walk on! 

Optis in a row, follow the leader.

Hobie 16
The French government subsidizing sailing schools for youths.  There is a very active one in Gagnes-sur-Mer, with boats from small optis for the little kids to bigger catamarans for the teenagers.  They were out sailing most days.  I don't know if it's considered a sport for school credit or and extra curricular activity.  Either way, France is turning out a lot of sailors.

I planted these same hibiscus in our front yard in New Orleans.
The climate here is mediterranean, which means it's hot and dry in the summers and rains in the winter.  The plants are gorgeous!  Even in October, the bougainvillas and  hibiscus are in full glory, such vibrant colors.
Other plants that we think of as potted plants are growing huge outside, even the banana has fruit!
Euphorbia in front of a building in our apartment complex.

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