The gardens of Versailles were planned by André Le Nôtre, perhaps the most famous and influential landscape architect in French history. Behind the palace, the ground falls away on every side from a terrace adorned with ornamental basins, statues, and bronze groups. Directly west of the terrace is the Latona Fountain, designed by Le Nôtre and sculpted by Gaspard and Balthazard Marsy. The fountain depicts the events of Ovid’s Metamorphoses. The Royal Walk extends westward from the palace. A broad avenue centred on the grass of the Green Carpet, it is flanked by rows of large trees and ends at the spectacular Fountain of Apollo.
The week before Easter was cold and nasty. Gusting wind, snow and freezing rain made the mess everywhere.
There were only Spring dreams in Gallery Park on the Corin Sworn painting. Her work also includes a collection of vases: each week of the exhibition, a flower arrangement is designed in response to the specific period in which the vases were made. The arrangement and vase are subsequently placed in the direct beam of a projector, casting stark shadows on the wall.
Gallery Park is still waiting for the warm sunny weather to bloom all the beautiful flowers. And for now the only joy in the park is the absence of crowd and loneliness.
The last two weeks of August and beginning of September were hot. Then temperature dropped down dramatically and rain with thunderstorm came to our region. Last weekend was grey and rainy. The autumn reminded to people to be ready for the nasty weather and cool windy days. Saturday and Sunday were boring, unpleasant, and depressive. But the Sunday evening sun brought hope that it is not real autumn it is just short reminder of it.
Only five hours driving separate Toronto from Montreal. It is close enough to visit this lovely Quebec’s city often, but not so to visit it just for the weekend. Anyway if there is a chance to come to Montreal late Friday afternoon and stay for couple nights we take it and never regret. French Canada is totally different and have its own charm.
The last visit was right by the time of Just For Laugh Festival that many people familiar with because of the TV Show with the same name. It is funny and exiting event which brings and attracts many of tourists from different countries.We came with our friends who have never been to Montreal before and were glad they got a lot of fun, impressions and delight.
Shakespeare and Company is the name of two independent bookstores on Paris’s Left Bank. The first was opened by Sylvia Beach on 19 November 1919 at 8 rue Dupuytren, before moving to larger premises at 12 rue de l’Odéon in the 6th arrondissement in 1922. During the 1920s, it was a gathering place for writers such as Ezra Pound, Ernest Hemingway, James Joyce and Ford Madox Ford. It closed in 1940 during the German occupation of Paris and never re-opened.
The second is situated at 37 rue de la Bûcherie, in the 5th arrondissement. Opened in 1951 by George Whitman, it was originally named “Le Mistral” but renamed to “Shakespeare and Company” in 1964 in tribute to Sylvia Beach’s bookstore. Today, it serves both as a regular bookstore, a second-hand books store and as a reading library, specializing in English-language literature. The shop has become a popular tourist attraction, and was featured in the Richard Linklater film Before Sunset and in the Woody Allen film Midnight in Paris.
Why do I like that day? That is one of really few days in the year when all the stores are closed and city is looking amazing. There is no rush, no shopping, no cars and people on the streets. No, no, no, there are people on the streets but that is not a weekday people that is different kind of people. They are carefree, quiet, relaxed, and smiling.
This past Good Friday the weather was good – sunny, warm, and springlike. Evening was wonderful and good for walking, thinking and enjoying the life. Somebody suffered for us long time ago and we have to be grateful for that sacrifice.
At the beginning of March it is still wintry. Officially we are going to meet spring on March 20.
Sunday, March 3, was cold and grey day. In the morning it was quiet in High Park. The biggest pond in Toronto – Grenadier Pond – is still under the ice. The ice on the pond is still pretty solid, but along the bank it is already soft and full of water like a sponge.
People trying to use the last chance to enjoy skating on the natural skating rink but for the birds it is hard time. They are suffering from cold and lack of food. It is really pity to see them on the ice. That day I met swan’s couple sitting on the cold icy pond surface and warming up themselves. From the faraway it was looking like two small snowdrifts. Swans have hidden their heads under the wings and legs under the body. But then with the close looking I have found feathers motion under the wind. Oh!
Walking further along the trail I’ve met ducks in the open water. Some of them have painted boring and grey landscape with their green heads, yellow beaks, and orange legs.
Soon it will be springtime!
Despite the lack of snow and frost in Toronto this year people spent the most of time inside of malls and shopping centres to make their Christmas shopping and enjoy lovely decorated places. The only day when city is empty and quiet is a Christmas Day. Malls and stores are closed and people meet their families and friends for the Christmas dinner with gifts sharing. Merry Christmas!