Veracruz, Mexico, 2003. Blue crab on our doorstep. We’d rented a house by the beach. There were dozens of those blue crabs everywhere.
The Eiffel tower, from the Musée de l’Homme. Paris, 2016.
The Forest Mother. Tlalpan. 2017.
The little men of Guérande. Brittany. 2010. Guérande is renowned for its sea salt.
A procession in the streets of Tlalpan, week-end before last. A remnant of century old traditional dances of the villages. The bearded “man”, (danced here by a woman actually) is a representation of the conquering Spaniards. Masks used to be made of wood. I have a few in my library. This one was is in nylon. Easier to breathe.
Galerie Barthoux, Paris. c.2015. Some of you know I love Lichtenstein. If I had the means to buy ART, I’d “buy me” a Lichtenstein. (And a Mondrian too)
“Seriously?” This morning. Tlalpan, Mexcio city. (And, no, a wheelchair does NOT fit on the right either)
Praga. 2004. Praga has to be one of the world’s three most beautiful cities… I was going through old prints this week-end, and found the above. I knew I’d seen it in Paul’s great Prague Post:
“The plantation. No branches”. Rue Montorgueil, Paris. c.2014
Palace nights, Mexico. The “Palacio de hierro”, the Iron palace is one of Mexico’s top department stores. (c) Palacio de hierro.
Salonique or Thessaloniki, Greece, c.1917. The nurse in the centre is Marthe Goutière, a cousin of my grandmother Julie, both born in India, in French families established there since the 1700’s.
This photograph was taken a century ago, never ceases to amaze me. The allies had opened an eastern front in Thessaloniki. Cousin Marthe, according to the family lore wanted to be a Doctor, which was still frowned upon for women. Became a nurse instead. And spent the entire war tending the wounded of the French Army. The officers in the picture wear typical French uniforms – and moustache – of that time. The campaign lasted from 1915 to 1918, the end of the war. The medal Marthe is wearing seems to be the Croix de Guerre, the highest decoration awarded in time of war. She died in 1918, of the Spanish Influenza, which killed 50 to 100 million people the world over. Way above the 18-20 million dead of WWI.