Masai Mara

Big Cat Day

We did two game drives today in search of the big cats. What a success. Cheetahs, lions, and even an elusive leopard. A great reward for suffering some of the most bumpy roads ever.

The photos were all taken with my cell phone so most are not close, except the cropped cheetah shot.

Two views from the porch of my tent at Fig Tree Camp on the Talek River, where the hippos make noise all night long.

Black and White in Color

Alaska in Her Winter Colors

Just after snowfall. Returning home tomorrow evening.

Backroads America: Alaska Snowfall

Onward to Aix-en-Provence

A charming town in Provence, Aix has churches, fountains, plazas, restaurants, banks, and shops. And masses and masses of students. It was gloriously sunny and mild when I arrived this afternoon. So nice to escape the frigid weather of Beaune.

Chateau de Chateauneuf

On a rocky outcrop overlooking the Burgundy canal sits the Chateau de Chateauneuf and its village. The original keep dates to 1132. It was fortified with towers and a drawbridge in the 14th century during the 100 Years War and is one of the only remaining examples of 14th century Burgundian military architecture. It was remodeled and expanded in the 15th century in the flamboyant Gothic style by Philippe Pot, a member of the Order of the Golden Fleece. It remained in private hands until 1936 when it was donated to the state. The chateau and its village are protected historic monuments.

Heaven is a Parisian Boulangerie

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