France – storytelling and pictures

Opp Fest in France? –  Posted by Debbie Ambrous – November 1, 2014

I’m not saying there is an actual Opp Fest in France with boiled peanuts, pork skins, country music, Alabama crafts, antique cars and “Ya’ll It’s Fall” signs here and there.  But when Jim and I are in France, it’s always an Opp Fest when we make an appearance.

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Couldn't this be an Alabama car?  Multi-functional Automobile

Couldn’t this be an Alabama car? Multi-functional Automobile

We should import this vehicle to Alabama.  I want one!

We should import this vehicle to Alabama. I want one!

Isn't this a gorgeous antique car? Opp Fest in France anyone?

Isn’t this a gorgeous antique car? Opp Fest in France anyone?

Which poster would you select?

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Soaring with the Cuckoo in France – Posted by Debbie Ambrous- March, 16, 2014

Jim tries to reign me in when I start to go into excess with my garden decorating.  He reminds me of a certain house in our little town of Opp, Alabama that could be named “Hoarder’s Cottage”.

La Prairie creates a harmonious hamlet and soars like an eagle!  See, I was wise and didn't make any comparison of Jim to the daffy cuckoo.

La Prairie creates a harmonious hamlet and soars like an eagle! See, I was wise and didn’t make any comparison of Jim to the daffy cuckoo.  Thanks for showing “A French Opportunity, Jim!

Got it all under control with the birds in a row, except one!  You can guess who that is...

Got it all under control with the birds in a row, except one! You can guess who that is…

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Narrow Lanes in France Reap Rewards – Posted by Debbie Ambrous -February 15, 2014

Could you drive through this passage? The lady passenger hopped out and signaled the driver.

Could you drive through this passage? The lady passenger hopped out and signaled the driver.

The dark blue car drove over this hill.  At least there is a narrow ledge and it's paved.  I assure you, I could not do it!

The dark blue car drove over this hill. At least there is a narrow ledge and it’s paved. I assure you, I could not do it!

Jim is the driver for the job as long as I keep quiet and directions only when requested.

Jim is the driver for the job as long as I keep quiet and give directions only when requested.

You may find the perfect house for sale - Maison Vendre

You may find the perfect house for sale – Maison Vendre

Consider Perigord Tours for your travel to the Dordogne region of France.  They know the region and will take you to special places with no worry or bother. perigordtours They are such nice folks!  Take a look at Perigord Tours and Like their Facebook when you visit.  You could even mention that I sent you. ___________________________________________________________________

Photos of France for Shirley – Posted by Debbie Ambrous – February 7, 2014

The people of France would be charmed and captivated by Shirley’s unique personality.  She will be remembered…

A castle fit for a Princess...

A castle fit for a Princess…

Shirley would try them all and encourage me to do the same.  She would be beautiful in all of them.

Shirley would try them all and encourage me to do the same. She would be beautiful wearing any one of them.

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Shirley would buy a yellow hat like his, or he would be so charmed he would give it to her!  Bien sur!

Shirley would buy a yellow hat like his, or he would be so charmed he would give it to her! Bien sur!

 

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Jim’s Photography Part II – Posted by Debbie Ambrous – February 2, 2014

DSC02775DSC02871DSC02759Do you like Jim’s photography of France?  He will be signing autographs in our driveway just any day now.  I won’t get any work from him with all of the autograph seekers coming ’round.  I thought these pics were rather grand except for the last one with that lady in the hat rambling on the street.  Thank ya’ll and come back again.

"Goodyear Twins" - Photographer - Jim Ambrous

 Photographer – Jim Ambrous

Jim says I am Jealous of his fabulous photography.  I will show him!  More of his work will be showcased in the future.

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He loves me, He Loves Me Not, HE LOVES ME! – Posted by Debbie Ambrous -Jan. 11, 2014

Do you think that a proposal in France is more romantic than one in Alabama, Missouri, Florida or Panama?  Would a “will you marry me?” cause your heart to beat faster in France compared to any other place in the world?  Jim first asked me to marry him in the family room of my parents’ house.  He asked again with a ring for my hand in Selma, Alabama, in my parents’ car.  When I think of those moments and where I experienced them, I only remember the happiness not the location.  I was out of this world, top of the world singing inside “HE LOVES ME!”  Where was your proposal?  Let’s change the question to the men, “Where did you propose?”

Love letters in a box like this or a U.S. mailbox are much more romantic compared to text messages, e-mails and twitter!

Love letters in a box like this or a U.S. mailbox are much more romantic compared to text messages, e-mails and twitter!

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Raindrops on roses, irises and figs – Posted by Debbie Ambrous – December 29, 2013

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No lunch in the sunshine with a glass of wine today when the rain is falling.

No lunch in the sunshine with a glass of wine today when the rain is falling.

Yes, rain falls on roses, irises, figs and more.  Even Julie Andrews could not complain if raindrops fall on her head and beauty is nourished by the rain in France.

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Treasures in France – Posted by Debbie Ambrous – December 5, 2013

Treasure is not always the glittery kind.  In fact, much of the highly valued treasure is found encrusted with layers of dirt, scale and rust; then it is auctioned at astronomical prices, or considered priceless and kept in museums or private collections.

France has treasure in abundance for all those who search.  See if you agree.

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Could you drop a line?  Just a short note to tell us how you are doing and maybe a comment on the treasures...

Could you drop a line? Just a short note to tell us how you are doing and maybe a comment on the treasures…

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32 thoughts on “France – storytelling and pictures

    • Me too! Just people-watching is fun, but seeing all of the beautifully displayed items adds up to more and more pictures in my camera!

  1. I love street matkets like this, I will be in spain in August I hope they have some there. Never been there so wewill see.

    • In Barcelona, they have La Rambla where the vendors spill over into the streets. Even in small towns in Spain, I saw small grocery stores that displayed vegetables & fruits on the street. My visit was several years ago, and I tell about it briefly in my upcoming book. I will be looking forward to hearing about your trip to Spain. Enjoy!

  2. I do have a farmer’s market here in Melbourne, but I have a walker because of my stroke damage, so walking is an effort. Try to grasp every second of the joy your mobility. I’m still having fun through God’s Grace.

      • Is that Wysteria that I see in the pictures(lavender)because we have an abundance in the
        Lakecity Live Oak area… and it is so fragrant!
        Love your pix and your experiences with Jim.. Fun

        • Yes, it is wisteria! The fragrance is very strong and draws bumblebees. Mother had wisteria in her front yard, and we moved some to our home. It will take some time for it to grow, but once it starts it grows in leaps and bounds. Wisteria covers stone houses and terrace arbors. Thank you for your comment. I’m so glad that you like the photography and stories. I may enjoy the photography even more than writing.

  3. Loved your writings and all your pictures. You guys have travel so much you’ll have lots of work fill this Website. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Thank you for sharing such a gorgeous view of France! The gardens, the food….everything looks so beautiful and tranquil. I have always been curious about the country, but after viewing it through the spectacular lens of your “French Opportunity”-it is now one of my top future get-a-way destinations. 🙂

  5. Your photos are exquisite and remind me our our family trip to the Loire Valley a few years ago. I am a watercolor painter and would love to paint some of your scenes. ( I followed the link to your site via your blog post to Asher Allen on midwestdairy.com)

    • I adore the Loire Valley, and I do hope you paint the scenes from my photos. I would be very happy to see the paintings when you are finished. I enjoy photography, but my sister was the artist in the family. Thank you for sending a comment. I look forward to hearing from you again.

  6. Hi Debbie! Love your photos and reading your experiences. From one travel lover to the other (especially France)! Looking forward to reading your book. Glad V. Walker referred me to your site!

    • Hi Shirley,
      I’m happy that V Walker referred you also. I meet many lovely people through referrals. It seems that we have many things in common. I do hop you enjoy the book, and I look forward to hearing from you again. All the best, Debbie

  7. Love staying in touch with you guys in this unique way plus accompanied by gorgious photos. We want more, more, more.

    • I enjoy writing the blog and the photography also. More, more, more is coming! I appreciate your contribution to this one. I was trying to think of a good quote, and the one from Proverbs that you sent was perfect. Keep the comments coming with more, more, more!

  8. I vote for colored pictures. Black and white can be spectacular with just the right subject, but your subjects cry for color. Thanks for the mini tour. Ali

  9. I just wish I had your amazing ability to tell about your travels. In the past few years, we have made 2 trips to Puerto Rico. One in 2010 to the east side & another one this year to the west side. Both amazing in their own way. Made lots of memories! We also love to take pictures & browse antique/junk shops!! Need to get together & do that one day!! 🙂

  10. I see you figured out the collage. Thank you for mentioning me! I don’t know if you’re aware, but WordPress has the option to display your photos as a collage, and then you can also click to go to each one. It’s a little different, but you may like it. It is done by installing “Jetpack” plugin.

    • Audrey,
      Thanks for the suggestions. I’ll build up my courage and bravery to try some more good things. I’m usually afraid since I sometimes create new problems when I venture out there into the unknown. I like the new features, so I do appreciate your recommendations.

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