|Photo albums dedicated to my holidays in France.|
It took me about four days of very careful photographic arrangement, devoting each album to a particular visit or visits, with sections on my excursions departing from Bordeaux's Gare St Jean railway station on various trains to Bergerac, Toulouse, St-Emilion, Arcachon, Angoulême and Biarritz.
|plenty of bikes|
|at the Utopia cinema in Bordeaux|
|Bordeaux wine festival|
|Paris December 2006|
Nowadays my photography usually goes directly on to the internet and hosted on Flickr.com, but the reason for the paper version French albums was so that I could look tacitly through the pages and quietly enjoy my memories of trips to France and perhaps play my French music whilst doing so – peut- étre with a glass of wine or two at my side. The image below is a small part of my French music collection with my favourites Amélie-Les- Crayons (nothing to do with the film- Amélie), Jane Birkin, Arthur H, and Jeanne Cheral. I also like to listen to Edith Piaf, Charles Trenet (La Mer), Carla Bruni, Charles Aznavour and other compilation albums of modern music makers in France. No French rap though. Too urban-macho for my taste.
On a gentler note; after I come back from my French holidays I use all the notes/reflections I’ve written during the time on vacation. With these written observations – the practice of which is part of my holiday enjoyment - all the bits and pieces, menus, receipts, tram tickets, brochures , images etc, that I have collected help me build up my writing for the holiday journal. So something mundane actually takes on an inner depth and poetic nature in the writing process. This documentation is purely for my own pleasure and is a habit that possibly began many years ago when I was in the Boy Scouts and was given the responsibility to write the camp log book during and after each Scout camp. My university years, much later in life, would have re-enforced the activity of collecting written, verbal and visual data as forms of documentation. When I have finished writing and printing off the travel journal I often audio record it to play back and enjoy anytime I feel nostalgic for a trip to La Belle France.
|Monka the monkey poses in France.|
So, mes amis, I may not be able to afford a holiday in France this year but through my enjoyable methods of documentation I can reminisce through my journals, my special photo collections, my French music and my cooking of French food at home.
If want to look through my French/France based photos check them out here