13.5.09

Meeting bloggers at Menton


Together with Nathalie (Avignon in Photos), Richard (Neue Zürcher Blog) and Stuart (“Chuckeroon” –Richmond upon Thames Daily Photo) , we had the privilege to meet for a long weekend at one of the nicest places in France (on the globe?), Menton, and to be welcomed by Jilly (Menton Daily Photo), who is fortunate enough to live there.

Jilly had organised our visit in the most wonderful way. We visited not only Menton, but she took us also to some other close-by places like Roquebrune, Gorbio and Monaco – Monte Carlo.

Below you will find some illustrations which hopefully well reflect what a nice time we had. We didn’t talk only photography! One of our lunches we had on the charming terrace of Jilly’s house, overlooking the fantastic landscape with the Mediterranean in the background.

I will be back with some (shorter) posts about our weekend, but will today start with some impressions from Menton, very close to the Italian border and after different reigns (including the Monaco Grimaldi family) part of France since 1860 (with some short interludes during the more recent wars).

The old city is perhaps the most charming part of the place (see also the top photo)...
... with a cemetery at the top of the hill, offering spectacular views in all directions, but...
... we must not forget that the city of course developed to tourism during the 19th century with some impressive palaces, a casino...
... and of course not the water front!
I made this post a bit earlier than my "normal" Wednesday posts. I will again be quite busy the coming days... and please accept my appologies for not having time to visit your posts the way I normally like to do it.
... and if you wonder: The moon on the night shot from Menton is not quite at its place. It's a seperate photo.
You can find some of my Menton photos also on Ipernity.

65 comments:

Olivier said...

sympathique, le champagne a du couler a flot ;o)) j'adore la première photo, on a l'impression qu'elle sort d'un film de Pagnol.

Cezar and Léia said...

Dear Peter!
Glad to see you had a fabulous weekend with friends!
All friends are so lovely in these pictures!
The French Riviera is really a blessed "spot"!
Many thanks for sharing this pictures!
Now I will go for Ipernity :-)

God bless you

Thérèse said...

Je ne peux dire qu'une chose: extra, extra, extra.
Et la première photo est fabuleuse. Comme le dit Olivier: sous le soleil de Pagnol...

Ruth said...

Jealous jealous jealous jealous.

I would love to meet Nathalie (don't know the others, but how nice they look!), the environs and Jilly's terrace look like heaven. Ohhhh, so lucky you were.

Ohhhhh.

*SparkleMirror* Kiln-Fired Art Studio said...

I'm reading so much about Menton, and am thinking this is a place I must visit. Thanks Peter...
David

*SparkleMirror* Kiln-Fired Art Studio said...

PS -- Oh, and of course, thank you for the wonderful photos!

Anna Bobryk photography said...

j'adore tes photos!

DW Quilt Art said...

It looks like a lovely place! I've been to Monte Carlo and Roquebrune, wish I had ventured just a little further :-)

Coltrane_lives said...

Stunning.

Anne in Oxfordshire said...

So pleased you had a brilliant time.."Menton" looks fabulous...and you went to Monaco!! My husband is off there on Sunday, he works for a Formula 1 team...the race is the sunday after! Your photos are brilliant too!

How wonderful of Jilly to show youand fellow bloggers around, and what a lovely place to live.. :-)

Anne in Oxfordshire said...

Sorry forgot to ask..had any of you met before? Just wondering thats all.

Starman said...

Menton is gorgeous.

Cheryl said...

I really enjoyed the slideshow. Wonderful! Must have been the perfect weekend.

SusuPetal said...

Oh, you've had a fantastic meeting in such beautiful places!!!

Catherine said...

Comme si j'y étais.
L'attente jusqu'aux vacances sera encore plus longue.....

Matritensis said...

I been there two years ago, a beautiful place, especially Menton.

Nice week!

Adam said...

I've always thought of the French riveria as a great place to visit, but somewhere I would never choose to live, but your photos make it look very tempting. I think the first photo looks like something out of a Jacques Tati film rather!

I'm sure you all had a wonderful break there - with better weather than most of us had elsewhere!

Mélisse said...

Pfffffiouuuu, la chance ! Qu'est-ce que c'est joli comme endroit ! Je me damnerais pour une terrasse comme celle de Jilly...

Shammickite said...

What a beautiful spot to spend some time with friends and with your camera! And how nice to get away from your regular routine and spend some time in a completely different environment.
It's a long weekend here in Canada.... we are celebrating Queen Victoria's birthday... but I will not be going anywhere. Just into my garden I expect.

Leena said...

I am happy for you all - meeting and beautifully interesting environment!
My trip was also interesting and fine, but I got a flu after a trip - fortunately after :)
Also in Joensuu bird cherries are almost flowering!

Azer Mantessa said...

take time :-)

i really dun mind u to do more menton. a scenic place - mountainous, mediterranean, unique historical city, greeny and all

lyliane said...

Et avec le soleil, profite en bien ici il pleut et fait froid.

mum said...

je trouve magnifique cette rencontre de photographes blogger... que de superbes moments avez-vous dû passer ! félicitations à vous tous et merci pour les voyages que vous nous faites entrevoir !

richard said...

Great and comprehensive collection of memories Peter. Particularly like the first one. Now I know why my feet felt so tired on Monday. Menton really is a jewel, especially when combined with the hinterland, which of course includes the delightful Pension Milou!

claude said...

Une rencontre entre bloggers au pays du soleil. Quoi de plus agréable et beau !
Super post Peter ! A bientôt, j'espère !

Jilly said...

Peter, what a feast of images of the weekend we all spent together. I know I will return again and again to this post to enjoy each marvellous memories. It was such a wonderful pleasure to meet you and spend time with you and all the others. All I can say is 'come back soon!' It's quiet around here now everyone has gone...

Cergie said...

Comme je comprends que Jilly ait pris ses quartiers à Menton, il ne lui serait pas nécessaire de sortir de chez elle, la vue de sa terrasse est magnifique !
Comme d'hab tu as fait le tour du sujet et en un message montré de quoi remplir un Peter's Menton qui aurait tenu au moins un an.
Bien sûr... la top picture typique... mais la photo embrumée du cemetery me plaît au plus haut point. Y a-t-il des hôtes illustres qui vivent là leur éternité ?

hpy said...

Den forsta bilden ar just perfect. Och de andra ar inte sa illa heller.
Hoppas Blogger inte strejkar langre - for en stund sedan skrev jag en lang kommentar, och allt forsvann nar jag klickade pa publish your comment!

Jessica said...

It looks like you had a nice time. What a beautiful place to live. Jilly is lucky to have such views. Thanks for sharing!

Rakesh Vanamali said...

Hello Peter! Thanks for some of the most wonderful photos! Menton looks wonderful, truly splendid!

Also, I'm glad that you and the rest of them had a wonderful time!

april said...

The first big photo is so charming; it reminds me of Spitzweg's paintings. And one can see that your meeting was very joyful and nice. And at such a wonderful place! Who wouldn't want to live there?

frenchie4moi said...

What an opportunity to have Jilly as a tour guide! I adore Menton and hope to retire there part time some day.

You are so gifed! Thanks for all you've posted; it's a lot of work and we appreciate it very much.

Warm regards,

Nancy
San Diego

Virginia said...

Peter,
Well I feel like I was right there. Your photos are marvelous and how lucky to have been to Jilly's home. I have talked with her several times but hope to meet her in person one day as well.

I'm LOL at Stuart, the two fisted photographer! Can he shoot with both at the same time? :)

Like Jilly, I might drop in again to take a longer look. So many photos, so little time. It's almost time to pack!

Nathalie said...

Bravo pour ta première photo, complète illustration de la vie rêvée des villages du sud où on a le temps de tailler une petite bavette avec le facteur.

Quant aux autres, elles composent un patchwork qui parle d'amitié, de rues colorées, de vieilles pierres, de mer et de soleil qui feraient rêver n'importe qui. Quelle chance j'ai eu d'en être !

alice said...

Un vrai festival, ce post! J'adore les baskets du facteur bavard. Et cette photo du cimetière, on pourrait se croire en Asie...

Chuckeroon said...

The postman picture is indeed so "sympathique". You've summed it up so well for everyone - as usual. We did inded have wonderful time together.

delphinium said...

je vois que les bloggeurs s'amusent bien quand ils se rencontrent. :-)
Ils boivent, ils mangent, ils se prennent en photo. Et ils regardent la mer

Marie-Noyale said...

Un tres bel album photo de votre rencontre,enfin de ce que vous voulez bien nous montrer!!! ;~))

La vieille partie de la ville a plus de charme que la façade Atlantique...

"Prendre le temps de vivre..."
illustré parfaitement sur cette superbe 1ere photo.

Spartacus O'Neal said...

Bravo Jilly! Merci Peter!

Parisbreakfasts said...

What a lovely change from pouring rain Paris!
Looks so beautiful!!!

Fabrizio - ikol22 said...

I really enjoyed to see your collage. You did a great job and I'm sure you had wonderful time there !

krystyna said...

Fantastic job Peter, and fantasic meeting in fantastic place!

It is so nice be here in your blogland. I feel as I was there too.

Thank you for sharing!

Have a good time!
Don't worry about revisit.

ALAIN said...

Amusant décalage entre le titre et la première photo, mais après tout, ce sont peut etre aussi des bloggueurs.

Peter said...

Olivier:
Tu as raison pour le champagne, il faut l'avouer! :-)

Cezar & Léia:
Only second this time! :-)
Yes, it's a blessed spot, even more so in good company!

Thérèse:
J'ai eu de la chance de tomber sur ce facteur! :-)

Peter said...

Ruth:
Good reasons to be jealous! :-)

SparkleMirror:
You should! :-)

SparkleMirror bis:
A pleasure! :-)

Peter said...

Anna:
Merci beaucoup; j'apprécie d'une bonne photographe comme toi! :-)

DW:
Next time! :-)

Coltrane:
Even more in real! :-)

Peter said...

Anne:
Your husband must have an exiting life (but often away I suppose)! :-)

Anne bis:
Yes, Nathalie had met Jilly, Richard and me; Richard hat met Richard and me; Jilly had met Nathalie: I had met Nathalie, Richard and Stuart: Stuart had met Richard and me... Do you follow? :-)

Starman:
It is! :-)

Peter said...

Cheryl:
Diificult to have a better one! :-)

SusuPetal:
Yes we did! :-)

Catherine:
Tu as de la chance de pouvoir retourner régulièrement! :-)

Peter said...

Matritensis:
Good for you! :-)

Adam:
Yes, I must confirm that the weather was (also) nice! :-)

Mélisse:
C'est sur qu'une telle terrace rend jaloux! :-)

Peter said...

Shammickite:
Actually, there is a Queen Victoria statue also in Menton, but I did see any specific celebration! :-)

Leena:
Just a normal flu I hope... now over? :-)

Azer:
I will do some more posts about the Côte d'Azur! :-)

Peter said...

Lyliane:
Nous avons bien profité! :-)

mum:
En effet; les rencontres entre bloggeurs sont bien sympathiques! Encore! :-)

Richard:
We took the car upto Gorbio the day you left! :-)

Peter said...

Claude:
J'espère aussi! :-)

Jilly:
Maybe you need some quiet moments? :-)

Cergie:
Sans doute quelques "stars", mais surtout des membres de la haute société fin 19è début 20è! :-)

Peter said...

hpy:
Tack för denna andra koomentar! :-)

Jessica:
You may be sure we had a nice time! :-)

Rakesh:
Yes, it really is splendid! :-)

Peter said...

April:
A good question! :-)

Frenchie:
Yes, Jilly is the best of guides! :-)

Virginia:
I'm sure Stuart would have liked to! :-)

Peter said...

Nathalie:
... et nous la chance que tu étais avec nous! :-)

Alice:
Oui, j'ai aussi remarqué les chaussures du facteur! Comfortables sans doute! :-)

Chuckeroon:
I think that your lemon photo summarised the whole thing perfectly! :-)

Peter said...

Delphinium:
... et regrettent quelques bloggeurs et bloggueuses absents! :-)

Marie-Noyale:
Rien à cacher! :-)

Spartacus:
Merci à toi! :-)

Peter said...

Parisbreakfasts:
Yes, I'm also back under the showers now! Sorry! :-)

Fabrizio:
You should have been there! :-)

Krystyna:
Always nice to share with friends! :-)

Peter said...

Alain:
Peut-être! J'aurais du demander! :-)

Dina said...

How wonderful for you to meet up with blogger friends!
And I am lucky to be led to your beautiful blog.
Shalom from Jerusalem.

Peter said...

Dina:
Yes ... and I met others in Paris this week and will meet yet another today! :-)

Kate said...

I turned various shades of green as I saw these photos. You are so lucky!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Peter said...

Kate:
I know! :-)

JM said...

What a nice bloggers meeting and such fantastic photos you've taken there! Just wonderful!

Peter said...

JM:
Next time you join? :-)

GMG said...

Lucky guys and galls!! I'm envious; what else?