Skinny Rabbit Slideshow Productions Presents:

"Crusader Rabbit in Loire Valley Part II."

(Alternatively titled "Good thing I have rechargeable batteries and a 256mb memory card" starring Nikon cam and a wacky tourist lady.)


































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Pictures taken with my nikon coolpix 3100.
(Images have not been retouched.)

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Visiting some mini chateaux! The place is cute... ...with lots of little castles to admire... ...and Crusader Rabbits posing in floppy hats... ...and Captain Jesters, too... [Awwwwwwwwwwww!]

...but after a while the only one looking at the mini chateaux will be the parents, because all the kids care about are these little model trains running all over the park.

 

Here we are at the REAL castle at Chaumont-sur-Loire. (P.S. This castle intrigues me for its history. It was given to Diane de Poitiers by Catherine de Medicis after she stripped Diane of Chenonceau.) We visited the castle for the annual festival international des jardins. Artists from all over the world participate with some beautiful garden-inspired art and techniques. I'm sharing photos of a few of my favorites, but there was a lot to see! Here's the Captain checking out the fog in one section... "Mind Mist" by the Architecture School of Barcelona of UPC in Spain. [Awwwwwwwww!]

The theme for 2005 was "les jardins ont de la mémoire", and this is part of a design that brings to life a memory a two year old child might have of a grandparent's garden.

Yep. Those are enormous undies hanging from a clothesline.

A textile garden by textile students at Lyceé Diderot and city gardeners of LYON. (I couldn't help feeling proud when I saw this design.)     Crystal Garden.       "L'oeil de Claude Monet" "The Flower Nest" And this is what was inside of it.     "La mémoire des cannettes" A tribute to the great landscape artist Roberto Burle-Marx.    

"This one's my favorite, Mommy."

    "Stumpery" by les jardiniers du Conservatoire in France.