A ROA Retrospective

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Last week’s blog entry about the ROA snake mural in Perth reminded us that we have frequently come across artwork by this Belgian artist in our travels.

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He specialises in painting “Really Outstanding Animals”. These Aussie animals were part of a ROA  exhibition at Form Gallery in Perth a few years back.

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Colour Coordinated

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You’ll see this colourful tree in flower in many parts of Perth at present. It is called Illyarrie (Eucalyptus erythrocorys) and is native to areas north of Perth, but has been planted here as a decorative street tree.

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It’s surprising how many things seem to coordinate with the bright colours of Illyarrie. Both Rainbow Lorikeets and fast food restaurants get in on the act.

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Gold Standard 3

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Among all the half timbered buildings in the French town of Troyes, this one especially caught our attention. It wasn’t just the building itself, but what was inside.

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The building houses an amazing tool museum – known as Maison de l’Outil et de la Pensée Ouvrière (or MOPO for short) in French – which is claimed to be the largest in Europe.

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Gold Standard

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Last week we featured the retro merry-go-round in the village of Sceaux, in outer Paris. While we were in France, we also saw the one above. It’s in the town of Troyes, about 150km southeast of Paris, in the central square facing the town hall (below).

We had hardly heard of Troyes before we went there – it’s not a particularly well known town. But the Troy weight system for measuring gold is thought to have originated there. Gold merchants operated in Troyes from about the 9th century.

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