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.
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.
We’ve seen and heard Black Cockatoos in Perth quite a lot recently – both Red-tailed and Carnaby’s. This female Red-tailed Black Cockatoo kindly posed at the top of a dead tree, so we could take a few photos. It appeared to be contemplating a rather long and ambitious flight. That’s one small step for a black cockie …
If there is one thing that’s better than seeing an unusual waterbird, it’s seeing two of them together. Hence the old photographers’ joke that “one good tern deserves another”. We spotted the Musk Ducks above and Great Crested Grebes below at Lake Monger in Perth.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The real delight in Troyes, 150km southeast of Paris, is the town’s amazing collection of half-timbered buildings. There are streets and streets of them, mostly dating from the 16th century.
The crooked alleys between the buildings are amazing too.
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.