Hot air balloons championship

I’ve been to one of the flights of Franch hot air balloons championship (Championnat de France de Montgolfières) this year. It was hold in the huge garden of a Loire valley castle.

On my way to the show, I hit to a terrible trafic jam, so I arrived almost late.

Not quite, the balloons were just getting ready.
get ready

getting ready

Everybody was taking pictures.
taking pictures

I’ve managed slip to the front.


Lighted by the flame and the setting sun.

Off it went.
off it went

The castle, Chateau de Brissac, where the balloons taken off from it’s garden, at 18h44, half an hour before the flight.
chateau Brissac

At 20h00.
chateau de brissac

Photos taken on 29 August 2013.

Tongheli (同和里)

A typical cantonese old house, situated in the south-west of Guangzhou, in the district of Haizhu(海珠), I passed it quite by chance, is a area I didn’t come at all. There is  an other district in the north-west of Guangzhou, the Xiguang (西关), in the district of Liwan(荔湾), much more famous for its old cantonese old houses.

May be because Tonheli (同和里) is less known than Xiguang (西关), and the houses were built by the people not so wealthy, the few old houses left in Tonheli don’t seen to be fixed up like in Xiguang.  I don’t know for how long these old houses can standed up in the modern city.

A charming old house in Tonheli(同和里).

The street with few hundred years old trees, next to the old house.
old tree

A street with 30 years old trees, in the other side of the same city. This photo was taken just after the typhoon Youte.
young trees

Photo taken on August 2013.

Castles and water

In this area, castles are so often link with water, built by a river, a stream, or surrounded by a moat.

Château du Plessis-Bourré, a XV century castle, surrounded by an artificial lake.
chateau du plessi bourré

Plessi-Bourré castle’s entrance.
entrée du plessi bourré

In front of this river (Le Loir), it’s a XI century castle,  château royal de Durtal. There are River Loire (La Loire) and River Loir (Le Loir), La Loire is the main river of the Loire Valley, le Loir is also in the area, but much smaller.
le loir

Royal de durtal castle seen from the bridge.
chateau de durtal

Château de Pornic, a XII century castle, faces the atlantic ocean.  although in serious, it’s in the “Pays de la Loire”, but the castle is not one the Loire valley castles, it situated in the south of the river Loire, where the big river joins the atlantic ocean.  Pornic castle is private, not open to public visited.
chateau du pornic

photos taken on July 2013.

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