Eze Village

This fascinating village in the French Riviera extending from the Mediterranean sea to the hilltop with a medieval village. Its Jardin botanique d’Eze was created after WW11 on a chateaus ruins by town mayor André Gianton and Jean Gastaud of the Jardin Exotique de Monaco. It is sited on a steep terrain falling over 400 meters to the sea with panoramic views of the coast, and known for its impressive collection of cactus and succulents from the Mediterranean region, Africa, and the Americas.

The oldest building in the village is the Chapelle de la Sainte Croix and dates back to 1306. Members of the lay order of the White Penitents of Èze, were in charge of giving assistance to plague victims, who would hold their meetings there. The shape of the bell-turret is an indication that the village once belonged to the Republic of Genoa. A series of sculptures, Earth Goddesses, by Jean-Philippe Richard is interspersed among the cacti and succulents, as well as the castle ruins. Each sculpture is accompanied by a plaque with an enigmatic message. The first sculpture, Justine or Isis, commemorates the Egyptian goddess of fertility who some people credit with giving her name to the village of Eze.

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Dublin Coastal

11a3275891010b1111a12131516141918So many challenging and fulfilling memories of shooting in the depths of winter just before the deluge of snowfall. The surrounding coastal areas of Dublin are simply stunning with an abundance of character. Many have been posted before so here’s a best of .

Tom Hoxey R.I.P.

Its been quite a year for funerals this year all having a good innings. In 2012 we celebrated my mother in law’s 90th birthday. The pub /restaurant was larger enough for me to set up a studio to photograph her and all the family including her brothers and sister all in their late 80’s early 90’s. TomUncle Tom copy passed away last month . A Wicklow sheep farmer and Hurling fan.