My trip to France in 2011 was lovely and I spent three weeks driving throughout the country. I stayed in Paris at the beginning of the visit and then drove north to the Normandy region where I walked through the somber cemeteries of the fallen soldiers of WWII. Then I drove along the east coast down into the Dordogne region to view the fascinating and ancient cave paintings. Unfortunately, you're not allowed to photograph inside the caves so I wasn't able to capture any great images of the amazing artistry of early man. I then drove through the south of France and visited the sites around Arles. I ended my time in France back in Paris and altogether it was a lovely trip. I took my Canon 5D Mark II and my 24-105mm f.4.0 L, 70-200mm f/2.8 L, 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6, 16-35 f/2.8 II L, and, for the first time a brand new 24mm f/3.5II L Tilt and Shift. You can click on any image to enlarge it to full screen.
There's something about dogs sleeping in front of windows...For some reason this shot appealed to me from an architectural point of view.I don't photograph buildings often, but France has some nice architecture.I thought turning this into a monochrome would suit the image.The famous "Bayeau Tapestry" in Bayeau France.Sometimes an old guy sitting at an outdoor cafe presents a nice image opportunity.Swans in the river flowing through our hotel grounds.One of the cemeteries in Normandy.  This particular one for Canadian soldiers.Very, very somber experience to see this cemetery.Most of these soldiers were kids...maybe nineteen or twenty years old.The older soldiers grave I saw was twenty two.Two kids playing in the cafe we had lunch at in Normandy.One of our stops for the night.  Quite comfortable.This is the very room and bed where Leonardo Da Vinci died.  He died in southern France.Windows + colours + light + shade = good image opportunity.I forget the name of this attraction that Marie wanted to visit.Marie liked to see castles...so we saw castles.The 10,000 year old cave drawings of Dordogne.  Sadly, they would not allow photography inside.More castles.  I confess that they did offer good image opportunities.One of the small villages we passed through in the south of France.