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2012 in pictures

I started my photo blog in mid-January 2012 because I wanted to give the 365-day project (366 as 2012 was a leap year) a try. It is now the beginning of 2013 and I am 14 days away from completing it. Go me! Of course, not all of the photos have been super interesting. I admit there were days when I just couldn’t find anything fun to photograph, so I just took a pictures of something random that was around me. Yet, I enjoyed the process of keeping an eye out on peculiar things to photograph, noticing minor details that I would not have seen if I weren’t paying attention, and recording the tidbits of my life as it flashes in front of my eyes. Now, I like to go back on any given day of the year and see what I saw that day, reading the comments that accompany the imagery.

I will now share with you one photo from each month that has never been posted on this blog (some travel photos have been used for both blogs), along with the description that I wrote for that day and my comments now that the entire year is almost over.

January 27, 2012 – Rainbow in Cherbourg: “Cherbourg is really a lovely little place, and I stepped out at the perfect time to catch this rainbow at the port. Not only do you see its reflection in the water, if you look carefully, there is a faint secondary rainbow above it, to its right. I’ve never seen such a big, majestic rainbow before. What a sight!”

Comments: Come to think of it, Cherbourg is probably the only placed I “travelled” to that I didn’t write about. And I don’t want to write about it, even though I’ve been there TWICE. The circumstances under which I went to that place are too much burden on my heart and mind.

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Bergerac in the mirror

The first time I’ve ever heard of Bergerac was in grade 12 when in French class we read the play Cyrano de Bergerac. I had no idea what Bergerac meant, and I didn’t care enough to bother to find out. That was 6 years ago.

The second time I heard the word Bergerac was at a church service, when the English pastor mentioned that our French pastor’s daughter is going to move to Bergerac. Then it kind of struck me that I’ve heard of Bergerac somewhere, though I couldn’t recall for the life of me where and when I’ve heard it.

Then I began to look up small places nearby Bordeaux to visit on a Sunday with some friends. Near meant less than 2 hours by train, and with my limited knowledge on French geography, I opened up Google Maps, Wikipedia, and SNCF side by side, magnifying the regions around Bordeaux and looking up any towns or cities that seemed promising for a day-trip.

Lo and behold, directly to the east of Bordeaux, we found Bergerac hidden in the map, only an hour and a half away by regional train. Only after checking it out on trusty Wikipedia and reading the short blurb on Cyrano de Bergerac did it hit me that yes, that was indeed why it sounded familiar. As the TGV to La Rochelle was too expensive to book already, friends and I set out for Bergerac on a glorious Sunday morning.

As it turned out, Bergerac is one of the prettiest and most tranquil towns I’ve been to. This is why I enjoy visiting small towns. They give off an inexplicable aura of freshness and “soul”, and you can discover such inner peace by just walking down the old streets and staring at the reflections of the town in the river. In this case, Bergerac is situated along the Dordogne river, and though it may not seem as wide and majestic as our Garonne in Bordeaux, it shows a completely different kind of beauty. Of course, we were blessed with impeccable sunshine and warmth on the day of our trip, and as it was a Sunday, the town was calm and quiet, as if it was taking a break…

A tiny local market taking place among the trees. There weren’t many people, perhaps ten booths/vendors at most, but it was cute and cozy.

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