If it’s Friday, it must be France …

How opportune that the Weekly Photo Challenge is LOVE  with a photo showing a bridge in Paris where romantic lovers affix locks. Don’t forget to scroll down to the bottom of that blog and see how ‘Love’ is interpreted by a host of very talented photographers. You will find images that inspire, tease, or simply please, whether achieved through complex techniques or simple point-and-shoot shots.

My contributions are these photos from the Musée Marc Chagall in Nice, one of my all-time-favourite art galleries. (They encourage photography … no flash, of course.) Off the main gallery is a smaller octagonal room displaying five passionate paintings depicting the Song of Songs and dedicated to Vava, Chagall’s beloved wife.

Musée Marc Chagall-PSandsPhotos
Musée Marc Chagall-PSandsPhotos

Filled with Chagall’s idiosyncratic symbolism and blending of rapturous colours, the audio guide contains a moving selection by Bach, chosen by Chagall to accompany this work. Truly, I was filled with an overpowering feeling of LOVE in that space.

If you are considering coming along on our guided trip for women in the south of France in October 2013, I promise this is one of our stops.

Musée Marc Chagall-PSandsPhotos
Musée Marc Chagall-PSandsPhotos

I’ve been thinking a great deal about love this week as I’m back in Toronto for a couple of weeks and spending a lot of time with The Adorables (our youngest grandchildren, ages 3 and 4). They fill my heart constantly with the purest of love.

More poignantly and painfully, I have also been spending time with a dear friend who is passing from this life. As I see and feel the deep love he and his wife are sharing to the end, I’m reminded of the blessing true love is in life. Let’s all remember to shower the people we love with love … thank you, James Taylor. 


Showering love in a different way, Susan Sommers and I are looking forward to sharing a brief presentation about Embracing Change At Any Age at the Lolë store, 172 Lakeshore Road, in Oakville on Tuesday, January 29, at 7 p.m. We would be delighted to have you stop in and join us if you are in the neighbourhood!

Please excuse the wonky missing paragraph spacing here.  I’ve decided it has something to with adding text to a reblogged post and my limited tech skills haven’t figured out how to fix that. Desolée! À la prochaine!

Published by patriciasands

Patricia Sands lives in Toronto, Canada when she isn't somewhere else, particularly the south of France. With a happily blended family of seven adult children and, at last count, six grandchildren, life is full and time is short. Beginning with her first Kodak Brownie camera at the age of six, she has told stories all of her life through photography. Much to her surprise a few years ago, she began to write and has now published three novels, including two that are part of a six-book series set in the south of France. Love France? Love her work! Check out her website www.patriciasandsauthor.com She is particularly drawn to the rewarding friendships of women and the challenges many embrace once their families are grown. "It's never too late to begin something new," she enthuses. "As the saying goes, just do it!"

19 thoughts on “WHAT IS LOVE?

  1. What an intriguing way to show love ~ with a lock affixed to a bridge. It’s beautiful in it’s complexity and simplicity. Your photos are always awe inducing. Love. I love love.

    1. Alesia, I just went to your wonderful blog. I have friends who have children with autism and appreciate the joys and challenges you experience. I’m looking forward to your future posts.

    1. Thanks. I was thinking of our ailing friend when I decided to post it. Peace and love in a different dimension. Thanks so much for stopping by and for taking the time to comment!

  2. Ahhh, there is no other place on earth like the south of France, it just speaks of love in itself. My favourite travel destination. My favourite museum was the Musée du Jeu de Paume when it housed the Impressionist works, which I believe have now moved to the Musée d’Orsay.

    1. You are right, Lynne, those Impressionist works are in the Musée d’Orsay in Paris. There are so many incredible galleries and museums in France,it’s a challenge to decide on a favourite!

      1. We are going to be spending a couple of days in Paris this spring at the end of our vacation and before the flight home. We are going to have to decide how to spend our time. I’d like to just soak up the atmosphere.It’s been many years since I was last there.

  3. Love, love, love these photos of Chagall’s art. The colors, flowers and dove all say “Love” to me. The pic of dinner on the beach is the ultimate in romance! Thanks for sharing these, Patricia!

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