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Rainy day on Lake Como

Rainy days on Lake Como are often the most memorable.










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Le Mans Museum

The 83rd running of the famous 24 Hours of Le Mans race is still a month away, but you can enjoy the history of the race in the museum at the circuit. It's a great museum, with fun stories about famous drivers, and a fabulous collection of cars that have competed in the race.

Musée des 24 Heures du Mans
9 place Luigi Chinetti
72100 Le Mans, France
Hours: daily, 10:00 – 19:00













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Umbrella in the Garden


I was walking around the gardens at Chenonceau Palace, in France's Loire Valley, when the sight of this women caught my eye. Her umbrella and dress fit the setting perfectly. When printed on canvas, this has the look of an Impressionist painting.

Through our Smugmug store you can now purchase this photo in many different formats. It looks great on canvas, as a framed print, or on a coffee mug.



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I wish that I could fly, into the sky


Headed to Europe for the start of a busy tour season.


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Tales from streets of Rome

After 50 years behind the wheel of a taxi in Rome, Alberto Tomassi has a few stories.


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