Arras: the Squares

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Arras is an attractive town in the North of France. The town’s two great squares are stunning providing a collection of 155 unique facades of Flemish baroque architecture. In 1492 Arras had become part of the Spanish Netherlands and this explains the style of the architecture.

In Northern Europe these large town squares were originally designed to accommodate large markets which in different periods contributed largely to the prosperity of those cities.

I had been in Arras before but never for a whole day. On Sunday we walked round the town which is probably the best way to discover the cobblestoned town center and visited the museum.

Nature Notes: By The Canal

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A favorite Sunday walk in my area is along a canal which joins two rivers: the Somme and the Scheldt. As the weather was bright and sunny last week, we went walking there and I took a few photos.

Has your area changed? How do you feel the awakening of spring?

Michelle of Rambling Woods started a new meme called “Nature Notes.” This is my firs contribution. Have a look at her blog for more “Nature Notes”.

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A Week Here and There

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On this blog

Photo Memes:
Red Little Girl for Ruby Tuesday
From And On The IFC for Watery Tuesday
Sepia Trinity College Dublin for Sepia Scenes

The Lives of Others – The French Way
Big Brother at my school

The Warsaw Ghetto Little Boy
Facts and reflections about a well-known photo

A Few Thoughts About Commenting
To comment or not to comment

Choosing a School
My brother and his wife are looking for a school for their daughter

Naan
A recipe for Indian flat bread

Elsewhere

Parshat Mishpatim:
The Responsibility of Choice by Rabbi Dov Linzer
Thoughts on Parashat Mishpatim by Rabbi Marc D. Angel
Shabbat Shalom: Parshat Mishpatim by Shlomo Riskin

Baila is back to blogging so is a Living Nadneyda
Mrs. S’s son is also a movie-maker
Leora encourages us to add sea vegetables to our diet

JPIX: The Beginner’s Edition

This is my first attempt at the monthly Jpix carnival – the carnival for Jews and their pictures which was revived last August by Frumhouse. I have only managed to put these wonderful shots in a somewhat orderly manner thanks to Leora’s tutorials on web building. Each series of photos is followed by a caption which should help you make sense of what you can see. Just click on the individual picture to read and see the entire post.

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Batya fasts in the cold and takes pictures of Jerusalem. She goes to Eilat on vacation and reminds us that it is also part of Eretz Yisrael. She is learning about Biblical characters and sharing photos about Ramat Rachel, Ir David and the “Tayelet”.

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Ricki’s mom sends us a photo of Ricki in the snow as well as one of her drawings.

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The Wolf and Leora experiment with macro shots.

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The Wolf shares the technical aspects of shutter speed. Two bloggers take part in photo memes: A Living Nadneyda posts red inauguration flowers for Ruby Tuesday while Leora uses the detail of a former photo for Tuesday Challenge.

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TherapyDoc visits relatives in Atlanta and Miami. Then a photo of her nephew causes her to reflect on Gaza and Israel.

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Joe Flix keeps a wondeful photo blog, mostly about various aspects of Jewish life, make sure to check it.

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To finish more photos from Israel: Pesky Settler shows her “new” view. Mom in Israel collects a sample of fashion photos with her new camera. Rahel shows her latest photos from Jerusalem.

Another Week Gone By

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A recipe for challah, the Shabbat’s bread.

Photo Memes I’ve taken part in:
Frozen Flowers
Healthy Ruby Tuesday
Water on a Watery Day
Sepia Stockholm
Fiery Skies

Visit Jewish Ideas, a site with downloadable articles in pdf format, perfect for Shabbat reading.

Snow or Thoughts of a Ranting Teacher. How the weather affected my view of parental responsibility.

Blessings & Self-Realization, a post about this week’s parshah.

Leora inititated the personal weekly review on her blog a couple of weeks ago. Hers is more complete than mine in that it features other articles and blogs, make sure to check it out.