Thursday doors #131

Some new doors from my recent travels. These were all in our hotel in Seefeld.

Thursday Doors is a weekly feature allowing door lovers to come together to admire and share their favourite door photos from around the world. Feel free to join in the fun by creating your own Thursday Doors post each week and then sharing your link in the comments’ on Dan’s site, anytime between Thursday morning and Saturday noon (North American Eastern Time).

Wordless Wednesday #99

I know « Wordless Wednesday » is usually one of my many photos from my #adventuresdown under, but not this week. It’s my view from my bedroom window, a view I’ll never tire of looking at. Weather still lovely, a real Indian summer.

News from France

I returned from vacation yesterday evening and needed to catch up with what’s going to be happening in France this week.

There are several Covid-related rules changes  – what else! – in France this week from changes to mask rules in schools and free Covid tests to the Paris Marathon.

All week

The Semaine du Goût (taste week) runs all this week to celebrate all things flavourful (mainly French cuisine and wine). The programme includes tasting sessions, quizzes and workshops on making everything from patisserie to crêpes all over France.

Monday (yesterday)

From Monday, primary schools in 21 départements of France will scrap mask rules in the classroom. This is in addition to the 47 areas that scrapped the rule last Monday and comes as Covid cases in France (thankfully) continue to steadily fall.


French president Emmanuel Macron will continue in apparent campaign mode on Tuesday albeit without actually having announced he will definitely stand for re-election. He will explain his plan for France 2030 which will lay out how the government will invest tens of billions in technology for the future in the hope French tech companies can rival US or Chinese competitors.


There will be nationwide strikes by museum and gallery staff protesting against the use of the Covid-19 health pass. Members of the public must show their pass (vaccination, negative test or recovery from Covid-19) to gain entry into France’s most famous monuments and sites.

The measure aims to keep the infection spread down and to encourage people to get vaccinated but unions say it is no longer needed due to the high level of vaccinations and the fact mask wearing is obligatory in cultural sites.The strike is set to begin on Wednesday but may continue………….

It had been suggested that the French health pass could be lifted in certain parts of the country where infection rates are low, but the government has now announced that no relaxation will take place before 15th November.

Map with areas that have an incidence rate of 50 or below shown in green. Map:

The decision not to relax restrictions, even though France as a whole has now passed below the alert level of 50 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, was based on advise from the Scientific Council. The panel of scientists who advise the government called for caution as France enters the winter period, where the virus is more likely to spread.


Members of France’s Socialist Party will vote for their chosen candidate for the 2022 presidential election. It looks like it will be the current Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo, but current polls also suggest she has very little chance of being elected next April. All that could change of course over the coming months.


Covid tests are no longer free for everyone. From today there are new rules on who qualifies for free testing. The tests remain free for anyone who has Covid symptoms or is a contact case, but if you are not vaccinated, ‘convenience tests’ such as those needed for travel or to use the health passport must be paid for (Euros 45). Tests for under 18s remain free in all circumstances.


Weekly protests against the health pass continue, although these are now much shrunken in number and in most places number just a few hundred people.


Rescheduled Paris marathon (finally) takes place. The 2020 event, due to be held in February, was one of the first events to be cancelled. Organisers have attempted to reschedule several times since then and now, 19 months later, it is finally going ahead. The race is a health passport event and will take place on the traditional route through the centre of Paris.

What’s happening in your neck of the woods?



Holiday photo: 15 (a day late)

Our last port of call was the same as our first on Lake Garda, a wonderfully relaxing place on its own lake well away from the hustle and bustle of Lake Garda and nestled among the vineyards.

Musical Monday: Pat Benatar

I’m conscious that fewer female artists feature in my musical posts so I’m on a mission to rectify that omission with a few of my favourites……..

Patricia Mae Andrzejewski (1953 -), known professionally as Pat Benatar, is an American rock singer-songwriter and four-time Grammy Award winner. In the United States, she has had two multi-Platinum albums, five Platinum albums, and 15 Billboard Top 40 singles.

Benatar’s 1979 debut album, In the Heat of the Night, was her breakthrough in North America, especially in Canada where it reached number 3 on the album chart. But it was Benatar’s second album, 1980’s Crimes of Passion, which was her most successful work, peaking at number 2 in North America and France, being certified 4x and 5x Platinum in the US and Canada, respectively. Its single “Hit Me with Your Best Shot” reached the Top 10 in the US and Canada and is considered to be her best-known song. Benatar’s third album, Precious Time (1981) was another success, topping the US Album Chart and becoming her first Top 10 album in Australia. Her next release, Get Nervous (1982), sold less well than her previous two.

Benatar’s sound began to move towards more atmospheric pop in 1983. The single, and my track choice, Love Is a Battlefield (1983) was her biggest hit in most countries, including reaching number 1 in the Netherlands, Australia and on the US Rock Tracks chart, and number 5 on the US Hot 100. The live album it came from, Live from Earth, was her biggest seller in Australia, Germany and the Netherlands. In 1984, Benatar released Tropico and its lead single We Belong, which reached the Top 10 in several countries, including number 5 on the US Hot 100.

Benatar’s 1985 album, Seven the Hard Way, sold less well but it yielded two singles harking back to the rock vein: “Invincible”, a Top 10 hit in North America, and “Sex as a Weapon”. Her follow-up, Wide Awake in Dreamland (1988), marked a resurgence in sales in Canada and Australia, and was her biggest hit in the UK. Its rocker, “All Fired Up”, was a significant hit in Canada, Australia and the US. Benatar released four additional albums between 1991 and 2003 and was nominated for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2020.

Love is a Battlefield was written by Holly Knight and  Mike Chapman. The song was ranked at number 30 in VH1’s list of the 100 Greatest Songs of the 1980s and went on to sell over a million copies.

Holiday photo: 14

We’re leaving the Tyrol and heading home feeling very relaxed via Lake Garda (again). My beloved decided he didn’t want to drive all the way back in one go and who am I to disagree?

Here’s the view from our bedroom window, not too shabby?

Plus some gorgeous Austrian fall colours.

Holiday photo: 13

We’re still enjoying the Tyrol before heading back tomorrow but before we do, here are some photos from today’s mountain bike ride.

My beloved is grimacing in this photo because it was a bit chilly first thing.

Holiday photo: 12

We’re still enjoying the Tyrol and, after spending yesterday in the Spa, are feeling very relaxed. My beloved met with a client in Munich today but I decided to stay home in the hotel.

Here are some photos from around Seefeld.

Holiday photo: 11

We’re enjoying a few days in the southern Tyrol. Even though it hasn’t stopped raining since we arrived yesterday evening, we’re still having lots of fun in the Spa.

As it’s Thursday, here’s a few doors from Graz.

Holiday photo: 10

Now, we’re planning on enjoying a few days in the southern Tyrol which we really know well but haven’t visited since winter 2017 when we spent a month there over Christmas and New Year.

Sadly it rained en route and so today I’m using a photo from a previous visit.