Category Archives: backyard videos

Videos of places I’ve been and things I’ve seen.

Video of the New House

Ok folks, I have been telling you all about the ridiculous things Dude and I have been going through in buying our first home in France. Well, I thought that before I finish the story, I would show you what this house looks like. Here is a video that I shot today while over at the house to commence with the huge remodeling project. The film is a little shaky at times since I filmed it with my Nokia phone and it didn’t come with a steady cam (stupid).

I think that you will get the gist of the place, though. I really do love it, but it has WORK stamped in big, red letters all over it!

Fair warning to all, I probably won’t get to the rest of my story until Monday. Sorry to all who hate cliff-hangers 😦 Here’s the thing, it’s the weekend and we are beginning the remodel project and it’s only Dude and myself doing the whole, ENTIRE project. Yes, that’s right. No contractors and no help, just us two. We have to work our little butt’s off as fast as we can since we have to have it ready (or I should say “habitable”) by 31 August. That is when we need to move out of our apartment.

Also, I do work a “regular” job 50+ hours work week, so I am fighting real fatigue. I promise to have the rest of the story out asap. It does have a happy ending……..I think.

Hope you enjoy the movie. Get your popcorn and Pepsi ready and then click….

Oh, one more thing. You’all better enjoy it since it took 3 hours to upload the dang thing on You Tube because my lame, French internet connection is so slow. Ok… that’s all…and I hope you like my show 🙂

La Fete Nationale 14 July

Well, it was the official “La Fete Nationale” today. Yup-the big 14th of July. We had such a great time at the pre-show last night that we thought we would venture out again tonight to see the fireworks for the ever-so-much celebrated Bastille Day. To learn more about this day go to the about page here:

This time we went to the port of Cassis, and apparently, so did everyone else! It was packed so we didn’t really have a great spot. I took another video of the grand finale, but it is a little rough around the edges due to the big tree in the way and some dumb kid’s head constantly moving into the frame. That was tough to avoid.

I did get some nice colors, though, and a resounding “yaaaay” from the audience at the end.

All in all, it was pretty neat, but I wish it could have been longer. The show only lasted about 10 minutes all together. Not really long enough to be satisfied, but, oh well. I will take my 10 minutes and run with it. Don’t worry, I didn’t film that whole show so no worries. I wouldn’t make you sit through it for that long! This ain’t your momma’s home movies!!!!




Les Artifices La Ciotat

I just returned from a fireworks show, pre-Bastille Day celebration at the port of La Ciotat. They decided to put their show on tonight instead of tomorrow for La Fête Nationale. This is the big holiday in France commemorating the storming of the Bastille in Paris in 1789.

I captured some of the grand finale.

The show was short, but nice.


Hiking and Sunset at St Cyr-sur-Mer

The hike through St. Cyr-sur-Mer was awesome. The first part is coastal and then you get to go through a beautiful coastal forest. We only stayed along the coastal walk because it was getting late. You can actually take the whole hike to Bandol which is about 11km away. I plan on doing that really soon. If you want more info on the village of St. Cyr-sur-Mer, check out their official website at

Here is a video I took while stopping to look at an ancient industrial site.

Here is a video I took of the gorgeous sunset we got to enjoy on our hike. Man this place is beautiful. I can’t wait to experience it again.

La Cigale

These little guys signal to the south of France that summer has arrived. All day long you hear thousands of them singing to you. Then once the sun goes down it is strangely quiet.

I love to wake to the sound of their music and on the weekends sit and listen to them while I have my morning coffee. You can find replicas of them in nearly every boutique and outdoor market. The French are very proud of them. You can tell by all the Cigale replicas are around people’s houses.

I captured this little guy while in the medieval village of Le Castellet. I have been listening to these little guys sing for several weeks now, but this is the first time I have ever seen one. They hide in the trees and are easily disguised by their color.

I hope you enjoy their singing as much as I do!

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