The Ambitious Drifter

Words, Images and The Occasional Noise


Amble On

Amble is a lovely word, it’s the speed I move at these days.  After a lifetime of ambling round the place, I can now claim the title of Flaneur.  I stroll without purpose, seeing things that people in a hurry never notice.  I can absorb the character of a place more easily. I do see beautiful things, some of them are in the guidebooks. I also see striking things… the modern flaneur is never without a camera.

Things I’ve seen while ambling recently…. Not seen, or at least noticed before.



Figeac & Viviez, France


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Doors, What A Flaneur Sees

As an ambitious drifter, I am very proud to call myself a flaneur.  There is no real English equivalent of the word, although it’s also a very English pastime. I like to stroll without purpose, walk around a city without any real aim…. I’m simply there to absorb the atmosphere. You could add ‘people watcher’, although I tend not to photograph people. I dont like to invade their privacy. I do like odd buildings, strange alleys and especially doors.

Doors are mysterious because I’ll never get to know what’s behind them…. as a classic flaneur I observe, but dont engage.  Here’s another collection of doors which fired my imagination.

A house with waterfront,Delft,The Netherlands.

delft doorway

Montparnasse Cemetery,Paris. Someone’s heart has been taken.


Colourful Door, Paris


Rural France…. I love the star studs. Strength and style.


There are flaneur blogs you might like to check out. I think there’s a little bit of flanerie in all of us.

The Flaneur

For door lovers I can recommend that you check out The Legion of Door Whores