Wednesday, 20 June 2018

LA BELLE FRANCE: #3 MONPAZIER



The formidable entrance to the bastide town of Monpazier in the Dordogne.

Quite amusingly a puny string of Christmas lights now guard the entrance where once a sturdy portcullis would have kept the marauding enemy at bay.

How things change with time ...

OJ

Tuesday, 19 June 2018

LA BELLE FRANCE: #2: CADOUIN


A striking feature of the village of Cadouin is the rich colour of the limestone used in its buildings. Regardless of the weather the town seems to radiate its own golden light.

OJ

Monday, 18 June 2018

LA BELLE FRANCE: #1 THE ROAD UP TO BEYNAC CASTLE



A steep road through the village of Beynac-et-Cazenac leads to the Chateau de Beynac which was a French stronghold during the Hundred Years' War.

Dating back to the 15th century it has been restored to its original splendour.

OJ

Saturday, 16 June 2018

TRAVELLING IN FRANCE ... #6: WHY A "FREEWAY"?


The last in this series on travelling in France features a photograph taken while travelling on the A71 south of Bourges. The question arises: Why are these motorways referred to as "freeways"?
They are not "free" - one has to pay to use them; One is not "free" to do as one pleases - there are rules that have to be obeyed; There are restrictions on speed ... not too fast and not too slow either!
You'll feel more "free" travelling the backroads and it won't cost you a centime!

OJ - have a good weekend!

Friday, 15 June 2018

TRAVELLING IN FRANCE ... #5: PARKED IMPEDIMENTS



The narrow streets through quaint medieval villages test a driver's ability to take in the view and simultaneously negotiate the twists and turns between the buildings.

The whole exercise becomes more challenging when vehicles are parked in the street making narrow streets narrower!

OJ

Lavardin
Loir-et-Cher
Septembre 2011

Thursday, 14 June 2018

TRAVELLING IN FRANCE ... #4: CLIFFS AND CORNERS


In the Entremont valley in the Chartreuse region, the roads follow the courses carved through the rocks by the rivers which results in winding paths with sharp (and blind) corners with steep cliffs on one side and deep chasms on the other ... exhilarating!

OJ

Wednesday, 13 June 2018

TRAVELLING IN FRANCE ... #3 TRUCKS!



Huge trucks on the narrow back roads of France create another hazard for visitors.

In an effort to avoid paying to use the toll roads, some drivers take to the minor roads resulting in one having to concentrate more on driving and less on enjoying the French countryside.

Such a pity ...

Near Moulins
Central France
2011