Friday, 26 May 2017

LES BOUCHONS


Les bouchons ... the corks ... for wine connoisseurs they are reminders of the bouquets, the tastes of bottles of wine enjoyed (or perhaps, occasionally not enjoyed), but for this Bordeaux wine merchant they formed the front of his shop counter.  

I did not count the corks, but I am sure they represented the tastings and enjoyment of many, many years!

OJ 

Thursday, 25 May 2017

CHATEAU DE CASTELNAUD


I photographed the imposing Chateau de Castelnaud while on a river cruise in a gabarre on the Dordogne.

This medieval fortress dates back to the Hundred Years War between England and France.  The chateau was occupied for most of the war by the English and from its ramparts they could keep an eye on their French adversaries in the castle at Beynac, about two or three kilometres away.

OJ

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

CORDES-SUR-CIEL

One of the highlights of our recent trip to France was the morning spent exploring the 13th century town, Cordes-sur-Ciel.  The narrow streets and ancient stone buildings have survived despite the town having been excommunicated during the Cathar wars and its population decimated by epidemics of the plague.

Albert Camus wrote of the town, "Everything is beautiful there, even regret"

OJ

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

MIROIR D'EAU


Bordeaux's water mirror is situated between the Quai de la Douane and the Quai Louis XVIII and is the world's largest reflecting pool.  The area of the pool is 3,450 square metres and it is only 2 centimetres deep!  Of course, on a hot day children succumbing to the urge to paddle in the shallow pool remove the possibility of one seeing any reflections of the magnificent Place Royale buildings ... I guess mid-winter will be a good time to photograph the reflections.

OJ 

Monday, 22 May 2017

FREE ACCOMMODATION, LIGHTS INCLUDED



I photographed this opportunistic dove in Bergerac. It must have noticed that a pane of glass was missing from the street light and had moved in.

An added advantage to having a nest in a light fitting must have been the warmth at night.

She looked quite content with her temporary accommodation!

OJ

Sunday, 21 May 2017

CADOUIN ABBEY


Cadouin Abbey photographed through the remaining gateway in the ancient wall which once surrounded the town.  The abbey was founded in 1115 and is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site.  It lies on the Campostela de Saint Jacques and is still an important station for pilgrims.

OJ 

Thursday, 18 May 2017

SUNDAY MARKET IN ISSIGEAC



The Sunday market in Issigeac takes place in the narrow streets surrounding its medieval church.

It is one of the most popular markets in the Dordogne and people travel from far and wide to sample the wares on offer.

OJ