Tuesday, 19 August 2014

A Taste of France

I've visited France quite a lot over the years and know parts of it fairly well. But it's a big country and there are always new things and new places to discover. This view of the shutters, the crumbly stone wall of a house and the bright red geraniums was taken in the Dordogne region.
The French do gardens rather well. This garden, full of carefully sculpted and trimmed box hedging, is also in the Dordogne.
Charolais cattle, often seen grazing in the fields, are one of my favourite sights when travelling through the French countryside.
The Brenne is an area of tranquil inland lakes and pastures, with a wealth of wildlife. OK, it's also an area frequented by hunters who like to go out shooting duck and anything else that takes their fancy. Not something that I like or that appeals to me. The different varieties of butterflies to be seen in the Brenne is appealing, though.

The small town of Coulon is in the Venise Verte (green Venice) area where there are yet more waterways. These are placid green canals where it's possible to take boat trips. Quietly floating through very green and verdant countryside, on water reflecting the surrounding greenery, is very soothing.
Waterway in Venise Verte   

Happening upon a touch of local colour is an unexpected pleasure. Here is a group of dancers in local traditional costume in the town of Saintes. They looked as though they were really enjoying dancing in the street.

Patterned roofs in the town of Autun offer a striking contrast and change from the usual slates and tiles. These were near the cathedral.

Another taste of France, taken in Picardie in the north, in the Baie de Somme area. The classic "velo" (bicycle) left casually against a natural background, this time the sea and the huge expanses of beach in this coastal region of France.

Finally, a picture of French bread, but not as you may know it! This was a stall at a country fair celebrating the harvest, and the many varieties of flour used to make these different loaves prove there's more to French bread than baguettes!

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