Saturday, October 30, 2010

Carennac ...

 ... Carennac - Lot Department - Midi-Pyrénées region,
historic province of France: Quercy
in south-western France
...
  
... Carennac was a medieval village gathered
around a church dedicated to St. Cernin and
dependent on the Abbey of Cluny ...
  
 ... fortified gate and entrance to the medieval priory,
combining an 11th century church and cloister,
and a 16th century Dean's castle ...
   
 ... prieuré-doyenné / priory-deanery Saint-Pierre church
features a remarkable tympanum: Christ in Majesty
surrounded by the apostles in the archivolt (12th century) ...
   
...  priory court and  Dean's Castle (16th century) ...

... 'Honour to our representative' honour flags ...     
Use of "honour flags" in the South-West of France
... tricolour flags (often a pair) are added on the top of the 'mast',
where they flank a rectangular shield, with a tricolour border and
 the words 'Honneur à notre élue' (Honour to our representative) ...
source: otago.ac.nz
... they are called 'les Mai', known as 'Plantations de Mai'.  
Once up, they are meant to rot away rather 
than ever be taken down ...
source: cadogan.com

 ... steeple of the Saint-Pierre de Carennac church ...
   
 ... exterior wall of the half-Romanesque, half-Gothic priory ...
   
 ... courtyard wall of the priory ...
     
 ... la tour St Eloi / Saint-Eloy's tower ...
   
... 'Après le Mois de la Pierre' by five sculptors
   
Every year in November "le Mois de la Pierre",
that brings together professionals and sculptors,
is organized in Carennac. Some years ago a group
of five sculptors (including Gerard Collas of Girac)
created this sculpture and gave it to Carennac
...
... source: petit-patrimoine.com
  
Gérard Collas ... (FR)
by gerardcollas.hautetfort.com
... site officielle - blog de Gérard Collas, sculpteur ...

Friday, October 29, 2010

Dordogne River ...

 ... the waters of the Dordogne carve a sixty or so
 kilometre swathe through the north of the Lot ...
source: tourisme-lot.com
   
... belvédère de Copeyre (238 m) - the cross 'Christ de Mirandol'
by Raymond Subès (1891-1970), one of the most renowned
French metalworkers of the Art Deco period ... 
  
 ... view on the cliffs of Mirandol (228 m) ...
   
 ... view on Cirque de Montvalent (258 m ), where the
meandering river has carved a semi-circle out of the cliffs ...
   
 ... Gluges, a small village clung on the abrupt side of the cliff ...
  
 ... Le Malpas on Departemental Road D114 ... 
... the river boatmen took goods right down to the sea at Bordeaux ...
source: chateau-etoile.net
   
 ... today it is very easy to hire a canoe and cruise down
the river in summer from Gluges to Souillac ...
source: chateau-etoile.net
   
 ... viewpoint Rocs de Monges (239 m) ...
   
 ... view on Rocher Ste-Marie (253 m) - Montvalent,  
Merquey-Haut and Cirque de Montvalent ...
       
... view on Pech del Raysse (257 m) -
Pech del Tour (284 m) and Pech de Lacave (272 m) ...
   
valroc.pagesperso-orange.fr
... site officielle ...

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Fontaine de Saint-Georges ...

... South of the Dordogne valley lies the Quercy, a vast
limestone plateau bisected by many rivers. The action
of water has created strange natural phenomena here,
with subterranean caves such as the Gouffre or chasm
of Padirac, whose underground river reappears after
11kms as a resurgent spring in the natural rock circus
 of Montvalent ...
source: dordogneexperience.com
  
... Fontaine de St Georges is where some of the first
penetrative cave dives were achieved in France.
It is in the Dordogne Valley, near to Montvalent.
The sump pool is large and picturesque,  
some 30 m. in diameter ...
source: scubatravel.co.uk
  
Fontaine de Saint-Georges ... (FR)
by plongée souterraine.com
... coupe, plan,
schema ...
... situation, historique, description ...
... récit Léger, 1973, récit Douchet, 1992 ...
  
... the Padirac river ...
  
... map of the underground Padirac river system, and exploration ...

... le Lac de la Pluie / the Rain Lake ...
... exploring the underground river of 
the Gouffre de Padirac, June 1981 ...

The Gouffre at Padirac ... (EN)
by en.wikipedia.org
... is a natural, 75 metre chasm that shows on
the "Causse de Gramat" in the Lot, below which,
at 103 m. underground flows a river ...
source: gouffre-de-padirac.com
   
Thanks to the efforts of Guy de Lavaur (1903-86),
the total known length of the subterranean network
at Padirac rose from 2 km to 15 km
source: viamichelin.fr

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Causse de Gramat ...

... Le Causse de Gramat / the Gramat limestone plateau (350 m.),
between the Dordogne and Lot rivers ...
   
 
... GR 46: Gluges 4,9 km - Martel 10,8 km
L'Hospitalet 9,4 km - Rocamadour 10,1 km
Vessou 3 km - Padirac 6,7 km ...

      
... GR 46 footpath: from Tours (Indres-et-Loire)
to Cahuzac-sur-Vère (Tarn) ...
source: en.wikipedia.org

       
 
... often the protective, circular, dry-stone wall
surrounding the cultivated area is still intact ...
source: chateau-etoile.net
  
... this tradition is ancient as a specific art. Each year,
people found stones in fields and built new low walls.
After this common task, it was easier to plough,
and to keep sheeps inside closed areas ...
source: en.wikipedia.org
  
... mare-abreuvoire / water hole - a shallow pond dug in the rock ...
  
 ... Glaucium flavum Crantz ...
EN: yellow hornpoppy - NL: Gele hoornpapaver
FR: Glaucienne jaune - DE: Gelber Hornmohn
   
 ... goat herd on summer pasture...
... the Cabécou farm goat cheese is one of the smallest French
cheeses. The name 'Cabecou' comes from the language of 'Oc',
the ancient language of South West of France and means
small goat. This delicious farm cheese gets its flavour
from the richness of the milk. The goats graze in pastures
full of luxurious vegetation (hawthorn, mulberry-tree,
juniper-tree, etc) of the Midi-Pyrenees, a region of France.
source: fromages.com  
...It is one of the oldest traditional products made in Quercy,
the Lot region ...
source: domaines-terroirs.com

  
... round dry-stone hut with bell-like 
lauzes/flat stones roofing ...
  
Cabanes, Caselles et Gariotes Lotoises
... one type of vernacular architecture commonly found
across the Périgord and Quercy limestone plateaux
consists of the dry-stone huts called chabanos in
 the Dordogne département, cabanos and casèlos
 in the Lot département, mostly land clearers' cabins
(gariotos), vineyard toolsheds, sheep shelters,
hen houses (galinièros), etc., but also, in some cases,
dwellings for beggars or temporary habitations
prior to erecting a permanent house ...
source: pierreseche.com
  
... berries and bright crimson foliage of
Southern French Parthenocissus ...

... Parthenocissus quinquefolia ...
EN: Virginia creeper, five-leaved ivy
NL: wilde wingerd - DE: Jungfernrebe
FR: vigne vierge de Virginie, vigne vierge vraie

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Montvalent ...

... Saint-Christophe church  (12th or 13th century) ...
... probably much-frequented by pilgrims en route
to Rocamadour arriving through the port of the village ...
source: patrimoines.midipyrenees.fr
  
... medieval lanes ...
  
... and medieval houses ...
     
... view on Pech d'Aussel (257 m.) and Dordogne Valley ...
  
 ... view on St Christophe church and 'la Tour Carrée'/
the Square Tower, an ancient Romanesque style watchtower,

overlooking the Dordogne river...
fr.wikipedia.org
  
... view on the Dordogne Valley, Port de Creysse village and
'Rocs de Monges' (239 m) from Merquey-Haut viewpoint...
  
... Merquey-Haut stone cross ...
   
 
  Montvalent ... (EN)
by en.wikipedia.org
... Lot Department -
Midi-Pyrénées region,
  historic province of France: Quercy
in south-western France ...

... along the banks of the Dordogne, the vicomte de Turenne
built a castrum (a fortified village grouped around its castle),
named Montvalent on a promontory overlooking the River ...
source: patrimoines.midipyrenees.fr

Monday, October 25, 2010

Le Limon ...

... Le Limon - Lot Department - Midi-Pyrénées region ...

... Kilometer marker 'Chemin de Grande Communication n° 65 - LOT'
(used until 1950's) now Departmental Road D15 ...


... the roads were transferred to departmental administration
by Decree-Law of 1938 ...
source: fr.wikipedia.org

Saturday, October 23, 2010

'The Passant' ...

... for every passer-by is a secret ...  Pierre-Jules Stahl
       
... A passer-by is someone who looks like everyone else
and who cannot be distinguished from anyone.
A passer-by resembles nothing so much as another passer-by ...

Pierre-Jules Stahl physiognomy of that modern urban figure,
'the passant', published in the fall of 1844 in the anthology
'Le Diable à Paris'.
   
The passer-by was characterized above all by his invisibility,
by his perfect similitude to everyone and no one in particular.
This condition was of course understood as a product of
the metropolis anonymity.
   
... Passers-by only exist in Paris. Someone of the provinces
has no idea, or only a slight idea, of what a passer-by is.
A man you know is certainly not a passer-by. In the
provinces you always more or less know a man who
 passes by and where he is going, but a passer-by is
a man whose destinations is unknown to you ...
   
 In the capital, the crowd was composed of individuals
whose varied trajectories would never meet, whose goals
would remain unknown, unable to be guessed.
Within the crowd the passant was engulved in solitude,
unaware of the other lives that swirled around him, or
aware of them only as obstacles to his progress.
   
... Passers-by are people who meet, who pass each other,
and who - as long as they do not bump to each other -
carry on without even noticing that they ever met.
The passer-by is someone who is alone and who
remains alone amidst everyone else, who does not care
about you and to whom you yourself are indifferent, 
wrongly perhaps, for every passer-by is a secret ...

Friday, October 22, 2010

Tournemire ...

 ... room with a view on Tournemire,
Cantal Department - Auvergne region ...
  
 ...  the Doire Valley, ...
   
 ...  and the donjon of the castle ...
   
 ... Saint-Jean-Baptiste church (12th and 15th century) ...
   
Château d'Anjony/Anjony castle ... (1430) EN
by anjony.com -official site-
... the castle, built of reddish basalt, has been described as
"one of the most remarkable castles in Upper Auvergne".
It is located in a strategic position on the Tournemire
promontory and dominates the rich landscape of
the Doire valley with its four angle towers (40 m) ...

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