Turn right out of our place and after about three and a half miles you’ll reach the village of Meziérès-sur-Issoire, the administrative centre of the commune we live in, and which has featured in this series in the past.
Turn left and travel the same distance, however, and you will reach the village of Saint-Martial-sur-Isop. Press on for a couple of hundred yards further and – on the same road and quite indistinguishable apart from the tell-tale road signs – you’ll be in the village of Saint-Barbant. Two churches and two mairies, all within a radius of about a hundred yards: only in France.
There are no shops or other amenities in either village: Saint Barbant had a part-time Post Office until a few years ago (now a private residence) and going further back it boasted a tram stop. The most important thing about both places, though, is that they have some very interesting doors (and gates), as we’re going to demonstrate over the next few weeks.
The doors in this first instalment are all located in Saint-Barbant – and they all come with flowers:
Although patently, this house is unoccupied:
And this isn’t even a house:
…and nor is this one:
Thursday Doors 1 June 2017
Symmetrical. Logical, Arranged. A mixture of old and very old. Very pleasing to the eye. Well done.
Well thank you. I thought you were talking about me until we got to ‘old and very old’!
These photos reflect why everyone LOVES France! Great, Great photos!
Interesting symmetry to the doors and windows of the houses. The dental-style trim around the windows and doors is something I’ve never seen before. Very charming town – it’s a place I’d like to visit.
Thank you. I wouldn’t really describe Saint-Barbant as a ‘destination’, to be honest: ten minutes to walk from one end to the other (fifteen if you stop to take photos).
These are the kinds of places we like to explore. We enjoy walking around and seeing the character of small villages. You will find places in Greece like this in my blog.
Old doors and roses – an irresistible combination!
Ah rural France…perhaps one day…in the meantime thanks for sharing these beauties 🙂