The Dry Fountain

This cast metal sculpture sits atop a fountain just opposite the Hotel de Ville (Town Hall) in the centre of the town of Bellac. We’re suffering from severe drought conditions around here at the moment, so the water has been turned off.

The small sign on the plinth says that the water is recycled and is not suitable for drinking.

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Fountains

Monday Window: Bellac

Hidden away in a back street of the nearby town of Bellac. The building seems to be a workshop of some type, but there’s no getting away from those lace curtains.

#MondayWindow 21 September 2020

At the sign of The White Horse

The Auberge Cheval Blanc stands at the main crossroads in the nearby town of Bellac.

For the avoidance of doubt, the horse looking out of the window isn’t real.

Then again, neither is the window….

(P.S. I’m taking it that the restaurant is being run as a commercial enterprise)

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Commercial premises

52 Week Smartphone Challenge: 30 Exit

This week’s instalment of the Smartphone Challenge is thankfully rather more straightforward than some we’ve seen recently. The theme is ‘Exit’.

So that’ll be a door then. Like this rather tatty specimen in Bellac.

52 Week Smartphone Challenge: 30 Exit

 

 

 

52 Week Smartphone Challenge: 22 Stranger

I thought that this rather mysterious painted shopfront in the nearby town of Bellac was suitable for the theme of ‘Stranger’ in Week 22 of the 52 Week Smartphone Challenge.

In English, the words over the door read: ‘At the beginning of the 90s…somewhere in the desert of Tamalkan…I lost myself’

I can find no trace of anywhere on Earth called Tamalkan. The mystery deepens…

52WeekSmartphoneChallenge 22 Stranger

Thursday Doors: Bellac

The pyramid structure of French local government is based, of course, on the commune, while at the apex of each d├ępartement is what in the US would be the state capital (or, in the UK, the county town). In our case, this ‘capital city’, which is where you find the Prefecture, is Limoges.

However, between the commune and the capital is another layer of administration, as each d├ępartement is divided into a number of cantons. The principal town of each canton is where you’ll find a sous-prefecture. Our canton is based in the town of Bellac.

There is a very picturesque area in Bellac which, oddly enough, I haven’t yet got around to combing for interesting doors. However, we recently went to the annual vide grenier, which takes place down by the river and, armed only with my smartphone, I spotted a few worthwhile doors, which can act as a taster until I undertake a proper doorscursion.

To begin with, two aspects of the same building:

A little further along this riverside road can be found this door, with matching balcony:

Both of those houses are occupied, but this one certainly isn’t:

This door is adjacent to the old stone bridge that crosses the river:

Finally, there’s this door in what used to be a garden wall:

Thursday Doors 4 October 2018

Tuesday Photo Challenge: Unusual

There isn’t really a white horse looking out of an upper-floor window of the Auberge du Cheval Blanc (which you could translate as ‘White Horse Inn’) in the nearby town of Bellac. But it’s a really well-executed trompe l’oeil painting.

Tuesday Photo Challenge: Unusual