Floored Genius

Cee’s theme for hew Black & White Challenge this week is ‘Walkways, Hallways and Elevators’. This may be stretching a point, but this complex geometric pattern of wood inlay is on the floor of what could be described as  a hallway in the Chateau at Azay-Le-Ferron. It’s impressive enough in real life but is even more striking in monochrome.

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Walkways, Hallways and Elevators

Formal Gardens at Chateau Azay-le-Ferron

Topiary at its best.

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Tree Art

Not drinking water

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge this week could be said to require some lateral thinking, as she is setting the theme of ‘side of things’.

In the medieval centre of the town of Cahors there is a hexagonal water fountain, with each of the six sides featuring a carving of a different dog’s head. This image shows two of them.

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Side of things

The weight of tradition

Go to any brocante or vide-grenier around these parts and you’ll find plenty of old farming utensils which would nowadays probably be classed as – and only useful for – ‘design pieces’. Almost inevitably,somewhere in the jumble will be an old set of weights – like these:

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Things found on a farm

Reading the map

A tourist couple decide what to see next during their visit to the island of Burano in the Venetian lagoon.

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Candid

Beware of low-flying motorbikes

There’s a bikers’ hotel in the nearby village of Bussière-Poitevine. With this sign hanging from the wall, it’s hard to miss

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Signs

M is for Mercedes

They do like their classic cars around here:

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