House of Remembrance

This model house, in the architectural style typical of the Alsace region of eastern France, stands outside the village hall in nearby Saint-Martial-sur-Isop.

This part of France lay just outside the area of direct German occupation during World War II, but the town of Seltz, on the Rhine in Alsace, was one of the first to be ‘annexed’. The plaque commemorates the refugees from Seltz who were given shelter in this locality after they fled the Nazis in 1939.

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Houses

The Path To…..?

This little-used track runs off the ‘main’ road between here and the nearby village of Saint-Martial-sur-Isop. It probably leads to an isolated farmhouse, but who knows?

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Paths

Thursday Doors: Gates of St-Barbant and St-Martial

As promised last week, here is a final collection of images from the conjoined villages of Saint-Barbant and Saint-Martial-sur-Isop, focussing – just for a change – on gates.

Or rather, in this case, gateposts:

An unusually long and well cared-for example:

And it’s nice to see that the cemetery is looked after:

But oh dear…

Next week, something rather different: a restored Cistercian Abbey.

Thursday Doors 6 July 2017

Thursday Doors: Saint-Martial-sur-Isop – Finale (almost)

This will be the final set of doors from the nearby village of Saint-Martial-sur-Isop, although we haven’t quite seen the last of what it has to offer…

Last week we faded out to grey and now we’re picking up where we left off. The legend over the larger door reads ‘Vins en gros’ and the date 1895, so this used to be the premises of a wholesale wine merchant.

It wouldn’t be a village if it didn’t have a church and this one, although quite small, is very interesting. The original building is believed to date back to the Carolingian period (987-1268), although what’s visible today is 12th century (with subsequent renovations and additions).

And finally, as regards doors, some houses in rather better condition than some of the ones we’ve seen:

Next week, before moving on elsewhere, some of the gates to be seen in Saint-Martial and Saint-Barbant.

Thursday Doors 29 June 2017



Tuesday Photo Challenge: Steps

Answering the theme of ‘steps’ this week is this dramatic-looking staircase to be found in the twelfth-century church in the nearby village of Saint-Martial-sur-Isop.

Although the ceiling has obviously been renovated,  this steep and winding set of stairs leading up to the roof looks, if not original then pretty old. Not surprisingly, it isn’t open to the public.

More responses to Frank’s latest challenge can be found here: Tuesday Photo Challenge: Steps

Thursday Doors: Saint Martial-sur-Isop (2) – Fade To Grey

Last week’s selection of doors to be found in the nearby village of Saint-Martial-sur-Isop had in common the fact that they were all quite colourful. This week’s doors, however, are gradually having the colour bleached out of them.

To maintain some continuity with last week, though, here’s a still quite chirpy example:

But now it’s downhill all the way, starting with this fading green door that is accessible only by a crumbling wooden staircase that nobody in their right mind would use:

And now, in progressive stages of abandoned neglect:

Until finally we get to a building where even the vegetation’s given up:

‘Oh well, a touch of grey/Kinda suits you anyway”

Next week, proof that it’s not all doom and gloom in St-Martial.

Thursday Doors 22 June 2017

Thursday Doors: Saint-Martial-sur-Isop (1)

Moving on from Saint-Barbant, this is – depending on the direction of approach – either the first or last house in Saint-Martial-sur-Isop. Either way, it’s right on the border between the two communes:

It’s a shame that this little door, being set back from the surrounding buildings, rather hides its light under a bushel, because it’s a lovely colour:

However, this has always been my favourite door in Saint-Martial:

This smaller image may give a better idea of the scale:

And it looks like they may have shared a pot of paint with their neighbours:

Enough to do the side door and window too:

And finally for this week, another green door. This one is on the Mairie:

Thursday Doors 15 June 2017