Posted on November 2, 2020
Posted on September 2, 2020
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)
Posted on June 26, 2020
This shop, formerly a florists’, is one of many in the town of Bellac that is now closed and boarded up. But it’s a lot more attractive than most.
Posted on June 1, 2020
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
Posted on November 1, 2019
Posted on October 31, 2019
More doors from Chabanais, but there’s a theme this week and it’s one I’ve written about before – the demise of the independent local retailer in rural France.
Thirty or forty years ago, the town could probably have supported two boucheries, but no longer..
I found the English sign in this window a little anomalous:
Other trades have also struggled to keep going:
Thursday Doors 31 October 2019
Posted on October 3, 2019
A fourth instalment of doors from the village of Bussière-Poitevine. (We’re almost done here, I promise.)
By definition, it wouldn’t be a village if it didn’t have a church:
In last week’s post I showed an old shopfront. Here’s another:
Sometimes you need to look around you a little more carefully than usual to spot some interesting doors, like these two sets of ground-level cellar doors that happen to be opposite each other on the same street:
And down a little endroit:
Just a basic example, although the stonework is quite striking:
Thursday Doors 3 October 2019
Posted on September 26, 2019
A third instalment of doors from the nearby village of Bussière-Poitevine
As I’ve noted on numerous occasions in these posts, the streets of many villages and small towns of rural France are littered with old, long-closed shop premises which often display a ‘frozen-in-time’ snapshot of design from fifty or sixty years ago. Bussière is no exception. This one seems once to have been a mercerie:
Equally past its sell-by date is the sign on this garage door alleging that it is in constant use. It’s fair to say that it isn’t:
More doors that no longer seem to perform any function:
Although there just might still be a spark of life in these:
Thursday Doors 26 September 2019
Posted on July 11, 2019
Last week I promised more doors from Le Dorat, but with a bit of a twist, so here we have it.
Last weekend, the nearby town (although it prefers to think of itself as a petit cité) of Le Dorat played host to the world sheep-shearing championships. It may well have passed you by, since France was also at the same time the venue of the FIFA Women’s Football World Cup, but it was a big thing round these parts, where the sheep comfortably outnumber the human population.
Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to get to the event itself, but a few weeks earlier I paid a visit to Le Dorat to take a look at some of the celebratory artwork that was appearing on shop windows and shop doors in anticipation.
To begin with, some double shopfronts, starting with the local kebab shop:
Rather more upmarket, there was the Traiteur (that’s a deli to the likes of us):
And I can’t recall what this was:
For the next two, you’ll just have to take my word that they are on doors – of, respectively, the bank and an insurance broker:
All very impressive, but it was nice to see that even some more traditional doors were getting into the spirit (even if only by association):
Thursday Doors 11 July 2019
Posted on June 5, 2019
Cee’s theme for her Fun Foto Challenge this week is ‘Smile’.
The nearby town of Le Dorat is hosting the World Sheep-shearing Championships next month and already the place is en fête in anticipation. An amusing feature of the preparations is the decoration of shop windows with paintings related to the theme, including this one.
As far as I know, the Mondial de Tonte, as it’s called, isn’t a sheep beauty competition, but the winner here is certainly smiling, even if the runners-up don’t look too happy.