The Old Stone Bridge at Sainte Radegonde

The River Vienne is comparatively narrow as it flows between the villages of Sainte Radegonde and St-Germain-de-Confolens and it’s crossed by a very old stone bridge. Look over the side and you’ll see that the roadway is supported on a number of pontoons, such as this one.

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Stones or Brick

Looking down on St-Germain-de-Confolens

The very photogenic nearby village of St-Germain-de-Confolens is dominated by the old chateau that towers over it. If you can manage the hike up to the top, the views are very worthwhile.

Posted in response to Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Roofs

One Horse Or Two?

I took this photograph a couple of years ago at a ‘Spectacle’ featuring birds of prey in nearby St-Germain-de-Confolens.

The answer to the rhetorical question in the title is actually ‘two’, although the optical illusion is that it’s just a single horse, albeit one with a very long neck. Either way, I think the image is quite striking.

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Any Animal

Weekly Photo Challenge: Quest

Birds of prey are on a perpetual quest for food – even those that have been trained to take part in this ‘spéctacle’ at St-Germain-de-Confolens earlier this summer.


Weekly Photo Challenge: Quest

Thursday Doors: St-Germain-de-Confolens – the sunny side of the street

More from St-Germain-de-Confolens this week. I should explain that the village’s main (effectively only) street runs more or less north to south alongside the Charente river. In practical terms that means that on sunny afternoons the shadows can be quite harsh. However, I think the doors are still worth looking at.



This door’s obviously still in use:


Unlike this one, opposite, of a closed-down restaurant…

St Germain-10

…which echoes the colours of the building that houses the Post Office. The modern door doesn’t have a lot to say for itself, but I like the strong geometric shape of the security grilles:

St Germain-4

Finally, my favourite of this week’s bunch – gloriously decrepit, with the finishing touch of a rose growing next to it:

St Germain-13

Thursday Doors 22 September 2016

Thursday Doors: St-Germain-de-Confolens

St-Germain-de-Confolens is yet another pretty little village that’s only a twenty minute drive from here at Tranquility Base (we’re surrounded by them, but who’s complaining?), although it’s in a different département – Charente as opposed to Haute-Vienne.

Effectively, it’s just one street that runs parallel to the Charente river. However, the doors are interesting and there are enough of them to need two instalments to dispay here.

You need to be careful stepping out of this one:

St Germain

These two are actually next to each other in real life, as it were:

In this one, I like that the gateway echoes the shape of the door behind it:

St Germain-15

The door’s okay in this one, but I was particularly drawn to the tatty shutter on the window at top left:

St Germain-21

And finally for this week, you can’t help wondering if there’s a secret garden behind this little door:

St Germain-18

Thursday Doors 15 September 2106