Posted on October 4, 2018
The pyramid structure of French local government is based, of course, on the commune, while at the apex of each département 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 département 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
Posted on September 27, 2018
And finally my store of doors in the town of Cahors is exhausted.
Another characteristically carved door (with a rather incongruous entryphone):
A typical church door:
A more modern – and more dilapidated – example, formerly a grocery to judge by the faded sign:
Echoing one of last week’s offerings, another door in a repurposed doorway:
The last place we visited in Cahors was the cemetery. It is common for old French cemeteries to feature elaborate family mausolea and here are two prime examples:
Thursday Doors 27 September 2018
Posted on September 20, 2018
Remember Cahors? Well there are still a couple of week’s worth of doors to see. The previous Cahors post (way back at the end of May, would you believe?) featured ornately carved doors, so for the sake of continuity, here’s another one:
In similar, if plainer vein:
And a few steps to add a little interest:
Here’s a rectangular door that’s been jemmied into an old arched frame:
Nothing so fancy in this example:
And finally, this is quite possibly one of the best doors in Cahors – and that’s really saying something:
Thursday Doors 20 September 2018
Posted on September 13, 2018
This is my home town. I lived there until I was 22. To be honest, it’s not the greatest place on earth and I can’t get sentimental about it.
The heart of it was ripped out many years ago to improve road access to the Mersey Tunnel and to construct a soulless shopping centre. When I was growing up, apart from bingo halls, a few insalubrious cinemas and the kind of pub where even the police needed a police escort, there was very little on offer. On the rare occasions I ‘went out’, it would be far more likely to be over to Liverpool.
I was back recently, however, and had time for a wander round downtown. The cinemas have gone but not much else has changed. This gives you a flavour:
But to finish on a positive note, there’s still a little life and colour in the old place, like this restaurant:
Thursday Doors 13 September 2018
Posted on September 6, 2018
Back in mid-July, I went on a coach trip to the village of Doué La Fontaine, in the Loire Valley. The voyage was organised by our local horticultural society (Les amis des fleurs), so I came back with many, many photographs of roses.
And also these few interesting doors:
Thursday Doors 6 September 2018
Posted on August 30, 2018
Another set of doors from the nearby village of Asnières-sur-Blour.
This may be only a small door, but it has character to spare:
The next three images are all of the same building:
I suspect that this door doesn’t get much use:
Although these definitely do:
Thursday Doors 30 August 2018
Posted on August 23, 2018
The village of Asnières-sur-Blour is yet another of those little rural communities that can be found within a fifteen-minute drive of Tranquility Base.
I was there last week, primarily to take photographs of old tractors (you can only envy me) for a project I’m working on currently. However, as so often happens, the doors proved a lot more interesting than the agricultural machinery, as we’ll see here over the next couple of weeks.
Just to confirm where we are:
Doors like these – on buildings used to accommodate farm animals – are a common local feature and similar ones have appeared here before:
Just across the road from those old things is a new house (well, the cladding at least is new) but with this older door in it:
It’s not always possible to get up close and personal with the doors you might want to capture for posterity, so finally for this week here are a couple of images snatched through a fence:
Thursday Doors 23 August 2018