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Small-Town, France


We decided not to hit the big cities this time while driving through France on vacation.
The stone architecture almost everywhere surprised me the most.


Thenioux, France


Small-Town, France


We decided not to hit the big cities this time while driving through France on vacation.
The stone architecture almost everywhere surprised me the most.


Thenioux, France


comments (48)

Wonderful image, great architecture. I love those narrow roads...
Ginnie Hart: Those narrow streets amazed me, Larry. They must have been made before the onset of cars! Thanks.
  • sherri
  • Little Rock, Arkansas, United States of America
  • 19 Jul 2010, 02:18
Feels like something from an old movie. I can only imagine places like this.
Ginnie Hart: It does have an old movie feel, Sherri. Even in Holland we have narrow streets like this but the architecture is much different. Thanks.
  • alex
  • United States
  • 19 Jul 2010, 03:18
The composition is nice, leads me right into the shot Ginnie! How are the Dutch lessons going?
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Alex. It all was very enticing for me.

I have finished 5 of 9 Dutch chapters in my first of 2 workbooks, so I'm moving right along. I have 3 weeks of vacation now, when the school is closed, but I will continue at home with vocabulary exercises on the computer. I don't want to lose momentum. Thanks for asking.
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 19 Jul 2010, 04:46
This eats big cities, Ginnie.

Wonderful stuff.
Ginnie Hart: I'd visit this any day before the 'cig bity,' Ray! Thanks.
  • Elaine-
  • Canada
  • 19 Jul 2010, 05:02
i wanna live in a house like that, even the big bad wolf can't blow that one down!!! smile beautiful shot Ginnie girl....
Ginnie Hart: I'm guessing it's been standing like that for hundreds of years, Elaine, so you may be right. smile Thanks.
  • rem_la
  • France
  • 19 Jul 2010, 05:47
superbe le traitement des couleurs !
Ginnie Hart: Merci, Rem. This is YOUR country and I love it.
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 19 Jul 2010, 05:47
I loved the small towns, we had to make sure not to blink our eyes otherwise we would have missed most of them passing through.
It was a delightful small town with a good B&B.
Wonderful picture, as if time stood still.
Ginnie Hart: Those small towns were/are so quaint, MLMA. I love that you can get out of the car and walk through them to see all these nooks and crannies. This one even had a great restaurant! Hartstikke bedankt.
  • Toni
  • United States
  • 19 Jul 2010, 05:48
Small towns are the best, Ginnie. I love this stone architecture. Excellent choice in processing.
Ginnie Hart: We bypassed all the big cities this time in France, Toni, and were glad we did. I had no clue there would be so much charm, though it didn't surprise me, if that makes sense. We were enthralled by France! Thanks.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 19 Jul 2010, 06:48
Good heavens Ginnie: this looks quite dilapidated
Ginnie Hart: Not that I believe France is falling to ruin, Chris, but we saw quite a lot of this on our trip. I think this kind of ruin can live a long time and be perfectly useful. Kinda like your bench?? smile
wonderful this little particular, sure will be a great experience!!!!
Ginnie Hart: I fell in love with this side of France, Fabrizio. Grazie.
A wise choice if you found places like this Ginnie
Ginnie Hart: We saw scenes like this everywhere we went, Bill. Rural France is like rural Holland: so REAL.
  • vintage
  • Australia
  • 19 Jul 2010, 07:31
Its looking like it needs some repair soon
Ginnie Hart: I have a feeling it has looked like this for a hundred years, Vintage!
  • Oscar
  • Germany
  • 19 Jul 2010, 07:52
I like de little town, i lovely the small town.

The big city I don't like
Ginnie Hart: You and I are on the same page, Oscar. We loved driving the back roads of France. Thanks.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 19 Jul 2010, 07:56
Small town ally - there are some real nooks and crannies allover Europe. Great picture, kept an ear cocked for traffic?
Ginnie Hart: An ear cocked for trains in particular, Louis, since this was right next to the train tracks on the left. We were walking to our restaiurant from our B&B. So idyllic. Thanks.
How delightfully rustic Ginnie. France does this well.
Ginnie Hart: I agree about France doing rustic well, Chad. I was quite surprised by what I saw! Thanks.
  • rags
  • 19 Jul 2010, 08:26
Looks like a photographers dream land.
Ginnie Hart: I found that to be true everywhere we went, Kanyi!
This is beautiful... aged beauty.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Odd. It's my kind of beauty for sure!
This ia typical for France and perfectly as I remember it.
Dat heb je prachtig gedaan Ginie!!
Ginnie Hart: Hartstikke bedankt, lieve Marion. The thing is, I had no clue what was typical until I started seeing it everywhere!
  • tede
  • France
  • 19 Jul 2010, 10:23
Hello Ginnie, a pretty little village with this beautiful street. Superb shot and processing. Beautiful day.
Ginnie Hart: I loved this part of France, Tede. Merci.
  • Scarlet
  • Netherlands
  • 19 Jul 2010, 10:51
I love the crumbling outside wall and the treatment you gave this shot, Ginnie. Goed gedaan!
Ginnie Hart: Hartstikke bedankt, Scarlet. It became more and more amazing to me as I realized this was typical small-town France! I fell in love with it...but so very different from Holland. No confusion on what country we were NOT in! smile
With all the WWII movies, I just can't look at such a villages (specially with the processing here) without thinking about 'The War'
Very strong image, even though there are no human figures, me like it smile
Ginnie Hart: I saw reminders of the Big Wars everywhere, Ilan, so you are so right. I wonder if this is a result of the war? I hadn't thought of that. (sigh) Thanks for stopping by and commenting.
I do like this Ginnie, if you saw a lot of this sort of thing then i guess you filled a few memory cards. Strangely, although it is France, this could well be a back alley in an English village with that particular architecture.
Ginnie Hart: The thing that really surprised me, Brian, is this is NOT what Holland looks like. You would not confuse the two countries. The architecture alone is so very different. But I can see the resemblance to some of what I have seen in the UK. You're right. Thanks.
That is exactly what I would do with a vacation in France. Very nice composition.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Mary. I hope we can do it again and again!!
little house with big hoarding in front!
Ginnie Hart: Exactly, Jojo! Merci.
All very rural and village-y; not unlike rural Spain. I would love to see this in colour.
Ginnie Hart: I'll have to send the color version to you via e-mail, Sheila. You'll see the difference. Thanks.
This is very typical of rural France Ginnie. The narrowness of some of the roads especially through the villages always amazes me.
Ginnie Hart: It still amazes me as I recall it, Bernie. Holland has narrow streets, too, but the architecture is so different, so it doesn't have the same feel. Thanks for stopping by and commenting!
A nice glimpse of rural France and the processing really suits it Ginnie. Great stuff
Ginnie Hart: It's a memory I'll never forget, Janet. Thanks.
  • JJ
  • United States
  • 19 Jul 2010, 15:44
That architecture is so interesting with its textures, this is a fabulous shot of the small streets, love the processing and tones
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, JJ. I guess they had/have a lot of stone, so might as well put it to good use!
I guess they used what could be dug out of the ground or quarried locally - cheaper than setting up a brick kiln, probably smile
Ginnie Hart: Exactly, Tom. I'm sure they used what was plentiful and at their fingertips!
  • Antoine
  • France.
  • 19 Jul 2010, 16:01
Superb photo and tones are very good. Excellent work Ginnie. Have a lovely evening Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, as always, Antoine. This is your beautiful country! smile
That is a stunning spot. Maybe I will have to move.
Ginnie Hart: I hope you can speak French, Michael. smile Thanks.
Ah you found the retirement home for the French Maids.
Ginnie Hart: HAHAHA! Only you would come up with that, Mick.
  • CherryPie
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 19 Jul 2010, 19:00
That is just like stepping back in time, what a lovely building.
Ginnie Hart: Exactly, Cherie. We stepped back in time all over France!
  • TM
  • Iran
  • 19 Jul 2010, 20:24
very enjoyable shot
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, TM.
  • Mroy
  • United States
  • 19 Jul 2010, 22:30
Given the choice, I too would opt for the small towns to visit. How lovely.
Ginnie Hart: I'm glad we have the choice, Maria. We're very lucky! Thanks.
I'm always curious to know who the folks are living in these ancient homes. Love how you processed this one, Ginnie; wonderful atmosphere.
Ginnie Hart: We met some of them in our B&B, Beverly. They were delightful...and very old-country French! smile Thanks.
well i thoroughly approve. everyone has already seen the big cities, it's been done before.
so you miss the traffic, the smog, the parking fines, the crime, the expensive hotel rooms.
and you find someplace that has a heart, a history, a local character or two that you'll remember after you go home.
you might discover also something about yourself in the process.
the photograph is beautiful. stone always tells a history.
Ginnie Hart: It's like Amsterdam here in Holland, Seraphine. I lived there half of every month for 2 years and loved the place. BUT it is NOT the real Holland, if that makes sense. It's the world's image of Holland...except for those of us who get out of AMS to see what's there. Once you're outside of Paris, there's a whole new world waiting. The world I much more easily fall in love with! Thanks as always for your comments that clearly come with thought and energy. smile
  • rian
  • fullerton, ca
  • 20 Jul 2010, 03:51
that was probably a good decision on your part to just immerse yourself on the local culture.. great shot too.. smile
Ginnie Hart: We loved that slower pace, Rian! Thanks.
The french houses was built wiht local materials. That's why there are so many stone architectures.
I love this composition and these tones. A+ VAL smile
Ginnie Hart: We guessed that there was a lot of stone, so they just used it! Makes perfect sense to me, Valérie. I fell in love with your country! Thanks.
  • Aussie
  • Rockhampton
  • 20 Jul 2010, 10:24
Love the processing, gorgeous old look.
Ginnie Hart: It was wonderful, Aussie. We'll go back again on a different route and see what else we can find! Thanks.
  • mariana
  • United States
  • 20 Jul 2010, 12:54
Wonderful ! Such a simple compo with this processing work looks fabulous !
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, Mariana.
  • LoLO
  • france
  • 20 Jul 2010, 18:23
That's what I love about this country, at every corner, type of architecture ...

LoLo
Ginnie Hart: I fell in love with it, too, LoLO. I am so thrilled I was able to see it with my own eyes. Merci.
It could have been shot any time over the last century. A forgotten village in France - the processing matches the mood exactly.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, George. I always appreciate your comments!
You can find that kind of architecture everywhere in France but also in large parts of other medirerranean countries. Really wonderful image Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: So I am discovering, Albert! It blew me away. Thanks.
  • Marie
  • France
  • 21 Jul 2010, 23:04
j'adore le rendu des textures, et les couleurs de cette photo. C'est magnifique !!!
Ginnie Hart: Merci, Marie. This is YOUR country and I fell in love with it.
A fabulous composition and processing Ginnie...a sight that is so inviting...so full of treasures to be discovered...your wonderful image is rich in fine detail and tonal range...great work!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, kind sir. You are very up-lifting in your comments. smile
Your special treatment lends itself very well to the textures here.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Nigel. That means a lot.
Another beautiful picture, this village seems to be very old and going into ruins...
Ginnie Hart: It was small, Zeb, but still had a good restaurant and a good Bed & Breakfast! smile Merci.

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