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zebec Jun 22nd, 2020 06:55 PM

En Pays Villefranchois: photo essay (part one)
River reflection of historic hotel where Croat SS recruits launched a heroic, but doomed, revolt against their SS masters in 1943.
Pont du Consuls over Aveyron River.
Petanque in the park.
Weekly market in Pl. Notre Dame after the rain.
Members of female a capella troupe who performed in front of Haut Parleur 'Cafe Asso'.
Chartreuse St. Sauveur.
Local grapes.
Pl. Notre Dame sunrise.
The reader.

zebec Jun 22nd, 2020 06:59 PM

Some shots from our trip to the Aveyron area last fall. These above ones are from the town Villefranche De Rouergue. More to follow.
Additional images will also be from Faycelles, Capdenac, Albi, Belcastel, Conques (Fest St. Foy), Figeac (actually Roussilhe in the Lot area) and Paris.
Happy to try and answer questions for fellow travellers.

kerouac Jun 22nd, 2020 09:01 PM

Great pictures of a (temporarily) lost world.

nukesafe Jun 23rd, 2020 12:42 AM

"Please, Sir, I want some more."

progol Jun 23rd, 2020 02:08 AM


Coquelicot Jun 23rd, 2020 02:17 AM

These are great, zebec. Looking forward to more.

TPAYT Jun 23rd, 2020 08:53 AM

Eye candy for the traveler....Lovely!

geetika Jun 23rd, 2020 09:03 AM

More pictures of France, how wonderful! Waiting for the next lot...😉

zebec Jun 23rd, 2020 10:59 AM
Villefranche is known for arcades.
Same same bridge. *That night's storm tore that pink banner to smithereens.
Fellow audience member at Cafe Asso performance.
Cafe Asso troupe announcing their next number.
'We'll hold hands and then we'll watch the sunrise, from the bottom of the sea...'
Little girl turns to watch seated fisherman.
Salle des Fetes facade at sunrise.
Metal detail.
Pl. Notre Dame--site of mass sprinklers from pavement.
Neighbouring buildings during golden hour.
Monsieur Avheron watches for river fish.

progol Jun 23rd, 2020 01:29 PM

Gorgeous light!

dreamon Jun 23rd, 2020 02:06 PM

Beautiful, beautiful photos. I wanted to be The Reader and hear the a capella.

zebec Jun 24th, 2020 09:22 AM

Thx all. Dreamon, we used to travel with a tape recorder and would record an audio collage wherever we went: live music, spontaneous interviews, Mother Nature, children playing, odd sounds, birdsong, you name it. Those collages are now precious memories (eg. fall of Berlin wall/Sylvestre night) but the process became too much, considering the journal I also kept and the sketches that Mrs Z also created. So we eventually left the taper at home. *Absolutely we would otherwise have taped that a capella troupe.

Btw, Cafe Asso was apparently closed down by authorities on the following day. A handwritten note attached to the door seemed to originate from the owner/manager, who protested the arbitrarily-forced closure. Unfortunately, our first attempt to email the cafe a set of our photos from the a capella performance (in hopes that they'd pass them along to the gals) bounced back for some reason. Maybe we'll try the mayor in hopes that they can forward the shots?

Note that the heron was the constant companion to the fisherman-in-the-wheelchair. They worked together.

I am done. The shutterbug.

StCirq Jun 24th, 2020 10:43 AM

Gorgeous photos, zebec. Loved the one of the market in Villefranche-de-Rouergue. I've bought some of the best cheese I've ever eaten in that market. Almost bought a house on the outskirts of town there back when I was househunting. Lovely, lovely part of France.

Lois2 Jun 24th, 2020 06:39 PM

Thank you so much for posting those...what a nice break in this stressful time. Look forward to more. You are an excellent photographer!

zebec Jun 24th, 2020 07:52 PM
Conques cat. We were conked out in Conques, our first, oh-so jetlagged stop. (all photos following are Conques)
Leather-like leaves.
It rained all day.
Credit Mrs Z, amateur photo editor, with this one.
"Allo Jean-Guy? Ca va? Oh not much. There's some asshole tourist taking my photo now."
C'est moderne.
Courtyard behind hotel.
Detail from famed 12C Tympanum of the Last Judgement. This panel shows a demon forcing Trump supporters into a monster's mouth.
St. Jacques Cafe crowd and plump owner.
Trio of church towers.
Basket shadow.
Lentil jar trio.
Conques is a geologist's paradise.
Double arch behind the church and nearby its famed Tresor annex.
Boy carries flame during Fest of St. Foy nocturnal procession.
'Cabrette' (little goat) folk bagpipes with custom Vercingetorix cap.
Cabrette player.
Folk dancers.
Des musiciens cabrette et aussi accordian.
Colourful rock in the rain.
Conques valley sunrise (again the result of Mrs Z's photo editing and rendering).
Same with wisps of morning mist.
Conques is all about historical buildings: Residence Dadon.
An old fromage advert for Comte.
Side view of Cafe St. Jacques.
Granny gives photographer the finger.
Pensive adolescent boy.
The last of the 2019 wisteria in Conques.
Sunset upon the hostelerie, which hosts scores of walkers on the pilgrimage route.
View of Abbey-Church St. Foy from pl. d'Eglise.

Treesa Jun 24th, 2020 09:59 PM

Absolutely beautiful. Thank you, Mr and Mrs Z.

YankyGal Jun 25th, 2020 02:34 AM

Just lovely! Thank you. Love those jars of lentils.

zebec Jun 25th, 2020 08:59 AM

Thank you all for responding with such kindness.
Note that from May thru October, that Tympanum above the church door is part of a nightly animated Light Show which digitally restores the original colours of the stone carvings. Impressive stuff.
Mrs Z has a superb sense of colour. She also can do clever cropping and filter adjustments. Her keen eye for rendering has played a role in probably 10% of my images...(sound of slap) OWW!!...OK, maybe 15% of my (sound of kick) OWWW!!! Ya didn't hafta'....OK, my wife has helped with the final process in about 20% of these images. As always.

I will soon take on the task of assisting her with her own massive collection of shots taken on that trip. She has shown little interest in her own art during the covid.
I am done. But not really.

zebec Jun 25th, 2020 09:12 AM

Yo St Cirq,
If you are ever cheese-hunting again in Villefranche, je propose 'Chez Ludo'. Great great variety of top-quality fromage. I promised him a shout-out, so here it is. At the market, we also bought goat cheese from the elderly woman from Foissac (Chevres du Causse), plus the Anawhim Monastery folks from Falgayrole. We also got pastries from a booth there that hailed from your neck of the woods, 'Fournil de Pelerin' from St Cyp.
I am done. Next: Albi

zebec Jun 25th, 2020 09:40 AM
Albi train station. It was a daytrip from Villefranche de Rouergue, via Gaillac. Tons of animated teen students on board.
Tarn River reflection.
Albi Cathedral is exceptional and reminded us of LOTR imagery.
Albigeois school excursion to Toulouse-Lautrec Musee.
Historic corridor.
Zig-zag shadows.
Cathedral's Albigensian interior, with unique lighting throughout.
St. Fodoria, patron saint of travellers who take too many fotos.
Lantern shadow.
Misplaced bowling balls.
Lautrec's model pal. Must've been 'laundry day'.
This green urn is green.
Meal @ Clos Sainte Cecile restaurant. The seed pod at top left was one of a smazzillion that kept falling from trees maple-like, at that time of year.
Modern multi-coloured glass facade of new Albi Theatre. Attention-seeking skater dude in center kept tossing his shoes high into the air juggler-style.
Adios Albi.

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