poetry and prose about place

a dragon on a wall – biking log book Day #9

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I am continuing with the third phase of my virtual bike trip through central France.  For Phase 3 of my trip, I am biking in 12 days from Exireuil to Magné just west of Niort.


Log Book:  March 5, 2013

Area travelled:   from ‘outskirts of Niort’ to ‘edge of Niort’

Distance:  30 minutes      3.0 km

Notes:    only three more days to go on my virtual trip to Magné!


Distance Travelled Feb 21 to Mar 5: 27.0 km  (270 minutes of stationary biking)

Total Distance Travelled Jan 30 to Mar 5 :  58.8 km  (595 minutes of stationary biking)


Day  9 map

map showing distance travelled (map from Google Earth)


On March 5, I finally made it off the train track and entered the city of Niort.  It is a neat city with lots of one-way streets, enclosed yards and lots of greenery.


As in many cities, there were lots of interesting sights to see.  I grabbed a bottle of Perrier to drink as a Perrier truck passed by…


Perrier truck

Perrier truck (image from Street View)


I saw a school yard where the children seem to have hung up their artwork to dry on a line between two trees…


school yard

school yard and art hanging on the line (image from Street View)


I was able to visit yet another Pâtisserie… yummmmm!



patisserie (image from Street View)


I also saw what looked like remarkable graffiti on one fence, a rendition of a dragon…


dragon wall

dragon wall (image from Street View)



wall dragon


he peers from under

a fall of vines

growls at the passing cars

ignore him

fueled with their own


of fossil fire




closeup of dragon wall (image from Street View)


Best View:  a charming enclosed yard in Niort


'enclosed yard in Niort'


Do you think the homeowners had the dragon painted on the wall, or was it ‘noncommissioned’?


Copyright  Jane Tims  2013

Written by jane tims

March 20, 2013 at 7:02 am

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  1. Jane, you do have a way of finding dragons whenever you are out and about. 😉 My guess is that an artist lives in the house and she could not resist the urge to add a whimsical touch to her garden wall. I love your enclosed yard drawing – it looks like an inviting addition to a comfortable home-life.


    Barbara Rodgers

    March 21, 2013 at 5:05 pm

    • Hi Barbara. Perhaps in another existance I was a dragon-hunter! I think you are right… a grafitti artist would have found it hard to conceal his working, so close to the road. Jane


      jane tims

      March 21, 2013 at 5:15 pm

  2. Ummmm I think you should be taking your “breaks” on the side of the road and not in the middle.That Perrier truck looks a little close to me. – Denis



    March 21, 2013 at 7:00 am

    • Hi Denis. Not to mention the acrobatics involved in leaping to the back of the truck, figuring out the locking mechanism, removing a bottle from the plastic wrapped crates inside, swinging out on the door and leaping back onto my bike (in one smooth motion while my bike pedals itself). The streets are so narrow, I marvel that traffic moves in two directions at all… Jane


      jane tims

      March 21, 2013 at 9:22 am

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