poetry and prose about place

fields of green and marble statues

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fields of green

fields of green on the road to Saint-Hilaire-la-Palud (image from Street View)


Day 12 Logbook


Day 4-6 map


On April 1, I biked along the road to La Rivière and Saint-Hilaire-la-Palud.  Lots of green fields and flat land …


Day 11 h


At an intersection, I saw a shrine, indicating the strong Catholic roots of the area.  I have seen these shrines at several locations in central France on my virtual travels.  Sometimes the shrine is a crucifix …


Day 11 c

shrine on road to Saint-Hilaire-la-Palud (image from Street View)


sometimes a statue of Christ …


Day 12 x

a statue of Christ at corner near La Roche (image from Street View)


Sometimes the shrine shows a Saint.  In Maillezais is a statue of Mary holding the body of her son Jesus in her lap, after the Crucifixion.  It is similar to the famous 15th century  statue of the Pietà by Michelangelo…


Day 10 k 2

statue in Maillezais of Mary holding Jesus in her lap – the image is not easy to see, but Google ‘Pieta’ to see the beautiful statue by Michelangelo (image from Street View)


Best View: entry to a field by a vine-covered building…


'vines and stone'


Copyright  Jane Tims  2013

Written by jane tims

April 26, 2013 at 7:20 am

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  1. Looks like a beautiful ride. I love your drawing. 🙂



    April 30, 2013 at 7:14 pm

  2. This is really interesting. I’m going to figure out a virtual trip and try it out!


    Watching Seasons

    April 26, 2013 at 6:58 pm

    • Hi. It is easiest if you have a small on-line computer or laptop to see Street View as you cycle. You can also load images to a thumb drive. I just download 26 imagaes (a,b,c …z) and, at a minute per image, it takes me through 30 minutes of exercise. Let me know if you do try it. Jane


      jane tims

      April 26, 2013 at 9:13 pm

  3. Hi Jane ….These monuments to Christ remind me of the many small towns and villages in Quebec and Northern New Brunswick. Peddling must be a lot easier … pretty level roads everywhere! 🙂 Talk to you later … I’m off to dig up and turn the soil in the vegetable garden today! – Denis



    April 26, 2013 at 10:07 am

    • Hi Denis. Everything is so level, it reminds me of Alberta. Have fun getting ready for the growing season! Jane


      jane tims

      April 26, 2013 at 9:06 pm

  4. Sometimes it’s interesting to see how the area changes around shrines. The houses and roads grow around them to the point where they are set off by small walls or fences. I love your drawing with the spots of different greens.


    Carol Steel

    April 26, 2013 at 9:16 am

    • Hi Carol. Thanks! Some of the shrines I’ve ‘seen’ in France share the space with other things – signs, electrical panels, etc. I’ve also seen the fences and walls you mention. Jane


      jane tims

      April 26, 2013 at 9:05 pm

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