poetry and prose about place

back streets, alleys and dead ends 5-2

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back street in Saint-Sauveur-d'Aunis

back street in Saint-Sauveur-d’Aunis (image from Street View)


Day 5-2 1 Logbook


Day 5-2 1 map

map showing distance travelled (map from Google Maps)


On the second day of Phase 5 of my virtual bike trip toward the Atlantic coast of central France, I think I was on every possible type of road.  I began on the highway and almost immediately decided it was too boring …


5-2 e


At the next turn, I took a detour into the village of Saint-Sauveur-d’Aunis.  With its charming yards and flower gardens, it was much more interesting …


yard in Saint-Sauveur-d'Aunis

charming yard in Saint-Sauveur-d’Aunis (image from Street View)


Once I had peddled into the village as far as possible, I turned into a narrow side street.  I tried hard not to peek into the windows as I drove by  …


side street in Saint-Sauveur-d'Aunis

side street in Saint-Sauveur-d’Aunis (image from Street View)


Everywhere in France I have encountered side roads labelled ‘Impasse de … ‘.   When I saw ‘Impasse du Moulin Corneau’ in Saint-Sauveur-d’Aunis, I looked up the word and found ‘impasse’ means ‘dead end’ or ‘blind alley’ …


Impasse du Moulin Corneau

Impasse du Moulin Corneau, meaning ‘Corneau Mill Dead End’ (image from Street View)


In another part of the village, I saw an alley running between adjacent houses.  In fact, it was not an alley at all, but access to a house set far back from the main street.  Where I lived as a child, our street had a back alley.  It was very convenient, used for garbage pick-up and to access the rear of our property.  Back alleys are almost non-existent in our towns in New Brunswick.  I think they are considered a waste of land, but, in fact, they serve a useful purpose  …


narrow alley in the village (image from Street View)

narrow alley in the village of Saint-Sauveur-d’Aunis (image from Street View)


back alley

back alley behind the house where I grew up … when I lived there, the back alley was not paved … I used to skip beside the power pole to the left (image from Street View)


Best View: trees in autumn splendor beside the main highway …


'autumn along the highway'


Copyright  Jane Tims  2013

Written by jane tims

May 10, 2013 at 7:07 am

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  1. Another wonderful drawing. 🙂 I love the purple shutters on the house in Saint-Sauveur-d’Aunis. Back alleys can be very useful. We used to live in a house in St. Louis that had a back alley. It was great for lots of things (as you mentioned), including unloading the groceries.



    May 20, 2013 at 11:45 am

    • Hi Robin. Thanks! I also remember that neighbors often met to chat in the back alley. Here, my back alley is the fact that our drive goes to the back of our house. Jane


      jane tims

      May 20, 2013 at 9:05 pm

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