poetry and prose about place

white buildings, white roads 5-8

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houses at the approach to Belle Croix (image from Street View)


Day 5-8 1 Logbook


Day 5-8 1 map


On my virtual bike trip, I am getting closer to the west coast of France and the Bay of Biscay (a Bay of the Atlantic Ocean).  For one thing, my trip on May 6 took me through Dompierre-sur-Mer.  ‘Sur-Mer means ‘on the sea’ although, at the end of my ‘bike trip’, I was still 7 km from the coast.


The geology of the area is quite different and reminds me of the coast.  For example, the stonework of older buildings includes white-colored limestone …


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house built of white stone (image from Street View)


 ‘White’ roads, which I assume are made from local calcium-containing rock, are a part of the landscape …


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white road near Bourgneuf (image from Street View)


A look at the map shows these ‘white’ roads …


5-8 map of white roads

map of white roads (map from Google Earth)


The best way to see the local geology is at major intersections where the construction has exposed the soil …


white intersection

excavation next to highway (image from Street View)


Best of all, the air tastes salty and there is a fresh wind across the flat land (I love imagination)!  In the distance are clouds that must hover above the ocean! …


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road to Belle Croix (image from Street View)


Best View:  a memory of all the interesting rocks and stones I have collected in my life …


'three stones'


Copyright  Jane Tims  2013

Written by jane tims

May 29, 2013 at 7:05 am

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  1. I’m really enjoying your virtual bike rides, Jane. The scenery is interesting and often beautiful, especially your Best View. 🙂



    June 12, 2013 at 4:25 pm

    • Hi. I am surprised how often Street View manages an artistic view of the countryside. Thanks for enjoying my Best Views … my favorite part of the trip. Jane


      jane tims

      June 12, 2013 at 6:39 pm

  2. Amazingly flat empty landscape – good for cycling!



    May 29, 2013 at 4:12 pm

    • Hi Diana. I grew up in Alberta where everything is flat. Great for biking! Jane


      jane tims

      May 30, 2013 at 7:22 am

  3. I enjoy your observations both real and imagined. The white roads are attractive, perhaps because they are so different.


    Carol Steel

    May 29, 2013 at 10:07 am

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