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gates 5-11

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On my virtual bike journey of May 13, with only one more day to go before I complete Phase 5, I seemed to notice the ‘gates’ more than any other landscape feature.  Sometimes, as in Saint-Xandré, three gates occur in a very short distance …

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three gates in Saint-Xandre

three gates in Saint-Xandre (image from Street View)

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Day 5-11 1 Logbook

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 Day 5-11 1 map

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Some gates seem so mysterious.  This gate, also in Saint-Xandré, must lead to the narrow end of a property …

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gate Saint-Xandre

gate on the narrow edge of a property (image from Street View)

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A quick look at the map shows how the gate leads to a substantial park-like area …

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map of park

map of park-like area beyond gate – the gate is at the very tip of the property, toward the lower part of the photo (map from Google Maps)

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Some gates are very elegant and lead to beautiful homes with large courtyards …

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elegant gate

elegant gate (image from Street View)

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This gate was also quite grand and was paired with a charming gate for people …

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gates for cars and humans

gates for cars and humans (image from Street View)

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My favorite gate was in a wall along a country road.  There is no evidence this gate is used.  The map shows there is no road, not even a cart track beyond the gate …

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country gate to an estate

unused gate (image from Street View)

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Best View: memory of a gate in Lusignan, at the very start of my virtual bike journey, back in January …

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'gate near Lusignan'

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Copyright  Jane Tims  2013

Written by jane tims

June 5, 2013 at 7:05 am

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  1. Lovely gates. You caught quite a variety on this leg of your journey. I wonder if the gate to the park-like area is a locked community garden area for the neighborhood. I saw a few of those in London. All I could do was peer in through the gate at the beauty that was locked within.

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    Robin

    June 18, 2013 at 3:51 pm

    • Hi. I peered in as I ‘drove’ by. There was no evidence of public use, but there was a big pile of firewood, suggesting they were in clean-up mode. Jane

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      jane tims

      June 18, 2013 at 5:24 pm

  2. When on a bike ride, it’s always good when the end is in sight. I’m looking forward to hearing about phase 6 soon.

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    Sheryl

    June 6, 2013 at 11:25 pm

    • Hi Sheryl. Glad you’ll follow in Phase 6. When I get to the end of Phase 6, I will have reached the ocean. I’ll have to do some sailing to go into Phase 7! Jane

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      jane tims

      June 12, 2013 at 6:29 pm

  3. One could start a collection of pictures of gates – so much variety in style even in one small part of the world. I love your drawing, with the shadows of branches on the road in front of the gate.

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    Barbara Rodgers

    June 6, 2013 at 11:10 am

    • Hi. The variety in types of gates makes me think about how suppliers must have changed over the years. Some are likely hand-made, local designs. Jane

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      jane tims

      June 6, 2013 at 12:59 pm


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