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poetry and prose about place

a citadel and a walled town 6-6

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bright whites and blue-greens near Saint-Martin (image from Street View)

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Day 6-6 1 Logbook

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Day 6-6 1 map

map showing distance travelled (map from Google Earth)

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Another day on the flat, flat island of Ré.  I saw more poppies …

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poppies in a field near Saint-Martin (image from Street View)

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huge vineyards …

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a large vineyard (image from Street View)

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and more vineyards …

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a vineyard near Saint-Martin (image from Street View)

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Although Street View doesn’t allow too close a look, I reached the fortified town of Saint-Martin-de-Ré.  The major feature was the wall, around the citadel …

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white wall around citadel at Saint-Martin (image from Street View)

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and enclosing the town of Saint-Martin …

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walled town of Saint-Martin (image from Street View)

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 Ile de Ré has been of strategic importance throughout history and is extensively fortified.  This includes the citadel at Saint-Martin-de-Ré which was built around 1620 during the Wars of Religion to protect Catholic Saint-Martin from the Protestant population of La Rochelle.  The Citadel was also used as a prison in the 18th and 19th centuries …

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6-6 map of the citadel

map of citadel (map from Google Earth)

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On my next bike trip, I’m looking forward to a closer look at the walled town and its population of donkeys!

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Best View: a courtyard in La Flotte, and some practice with my watercolours …

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'walled courtyard in La Flotte'

May 28, 2013 ‘walled courtyard in La Flotte’ Jane Tims

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Copyright  Jane Tims  2013

Written by jane tims

June 21, 2013 at 7:00 am

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  1. Your Best View is my favorite. It’s beautiful. 🙂

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    Robin

    June 30, 2013 at 10:32 am

    • Hi Robin. Thanks! Still just learning but watercolours are a lot of fun. Have you ever tried painting? Jane

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      jane tims

      June 30, 2013 at 6:25 pm

      • I tried drawing and some watercolor painting a few years ago, but wasn’t very good at either of them. Still, I enjoyed the process and think practice would have helped a lot if I’d had the time. I’ve been thinking about taking up drawing again just for fun.

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        Robin

        June 30, 2013 at 6:30 pm

      • Hi. I think you should. Your photos are beautiful, so you definitely have a sense of composition! Jane

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        jane tims

        June 30, 2013 at 7:25 pm

  2. Hi Jane, Happy solstice time to you! Looks like you have been virtually enjoying that beautiful coastline and its delights…. as always, I love your sketches and paintings of the scenery! sending you love today from warm Denmark, Leigh

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    SingingBones

    June 24, 2013 at 5:14 am

    • Hi Leigh. Thanks! Happy solstice to you too. Its warm and so humid here. Lots of wildflowers! Jane

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      jane tims

      June 24, 2013 at 9:33 am


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