poetry and prose about place

donkeys and a walled town 6-7

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walls of Saint-Martin (image from Street View)


Day 6-7 1 Logbook


Day 6-7 1 map

map showing distance travelled (map from Google Earth)


My virtual bike trip on June 3 began with a surprise.  Along the busiest part of the road, not far from the gates to the walled town of Saint-Martin, cars were stopping along the road to see a herd of donkeys! …


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donkeys near Saint-Martin (image from Street View)


A herd of donkeys were also huddled near the moat around Saint-Martin …


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a herd of donkeys near the entrance to Saint-Martin (image from Street View)


Although I didn’t travel into the town (no Street View), a bit of looking at some of the images on Google Maps showed a town of narrow cobblestone streets and a beautiful harbour area …


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entrance to walled town of Saint Martin (image from Street View)


The map below shows an aerial view of the town, and the citadel to the right …


map of Saint-Martin

map of Saint-Martin (map from Google Earth)


In the country-side to the west, there are acres of vineyard …


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vineyard near Saint-Martin – the poster on the ruin across the road announces an antique sale! (image from Street View)


and more acres of vineyard …  the Internet tells me that this is part of the Pays Charentais, producing mostly white table wines


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future bottles of wine (image from Street View)


Best View: a building along the road to Saint-Martin-de-Ré …  more watercolour work …


'on the road to Saint-Martin-de-Ré'

June 3, 2013 ‘on the road to Saint-Martin-de-Ré’ Jane Tims


Copyright  Jane Tims  2013

Written by jane tims

June 24, 2013 at 7:01 am

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  1. Love, love, love the watercolor, Jane.


    Jane Fritz

    June 24, 2013 at 10:15 pm

    • Hi Jane. Thanks! I am having so much fun learning to cope with this medium. Jane


      jane tims

      June 25, 2013 at 8:06 pm

  2. I think you are amazing! I love your posts, and all the work you put into them i staggering! Such talent you have!



    June 24, 2013 at 12:01 pm

    • Hi. Thanks! You are a inspiration yourself. Your detailed look at the world makes me wish I could look more closely at the French countryside! Jane


      jane tims

      June 25, 2013 at 8:05 pm

  3. The watercolour work is lovely. I love the way watercolours lend themselves to the changing moods of summer. You look at the work and can almost see the movement where the colours have bled and washed.


    Carol Steel

    June 24, 2013 at 8:10 am

    • Hi. Thanks! I’ve discovered that a lot of the skill in watercolor is allowing your paint to follow its own path. Jane


      jane tims

      June 24, 2013 at 9:35 am

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