05 October 2011


1st picture: Castelbouc.
2nd picture: Sainte-Enimie.

The town of Sainte-Enimie is a popular stop along the road that winds through the Gorges du Tarn. There are no large supermarkets in the entire valley; there's only a tiny corner shop in Sainte-Enimie. In addition, a lot of canoeing and kayaking tours start in Sainte-Enimie.

The settlement of Castelbouc was one of the stops on our way out of the valley. On an epic twelve-hour-journey to Besançon (via Dijon, a town famous for its mustard), we passed through lots of picturesque villages. I was the only driver and we avoided the motorways, so this part of the trip was rather exhausting. 

After a good night's sleep, we were back on the road again for the last part of our trip. On the way back up to Hamburg, we passed through wine country and also visited the American Cemetery in Épinal.

Wine country. 
Somewhere between
Besançon and Épinal.

Épinal American Cemetery.
I used a Lensbaby 3G
for this picture.

I hope you enjoyed my photographs taken in France. 

There is a road,
no simple highway
Between the dawn and
the dark of night

And if you go
no one may follow
That path is for
your steps alone

Ripple in still water
When there is no pebble tossed
Nor wind to blow

(Grateful Dead - Ripple)

"Ripple", by the Grateful Dead, has always been one of my favourite folk songs. They also wrote and recorded one of my favourite songs of all time, "Sugar Magnolia".

Have a great day.

- Dom


Jenny Woolf said...

I've enjoyed your photos and account of your trip. I really must revisit this bit of France. I thought I'd been quite recently but it was at least 5 years ago. How time flies....

Brooke said...

I added that first photo to my places to visit folder :] that American cemetery looks a lot like Arlington. I always enjoy your photos!

Those lyrics hit something I've been thinking about recently. Probably going to blog about it.

Dominic Doherty said...

Jenny: Thank you! I'm glad you did. This part of France is definitely worth a trip - I plan on coming back some time.

Brooke: Thank you! Arlington is much bigger. I visited that cemetery during the D.C. stage of my road trip from Boston to New Orleans and I must say, it is hard to describe one's feelings upon realising just how many soldiers have lost their lives in combat.

moi said...

oh yes, i know! black and white movies are the best, fo sho!

T. Becque said...

Makes me want to go (like I need another place to "want" to go to!). These are great!

Dominic Doherty said...

Thanks very much!

DeeBee L. said...

Great shots! Love the south of France!!
By the way Castelbouc could be translated word to word as Billy-goat's castle! :))

AB said...

A fabulous old bridge, crystal clear water and a blue sky — just like the South of France is supposed to be!

Dominic Doherty said...

DeeBee: Thank you so much for your kind words and the information! :-)

AB: Yes it is! We've had a lot of luck as well, however. Some friends of mine have travelled France in July and it rained for the better part of a week.