Travel theme: Height

There are some fine sights along the River Lot in southern France but the Pont Valentre at Cahors is one of the highlights. Six arches bridge the river topped by three gothic towers; under the arch furthest from the town is the lock which enables navigation down this canalised river. The height of the bridge and towers in this photograph graph is accentuated by the position of the camera – inside the part empty lock. On this June day, the damp walls of the lock indicate that the river levels above Pont Valentre are relatively low:

Le Pont Valentre

Unlike most of the French waterways, the locks on this river are unmanned and thus left to the devices of individual boaters; this would be no bad thing if they didn’t suffer the fate of most French plumbing – over-engineered and under-reliable 🙂 :The lock at Le Pont ValentreThe River Lot rises in the Auvergne which is excuse enough to include this: Lesley Garrett – Songs Of The Auvergne – La Delaissado:

Travel theme: Time

These images are intended to portray the passage of time.  They were taken somewhere in the Lot and Quercy region of southern France but with the passage of time I have forgotten exactly where; perhaps they are also connected with memory.  The original occupants must have considered themselves invincible but now they are dust and the floors have all slipped through – such a heavy door to protect so many empty rooms.

Travel theme: Time

Travel theme: Time

 

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