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Friday, August 13, 2010

Friday Photo Shoot Out: Paths and Roads

This week's FSO theme is Paths and Roads, chosen by Lena.
This is the road I live on. First house on the left there. It's a pretty quiet street, though some people 'forget' it's one-way now and drive up a ways the wrong way to avoid going all the way around just to face the right direction. The sidewalk is a joke, as they often are in France. Every 100 feet or so you have to go around a pole. If you have a stroller or a wheeled grocery sack, just walk in the bike lane. Unless there's somebody parked in it, then you can walk in the street.
The way from my house to the big shopping center follows the Artière, a little stream often piped underground. There's a path along one of the longer exposed sections, and it's a pleasant walk down to the hardware store, and the medium-sized box stores, and the big supermarket.

On the way back home, if I'm not too burdened with prizes and catfood, I'll take the parallel path on the other side of the road. This one goes along all the vegetable gardens that belong to people living in the town where there are no yards, and then past the football pitch by the secondary school.
This is one of my favorite paths, one that goes around the far side of the Puy de Dôme (my local hiking mountain). You can see that an awful lot of people have walked this way! Sometimes I imagine Barry along this path, with Lindsay bounding ahead.
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15 comments:

Niamh B said...

very nice, you've discovered some gorgeous paths around there. I walk a very plain cement footpath most of the time, so one of those would be a real treat. thanks for virtually taking us there anyhoo

Bagman and Butler said...

Nice house and environs! Somehow I had imagined you living in a more urban area near the hospital or lab. Great pathways. Now I'm envious...well...not just now. I've always been envious. Perfect shoot.

NanU said...

These photos are a little misleading, Mark. It's about a third of a mile between the center of Aubière, which I've often photographed, and an extensive commercial area along a major road and a freeway. The little connecting road has this patch of green on either side, not very wide, but you can imagine you're out in the countryside for a moment.

Manang Kim said...

I love pathways and country roads, it has a feeling of being at peace. Happy weekend!

Roads & Pathways

Manang Kim said...

I love pathways and country roads, it has a feeling of being at peace. Happy weekend!

Roads & Pathways

Kerry said...

It's really cool that you can walk along these nice paths to where you shop; I imagine you with a couple of long baguettes walking home beneath those trees. And it's easy to imagine Barry and Lindsay too.

SOL said...

Love your pathways! I especially like the pathway in the woods--looks like a great place to walk.

Sherri said...

Nice shots and that last one is very lovely.

Tabor said...

What a nice view of France and how you live.

GingerV said...

I really don't think there is anything better than a patch of green in a dense city. most of the time they are surrounded by trafic that intrude on your peace. In Kristensand Norway, there are miles of trails and all the roads are in tunnels underneath. why can all cities plan that well.

steven said...

well nanu you live in a little world of paths and trails and wooded bits and gardens. i love that these places exist almost side-by-side with the commercial world. little pockets. little sanctuaries. nice. steven

Ann said...

Your fav path is my fav path too. I love walking under trees.

Pauline said...

How lucky you are to have such terrific paths around you! I'd so love to follow that last path to see where it takes me. And you have such lovely paths to and from the shops, too. Lucky you!

Jama said...

You have a beautiful home with a matching neigbourhood! I love that walk in the wood, so serene!

Doreen said...

I am partial to the last shot. looks like my kind of pathway and walk in the woods as I like to do. great shoot out!!