Architectural ruins. France is full of the most romantic ruins in wild , forgotten out of the way places.

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Antiquites

2015

Antique shop on the main street in Pons,Charente.

Chateau de Mareuil

2015

The Chateau of Mareuil (24) is a ruin but open to the public during extensive restauration.

Fortified churches

2015

Many or the churches in the Lot were fortified against attacks from bandits during the  100 years war. This church is at Sergeac.

Ornate outbuilding.

2015

We came across this beautiful outbuilding in the village of Rudelle.

The well

2015

Looking over the wall into the chateau garden at Sergeac SW France you find this lovely ancient well still in use.

Trojan les Bains

2015

Oyster cabins are repaired when they nearly fall down,which gives them the special beauty that comes from originality.Old cans of paint colour them in a rainbow of missmatch.

Alimentation Generale

2014

This little shop is hidden in the ancient quarter of Narbonne in the South of France.It is owned by an old man who objects to tourists taking photos,and chases them away,including us.

Cafe L' Hommeau

2014

I found this cafe in the old centre of Poitiers. It has obviously been closed for a very long  time and the dust lies thickly on the tables and chairs which are just as they were abandoned.Sadly the trend to move commerce to the outskirts of the town has eaten a hole into the community and left a legacy of closed shops and restaurants.

Oyster farming museum

2014

Oyster cabins on Isle d'Oleron are now abandoned.They were painted in loveiy bright colours,but the paint is now peeling off. Pink hollyhocks ( rose tremiere) grow everywhere on the island.

Saissac

2014

The ancient 13c chateau at Saissac near Carcassone painted as the sun was going down.

Work in progress

2014

When the idea of buying a property in SW France became popular in the Netherlands and the UK, people bought ruined houses very cheaply, thinking they would restore them,but ignorant of the costs of materials for such a project they simply ran out of money and enthusiasm.

Chateau Cabrerets

2013

Chateau de Diable at Cabrerets was a defensive position for the village against pirates using the river Lot  .Built in the tenth century.

Abandoned oyster cabins

2014

On the mudflats facing the Atlantic ocean are these decaying oyster cabins.Their paint is peeling and they are patched with anything the oysterfishermen can lay their hands on.       Isle d'Oleron .   France.

Monpazier

2014

Built as a bastide 800 years ago, Monpazier Dordogne.is well worth a visit.

Gateway. Cordes

2014

Climbing up the hill to visit  Cordes en Ciel,you come upon this old broken gate ,closed,but leading nowhere.Behind it is the ruined house it once guarded

Le Meytadier

2014

Hand made postbox guards the entry to ruined farm buildings . The heights above Mareuil, SW France.

Stone Staircase

2014

Well worn stone steps.leading up to a ruined house.  Estaing upper valley of the Dordogne

Window

2014

Looking out over Languedoc. Cathar stronghold at Saissac,north of Carcassonne.

Chateau des Anglais

2014

Troglodite building at Bouzies on the river Lot called the "Chateau des Anglais"Built to defend the English controlled bank of the river Lot,during the 100years war.

Tours de Merle 1

2013

    Tours de Merle. Ruined chateau deep in chestnut woods in Correze SW France.   A feudal fortress,it was fought over during the 100 years war and then abandoned because of its inaccessibility.            

Tours de Merle 2

2013

The Tours de Merle in the Correze (France) ,was a feudal fortress from the 12 to 14 centuries .It was taken by the English during the 100 years war.The fortress was abandoned by those who preferred to live in more accessible places.On rainy days a thick cloud mist descends on the towers.