Posts Tagged ‘Plombieres-les-Bains’

Believe it or not, there are still doors in Plombieres that I haven’t photographed or shared. ¬† ūüôā¬† So today I’m taking a three-door bite out of that batch and sharing a trio of doors-heretofore-never-featured-on-Thursday-Doors doors. ¬† Doorn-it!¬† How did that happen?¬† But as Dan loves to hear, no worries, mate!¬† They are now no longer door-mant, but join the ranks of featured-on-Thursday-Doors doors.

But you can find even more splen-doors over at the home of our a-door-able leader from Montreal, Norm.¬† Click on the blue link critter to get your door en-door-phins raging.¬† Don’t be a door-k!¬† Put on your fe-door-a and come visit the corri-doors of the world with us.

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Since on Tuesday we were in the vicinity while visiting the priory of H√©rival, I thought we could take quick look back at a few of the less-than-perfect doors seen even in a spa town such as Plombi√®res-les-Bains.¬† Even though we wouldn’t want them on our homes, they somehow manage to have a certain air of shabby chic where they are.¬† As¬† Lumiere says in Beauty and the Beast: “After all, Miss, this is France!”

This week’s Thursday Doors, one of the most enjoyable challenges out there, is, as always, hosted by Norm.¬† Click here for an instant trip to Montreal and to the link that will lead you to the other entrants this week.

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As many of you know from my posts of last year’s trip to France, Plombi√®res-les-Bains was one our favorite discoveries, a beautiful city reminiscent of Italy, tucked away in the forests of the Vosges, with thermal baths that were enjoyed already in Roman times. We have yet to try them, as mid-summer temperatures don’t really make them sound appealing.

We made a number of trips there again this year and one day, we set out from there for another brave, daring adventure, following inviting roads until we saw a sign for the hermitage of Hérival.  The road grew narrower and narrower (and if you know French back roads, that meant quite narrow).  We began to wonder whether the signs had lied, but finally we saw what looked like the priory.

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What was I thinking, cutting off the top of that cross??

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There are two things you see everywhere in France: memorials to those lost in World Wars I and II and crosses.¬† Some of these crosses are hundreds of years old and they pop up everywhere.¬† If you were to stop at each one, not only would it take you forever to get anywhere, you’d probably get hit by any number of cars or other vehicles as most of them are right next to the road.¬† But each one is attractive.¬† Here’s a small sample for you to enjoy.

Near Raddon-et -Chapendu:

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Last year, my s-i-l and I discovered the enchanting town of Plombi√®res-les-Bains (Plombi√®res of the baths, referring to the thermal baths that have been there since Roman times.)¬† We’ve been there a number of times, generally just in time for lunch by some strange coincidence, usually at the same restaurant, Brasserie Montaigne.¬† On this day, however, it was closed, as were a number of shops.¬† There seems to be no set day that restaurants and stores are closed, although many are on Wednesday.¬† So we were on the hunt for another place to eat.

Just off of the main square, we found the Hotel du Commerce and although it seemed deserted, we inquired inside and found that the restaurant was open.¬† The owner, a droll man who enjoyed talking to us in French, English, and German (although not at one time), also served us. We sheltered under the umbrella to escape the heat and enjoyed our meal (food, so to speak, for another post) outside, just off the narrow street, the perfect place to get a shot for Challenger’s Choice on Sally’s blog today.

I’m sorry to report that this will be the last time Sally hosts the Mobile Photography Challenge. It’s been a wonderful time and I’ll miss it greatly!¬† Thanks, Sally for the many wonderful months and years!!

Just so you don’t think you’re being neglected, I’ll be busy and out of fast internet range for the next few days. Hope your week gets off to a great start.

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Beauty certainly is in the eye of the beholder.¬† While I was in France, one of my s-i-l’s dogs was very sick, vomiting throughout the day and night, leaving her with blankets and rugs that needed to be cleaned continuously.¬† But in France, electricity is expensive and washers and dryers aren’t enormous.¬† So when we discovered these washers and driers outside a store in a nearby town, we were elated.¬† They were a bargain and we could get grocery shopping done while we waited. (We were also fortunate in that we never had to wait, something that doesn’t always happen.)¬† Those were some of the most beautiful doors of the entire trip!

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It’s almost Christmas, our girls are home, and my s-i-l is on her way from Ohio.¬† I’m working today, then going directly to practice tonight for all the special music we’ll be doing for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day services.¬† The holiday busy-ness and family time are with us, everyone is fleeing rushed.¬† So let’s take a quick trip back to summer in France and carve out a few minutes to relax, take a few breaths, and just enjoy.

My turn for a French door with bicycle.

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