Fort Boyard

Fort Boyard is a fort located between the Île-d’Aix and the Île d’Oléron in the Pertuis d’Antioche straits, on the west coast of France. Though a fort on Boyard bank was suggested as early as the 17th century, it was not until the 1800s under Napoleon Bonaparte that work began. Building started in 1801 and was completed in 1857.

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Hip to be Square

One of my favourite functions on the Lumix G9, that comes as a consequence of having an electronic viewfinder, is the ability to see the results of different crops (picture modes) in camera or indeed filter effects such as monochrome.

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More Cabanes

More colourful Cabanes – this time in Le Chateau d’Oleron.  A number of these old Oyster farming cabins have been converted into artists studios whilst others remain in their original use, all in all a rather odd mix – still they do make good photographic  subjects although enough is enough and other subjects await.

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Wow !

The most striking building in the French coastal city of Royan is undoubtedly the Cathedral (église Notre-Dame) – it stands on the site of a former neo-gothic church that was destroyed in 1945 (as was much of Royan).  Designed by architects Guillaume Gillet and Marc Hébrard and built between 1955-58 entirely of concrete, it is considered one of the leaders of French contemporary architecture.

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Citadelle de Brouage

Founded around 1555 Brouage was at first the centre for European salt trading, before it became a military base under the drive of it’s governor: Richelieu.  It was once the most impressive sea-port of France and Louis XIV, today the bastion lies some distance “inland” surrounded by brackish marshes and provides some interesting photographic opportunities although is perhaps best appreciated from the air.

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The Alcazar

The Alcazar of Jerez or more correctly Jerez de la Frontera (the frontier being between the Muslim and Christian worlds) is one of the most emblematic monuments in the city.  It is situated in the Southeastern corner of a wall that once enclosed the ancient city.  The Alcazar comprised walls, towers and gates and constituted a complex defensive system.

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Cacela Velha

Cacela Velha is an intriguing little village, that rare thing a largely untouched by tourism place that sits on a bluff overlooking the lagoons and beaches of the eastern Algarve.  A cobbled square by a little church (Igreja de Nossa Senhora da Assunção), an old telephone box and a slightly incongrous giant plant(s) sculpture provide some good places to stand and hopefully some interesting images.

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