Saturday, May 20, 2017

Blaye is Blowing

 Ferry heading towards the channel from Blaye to Bourg.
Quicker by ferry than car. Walked off the ship to strong winds and rain, within 30 minutes the sun was shining.
 Blaye is a small town, on the right bank of the Gironde River, with 5,000 inhabitants.
Low tide on the estuary. 
Porte Royal entrance. 
Entrance to the Citadel,a defensive masterpiece constructed in 1685-89 by Louis 14th's military architect Sebastien le Prestre de Vauban.
 The aim of these fortifications was to foil any attempt to attack Bordeaux via the Gironde River.

Overlooking Blaye and the dry moat.
The aqueduct bridge leads you to the front entrance.
 The dry moat, now encompass a suburb of the town.
 A barrack house, one door to the room and one window in which soldiers were stationed as late as 1914. 

 Pavillon de la Place, used in 1832 for the house arrest of Marie-Caroline de Berry, daughter-in-law of  the last Bourbon king, Charles 10th.

Overlooking our ship.


  1. Love the red valerian growing out of the wall! And the roses you have photographed everywhere.

  2. Old buildings and greenery go so well together.

  3. The age of the buildings are so different from what we see here. I wonder if our buildings will last as these have.