After yesterday's Sunday stroll (that actually took place on a Saturday) through the picturesque village of Saint Amour Bellevue, come to Mâcon with me today. Mâcon is a small town of about 35.000 inhabitants and the next biggest place from Saint Amour, only a short drive away. Situated on the river Saône, people have lived there since Celtic times, and in Roman times, the place was fortified and developed into a "proper" city (I have this information from the Wikipedia article about Mâcon).
Our Australian friends took us there, and we walked along the river and through the old town centre. It was Sunday, and we could not look inside the church because there was a service going on. It was Sunday, and we could not let four-year-old H. have a ride on the roundabout because it was closed. It was Sunday, and we could not find a place open to sit and have ice cream because they were closed. It was Sunday, and we could only just about manage to buy some sweets from the only shop that seemed to be open for miles around - and was about to close when we found it. It was Sunday, and everything seemed to be shut.
We all thought it strange that such places of interest for tourists and residents would be closed on a day when people certainly have time to go out with their families. Of course we understand that shops aren't kept open 24/7, and for instance in Germany, they are not allowed to be open on Sundays unless they have a special permit, but ice cream parlours and cafés? Roundabouts? Tourist attractions?
Never mind - it was an interesting and beautiful place to visit, and here are some of the pictures I took:
Does anyone know what the tree in the middle picture is?
Some more pictures will have to wait - just now when I tried to upload them, I had the "You have run out of space" message again. It will probably work alright tonight or tomorrow; so far, it always has done after this message...
You know I have a thing for doors and doorways, and I found several there for my collection.
There were glimpses along narrow streets and into courtyards that I think are worth showing here, too.
You are welcome to look at the complete set of pictures from that weekend in my photobucket album, which can be found here.
And as you can see, I was now able to upload some more pictures without any trouble, and without having to upgrade to more storage space for money!