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France Hay Sunset

11 July 2019

The great escape

Escaping the monastery through fields of wheat at sunset

I managed to escape the monastery.

After a long day of mainly looking out a bus window and being fed cheese, salted meats and various pastries, I finally cracked under the pressure and scaled the monastery wall, death rolled into the fields of hay and scarpered across a world war 1 battle field to the relative safety of the local Carrefour supermarket. Also I dont care what the spellchecker thinks, scarpered is a word!

The supermarket experience was as disappointing as the local village. Clearly I am in a poor people area, poor enough that the local monastery shut down. Many Carrefours are fantastic, even in China! This one was like a bi-lo (insert the local dented can supermarket of your country here).

After walking every aisle to amass more steps, I walked through the village, with an eye over my shoulder and my hands in my pockets. Soon after I found a nice dirt track through a field, google suggested it would link to a forest track and get met back to where I needed to be, and indeed it did. Along the way, I became aware that if a cloud would just move an inch, I would have great light, so I actually stopped and waited a few minutes for the clouds to part, and the hay to turn gold.

Which reminds me, on the bus earlier I was stuck in traffic, and the reason was, someone had flicked a cigarette butt out of a car window on a highway and set the hay field alight.

Thats all for now, tomorrow I predict there will only be a late evening update, I will be back in Paris for one more night then.

France-Hay-Sunset - Here she is in all her glory, the local Carrefour supermarket. Its the town pump / village well, the only place with people.

Here she is in all her glory, the local Carrefour supermarket. Its the town pump / village well, the only place with people.


France-Hay-Sunset - Inside, people wander the aisles, wondering how a modern supermarket can exist without air conditioning and with every drinks fridge turned off.

Inside, people wander the aisles, wondering how a modern supermarket can exist without air conditioning and with every drinks fridge turned off.


France-Hay-Sunset - Just past the edge of the village, a youth activity centre, behind large fences. Hoodlums without skateboards are hanging out on the skateboard ramp.

Just past the edge of the village, a youth activity centre, behind large fences. Hoodlums without skateboards are hanging out on the skateboard ramp.


France-Hay-Sunset - Now we start our dedication to fields of hay and the evening sun.

Now we start our dedication to fields of hay and the evening sun.


France-Hay-Sunset - Clouds and powerlines go well with hay.

Clouds and powerlines go well with hay.


France-Hay-Sunset - Shot of the day.

Shot of the day.


France-Hay-Sunset - And finally, taking things too far.

And finally, taking things too far.


France-Hay-Sunset - Then I found a dark forest to walk through, and see if I could find the illusive French bear.

Then I found a dark forest to walk through, and see if I could find the illusive French bear.


France-Hay-Sunset - Eventually this became a park, with a nice tree. It was still daylight, but time for me to go to bed.

Eventually this became a park, with a nice tree. It was still daylight, but time for me to go to bed.


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