It's Good Friday so here are some church pictures. I took them in the village of Céré-la-Ronde (pop. 450), which is just south of Montrichard and west of Saint-Aignan. It's one of the prettiest villages around here. The church is the main monument in the village center, but the Céré's major claim to fame is probably the Château de Montpoupon just to the south.
The main thing I photographed was the old wooden door on the side of the church. It caught my eye — the church itself was locked up tight. I've been inside the building before but it was 8 or 9 years ago. That day, I was there with a friend who doesn't speak French. An elderly woman was giving some French people a tour of the church.
When those people left, the woman came and talked to us. She spoke in French, and I started translating for my American friend. Suddenly, the woman started speaking in English. I asked her how it came to be that she spoke English so perfectly. She looked at me and said: "Well, I spoke English long before I learned to speak French. I'm English, but I've been living in France for 50 years now." The woman lived in the presbytère attached to the church. I wonder if she still does.
The photos above and below are Photoshopped versions of some close-ups that I took of the carved wooden church door.
Finally, here's a picture that shows more of the church itself. As you can see, I was out driving around in my new Citroën C4, acquired in February. I'm trying to get out and drive it a little bit several times a week to make sure it's in good working order before the short warranty period expires.
I'm also trying to take as many photos as I can with the Panasonic digital camera that I have had for less than two weeks now. I'm not impressed with it and I think I am going to return it and try a different model. The quality of the photos I've taken with it is fine, but it has some very annoying features that I could do without, including a touch screen that it is impossible to turn off. Every time anything touches it, it fires off an unwanted photo.