30 April 2008

Mennetou on a Monday

A downspout ornament in Mennetou

Mondays are very quiet days in most French towns, and in small villages even more so. Everybody is resting up from the weekend, and a majority of the people who work in shops and markets on Saturdays and Sunday mornings take Monday off. Mennetou was like that — nearly deserted — on a recent Monday.

Along with the blue forget-me-nots, these yellow flowers
were growing all around the town in pavement cracks
and wall grates, and even up old stone walls in places

Chrissou was suprised there was no good place to get a café crème. Well, there were two places to have coffee in Mennetou, or three if you count a snack bar down near the river. The snack bar was closed (maybe for the season; I didn't look to see if its hours were posted). On the main street — the highway — a little café-tabac was open. I know because I saw people going in and coming out with their newspapers.

Typical shuttered window in Mennetou-sur-Cher

The café-tabac wasn't very appealing because its big plate-glass windows seemed to be completely pasted over with posters, and its front door is right on the curb of the highway (even though you couldn't call it a busy road). A third place, a salon de thé that is part of a hotel/restaurant next to the town gate where there's a plaque commemorating Joan of Arc's 1429 visit, seemed to be shut for the day, but I'm not sure. We didn't really check.

Vines growing up on an old half-timbered building
in Mennetou-sur-Cher

That's small-town France on Mondays for you. Most everything is closed up tight.

Looking down into the town's old well. You can just
see me and my camera in the little spot of
reflected light at the bottom of the picture.

Fewer than a thousand people live in Mennetou-sur-Cher. On a Monday, very few of them are out on the streets, that's for sure.


  1. The photo of the well looks like a blue stained-glass window with the light coming through it. My compliments to you for spying the possibility of a photo down a well!

    Someone carefully aligned the iron grate with the wire mesh below.

  2. The yellow flower is a Giroflée or Ravenelle. Its coloring goes from yellow to light brown. The scent is delicious.

  3. As ever, lots of interesting stuff and food for thought. I want one of those water spouts! I love the way his lips have gone green :-)
    The yellow flowers are wallflowers aka gillyflowers - they have the loveliest scent.
    Those are beautiful shutters. Shutters do make a great periodic photographic theme, don't they?
    The plant growing up that half timbered place looks like new growth ivy - they'll be sorry!
    I want one of those well grills too. At the moment we have an ugly concrete slab with a ring in the middle.

  4. Was the well hard to climb up?

  5. I forgot to add ;-)


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