insights, outtakes and observations from our sabbatical year in England
Saturday, December 17, 2011
Playing Monet in Toulouse (by the Garonne)
The Garonne (from our window)
the lower path along the Garonne
From one side of the apartment in Toulouse, you could see the Brienne Canal. From the otherside, you could catch the edge the Garonne River. The Garonne (or so says Wikipedia), stretches for some 600 km across southern france/northern spain.I didn't manage to explore all 600 kms of the river, but did try to get familiar with the kilometer or so just near the apartment we were staying in. At the end of the street, you could climb the stairs beside the pink building, at which point you would have a choice of paths: You could walk above, along a path lined by towering trees, or you can take the stairs down and walk along the edge of the river.
the Bazacle in Toulouse
Either way, the stroll is gorgeous. Right at the start of the walk, you can see a kind of break in the water, called the Bazacle. The word apparently designates a kind of a ford by which one could cross the river. It is also the place where the water was the most shallow. You can see it in this picture... the place where the water stops looking like a mirror. In the 12th century, a dam was built at this spot, so there were windmills there til the 18th century, when a hydro-electric plant was built on the spot (it is just to the right of the photo).
The first morning i went out, the sky was streaked with clouds. It was delicous watching the clouds and bridges and buildings reflected and doubled in the water of the river. I did wonder if it would be possible to take a stroll every morning to see if, Monet-style, i could capture as many of the nuances possible in the interplay of light between sky and river.
There was too much work to do (and too many things to see), so i didn't get back there every morning, but I did manage to catch a cloudy day, a clear day, and a few evening shots. So... here they are!