February 21, 2009

A tour around our village

This morning, Monsieur Titi needed to go into town to the post office. On Saturdays, the Post Office is only open until 12:00. To walk into town takes barely 10 minutes. Pacha came along for his morning walk.

Our village has about 1,100 people. There is a boulangerie, a boucher, a small épicerie (market), a pharmacie, two bistros and a K-Bab restaurant. The K-Bab restaurant (a sort of arab rolled sandwich) used to be a small flower shop.

Many small towns have had their post offices closed down due to buget cuts. We are so lucky to have kept ours. The post office in France serves not only as the link to the outside world, but it's also a bank! Many people have their accounts here. So if you don't have a post office, it's not as easy to have ready access to your money. However, the post office does provide checking accounts and credit cards, just like all other banks.

As we were strolling around, I discovered that bad taste is not unusual here in France. These folks seem to have a passion for kitschy statues in their yard. I have to give them credit for resisting the urge to put in garden gnomes.

This is the official insignia on all the public buildings in France, standing for Republique Française.

This is the collège which was completed about 5 years ago. In France, a collège is not a university, it's a junior high school. So be careful not to confuse them.
The collège didn't exist when we moved here. Since the completion, the village has grown a bit. Many students come from kilometers away to go to school.

Geneviève de Gaulle-Anthonioz was Charles de Gaulle's niece. She was a resistant and was deported to Ravensbrook in 1944. She was liberated by the Allied forces. She later wrote many books about the resistance and the war.

Here's the front entrance to the school. I don't know how many students go there, but this is the major junior high school in the area.

There's are more sights to show in our village. I'll post later about them.


Debbie said...

Those kitschy statues are so funny! I didn't imagine them being there.

Jo said...

Wow, Dedene, your village is smaller than ours by 900 souls! Interesting that a resistant should have a college named after her. Good on her. I LOL at the garden statues. We also have a few gardens displaying - some WITH gnomes! I love your emblems on public buildings. Thanks for an interesting post. Hugs Jo

Jeanne said...

I would never have imagined anyone in France would go for kitsch. That is the last time I will ever allow those snotty French girls at Epcot to give me bug eye when I order pastry.

Lynda said...

Dedene, thanks so much for sharing these photo's of your village with us - it looks really nice & I look forward to seeing some more soon !

Jan said...

Love your tour. Very interesting. I am following your blog. I could spend my day going from blog to blog but I do have other things to do. Darn.

Betty C. said...

This is interesting. Our town has more like 1300 people, but spread out over a large area. Our post office just got turned into some sort of "Agence postale" that is in the town hall: kind of like a post office but somehow not. We have a pharmacy, two doctors, a butcher's, a grocery store, a hairdresser, a newsagent's, an antique dealer...but no bakery, which I've always thought was kind of strange. Oh yes, and a nursery and grade school but definitely no collège? How did your village swing a collège?