The Colors of Rennes-les-Bains

On the first day of my photography retreat in France, we drove through the winding roads and steep foothills of the Pyrenees to reach Rennes-les-Bains, a tiny Languedoc village perched on both sides of the river Sals. Artifacts discovered in the village indicate that Rennes-les-Bains was known for its hot and cold springs even before the Romans established colonies in the area.

The village’s narrow streets inch up steep hills and twist their way down to the river. Around every corner there are surprise bursts of colors aglow in the late summer sun. Come explore the colors of Rennes-les-Bains with me.  (All images © Janet Hince, 2014.)

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Blue

Chartres Cathedral Rose Window

Chartres Cathedral has the largest number of original medieval stained glass windows of all the Gothic cathedrals in Europe. Prior to being invaded by Germany in World War II, the townspeople removed all the windows from the cathedral and hid them in the countryside to prevent their destruction. They were reinstalled after the war.

The brilliant blue stained glass is known as “Chartres Blue” and is unique to Chartres.