Customers having a quite lunchtime drink outside the Bar de l'Hotel de Ville (Town Hall Bar) in the town of Richelieu.
Some information taken from a somewhat longer article about the town and château on Wikipedea:
Richelieu is a commune in the Indre-et-Loire department in central France. It lies south of Chinon and west of Sainte-Maure de Touraine and is surrounded by mostly agricultural land. Its inhabitants are called Richelais, and Richelaises. Because of its design as the "ideal city" of the seventeenth century, the town is the subject of various protective measures as regards its architecture.
The town was built on the instructions of Cardinal Richelieu adjacent to an existing château (now destroyed), which belonged to the Cardinal's family.
The town is about 700 meters long by 500 meters wide. It is accessible by three monumental gates; a fourth, dummy gate exists to respect the symmetry of the whole. The urban plan revolves around two symmetrically arranged places: Place Royale and the Place du Cardinal (now Place du Marché pictured here), in which are grouped the presbytery, the "audience" (now the town hall), a covered open market hall (still surviving, with wooden pillars and roof beams) and shops.
To ensure quick settlement, the Cardinal imposed no city taxes. In return, buyers of plots for construction undertook to build within two years a "flag" or a house according to the plans and specifications filed with the court of the city, while being forced to chose as builder one of the Cardinal's appointees. A register of specific transactions is kept, allowing historians to know today the list of owners of the original buildings of the city.
Upon the death of Cardinal, the city ceased to grow, but continued to have illustrious visitors, like Louis XIV of France, Jean de La Fontaine, and Voltaire. According to La Fontaine, Richelieu was at the time of writing the "most beautiful village of the universe."
In 1790, during the convening of the Estates General, representatives of the town of Richelieu sat with those of Mirebeau in the delegation of Saumur, within the generality of Tours. The same year, the town of Richelieu was separated from Saumur to integrate with the then new Department of Indre-et-Loire.
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amaryllis (36833) 2009-09-10 0:39
je vois que le soleil t'accompagnait sur Richelieu, une belle ville avec une architecture de maison remarquable
là tu nous présentes une rue bien ensoleillée où il fait bon avec ce bar de se désaltérer je pense
un bon cadrage
pajaran (59581) 2009-09-10 0:45
Dobro jutro iz Srbije.
Hladovina, dobro francusko vino i drustvo, pa uzivajmo.
mauro61 (52855) 2009-09-10 0:47
il tuo scatto mi ha fatto ricordare la serenità e la tranquillità di queste oasi per turisti accaldati...
Ottimo accoppiamento tra il bar e il municipio sotto una bella luce e un bel cielo azzurro.
Nicou (140154) 2009-09-10 1:19
merveilleujx cadrage sur cette hôtel de ville, avec le beau drapeua au vent, la blancheru est sueprbe, avec la café qui donne la vivacité, superbe compo.
Bravo et amitié
delpeoples (57278) 2009-09-10 1:59
Hi Stephen, well the title really drew me in (soak that I am). But again you've given us such a great idea of this amazing town. The image is really well-exposed - I can see how I'd have fluffed the shadows created by the awning - and that lovely cotton wool sky that seems to be "owned" jointly between you and Jaap. Nice work, TFS, Lisa
macondo (19453) 2009-09-10 2:36
I was right! That IS the hotel de ville. Nice closer-up shot from a different angle, with some well placed people in the scene. The building itself is perhaps a little over-exposed but the sky is superb. Nice work.
Budapestman (82620) 2009-09-10 2:52
photo with splendid mood, the composition of the photo is very attractive, lovely details and excellent lights, a superb shot of this charming town, again. Tfs! Have a nice day!
feather (51130) 2009-09-10 3:57
It seems like just the place for some people watching. The perspective view works well and the colours are natural. I love that blue, blue sky!
Royaldevon (37967) 2009-09-10 4:15
Oh, it's so French!
Only a few weeks ago, my husband and I would have been on your shot for we supped at this outdoor cafe ... and a few others!
A lovely pov, giving the elongated triangle in the f/g and the receding lines of the building give good perspective. The light and the sharpness are good.
For a link to photograph I took in that spot click here.
saxo042 (37794) 2009-09-10 5:02
A pleasant street scene where the coloured awnings are quite important as eye-catchers. The inclusion of human life is also very good. Looks like a nice place to have a quick beer in the shadow here.
Buin (42466) 2009-09-10 5:06
An inviting scenery and photo as well. Sitting there, have a coffee, a newspaper - or a good chat - must be great. I like the angle you have chosen here very much. You managed the bright light quite well!
Greetings from a - today - grey and cooler Germany!
jlbrthnn (76037) 2009-09-10 5:57
La lumière est généreuse, l'ensemble en bénéficie, et est net et détaillé. Les couleurs sont naturelles, comme le sont les attitudes décontractées et heureuses des clients du bar. Excellent travail. Bravo.
ChrisJ (112403) 2009-09-10 6:27
A superb daily life & village scene from France with a marvellous blue sky & good sharpness. Nice repetition of the flags & a good pov. Merci et bon weekend!
chinchini (31529) 2009-09-10 6:54
Une image très belle encore, très lumineuse, à la limite de la surexpo. Le piqué est toujours aussi bon et permet d'aprécier les infimes détails. Mieux valait être à l'ombre à ce moment là de la journée à la terrasse d'un café ;o)
leonorkuhn (16235) 2009-09-10 8:03
The needs of modern life mean that people seek to adapt existing spaces. Fortunately the ancient architecture of the city is well preserved. Excellent composition, great light, colors and good details.
npecanhuk (74914) 2009-09-10 10:25
A very pleasant, attractive and beautiful picture!
Sharpness, exposure and colors are excellent!
The pov was very well chosen and the composition is simple but the real highlight here!
It'd be nice to hang around and have something to drink in that bar!
TFS - congratulations!
Fis2 (96121) 2009-09-10 12:23
Photo has climate.
Graal (102634) 2009-09-10 23:18
an interesting place and presentation. Good composition. Sunny day You had, strong light. Good note also.
John_F_Kennedy (43665) 2009-09-11 3:28
Wonderful sunny picture with perfect colours and light. Nice POV!