The owners of this house in Baignes have cleverly made a feature of what would otherwise be a blank end wall. At the bottom there is a small well maintained shrubbery with a fair amount of plants; above a set of appealing trompe-l'oeils in the form of windows. I was particularly taken by the cat in the attic. I hope you like this interesting blend of urban art and garden as well.
A stitch of two images due to lack of space behind me.
The small town of Baignes in Charente forms part of the the commune of Baignes-Sainte-Radegonde. The commune was formed in 1865 from the merger of Baignes with the now much smaller village of Sainte-Radegonde. At the time of the merger the existing commune of Sainte-Radegonde was much bigger than that of Baignes.
The area has a long history dating back until at least Roman times when there was a settlement known as Cathmeriacum. It lay on the Roman road that linked Saintes to Bordeaux.
Quite an extensive article about the geography and history of Baignes-Sainte-Radegonde can be found on the French wikipedea site here:. It is written, of course, in French.
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mikolaj_kawa (0) 2008-11-12 0:34
Hello Stephen! Very interesting house. Original windows. Very original painting. Nice decorations. Good colours. Very good picture. Well done!
Budapestman (82620) 2008-11-12 1:39
Very much like these the kind witty decorations on the houses. It is possible to guess superb things with fantasy and cleverness onto the bare walls of the house. Photo with superb mood. Have a nice day!
mauro61 (52855) 2008-11-12 3:33
Le pitture al muro sono molto reali e danno un bell'effetto,ottima cattura.
jlbrthnn (76037) 2008-11-12 4:31
L'assemblage parfait des photos ne laisse pas deviner le procédé. La capture du trompe-l'oeil est parfaite. J'aime beaucoup le recours à ces fresques murales réalistes pour briser la monotonie des grandes façades aveugles. Excellent travail.
saxo042 (37794) 2008-11-12 7:09
It took me some moments to realise the meaning of your title here. Then I read your note... Very fine picture and a very interesting house!
dareco (17134) 2008-11-12 7:41
I find the street on either side of this house very interesting. The people have obviously put alot of work into their home. The shrubbery is very beautiful. Nice job! TFS
kevinos (7517) 2008-11-12 9:00
I rather lie the straight on, symmetrical presentation of this one, Stephen, I also thing the the statement by the householder is rather amusing. I suspect that he has a sense of humor. Its a nicely made image that shares with us this eccentric and enjoyable deception (Well! All art is deception, isn't it?) regards kevin
Fis2 (96043) 2008-11-12 10:33
Interesting building, very curious windows :) Good frame and nicely colors. Well done.
gunbud (34066) 2008-11-12 18:06
What a wonderful use of a blank wall! to go along with the lovely garden and hanging vines. Nice warm light for our cat to warm his bones in.
Nicou (140040) 2008-11-13 8:38
Quelle maison, on dirait qu'elle porte un juppe verte, mangigique cette verdure qui fait la colerette, quel cadrage avec le troittoir, ce ciel mangigique, des couleur pures et limpide, mangigique.
Bravo et amitié
wolf38 (31296) 2008-11-17 5:21
Hello Stephen. The photo pleases me very well. It is beautiful and worth seeing. Photographically skillfully realizes. One opens the Thumbnail and sees the special of this picture. Informative text. Regards, Wolfgang.
ikeharel (69827) 2012-08-08 8:11
I had my imagination working O/T, Stephen:
This facade of a nice house, can have a look from a distance as a bearded-man, with blue eyes...
taking a good closer look, I see a well taken care bush grow on wall's, green contrast the light-blue shutters, and a fine picture shown in excelent outlines and colors.
pierrefonds (65276) 2013-10-08 18:29
La végétation cadre bien le mur de la maison. La prise de vue permet de voir les détails et les couleurs des trompe-l'oeils. La bonne luminsoité valorise les couleurs de l'image. Bonne soirée.