Old Town atmosphere, Fécamp
In Normandy, the Alabaster Coast, 2 hours from Paris, Fécamp seduced by its authenticity. At the junction of four roads historical and heiress of a great past, she has witnessed the greatest period of industrial fishing.
Fécamp is a commune in the Seine-Maritime department in the Haute-Normandie region in northern France. Fécamp is situated in the valley of the river Valmont, at the heart of the Pays de Caux, on the Albaster Coast. It is around 35 km northeast of Le Havre, and around 60 km northwest of Rouen.
Fécamp developed over the centuries to become the leading French cod-fishing port, and a museum is devoted to the "Terre-neuvas", the Fécamp fishermen who caught cod in the waters off Newfoundland. The fishermen's houses can be seen by the port, and their chapel on the cliffs, with its votive boats (which express a wish) is worth the visit.
Situated on the alabaster Coast, Fécamp's authenticity and natural charm appeal to visitors. The abbey church of the Holy Trinity, the palace of the Dukes of Normandy and the rich collections in the terre-veuvas museum are not to be missed. The heady perfume of plants and spices which go into the famous liquor make it difficult to pass by the impressive Benedictine Palace without stepping inside.
According to its late medieval founding legend, the trunk of a fig tree (ficus) carrying the Precious Blood of Christ collected by Joseph of Arimathea was washed ashore on the riverbank at Fécamp in the 1st century. Immediately, a fountain of holy blood gushed from the site; the relic attracted many medieval pilgrims, enhancing the reputation of the city.
The monks' legend justified the artificial etymology of the name to Fici-campus, the camp of the fig tree. Fécamp, however, is mentioned in 875 as Fiscannum and in 990 as Fiscannus and as late as 1496 which stem from the Germanic root fisc (English "fish") with an unknown suffix. It used to be the name of the Valmont River.
In the 6th century, Saint Leger was exiled to Fécamp. In 932, William I of Normandy (Long-Sword) founded the castle that was to be the residence of the Dukes of Normandy up until 1204, after which, the Norman Duchy was integrated within the French royal domain. The castle was the birthplace of many Norman dukes, including Richard I of Normandy (born 933) and Richard II of Normandy (who died 22 August 1027).(Source:Fécamp & wikipedia)
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Antipodean (666) 2012-09-19 2:54
Kia ora George,
A nicely composed photo of everyday life in this small French town. The signs, street furniture & the old lady tell their own story. Cheers, Neil
Royaldevon (41732) 2012-09-19 3:04
Good Morning George,
A delightful record of daily life. Was it by chance that the old lady is studying items from the past?
Nicely composed, at an angle to give a strong f/g triangle and a good lead from f/g to b/g. It is very sharply composed, which is a must from a shot like this, with many details to scrutise and absorb.
Have a lovely day,
holmertz (57311) 2012-09-19 3:06
Most things shown here provide a fine old town atmosphere, but I find the old fashioned sign advertising Karaoke rather funny. This may look old, but time has not stood still. Nice details and a well placed woman in a dress that breaks the general colour scheme.
timecapturer (49288) 2012-09-19 3:19
wonderfully atmospheric and retro composition this. Fascinating detail and full of interesting elements that just seem to be perfectly placed. Excellent!
Regards - Brian.
Highmountains (2674) 2012-09-19 3:21
The detaqils are so sharp and elaborate. Excellent in bringing out the 'old world charm' with all the antiquities out on display.
The old lady in blue - looking inquisitively at the old furniture makes the photograph interesting.
The dominating red / scarlet colour of the bricks and the doors (and even the curtain!) adds to the mood of the photograph. The old sighboards and the electrical display board makes the viewer imaging the times when these shops were new and bright...
Thanks for sharing this photograph.
snunney (104643) 2012-09-19 4:28
I very much like this composition, which is so typically French. The presence of the lady, who looks as if she might have just come from church is a definite plus point. Excellent angle of view and perfectly presented. Thanks for sharing.
sandpiper (6788) 2012-09-19 5:14
Great composition, textures and tones. The womans clothes contrast nicely with the brickwork
Sergiom (85929) 2012-09-19 5:40
Une très belle scène de la vie quotidienne. J'aime les vieux murs avec de la texture, les pancartes avec un air passé et les choses à vendre sur le trotoir.
Bluejeans (64251) 2012-09-19 5:52
Ola George ,
Uma boa foto de vida diária com uma atmosfera bem calma com esta senhora a caminhar nesta rua ,boa diagonal , parabéns!!
Um abraço Gonçalo
tedesse (25135) 2012-09-19 6:39
A nice postcard from Fécamp!
Looks interesting doors for the 13th
Nice colors and good sharpness and a woman watching the exhibition adds flavor.
Have a nice day
Cricri (123694) 2012-09-19 6:40
J'aime le c^té un peu rétro, tout les détails a voir tant de l'architecture que les affiches, les objets sur le trottoir, le cadrage et une très belle composition
uddedge (127) 2012-09-19 7:14
Wonderful composition. The addition of the women makes this a very thought provoking photo. What has caught her attention?
Schnappilic (9692) 2012-09-19 11:22
Interesting crop of this beautiful and little town. Splendid old atmosphere with ancient architecture. Good result!
jlbrthnn (76039) 2012-09-19 11:50
An old lady in a street of an old city, and a broker who sells old things. The atmosphere is expertly translated into picture. An interesting photo and very good quality. Bravo.
Have a nice evening
carlo62 (53186) 2012-09-19 15:41
un'atmosfera quasi inglese, con l'anziana signora col suo bell'abito colorato incuriosita dal locale.
Mi piace la tranquillità che trasmette la scena, mi piacerebbe sedermi ad uno di quei tavoli.
jjcordier (79297) 2012-09-19 22:55
J'aime l'atmosphère à l'ancienne de cette photo de Fécamp. Seule l'inscription kakaoké nous situe actuellement puisque tu as même trouvé une passante d'époque -)
Graal (103038) 2012-09-20 0:58
Jó napot George,
good title, atmosphere here is calm and peaceful. An interesting details and comment in note. photo is well done.
Have a nice day.
mauro61 (52857) 2012-09-20 1:23
come dici nel titolo si sente la vecchia atmosfera che circonda questi luoghi.
Ben ripresa la scena con l'anziana che è perfettamente collocata all'interno della scena,
Silvio1953 (150173) 2012-09-20 3:12
Ciao George, lovely composition with walking woman, fascinating atmosphere, excellent perspective, splendid light and wonderful colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
dkmurphys (62761) 2012-09-20 7:47
What a wonderful old street. The old ad works and the old woman bring back the past picturesque times. Well seen!
macjake (70997) 2012-09-20 7:57
yes, you said it all in your note - being seduced by authenticity.
there certainly is alot of charm in this scene.
and having the woman pass by in blue adds another contrast and dimension to it.
I find myself searching the entire scene for visuals.
bona (13739) 2012-09-20 17:13
the inclusion of the old lady magnify the feeling of oldness here. I like the Sirocco outdoors on the walls. Nice point of view and details
abmdsudi (57148) 2012-09-22 8:05
Cleverly observed and composed street view with loads of interest to explore in such a relaxed atmosphere. This is particularly descriptive, a charming old time scene and this does encapsulate the local life. Everthing looks classic from yerteryear which includes the old lady that draws the eyes in. Bright and crispy in natural tones making the effect very pleasing. Well done, TFS
- Copyright: George Rumpler (Budapestman) (82620)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2008-08-16
- Categories: Daily Life, Architecture
- Camera: Pentax K10D
- Exposure: f/5.6, 1/180 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2012-09-19 2:43