The camera never lies?

produits du terroir


Staying (and working) at a motel on an island, the Ile d’Orleans, which is very obviously geared towards tourism, has got me thinking more about image recently. Filling your motel rooms, getting people to come in for tastings of your local wine, cheese and cider – it’s all about presenting the right façade.  And it’s true, there are some beautiful vistas of the countryside and the river. And there are delicious local products. The sign outside the local service station/general store is enticing:



Inside, you do find local beer and chocolates. But also a lot of overpriced junk food. It’s a service station.

I was thinking that maybe, à la Facebook, this blog too has been guilty of presenting a sanitised version. For example, sunset from the motel terrace:

sunset view from terraceActually, I had to cross the road to get this shot, because this is the actual view, complete with cables (different time of day, obviously):

view from motel with cablesAnd at eight in the morning I recorded on my phone 8 vehicles passing within 50 seconds.

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Yoga is good for the environment

Looking after yourself One of the things we didn’t find time for back in our old lives was a daily yoga practice. We kept saying to ourselves, and each other, that we’d like to do it, but it always got crowded out by other things. We managed to practise yoga by going to classes 2 […]

Two wheels good?

Sign of the times? I hope not

One of the things that makes a place environmentally friendly, in my book, and probably for most people, is that it encourages people getting around by non fuel-guzzling means.

Walking, cycling, public transport, stand-up paddleboard …

So one of the attractions of coming to do workaway at this motel on the Ile d’Orleans was that it has a sideline in renting out bikes, e-bikes and speed-restricted electric mopeds. That’s great, but we have discovered that the general attitude on the island to cycling is less positive. I have never been in a place before that found it necessary to point out to motorists, using a big yellow sign, that cyclists might also use the road space:

bike signs
Watch out – bikes use this road!

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