Photographer's Note

June 18th, 2006
Les Herbiers 850109 85500
Vendée Pays de la Loire
46.872 -1.016 100 m

Last image before impact, Les Herbiers

The steam engine.
The station of Les herbiers.

White, and black humour.

_ One can traverse without any fear in 2:30, with 40km/h, the 22 kilometers of the Chemin de Fer Touristique de la Vendée, Tourist Railroad of the Vendée, from Mortagne-sur-Sèvre to les Herbiers and return, tractor drawn by a steam engine 030T-6 Fives-Lille, in middle of landscapes of countryside of Vendée, crossing 3 valleys on remarkable viaducts.
_ They are the impassioned members of "L'Association du Chemin de Fer de la Vendée", the Association of the Railroad of the Vendée, created in 1992, voluntaries from 14 to 80 years of all professions and come from all areas, which safeguard, restore, maintain a historical railway material and ensure the exploitation of the railroad.

MICHEL TOURNIER, Writer and French academician, born in Paris on December 19th, 1924, wrote: "Certes on n'a jamais rien vu de plus grand, majestueux, chaud, murmurant, soupirant, soufflant, fort, gracieux, élégant, érotique, puissant et féminin qu'une locomotive à vapeur.", “Certainly one never saw nothing of larger, majestic, hot, murmuring, sighing, blowing, extremely, gracious, elegant, erotic, powerful and female that a steam engine.”

LES HERBIERS is a french commune, located in the department of the Vendée of the area of les Pays de la Loire, populated of 13932 Herbretais in 1999, distributed out of 89 km², that is to say 157 hab./km².

MICHEL TOURNIER: «Ma propre conviction que j'existe a contre elle l'unanimité.», my own conviction that I exist has against it the unanimity.

My images of les Herbiers.

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