Postcards.

Postcards were sent from key points along the route. They were sent in duplicate, one forward to my destination, and one back to the journey’s starting point in Hackney. Below are images of all the cards sent with details of what was written on each. Also given is the place and date of sending laid out thus –

Image

Description of image as given on back of Postcard

Location if not given above

Date

Transcript of postcard

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ashford, Kent. The High Street and Church of St. Mary the Virgin.
03 / 06 / 2009

Concrete turns to chalk dust,
London fades.
And all this air the smell of summer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dover Castle
04 / 06 / 2009

Gunshot just before sleep
In a private woodland just off a pilgrims way
Mild panic swallowed by exhaustion
and three castles down

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

La Cote d’Opale
Calais
06 / 06 / 2009

A last few drops of English rain
School children flood the ferry
And Calais is a grey flotilla

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Laon en 1625 – Gravure de Matheiu Merian
08 / 06 /2009

Slept through trains for blisters sake
Laon cathedral croissants,
A campsite and a deep slope out

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Reims
10 / 06 / 2009

Two days across the battlelines and wrath
Of wars.
Armies of children battle with wooden swords
After the rains came down

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

55000 BAR-LE-DUC
15 / 06 / 2009

You pass through landscape
Changing with the peaks of the hills
At one rise the horizon turns,
to nothing

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Camille Corot 1796 – 1875
Moivre
11 / 06 / 2009

Straight roads and the plains of France
Huge skies, heavy with rain
And 29km of nothing today

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Camping Caravaning “Les Iles”
Charmes
18 / 06 / 2009

After the thunderstorm comes the heat,
Where my feet shed their skins like snakes
With miscalculation

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

88 – Les Vosges
St. Die Des Vosges
20 / 06 /2009

The loneliness seeped in St. Die,
Like the water, gently dripping through the roof of my tent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Les Vosges Pittoresques
Col Du Bonhomme
20 / 06 / 2009

Dropped out fo the forest,
Completely alone
Fell into a bus load of old German people
Such is Surreality

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

68000 COLMAR
23 / 06 / 2009

Down off the mountains
And stand on flat earth,
Through the final vineyards of France
I stare at Germany beneath its clouds

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blick uber die wiehre auf die christuskirche
Freiburg
27 / 06 / 2009

They have vineyards opposite McDonalds
And I get lost in the labyrinth
Approaching their first city

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hohenluftkurort Schluchsee im hochschwarzwald
Schluchsee
30 / 06 / 2009

A days weather in the mountains,
Changes at the pace of a weeks elsewhere.

Three weeks in.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Switzerland
Schaffhausen
03 / 07 / 2009

The black forest vanished under peals of thunder
Forks struck the Swiss horizon
As the next day,
Azure blue skies welcomed me home.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

St. Gallen Stiftsbibliothek
St. Gallen
08 / 07 / 2009

Job done.



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Responses

  1. Greetings, from one walker-home to another. Love the postcards.


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