Napoleon Bonaparte said: “A throne is only a bench covered in velvet.”
I’m glad to know I share something in common with him. Benches intrigue me, too.
at the feet of great architecture,
those carved from bent wood,
or slabs of stone,
covered in seasonal fruits and vegetables
–all communicate with me.
Come. Sit. Breathe in nature.
Travel Words issued a challenge this month. And it called out to me as clearly as one of my travel benches.
So I’m accepting the challenge and offering up my collection of benches in the autumn atmosphere, be it Martha’s Vineyard, Paris, Avignon, Essoyes, Orvieto, or some other interesting spot during the fall.
Find a bench this November and settle in for some quiet reflection and communing with nature.
Renee Johnson is the author of Acquisition, and The Haunting of William Gray. She is currently working on a Young Adult novel, while editing a suspense novel which has international flair–an homage to her love of travel and foreign food. She lives on a farm in North Carolina with her husband, Tony Johnson, and one very spoiled German shepherd named Gretel.
Thank you for a super collection of benches!
I was thrilled to find your challenge. I had just photographed all these benches, so it was wonderful to be able to share them. Thank you.
They’re all beautiful!
That is a wonderful collection with some unusual benches! Thanks for sharing!
Thank you. It was a much more eclectic mixture than I imagined until they were all together in one spot.
Great shots, Renee! I’d love to be sitting on the slab of stone by the water. 🙂
Thank you, Jill. It was in Vaucluse, France. Such a lovely spot.
I’ve been following Jude’s bench series. Your selection here is great. I particularly like the twisted log style bench. Where was that?
Thank you Jenny. This bench was just outside the Musee Calvet in Avignon, France in a lovely courtyard with the most stunning pebbling design of stonework in the ground. And this twisted bench caught my attention.
Good effort, Renee! 🙂 The twisted one is beautiful, though not necessarily very convenient.
Laughing, but yes, you wouldn’t want to have to sit in the middle. It was in the courtyard of Musee Calvet in Avignon, France, amid other selections of wood-carved sculpture. However, people were sitting on either side, including me!