I just had a look at some old threads about Bayonne. The photos in mine from 2012 have big Photobucket lines through them. Here: anyportinastorm.proboards.com/thread/8292/bayonne-2018 is Kerouac's thread from a rainy February 2018. He has pretty well covered quite a lot of the old city, so I will just add some pictures taken on Friday. I had intended to take street art pics because the week before there had been a street art festival, with artists painting in public. However, some I didn't find, others I saw when I didn't have my camera with me, so these pictures are just some street art that has been there for quite a while in the area I know best, plus a few pictures taken while I wandered around in the afternoon.
These were all taken in Saint Esprit, the right bank of the Adour river.
An open-air book box, unlike most of the others in Bayonne.
It's hard to get perspective for some of the paintings because the streets are so narrow. The above were all taken in St Esprit.
St Esprit Church, right next to the train station. It is a listed church, originally founded by the Order of St John of Jerusalem at the end of the 12th century, then changed around in the 16th, restored in the 19th after the revolution.
Place de la Révolution. In Kerouac's thread, it was still being renovated. Here they are pruning the plane trees for the winter.
The DIDAM. The building was formerly part of the maritime administration of the city. It is now used as an exhibition space for photo exhibits. The one currently ending is of Monkeybird, a pair of graffiti/stencil artists who paint internationally.The entrance hall had a huge stencil in it, to show how complex it all is.
A poster of their work. There is a wall in Bayonne with their work too but I'll take that some other time.
You really make Bayonne very appealing, Bjd! The amount of very old city seems perfectly integrated with the new -- natural, not self-consciously quaint. I'm amazed by all the street art, and you say you only captured some of it. It's all excellent, but I'm in love with that very first one. Is the man with the ladder part of the picture of the bull, or is it really a man with a ladder? (I'm on my itsy, crappy computer which doesn't have great resolution.)
The sleek trambus is rather beautiful and the walk with palm trees & benches next to the old wall is wonderful. How civilized to repurpose those old buildings for migrants in what would seem a very desirable location.
Is it a trick of the picture's angle, or is that arch just beyond the men with the cleaning supplies as low as it appears?
Oh, and one last thing -- very cool the way you linked to Kerouac's thread on Bayonne instead of tacking on to it. This way they can be compared side by side without having to scroll up and down.