Without missing a beat, I guessed that they would be of the Rodez area's latest destruction site: the old LeClerc hypermarket.
Weird minds think alike, I guess. I couldn't have been happier had he brought home his usual photos of pastoral peace, or crazy countryside scenes.
I myself had almost stopped to shoot several times, as I drive by the demolition scene almost daily. But I hadn't quite dared get up close and personal. In fact, the old parking garage kind of scared me even when it was still in use:
Le Grand LeClerc, as the locals called it, must have seemed grand indeed when it was built, perhaps in the 1970s. The architecture below is the result of a renovation done in the past ten years, but somehow even the new look didn't cut it:
By the way, neither of us know what that tree is doing there, so don't bother to ask.
And yes, as you can see, tagging and graffiti strike abandoned sites even here in the heart of La France Profonde.
Now grocery shoppers flock to le Nouveau LeClerc, complete with a mini-mall, a Flunch, and a fitness center.
But apparently the old site still welcomes us, at least for a few more days:
In its own way:
(All photos courtesy of Thierry Jouanneteau. Click on them to enlarge.)