Some pictures from France, I will narrate as I go.
Charalais Beef cows are white while the Limousin Beef cows are a chestnut color. Both are common in the area where I am staying. It is farm country. The roads I drive on are more narrow than most driveways in the States.
I don't know how old these collars are, but they blended in with structure of the barn. Old farm houses in Vermont are about 200 years old. Structures in France can be easily be 300 years old and still occupied. Living quarters for humans were often occupied over pig, cow and horse stalls. Tiny towns are called hamlets. Driving through these hamlets feel like driving into the past. Except for a couple modern vehicles on the road and maybe an overhead street light, you wouldn't know it is 2013.
This is just a typical pretty doorway I found in Lasserein, a village in the foot hills of the Pyrenees Mountains. In this area, many Merens Ponies spend June through October in the mountains to graze, almost free-range. Merens Ponies are the reason I was invited to France; I was there to help my friend/client find a pair suitable for her.