France

August - September 2018
August - September 2018
  • Day37

    Hortillonage

    September 13, 2018 in France ⋅ ☁️ 18 °C

    The part of the Somme is, or was, a wetland. It has been channeled and farmed for thousands of years. These pics are from a boat trip through the area

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  • Day37

    Amiens Cathedral

    September 13, 2018 in France ⋅ ☁️ 16 °C

    Said to be the tallest gothic nave. First outside; then the nave. In the center, near the transept, is a labyrinth. The most distinctive thing here is the detailed carving. This is only a small sample. Then the famous weeping angel, though no one really knows the story as to why the angel is weeping. Finally, the supposed resting place of John the Baptist.Read more

  • Day35

    Reims

    September 11, 2018 in France ⋅ ⛅ 28 °C

    Reims Is an interesting city. About 80% destroyed in WW I. So most of the architecture is art deco. The first picture is of the Victoria fountains at the center of town. Since Reims is the heart of champagne country, a long shot of the Pommery champagne making facility (see another post). Then several architecture details. The last pic is of an ancient gate into a monastery that has been otherwise destroyed. It sits between a couple 20th century buildings, and you can look beyond to see the cathedral.Read more

  • Day34

    Chappelle Foujita

    September 10, 2018 in France ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

    A small chapel designed and built by Japanese artist Foujita while living in France and after his conversion to Christianity, circa 1960s. The artwork was done by the artist. Of interest is that the paintings are frescos. They are hand painted on wet plaster by the artist using traditional techniques. I hadn't expected to be so taken by the place.Read more

  • Day34

    Reims: Notre Dame Cathedral

    September 10, 2018 in France ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

    Reims cathedral is the site where the kings of France were crowned. This tradition goes back to Clovis who was the first king baptized. That was by bishop (now saint) Remi in Reims in about the 5th century. Two pics need more explanation. The floor is stone, engraved with the images, then covered with molten lead that was then polished flush, hence the grey design. The stained glass is a couple of the the original 13th century windows that survived the two world wars.Read more

  • Day33

    Champagne!

    September 9, 2018 in France ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

    I visited 3 champagne facilities. These pictures are from the caves of Pommery and Taittinger. The third was de Moiselle. I liked their champagne best.
    First is the 116 steps down into the caves at Pommery. What's hard to see is that the rock here is chalk, and what has become the champagne caves started as chalk quarries dating to the Roman era. (Reims was the capital of the Roman province.). The 3rd pic is of bottles dating back to the 19th century. One could be yours for less than $5,000, a steal compared to great Bordeaux wines that have sold for as much as $50,000. Then a couple pictures of the caves and a carved barrel that had been displayed in the US and carved in American iconography coupled with french woman serving champagne.Read more

  • Day33

    Sam Remi, Reims

    September 9, 2018 in France ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

    Named for the bishop who baptized Clovis, this basilica is an abbatical church or the church of the Abbey of San Remi. This building is interesting as it is part Romanesque and part Gothic architecture. The last 2 pics are of part of the former monastery, now museum: one of an interior stair and one of the cloister.Read more

  • Day30

    Beauvais

    September 6, 2018 in France ⋅ ☁️ 19 °C

    Beauvais Is a smaller city, generally to the north of Paris. The main claim to fame seems to be the cathedral which is the subject of another post. The first pic here is of an old city gate and bridge. Then the oldest house in Beauvais (16th century). Then the facade of a pottery workshop and St Joseph's chapel. The 5th is of what was the Office of the Poor, the only place like this I've heard of. It is currently a school. Last is of one of the remains of buildings (this was the chapel) of the Maladarie St. Lazare, a medieval leper hospital.Read more

  • Day30

    Beauvais St. Peter Cathedral

    September 6, 2018 in France ⋅ ☁️ 19 °C

    St Peter, the unfinished. This was built to be the tallest gothic cathedral, and it is clearly the tallest I've seen, though the pictures don't do it justice. And it was never completed. Perhaps the most famous thing inside is the astronomical clock. It about 25 meters tall and provides pretty much any astronomical info you can imagine, even eclipses. You can't really see all the moving parts around the facade that enact the Biblical final judgment (Revelation) every hour, on the hour. Then a part of the previous cathedral building that would have been torn down if the "new" cathedral had been finished. Last is the Bishop's Palace. If you look toward the left of the first pic, you will see two towers. These are at the gate to the palace.Read more

  • Day30

    More from Rouen

    September 6, 2018 in France ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    I'm quite taken with Rouen with all the history and architecture. These pics catch some more of that. First is the view over the city from the Archepiscopal palace, followed by the old exchequer or treasury from the middle ages. Then some more examples of the variety of architectural styles around the city for those who might be interested. (Yeah. I'm looking at you, Rod Dawson!)Read more