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  • De captivants à banals, les articles et photographies de “The Baguette” sont une tentative de publier un journal de ma vie dans la Manche et de proposer un forum de discussion pour tout ce qui touche à la Normandie.
  • De captivants à banals, les articles et photographies de “The Baguette” sont une tentative de publier un journal de ma vie dans la Manche et de proposer un forum de discussion pour tout ce qui touche à la Normandie.


March 11 2013 2 11 /03 /March /2013 17:42

Continuing my story about Saturday afternoon in the Val de Saire, I also took the time to visit the 18th century Moulin de Marie Ravenel also called le Moulin de la Caudrairie in the village of Réthoville.  http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8107/8555038618_2c8a372fc1_b.jpgThe water mill is named after the poet Marie le Corps née Ravenel who lived here for 31 years.  The mill was purchased by the community of St-Pierre-Eglise in 1999 and given a new lease on life with a complete restoration of the mill and all of its working components.  http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8365/8553930407_ab25f91252_b.jpghttp://farm9.staticflickr.com/8386/8555038948_30c5312999_b.jpghttp://farm9.staticflickr.com/8382/8553932335_54abc863a3_b.jpgIt has two pairs of millstones which are in turn powered by a wheel fed by a mill race or “bief” behind the mill capable of holding over 500,000 litres of water.  This weekend was supposed to be a special weekend for tourists who wished to see the mill in operation and a demonstration of how to make bread.  Unfortunately, they were having some problems with the mill which meant that the bief was empty of water, the mill wheel was not turning and no one was making bread.  Despite there not being any bread demonstration or an opportunity to see the functioning of the millstones, the 30 minute guided tour of the site proved to be quite educational.  Our tour guide talked to us about the ancient craft of milling and the manufacturing process of flour.  http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8232/8553930073_dd3f1faab7_b.jpgThe wheel has a diameter of 3.20 meters and was remade in iroko, an African wood which is less susceptible to rot over time.   Inside the mill is an exhibition of what a typical Norman home of the 18th century would have looked like.  http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8239/8553930657_98ee99e493_b.jpghttp://farm9.staticflickr.com/8111/8555038118_74884d1000_b.jpghttp://farm9.staticflickr.com/8108/8553931043_0ffcaf1d03_b.jpgThe roof has been perfectly restored and thatched with reeds just like the original roof from the 18th century and is expected to last at least 50 years.  http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8382/8555035650_e22aba3837_b.jpgIn 2010, the community constructed two new buildings on the site: a tutorial room to accommodate schools and a traditional bread oven.  http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8087/8553929163_4539f0914d_b.jpghttp://farm9.staticflickr.com/8231/8555036462_6d92f53402_b.jpghttp://farm9.staticflickr.com/8234/8553929439_56c42e45a8_b.jpgI was so pleased with my visit and I would definitely like to go back someday.  More images can be found here.  I took a short drive to Réthoville to see the church but it was closed.  I was only able to get some photographs of the exterior.  http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8231/8555039668_410405675d_b.jpgSituated on a small hill, l’église St-Martin de Réthoville is a granite building recognizable from afar by its square tower which used to be topped with a platform railing known as a balustrade.  Unfortunately, in 1943, the German military used it as an observation post and fixed the railing inside a concrete framework which still exists today.  http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8237/8555936649_4b2743c762_b.jpgOn the outside one can see the remains of an archway which led to the north facing sacristy which was demolished during restorations in 1870.

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Published by The Baguette - in Le Val de Saire
March 10 2013 1 10 /03 /March /2013 10:32

The forecast for Monday and Tuesday calls for snow, low temperatures and strong winds from the north.  I'm certainly not looking forward to that since we've had such nice weather these last few days, especially on Saturday when the sun was out in full force.  Fortunately, I took advantage of this and drive out to Cosqueville and some other small villages along the Val de Saire.  I planned on having lunch at a very nice restaurant in town called Au Bouquet de Cosqueville but I wanted to explore a little bit before noon.  http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8525/8543602679_7e51588d2f_b.jpghttp://farm9.staticflickr.com/8112/8543602579_bfa93d4eb5_b.jpgThe first place I visited was the local beach called “La plage du Vicq” which is a popular sunbathing spot for locals during the summer months.  After that, I wandered down a small country road past small farms and gardens protected by hedgerows and wooden fences before reaching the parish church of Notre-Dame.  http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8372/8543602207_bec136a0f2_b.jpgAlong the way I came across one of the fourteen communal wells which have been a part of Cosqueville’s cultural heritage for hundreds of years.  http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8108/8544699276_c661512535_b.jpgThese old wells are in fine working condition but are located on private property and not always easy to see from the public hiking paths.   http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8247/8543602021_4f503844f7_b.jpghttp://farm9.staticflickr.com/8392/8543601839_f0996914cc_b.jpgL’église de Cosqueville is under the patronage of Our Lady and St-Marcouf.  The main portal is covered by porch which blocks three 12th century Romanesque openings, two of which are permanently sealed.  http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8097/8543600631_80868c257a_b.jpghttp://farm9.staticflickr.com/8112/8544697838_7f36ece582_b.jpgThe nave dates from the 12th century and is made up vaulted masonry and pointed arches which cross at intervals.  http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8226/8544698014_d9be8cd225_b.jpgOn the left just before the main altar, on a marble slab, is a list of the successive priests of the parish.  A strong wall with two pillars on the left and two sturdy columns to the right hold up the 15th century bell tower.  The low, vaulted dome formation is now the choir where the main altar rests.  http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8086/8543601633_efe18bf43a_b.jpgBeyond the choir is an apse which was built in 1770.  Here is the high altar, built by a carpenter from St-Pierre-Eglise to replace the original which was destroyed during the Revolution on March 23, 1794.  Its four columns support a canopy which covers the altar, several statues, and other sacred objects.  Placed above the altar are a statue of the Sacred Heart (1888) and two adoring angels.  http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8226/8543601447_c0c5a2a78d_b.jpghttp://farm9.staticflickr.com/8089/8544697208_76ff6de817_b.jpgAside from a stained glass window of Notre-Dame de Lourdes and another of Ste-Joan d’Arc, all other windows are 1970s.  On the right side are two chapels.  http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8244/8543601313_8a3e87ab38_b.jpgThe first adjoins the tower and was originally dedicated to St-Fiacre but became the chapel of the Virgin Mary.  It has a white, marble altar from the late 19th century.  http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8367/8544698128_c45e69f1a1_b.jpghttp://farm9.staticflickr.com/8371/8543600467_5451d25709_b.jpghttp://farm9.staticflickr.com/8226/8544697324_98ff56f11e_b.jpgThe other chapel was originally dedicated to Ste-Anne but became the chapel to St-Jean.  To the right of the altar is an ancient plaque which was completely defaced during the Revolution.  http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8248/8547105791_7930815189_b.jpgThe most unique part of the church is the octagonal tower, quite rare in the Cotentin, with lancet windows.  In 1770 a ring of five bells, perfectly tuned, were placed inside the tower but during the Revolution four of them were removed and taken to Cherbourg where they were melted down.  I walked back the same way I had come and went to Au Bouquet de Cosqueville in le hameau Rémond for lunch.  http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8110/8544699408_041aea3ef8_b.jpgThe service was exceptional and the atmosphere warm and relaxing.  I would recommend this place to anyone since it is the classiest restaurant in the region between Cherbourg and Barfleur.  Their seasonal menu can be found here.  http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8519/8544697088_d8c76ecd7d_b.jpghttp://farm9.staticflickr.com/8110/8544696962_247001f1d2_b.jpghttp://farm9.staticflickr.com/8247/8544696788_9e08bdf892_b.jpghttp://farm9.staticflickr.com/8520/8544696668_b3f15806eb_b.jpghttp://farm9.staticflickr.com/8390/8543599417_797ec897b0_b.jpghttp://farm9.staticflickr.com/8112/8543599283_42b574fb61_b.jpgFor starters, I had le gratin de moules et légumes safranés, then la fricassée de pintade while my friend had oysters and le pavé de lieu jaune rôti (grilled fish) with crème de lentilles vertes du Puy.  http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8386/8543599289_b4596b3b5e_b.jpgFor dessert, we both had the house specialty called le délice du bouquet which was a mix of caramelized apples served with an apple sorbet covered in caramel and crème chantilly.  It was absolutely delicious !!!  http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8101/8543599585_5d2c8c763f_b.jpgHats off to the owners Luce et Stéphane Dieu for such a wonderful lunchtime experience.

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Published by The Baguette - in Le Val de Saire
February 22 2013 6 22 /02 /February /2013 11:40

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8367/8493933659_7f498f695f_b.jpgÉglise St-Pierre in Prétot-Sainte-Suzanne is a massive, old church in the form of a Latin cross with a square bell tower and gabled roof, typical of many churches in Normandy.  http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8096/8495032170_4f2c58033b_b.jpgThe church as it exists now dates as far back as the 15th and 16th centuries although the nave dates to the 12th century.  The low bell tower is placed above the transept.  The nave is very long and is known for its round, stone pillars without capitals.  However, the carved faces at the base of the vaults are really spectacular.  http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8391/8495031400_324ee94113_b.jpghttp://farm9.staticflickr.com/8243/8493932947_6ced8b7898_b.jpgI just loved all of the interesting faces.  Several polychrome wood and stone statues from the 15th and 16th centuries are listed with the state as historical monuments.  http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8093/8493933051_9b7ce3729b_b.jpgThis is a statue of Ste-Barbe from the 16th century.http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8367/8495031082_85f7bc6709_b.jpghttp://farm9.staticflickr.com/8511/8495031172_5000cd9f99_b.jpghttp://farm9.staticflickr.com/8233/8495031316_908c3715b8_b.jpghttp://farm9.staticflickr.com/8245/8493933143_588b585a7e_b.jpghttp://farm9.staticflickr.com/8531/8493933267_38ccb8e6fd_b.jpgNotice how the vault of the choir is lower than the rood screen.  This is because the original wood ceiling was lowered in the mid 1800s during restorations and replaced with new stone arches.http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8225/8493933423_be4d5fb39e_b.jpg 

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Published by The Baguette - in Cotentin
February 21 2013 5 21 /02 /February /2013 12:18

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8521/8493894083_b9e25d522f_b.jpgNot far from Carentan within the Parc Naturel Régional des Marais du Cotentin et du Bessin is the remarkable medieval church of Saint-Étienne d’Appeville.  http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8510/8493893995_2e0597ae70_b.jpgIt became an historic monument in 1950 and is one of the most interesting in the region due in part to its lantern tower.  Becoming too small for the parish, the building was totally restructured in the 13th century.  http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8388/8493893721_635b517d4d_b.jpgThe plan is simple, a Latin cross with just a chancel and nave, flat chevet and prominent transept.  Outside the church, one is immediately struck by the square tower resting on the cross of the transept.  http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8518/8494991988_9e25a31d45_b.jpgThe lower floor is in the form of a lantern tower, the higher floor is the bell tower in an eight sided pyramidal shape.  Each face of the tower has five gemeled arches.  http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8238/8494992322_254ea60986_b.jpgOne notable external feature is the vaulted 15th century covered porch on the west entrance.  The internal decoration of the church dates mainly from the 18th century.  http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8519/8494992422_2d1b517668_b.jpghttp://farm9.staticflickr.com/8378/8493893871_ec76074da0_b.jpgNotably the main altar in gilded wood and polychrome; the pews in carved oak; the painted, gilded crucifix; the magnificent pulpit carved in oak, evocative of a heart with harps.http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8094/8494992250_ea598ea53d_b.jpghttp://farm9.staticflickr.com/8103/8494991740_3915a6de98_b.jpg

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Published by The Baguette - in Cotentin
February 9 2013 7 09 /02 /February /2013 14:02

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8365/8457517849_ebaf16df4d_b.jpgAlthough I spent many years living in Tbilisi, I never took the time until now to make my own khinkali, traditional meat dumplings.  I followed the recipe below and ended up with approximately 20 khinkali.  I cooked ten for lunch and had the rest for dinner.  გემრიელი  Delicious !   

Dough :

3 cups flour (375 g)

1.5 tsp salt (1,5 càc)

1.5 cups warm water (355 ml)

Mix together in a large bowl.  Knead for about five minutes and set aside for 30 minutes.

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8112/8458620226_94a9e54e51_b.jpgFilling :

21 ounces ground beef and pork (600 g)

1 cup chopped parsley (45 g)

1 onion finely chopped

1 tbs red pepper ground (1 càs)

1 tsp caraway ground (1  càc)

1 tsp black pepper (1  càc)

1 egg white

1 cup water (230 ml)

In a large bowl, thoroughly mix the meat, onion, parsley and other ingredients. 

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8520/8458620048_a175e1b399_b.jpgRoll out dough to a 2 cm thickness and cut out circles about 6½ cm in diameter with a drinking glass.  Roll these out again one by one filling them with a spoonful of the ground meat filling.  Create money bags by carefully folding the edges in an accordion pattern until the filling is completely sealed in by the dough.  Pinch off the remaining dough.  Click here for a good visual.

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8236/8458619788_6365471850_b.jpgPlace in boiling water for ten minutes.  Sprinkle the khinkali with ground black pepper and serve hot.  The khinkali is typically consumed first by sucking the juices while taking the first bite, in order to prevent the dumpling from bursting.  http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8373/8457517659_d98656bd79_b.jpgThe top, where the pleats meet is not supposed to be eaten, but discarded to the plate so that those eating can count how many they have consumed.  http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8379/8457517625_e89356bb8c_b.jpgIn Georgia, this top is called the "kudi" (Georgian ქუდი, hat) or "kuchi" (Georgian კუჭი, belly button).  Serve with beer or apple cider.  Don't forget to play some good Georgian music in the background as you eat.  Personally, I prefer the album Tsintskaro by Hamlet Gonashvilihttp://farm9.staticflickr.com/8094/8457517435_2a664d38e5_b.jpgსაქართველოს გაუმარჯოს  Sakartvelos gaumarjos !!!

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Published by The Baguette - in Happy Things
January 25 2013 6 25 /01 /January /2013 08:58

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8363/8406973005_8ecd0a767c_b.jpgÉglise Saint-Pierre-et-Saint-Paul in Coigny dates from the 15th - 17th centuries and is known for its 16th century polychrome rood beam with crucifix and its 17th century altar.  http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8506/8408067408_448c1a4e14_b.jpgThis is an exterior view of the nave and the seigneuriale chapel.  The saddleback clocktower is typical for churches in Normandy.http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8054/8406976877_300621a57c_b.jpg  http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8195/8406973135_083ff433be_b.jpgThree meters above the ground on the southwest corner is a 16th century  sundial.  Inside is the beautiful altarpiece of painted faux marble created by Thomas Carraby in 1652.  http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8333/8406972837_4795d2c4f3_b.jpgThe poral of the tabernacle has an intricate carving of the Good Shepherd.  The central panel depicts the Ascension of the Lord and was painted by Parisian : "Duplessier-Vigoureux invenit et pinxit, Lutetia, 1717".  http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8227/8406977627_5f28c0ab07_b.jpgThe base of the altar is decorated with a statue of Christ and the four evangelists. Within the seigneuriale chapel are several memorial plaques including this one with the inscription : Robert Jean Antoine de Franquetot Compte de Coigny 1652 - 1704 et François de Franquetot Duc et premier Maréchal de Coigny 1670 - 1759. http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8517/8406976913_34ccd5c9d7_b.jpgThe hearts of these two lords are wrapped in lead behind the plaque while the bodies of their wives are in lead coffins located in the vault under the chapel.  http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8075/8408071284_92c736547a_b.jpgAnother interesting plaque commemorates a wedding and asks that prayers be said in this church on behalf of the couple.  The beautiful staute of Our Lady with the Infant Christ rests on the altar of the seigneuriale chapel surmounted by the crest of arms of the Franquetot family.http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8231/8408071130_9e7ef4ac96_b.jpg

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Published by The Baguette - in Cotentin
January 23 2013 4 23 /01 /January /2013 08:05

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8509/8407977010_0d1428ee26_b.jpgOne of the many small churches in the Marais du Cotentin that I had the fortune to explore during the Clochers en Fête last June was the eglise Notre-Dame de Cretteville.  The church dates from the 13th to 15th centuries.  http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8187/8407977044_5436d2dcfa_b.jpgA woman's head adorns the top of the southern portal.  Inside, there is no transept and the nave is divided from the choir by a large stone archway.  http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8052/8407976812_6065985e1a_b.jpgAbove the choir is a large polychrome rood beam.  http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8357/8406883341_d96626b303_b.jpgThe lower portions of the arches within the two side chapels are decorated with human and animal figures.  http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8326/8407977878_eec9b2c59d_b.jpgThe chapel to Our Lady dates from the 15th century.  The church has several stained glass windows including this memorial window created by the Ateliers Lorin founded in 1863 by Nicolas Lorin, master glass maker in Chartres.http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8211/8407977860_17cd8fa20c_b.jpg 

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Published by The Baguette - in Cotentin
January 18 2013 6 18 /01 /January /2013 09:50

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8508/8390904887_012fa54ac5_b.jpgIt is only 10 a.m. and the snow is still coming down.  The forecast says that it won't last very long so I thought I would take some photos of what may be our only snowfall this winter.  As you can see, there are very few cars on the Boulevard de l'Hague and Querqueville plage this morning is quiet and forlorn.  I doubt that anyone will be using the picnic tables today.http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8501/8390905087_7f7bf206e3_b.jpghttp://farm9.staticflickr.com/8362/8391989176_1504414f47_b.jpghttp://farm9.staticflickr.com/8080/8391988612_a39cde370c_b.jpghttp://farm9.staticflickr.com/8505/8390904073_82c04e7bd0_b.jpg

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Published by The Baguette - in Querqueville
January 16 2013 4 16 /01 /January /2013 11:33

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8334/8385370019_32be46780d_b.jpgColmar is one of the most beautiful towns in Alsace.  It is lined with picturesque timber frame houses steeped in history.  http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8328/8385370313_16fabae762_b.jpgThe town is also the birthplace of several artists including Martin Schongauer (1445-91) whose altarpieces and engravings were admired by Dürer and Venetian artists of the Renaissance, and Auguste Bartholdi (1834-1904), best remembered for the Statue of Liberty.  http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8511/8386456000_b5d8c2b0f3_b.jpgBetween 1870 and 1914, when Alsace was occupied by Germany, a talented artist, Jean-Jacques Waltz, better known as Hansi, stimulated the town’s passive resistance to German influence and kept alive the traditional image of Alsace with his humourist drawings of good-natured villagers in regional costume.  http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8077/8385759765_2b87013d3f_b.jpgAlong the rue des Clefs is the Hotel de Ville.  It is an 18th century building which belonged to the Abbaye de Paris.http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8514/8385370691_f57f16bc30_b.jpghttp://farm9.staticflickr.com/8366/8385370509_0bd9253fd1_b.jpgDown the street is an interesting building called the Ancienne Maison de la Chambre de la corporation des Laboureurs. It is an old guild hall for farmers.  http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8184/8386843666_f52b09e905_b.jpghttp://farm9.staticflickr.com/8224/8385751375_4ddddf85e1_b.jpgThis is the Temple protestant St-Matthieu, a former Franciscan church decorated with fine 14th and 15th century stained glass windows.  http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8467/8385748839_da2278b727_b.jpghttp://farm9.staticflickr.com/8496/8385747003_4e50d55a30_b.jpgAlong the Grand’ Rue is the Renaissance Maison des Arcades, framed by two octagonal turrets and the Schwendi Fountain (one of statues and fountains in town by Bartholdi).  http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8328/8385370165_cb2d1a8631_b.jpghttp://farm9.staticflickr.com/8186/8385741141_b5930f7bb9_b.jpgThe former customs house, or Koifhus is the most important civilian edifice in Colmar.  The main building is from 1480 and its ground floor was used as a warehouse to stock goods subject to municipal tax.  http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8365/8386830602_fc0673ecd1_b.jpgThe great hall on the first floor, known as the Salle de la Décapole was the meeting place for representatives of ten Alsatian cities.  In the late 16th century, a second building was added.  This is attractively decorated with a wooden gallery and flanked by a stair turret with canted corners; on the ground floor, three arches underline the opening and form a passage.  http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8473/8386452730_8cd6530f87_b.jpgOpposite the customs house along rue des Marchands is the Maison Pfister.  A hatter from Besancon had this lovely house built in 1537 and decorated with frescoes and medallions.  The arcaded ground floor is surmounted by an elegant wooden gallery.  http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8044/8386452528_49c7942124_b.jpgNext to the Maison Pfister, at no 9, stands a fine house (1609) adorned with a wooden gallery and a corner sculpted figure representing a merchant.  http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8375/8385818521_741affdbe0_b.jpgOn the left of rue des Marchands, the 15th century Maison Schongauer, also known as Maison de la Viole, is where Schongauer reputedly lived from 1477 to 1490.  http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8329/8386881266_6973aae9fd_b.jpgOn the square of the Place de la Cathedral stands the oldest house in Colmar, Maison Adolphe (1350), and the Ancien Corps de Garde (1575).  http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8186/8386904954_291010636a_b.jpgThe town’s magistrate was sworn in on this lovely Renaissance loggia.  http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8229/8386880750_f636362d1d_b.jpgOpposite the guardhouse stands the collegiate church of St-Martin, known as the cathedral.  This imposing edifice decorated with glazed tiles and red-sandstone projections was built in the 13th and 14th centuries on the site of a Romanesque church.  http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8360/8385797279_be171b91be_b.jpghttp://farm9.staticflickr.com/8518/8385367145_0ee755cac0_b.jpghttp://farm9.staticflickr.com/8353/8385367337_9904529ebc_b.jpgThe west doorway is flanked by two towers.  The south tower is decorated with a sundial bearing the inscription Memento Mori (think of death).  http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8214/8386452334_d432d7781d_b.jpgThe St-Nicholas doorway, which gives access to the south transept, is decorated with a beautiful tympanum.  Inside is a beautiful organ loft by Silbermann.  http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8055/8386451510_41feb4f885_b.jpgThe fine Renaissance Maison des Têtes owes its name to the numberous carved heads decorating the façade.  http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8335/8385366935_a7af2479c7_b.jpgThe graceful gable is underlined by rows of scrolls; oriel windows complete the ornamentation.  http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8335/8385368343_bdf4282238_b.jpghttp://farm9.staticflickr.com/8053/8385368565_bfa3b00081_b.jpgAnother part of Colmar that is quite popular is the ancient tanners’ district known as Petite Venice.  It is named for its inhabitants who used the river to tan and wash hides.  Timber-framed houses were narrow but high, creating lofts to dry the skins.  http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8512/8386453510_8ffc4ba498_b.jpghttp://farm9.staticflickr.com/8052/8386824998_66217e2540_b.jpgCrossing the River Lauch one enters the Krutenau district, once a fortified outlying area; this district’s has a beautiful covered market where farmers and fishermen would gather to sell their wares after arriving on flat-bottomed boats.  http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8088/8386760556_ae681209ae_b.jpgAt the corner of rue des Écoles and rue du Vigneron is Bartholdi’s Fountaine du Vigneron, a celebration of Alsatian wines.  http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8211/8385368913_3b85486e7d_b.jpghttp://farm9.staticflickr.com/8374/8386453882_7b0520da3e_b.jpghttp://farm9.staticflickr.com/8363/8386454110_f675094405_b.jpghttp://farm9.staticflickr.com/8368/8385369491_a4d88609c1_b.jpgThe quai along the river is lined with colourful and picturesque fishermen’s cottages.  http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8473/8385369659_ffab85da69_b.jpgIn the Place des Six-Montagnes-Noires is Bartholdi’s Fontaine Roesselmann, dedicated to the town’s hero St-Bernard de Clairvaux...(so why in the world is it called the Roesselmann Fountain ?)  http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8074/8385370883_f2a406653f_b.jpgOther Bartholdi creations include the Monument to General Rapp as well as the Bruat Fountain in the center of Place du Champs de Mars.http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8377/8385371097_2e1f503672_b.jpg 

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http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8355/8340779635_44648b780d_b.jpgSaint William's Church (also called Wilhelmskirche in German and église Saint-Guillaume in French) is a gothic church belonging to the Lutherans Slightly set back from the intersection of the wharfs of the shipbuilders and the fishermen, the church is striking for its picturesque location on the bank of the Ill river, the lopsided character of its exterior, and its sumptuous interior combining the Gothic and Baroque styles.  http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8353/8341837834_40a93aaa51_b.jpgIt was closed the afternoon I wanted to go inside.  Instead, I sat across the river from it and enjoyed the view after as I ate my slice of pizza for lunch.  I know that there are a lot of churches with the same name in Strasbourg so I am trying not to get them all mixed up.  http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8071/8341831674_d0bc2ec465_b.jpgThis is the Protestant church of St-Nicholas.  Albert Schweitzer was pastor in the Church Saint-Nicolas, where he blessed on April 11, 1908 the marriage of Theodor Heuss, first president of the Federal Republic of Germany.  http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8496/8341837326_7e787e3f42_b.jpgIt stands along the River Ill which was overflowing its banks while I was there.  http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8072/8341836726_b26c6a029f_b.jpgAcross the river are several attractive timber framed houses.  http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8496/8341840670_ed637f8db6_b.jpgThis attractive church is the Catholic Church of Saint-Pierre-le-Jeune.  http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8079/8340781155_13a13b9a75_b.jpgIt is located in the German district, right next to the Palace of Justice. It is one of the great architectural achievements realized during the annexation. The pink and red sandstone church was built from 1889 to 1893 by architects August Hartel and Skjold Neckelmann in the Romanesque Revival style and crowned by the vast cupola. The one Catholic church that I wanted to visit besides the cathedral and it was closed...of course.  http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8363/8340780705_e5d4aec4e5_b.jpgAnother building located within the German district is the Palais du Rhin, the former imperial palace built for the German Emperor Willim I of Hohenzollern after the war of 1870.  It took almost five years before being fully completed.  http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8215/8341849904_01ff6109d7_b.jpgThis is the Palais de Rohan.  It used to be the Bishop's Palace built in 1704 but now houses the Museum of Decorative Arts.  http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8358/8341831358_ecb9288a62_b.jpghttp://farm9.staticflickr.com/8223/8340786847_58e415827d_b.jpgNext to the Strasbourg Historical Museum is the former Customs House dating back to the 14th century.  This building was almost entirely destroyed during the Second World War and was identically rebuilt at the end of it.  Its originality stems from its gabled walls. http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8220/8341838264_7259264be8_b.jpgThis is the Protestant Church of St. Paul's in Strasbourg and is a major landmark for the city. Built between 1892 and 1897 during the time of the Reichsland Elsass-Lothringen (1870–1918), the church was designed for the Lutheran members of the Imperial German garrison stationed in Strasbourg. http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8078/8341839146_5b1c648e50_b.jpgIts two towers are the second tallest features in the city next to the cathedral tower. In 1919, after the return of Alsace to France, the church was handed over to the Lutheran Church and became its second parish church in the town after St. Thomas.http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8219/8341848912_963e896aed_b.jpgThe Sainte-Madeleine Church is another Catholic church in Strasbourg that was closed when I visited. It was built in Gothic style in the late 15th century but largely rebuilt in a style close to Jugendstil after a devastating fire in 1904. This is the fourth building dedicated to Mary Magdalene built in the city since the 13th century.  http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8081/8341843462_fcbf0aa79b_b.jpgOn Place Gutenberg is a statue dedicated to one of the town's most famous residents.  Depicted on the statue’s four plinth panels are the benefits the world has gained thanks to the invention of modern printing.  http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8220/8341843800_54ff1fb714_b.jpgAlso on Place Gutenberg was the Christmas market featuring the guest country of Georgia.  I was so glad to see some traditional Georgian culture again and try some of their fresh grilled khachapuri.  http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8213/8340774827_4274e06e86_b.jpgI took a lot of photos of the Christmas markets but you can get a much better idea of what it looked like by visiting this site with its many wonderful photographs.  Enjoy.http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8356/8340775271_3cbb70cd5e_b.jpg


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