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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.
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January 10 2013 5 10 /01 /January /2013 13:51

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8352/8341815000_437a89a931_b.jpghttp://farm9.staticflickr.com/8503/8340756145_f557126f03_b.jpgOne afternoon, I went for lunch at a restaurant near the cathedral.  I wish I could remember its name.  The food was delicious: Baeckeoffe and another choucroute dish with the best tasting sauerkraut I’ve had my entire life.  http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8500/8340796299_3da1bef50c_b.jpgAfterward I went to le Musée de l’Œuvre Notre-Dame.  Admission is normally five Euros but for ten Euros I had admission to ten different museums as long as I visited them on the same day.  I took advantage of this and visited several other museums including the Musée alsaciaen and Musée historique.  The Œuvre Notre-Dame is a unique institution founded to collect donations for the building, upkeep and renovation of the cathedral.  Medieval and Renaissance Alsatian art is displayed in the Maison de l’Œuvre (1347 and 1578-85), the Hôtellerie du Cerf (14th century) and in a 17th century house surrounding a courtyard.http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8213/8340762103_59cf020f7a_b.jpg  http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8501/8341820834_5c31b6b53b_b.jpghttp://farm9.staticflickr.com/8223/8341821628_a123efd889_b.jpgMany of the original statues from the Cathedral can be found in the hall of the builders’ and stone masons’ guild.  The first floor houses an important collection of religious Alsatian art.  http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8079/8340761389_d0bdef5985_b.jpgThe panels of the Nativity of the Virgin and of Doubt of Saint Joseph, painted by an anonymous master at the beginning of the 15th century, are from the convent of St. Mark's in Strasbourg.  They were probably part of a large altarpiece dedicated to the Virgin Mary which has long since disappeared.  http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8502/8341818166_3c1a09e764_b.jpgPerhaps the most valuable piece of art in the museum is the painting of Sainte Madeleine et Sainte Catherine by Conrad Witz from 1440.  It is kept behind bullet proof glass and within a vacuum sealed case upon the wall.  http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8224/8340761003_7e51e32da6_b.jpgThe painting of Sainte-Ursule and her eleven companions is quite stunning.  It comes from the Dominican Convent in Colmar and was painted  between 1440-50 by an unknown Alsatian master.  http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8500/8341819812_b21932bac2_b.jpgThis rather macabre painting from around 1470 is called Les amants trépassés (the departed lovers) and is a very popular piece in the museum.  It works as a meditation on the vanity of earthly things and the fragility of existence.  http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8358/8340760271_e2d3a17bbd_b.jpgThree Pilgrims on Their Way to St James of Compostela (1480-1490)  http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8212/8341818970_ee466efe11_b.jpgThe arrest of St James the Greater (1480-1490)  http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8073/8341817226_c1fae53b0c_b.jpgPortrait of a Young Man by Lucas Cranach le Jeune (1533) http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8491/8340757519_288cfb4ceb_b.jpgVanity (1650) by German still life painter Sebastian Stoskopff—I thought that it was rather interesting to see the room set up behind this painting with all of the things that the painter used as props.  http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8215/8341818504_3620504059_b.jpgThese are some polychrome wood busts from the main altar of the cathedral and were created in 1500 by Nicolas de Haguenau.  http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8360/8341817724_d37b093157_b.jpgThis altar to St- Sébastien from the Church of Saint Peter and Saint Paul in  Neuwiller-lès-Saverne dates from 1520 and is just one of many beautiful altars on display at the museum.  http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8216/8340769261_23e04bf1ee_b.jpgThe Musée alsacien (Alsatian museum) is located in a group of 16th and 17th century houses.  It opened on 11 May 1907 and is dedicated to all aspects of (mostly rural) daily life in pre-industrial and early industrial Alsace. http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8076/8340770339_754253dc30_b.jpghttp://farm9.staticflickr.com/8079/8340770771_df6dcf1687_b.jpgIt contains over 5000 exhibits and is notable for the reconstruction of the interiors of several traditional houses.  I was in awe of this place and wanted to take photos of everything inside.  In the end I just purchased the museum catalogue but even that wasn't enough.  I simply must go back someday.  http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8071/8341830988_701b327105_b.jpgThis is the door to an Alsatian wardrobe made in 1764 on the occasion of someone’s marriage.  http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8355/8340771675_9b9a74c398_b.jpgThese jugs and beer tankards are made from salt-glazed stoneware.  Production of this type can be traced back as far as the 15th century, but only seems to have started in earnest when a German stoneware potter settled in Betschdorf in 1717.  The grey surface of the pots is decorated with etched motifs and cobalt blue designs commonly depicting animals.  Towards the end of the firing process, during which the temperature inside the kiln reaches as high as 1250° C, coarse salt is thrown inside.  The heat vaporizes the salt and a fine vitreous film forms on the sides of the pots giving them a shiny impermeable coating.  http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8492/8341830168_ca0ba2bbdc_b.jpgThis is an 18th century earthenware stove from Riquewihr.  White earthenware stoves, decorated with figurative motifs painted in blue and rocaille decorative moulding were found in the houses of the prosperous.  It could be heated up and cooled very slowly.  http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8081/8340769929_49e316db90_b.jpgThis is the main room of an Alsatian farmhouse, the Stub.  The ceiling and wood panelling come from a farmhouse built in 1810 in Wintzenheim, a village in the Kochersberg region west of Strasbourg.  An iron stove kept the room warm and the panelling helped to insulate the room from the cold outside.  http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8361/8341828518_b84bc5c35a_b.jpgItems used for farm work kept outside in the courtyard.  http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8356/8341849404_fcc7e9d656_b.jpghttp://farm9.staticflickr.com/8214/8341827472_7dd6547069_b.jpgThe Strasbourg Historical Museum is located in the Ancienne Boucherie (1587) and depicts the urban, political, economic and social history of Strasbourg throughout the period from the Middle Ages to the French Revolution, with rich collections of paintings and works of graphic art, arms and military uniforms, and objects from everyday life.

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These works come from a house on rue Faubourg National.  As in the paintings of Archimboldo, the four busts are made up of flowers, fruits and vegetables evoking the four seasons.  http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8071/8340766311_b122f93b1c_b.jpgThe museum pays homage to Johannes Gutenberg and the many different printing houses which opened up all over the city in the second half of the 15th century.  http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8074/8341827802_8048d98f5a_b.jpgMany first editions of original books can be found here as well as the first printed copy of the Oath of Argentoratum, an oath of fidelity sworn by two of Charlemagne’s grandsons and is the first official text written in both a Romance and a Germanic language.  http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8502/8341825030_e2d889e3c9_b.jpgJohann Jacob Fried (1623-1677) painted by Théodore Roos in 1667.  As a lawyer and syndic of the city, Fried directed the chancellery.  The mayor entrusted him with several diplomatic missions to Louis XIV.  http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8351/8341824650_7205cb9f1f_b.jpgJohann Adam Schrag (1617-1687) painted by Barthélemi Hopfer in 1687.  Schrag was a diplomat that argued that Strasbourg should remain a neutral city.  The museum has a wealth of tiles, pottery and dishware used in everyday Alsatian life.http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8077/8341823876_f5ae08ecce_b.jpghttp://farm9.staticflickr.com/8359/8340765147_47f5e6cddf_b.jpg 

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January 10 2013 5 10 /01 /January /2013 10:56

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8492/8366161307_2365f0e35d_b.jpgAlthough most people will probably say that the Cathedral is the most spectacular building in Strasbourg, I would have to say that despite its size the Protestant Church of St-Pierre-le-Jeune is equally impressive.  Its charm reads like an open book with its numerous paintings and frescoes which date from the 14th century.  http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8363/8341811368_26b82e4f80_b.jpgThree successive churches have stood on this site.  All that remains of the first church is a tomb with five funeral recesses, believed to date from the end of the Roman occupation (4th century).  http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8515/8367416362_8cbfc27e21_b.jpgThe lovely restored cloisters belonged to the church built in 1031.  On the occasion of its consecration, probably by Pope Leo IX, in 1053 the church was given the name of the New St. Peter’s (Jung Sankt Peter) to distinguish it from another church dedicated to St. Peter which was renamed Old St. Peters.  http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8212/8340751855_9f308dbed3_b.jpghttp://farm9.staticflickr.com/8502/8341805312_6402cc3b56_b.jpgThe gothic rood screen with five arches, supporting the Silbermann organ of 1780, divides the choir from the rest of the church.  http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8493/8341805614_6dd094b871_b.jpgThe rood screen is decorated in oil paintings depicting the four Evangelists, painted by Engelhardt in 1620.  http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8353/8341809992_547509c5bb_b.jpgBeneath the rood screen to the left is a 13th century statue of a monk holding a cup (“piscina”).  Beyond the organ is the choir, slightly lower than the nave, dating from the end of the 13th century.  http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8362/8340751393_c3d29d1bc3_b.jpgOn the west wall of the central nave is the famous “Navicella” fresco, after Giotto’s Storm on the Sea of Galilee in St Peter’s, Rome.  http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8351/8341807898_67a696107b_b.jpgThe nave, consecrated in 1320 is made up of three bays with cross-ribbed vaulting between the rood screen and the transept.  All of the walls are decorated with frescoes which were restored in 1900.  Sadly, nearly all of them are water damaged and in desperate need of repair.  http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8084/8341806002_fd6b2c2bae_b.jpgAfter going through the St. Nicholas Chapel (14th century) one enters the cloisters.  http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8212/8341806362_3fd89b9faa_b.jpghttp://farm9.staticflickr.com/8360/8341807564_83e3066300_b.jpghttp://farm9.staticflickr.com/8077/8340748385_0139f0c1d9_b.jpghttp://farm9.staticflickr.com/8502/8341806964_0ea868d0f9_b.jpghttp://farm9.staticflickr.com/8504/8341806670_432c72e5fa_b.jpgThe cloisters are made up of three 11th century Romanesque galleries and a 14th century gothic gallery.  Despite considerable restoration they are considered to be the oldest surviving cloisters north of the Alps.  On the floor are numerous tombstones and epitaphs from the period between 14th and 18th centuries.  While I was there, an exposition of decorations used over the years in Place Kléber was being hosted by the church in the cloister area.  http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8362/8341809592_9827d6e974_b.jpgBack inside the church, passing beneath the brightly colored vaults of the rood screen one enters the 13th century choir.  http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8221/8341809208_5d905d2249_b.jpghttp://farm9.staticflickr.com/8071/8341808722_5d1fbb1f6c_b.jpghttp://farm9.staticflickr.com/8213/8340746093_633ea08020_b.jpgThe baroque panelling and the pulpit was added around the middle of the 18th century but the stunning bas-relief of Christ’s Resurrection is much older.  The central panel of the altarpiece dates from 1518.  Behind the altar is the apse, now used as a baptistery.  http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8351/8341807898_67a696107b_b.jpghttp://farm9.staticflickr.com/8499/8341808294_5c208b17c7_b.jpgMy favorite painting in the entire church is along the west wall of the south aisle depicting the nations of Europe marching towards the cross.  Between 1897 and 1901, the church, which had fallen into disrepair, was fundamentally overhauled by the Karlsruhe architect Carl Schäfer and the entrance to the church was moved and a new main portal was created.  http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8230/8366159527_602a58f01d_b.jpghttp://farm9.staticflickr.com/8078/8367226458_f33171f7f0_b.jpghttp://farm9.staticflickr.com/8237/8366159271_c5e605a303_b.jpgIt is quite unique as it is a copy of the northern entrance of the façade of the Strasbourg Cathedral and the allegorical figures of the Wise and Foolish Virgins.  The black pavement stones surrounding the church are patterned with white Stars of David.http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8084/8341804610_ce1dde8bb6_b.jpg

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January 10 2013 5 10 /01 /January /2013 09:18

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8497/8341862604_19da17a1c6_b.jpgBear with me and I’ll soon have all my photos uploaded to the blog.  I heard that some people were having problems viewing all of the photos.  That is because you may not have access to Flickr where I store the photos.  I can’t do anything about that.  Another problem could be that I post way too many photos per page and this takes forever to load on some computers.  I’ve decided to make smaller postings with no more than 25 photos.  I hope this helps.  http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8076/8367217014_1a91f0c635_b.jpghttp://farm9.staticflickr.com/8492/8341835004_1709f437ec_b.jpghttp://farm9.staticflickr.com/8354/8341836330_a80f593997_b.jpghttp://farm9.staticflickr.com/8499/8340774299_0a683e5fae_b.jpghttp://farm9.staticflickr.com/8501/8341832878_b605825c52_b.jpghttp://farm9.staticflickr.com/8217/8340773179_f8197810f9_b.jpghttp://farm9.staticflickr.com/8502/8341848356_c89e7cb711_b.jpgPerhaps the most romantic district in Strasbourg is La Petite France which was once the neighborhood for fisherman, tanners and millers.  The pretty medieval, half-timbered houses of the district date from the 16th and 17th centuries.  http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8361/8341835506_b7e75126bc_b.jpgThe Tanner’s House is one of these houses romantically built on the water’s edge. It was the former headquarters of the city’s tanner’s guild and today houses a restaurant.   http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8072/8341836726_b26c6a029f_b.jpghttp://farm9.staticflickr.com/8502/8341863140_77f477b4b0_b.jpgWalking along the River Ill, there are also a lot of nice timber framed houses and including this one.  http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8216/8341863480_f9acec5a5f_b.jpgIt is the Lycée international des Pontonniers and was built in 1902.  http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8500/8341861674_847b795e6f_b.jpgThese are some houses in the Place du Marché Gayot which is a great place to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city as it is closed to traffic and has a lot of nice restaurants where one can sit outside and eat on a nice day.   http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8216/8341862090_98d8d902a7_b.jpgAnother nice place to visit that is somewhat hidden by its modern façade is the Cour du Corbeau.  http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8352/8341847814_169750a011_b.jpgA crow perched on the corner of the frontage marks the spot.  After the Maison Kammerzell, the Cour du Corbeau is the finest set of Renaissance architecture in the city and dates from the 17th century.  http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8501/8340788287_91d5373d0e_b.jpgIts history is unique.  For three centuries the “Crow Court” served as a postal relay and hotel.  http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8075/8341846358_cc9a7fca4f_b.jpgAmongst its guests were Frederick the Great, King of Prussia, Joseph the Second, Emperor of Austria, Jean-Jacques Rousseau and Alexandre Dumas.  From 1852 to 1982 it housed a glass business.  http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8502/8341846864_ace427e13a_b.jpgDuring this period its activity slowly died away and led to its total abandon.  From 1982 to 2007 the court was completely renovated to its former splendor and its former vocation, since it now houses a prestigious four-star hotel.  http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8221/8341844856_739077951b_b.jpgThe Place du Marché-aux-Cochons-de-Lait is another charming square lined with old houses that are typically Alsatian.http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8494/8340785183_7d0cd02c4f_b.jpghttp://farm9.staticflickr.com/8073/8341843040_0ee409582f_b.jpghttp://farm9.staticflickr.com/8077/8340763373_c999da1f0d_b.jpghttp://farm9.staticflickr.com/8352/8340763985_092734fdd9_b.jpghttp://farm9.staticflickr.com/8221/8340764395_7572cfacb1_b.jpg

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January 6 2013 1 06 /01 /January /2013 08:38

Le terme "épiphanie" est issu du grec et signifie "apparition". Célébrée le 6 janvier, cette fête correspond à la présentation de Jésus enfant aux Rois Mages. P1110501 - CopyCe jour est aussi celui du premier miracle des noces de Cana et avant tout la date de baptême du Christ. La galette des rois, est une tradition typiquement française qui avait déjà cours au XIVe siècle. La galette était partagée en autant de portions que de convives, plus une. Cette portion supplémentaire, appelée "part du Bon Dieu" ou "part de la Vierge", était destinée au premier pauvre qui se présenterait.

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Published by The Baguette - in Catholocism
January 4 2013 6 04 /01 /January /2013 13:05

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8215/8340777055_6a755904e2_b.jpghttp://farm9.staticflickr.com/8504/8341850410_6f1a76ccd6_b.jpgI’ll always have pleasant memories of New Year’s 2012 in Strasbourg.  Upon arrival, I was a bit overwhelmed with all there was to see—the historic city center lined with timber framed houses and shops decorated for the holidays, the colourful medieval backstreets of the Petite France district, the towering 142 meter-high gothic cathedral that reaches for the skies yet watches down over the city, the pedestrian promenades along the River Ill which circle the town on all sides, the museums rich with their collections of art and historical artefacts, and the traditional Alsatian gastronomy which include baeckeoffe, flammekueche, choucroute, gingerbread and lots of white wine—all this and only four days to explore and experience.  http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8364/8341871492_7b19bff3f6_b.jpghttp://farm9.staticflickr.com/8351/8340810387_59837178b3_b.jpgMy hotel was not far from the city center near Le Musée d’Art Moderne et Contemporain.  Although I paid only 10 Euros for entry into all of the museums, I did not make it inside of this amazing building but managed to get a few shots of the exterior in the time that I was there.  Established by Adrien Fainsilber in 1998, the museum retraces the history of modern art from the 1850s to present day.  http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8083/8341871172_9aeb0cb1a9_b.jpgA little further east is the Vauban Barrage, one of the only buildings that remains from the old enclosure built around the city towards 1690 by JacquesTarade, based on plans by the military engineer Vauban.  http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8072/8341871826_e9a4f45526_b.jpgThe building, also called the “Grande Ecluse” (Great Lock) stretches over the width of the river, opposite the covered bridges.  http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8073/8340810763_eb9d82bd28_b.jpgAt the top of the building a panoramic terrace was constructed, from where you can appreciate a splendid view over the Petite France district and its canals.  At one end of the Petite France district are the Ponts Couverts (Covered Bridges).  This succession of three bridges linking arms with the River Ill is dominated by three 14th century towers, remains of the ancient medieval ramparts, which totalised 90 towers.  The bridges themselves were once capped by a wooden roof.  Despite the disappearance of this cover in the 18th century, they are still called covered bridges.  http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8355/8341870792_3767c83970_b.jpgEach tower has its own name—the Hangman’s Tower, the French Tower and the Tower of Chains—fitting as they were once used to house prisoners awaiting execution or transfer.  Across the Ponts Couverts is the Rue du Bain-aux-Plantes lined with timber-framed corbelled houses dating from the 16th and 17th centuries, once the fisherman’s, tanners’ and millers’ district and one of the best preserved areas of the old town.  http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8496/8340755249_7c76b120cf_b.jpghttp://farm9.staticflickr.com/8355/8341812878_54f7f4263b_b.jpgA short distance from the Petite France district is Protestant Église Saint-Thomas with its 18th century mausoleum of Marshall Maurice de Saxe (1777), created by Jean-Baptiste Pigalle.  http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2028/2459223751_fd799fa5f5_b.jpghttp://farm9.staticflickr.com/8075/8341052103_fdcb6f08e7_b.jpgThe allegorical sculpture represents France weeping and holding the marshal’s hand while trying to push Death aside.  http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8491/8341052579_e5e82a09c1_b.jpghttp://farm9.staticflickr.com/8083/8342072302_155883bc8b_b.jpgAmong the remarkable monuments are the Renaissance tombstone of Nikolaus Roeder von Tiersberg (1510) notable for its realistic depiction of his decaying corpse and the sarcophagus of Bishop Adeloch which dates from 1130.  http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3125/2618212158_06bbced2a4_b.jpghttp://farm9.staticflickr.com/8216/8340754901_7f056566cc_b.jpghttp://farm9.staticflickr.com/8079/8341813646_f5bdc43171_b.jpgThe church is internationally renowned for its historic and musically-significant organs: the 1741 Silbermann organ, played by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in 1778, and the 1905 organ (installed in 1906) built by Fritz Haerpfer, following a design by Albert Schweitzer.  http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8492/8340753009_bd32f6dc9e_b.jpgOn the south wall is a large 15th century fresco of the Archangel Michael slaying the dragon.  http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8222/8340753433_25e3964b83_b.jpgInside the small chapel to Saint Andrew are the remains of a medieval fresco depicting the Crucifixion.  It has one unusual feature: Christ’s head inclines to the right (in medieval art, he normally inclines it to the left).  http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8498/8340809879_aeb57ff7c8_b.jpgAnother interesting church in Strasbourg is the Église Saint-Pierre-le-Vieux (Catholic Church of Saint Peter the Elder) from 1866.  http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8077/8341869268_ed9a586d42_b.jpgThe neo-gothic tympanum above the western portal depicts Christ in Majesty as well as scenes from the New Testament.  http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8222/8340807013_875707494f_b.jpghttp://farm9.staticflickr.com/8491/8340807997_97ee6476c2_b.jpghttp://farm9.staticflickr.com/8357/8341868266_9336f2d3b9_b.jpg

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8079/8340807453_98a5071a10_b.jpgInside, the choir is richly decorated with woodwork paintings from 1495 by Henri Lutzelmann depicting Christ’s Passion.  http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8077/8341868824_d1ac9d1793_b.jpgTo the right of the main altar is the neo-gothic altarpiece depicting the life of the Virgin and a Romanian icon with the inscription "Notre-Dame du perpétuel recours".  http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8362/8341815786_417a6ea963_b.jpgOne of the first things I did on the night that I arrived was have dinner at the famous Maison Kemmerzell.  This impressive timber-frame building with its distinctive slanted roof is one of the most picturesque dwellings on the Cathedral Square.  An earlier 15th century structure (of which only the stone ground floor remains) was purchased by a wealthy merchant, Martin Braun in 1571.  He commissioned the building of the upper stories which he had decorated with elaborate wood carvings of the signs of the zodiac, the five senses, the ages of man and mythological heroes.  http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8500/8341852090_0df4e14a77_b.jpgThe interior has been a restaurant for many years serving local delicacies including the famous choucroute garnie served with eight different meats.  http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8079/8340812517_072c3cd660_b.jpgIt was certainly delicious but way too much ham.  A visit to Strasbourg isn’t complete until you’ve visited Notre-Dame Cathedral built with pink sandstone from the Vosges region.      http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8078/8341872842_8f37721c1e_b.jpg   http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8498/8340814007_2769a11b1f_b.jpg

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8362/8341861020_de1de976b0_b.jpghttp://farm9.staticflickr.com/8071/8340757097_86d01c1f16_b.jpgWork began in 1015 on the site of a temple dedicated to Hercules.  In 1365, the towers were joined together up to the platform and then the north tower was raised.  In 1439, Johann Hültz from Cologne added the spire which gives the cathedral its impressive outline.  The exterior of the cathedral is a lacy masterpiece of gothic art extended over slightly more than four centuries, from 1015 to 1439.  The 142 meter-high cathedral remained the highest building in Christendom up until the end of the nineteenth century.  http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8492/8340792383_dc5c3a0108_b.jpgThe best position to get an overall view of the magnificent façade is from Rue Mercière.  The tympana of its three doors are dedicated to the life of Christ.  The façade’s most richly decorated portal is in the center and displays statues of the prophets of the Old Testament.  In the four registers one can read scenes from the Old and New Testament, with the Passion of Christ as the central.  A statue of the Virgin is located above the tympanum, which itself is surmounted by a statue of Christ, King and Judge, whose throne is surrounded by musical lions.  http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8078/8340791619_97242e0a45_b.jpghttp://farm9.staticflickr.com/8494/8340796755_0c85efd199_b.jpgThe arches of the left portal are decorated with 14th century statues representing the graceful Virtues striking down the Vices.  Around the tympanum are angels and other biblical characters while the subject of the register of the tympanum is Christ’s childhood (his birth, fleeing to Egypt, and Presentation at the Temple).  http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8353/8340793309_fa2420d96a_b.jpgThe right portal is perhaps the most famous and illustrates the parable of the Wise and Foolish Virgins.  http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8361/8341853190_0117274007_b.jpgThe Wise Virgins each carry a lamp and the open Table of Law and beside them is the ideal husband.   http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8360/8340794349_e2dec3c8ba_b.jpgAs for the five Foolish Virgins, they are holding their lamps upside down and beside them is the devil holding the apple of temptation.  The register of the tympanum depicts the Last Judgement.  http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8072/8340795763_dbe488486b_b.jpghttp://farm9.staticflickr.com/8071/8341822022_6db23fd582_b.jpgI was unable to see the south lateral portal because of all the construction work going on in this section of the cathedral square.  The only portion that remained open was the entry to the platform where a huge line of tourists waiting to walk to the top of the church.  http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8504/8340799609_995a1c33c5_b.jpghttp://farm9.staticflickr.com/8358/8341859568_057a568ec7_b.jpghttp://farm9.staticflickr.com/8358/8340801113_2f1cba9752_b.jpghttp://farm9.staticflickr.com/8496/8340800649_627a860a8a_b.jpgOn the north side of the cathedral is the 15th century St-Laurence doorway.  On the left are the statues of the Virgin Mary, the three kings and a shepherd; on the right are five statues illustrating the martyrdom of St-Laurence.  http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8213/8340799141_c04d5702b7_b.jpghttp://farm9.staticflickr.com/8496/8341857582_a66e43b4ef_b.jpgThe interior has stained-glass windows from the 12th, 13th and 14th centuries which are simply magnificent.  Work on the nave began in the 13th century.  One of the most beautiful pieces of work is the hexagonal pulpit designed by Hans Hammer for the Reformation preacher Geiler of Kayserberg.  http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8500/8342603236_4a6fa7539d_b.jpgIt is decorated with 50 or so statuettes including the preacher’s own dog which lies down at the foot of the staircase.  http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8499/8341856636_f72e4bffa2_b.jpgThe organ has a magnificent polychrome organ case (14th and 15th century) spanning the full width of a bay.  The corbelled loft is carved with a representation of Sampson with a town herald blowing a trumpet on the left and a pretzel seller known as Rohraffe on the right.  These articulated characters would sometimes come to life during the sermons to entertain the congregation.  http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8220/8340798653_66d4304095_b.jpgThe Pillar of Angels was construction around 1230 and serves as the central pillar of the south transept.  It features twelve sculptures: the four evangelists, angels playing the trumpet and, further up, Christ the Judge, seated and surrounded by angels carrying the Instruments of the Passion.  http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8221/8341873358_b673894a9f_b.jpgThe cathedrals most popular feature is the astronomical clock which was designed by mathematicians and built by Swiss clock-makers between 1550 and 1574.  It stopped in 1780 but Schwilgué, a native of Strasbourg, studied it for thirty years and then rebuilt it between 1838 and 1842.  The seven days of the week are represented by chariots led by gods, who appear through an opening beneath the dial.  A series of automata strikes twice every fifteen minutes.  The hours are struck by Death.  On the last stoke, the second angel of the Lion’s Gallery reverses his hourglass.  The astronomical clock is half an hour behind normal time.  The midday chiming occurs at 12:30pm.  As it happens, a great parade takes place in the recess at the top of the clock.  The Apostles pass in front of Christ and bow to him; Jesus blesses them as the cock, perched on the left-hand tower flaps his wings and crows three times, a reminder of Peter’s denial of Christ.  http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8495/8340797785_05747f1d38_b.jpghttp://farm9.staticflickr.com/8502/8345931040_dbc88dac2e_b.jpgThe cathedral owns 14 splendid 17th century tapestries depicting scenes from the Life of the Virgin, designed by Philippe de Champaigne, Charles Poerson and Jacques Stella.  They are normally hung in the cathedral’s Musée de l’Œuvre Notre-Dame but are hung between the bays of the cathedral during special occasions such as the Christmas season.  http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8495/8340806615_7b1d24c907_b.jpghttp://farm9.staticflickr.com/8071/8341865488_f31aec9c5b_b.jpgKléber Square is the heart of the city.  It got its name in 1840 after General Kléber, a brilliant military strategist assassinated by a Syrian student in Cairo in 1800.  http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8224/8340806171_9f9799df99_b.jpgHaving won many important battles, his popularity was large in France and it was decided that his body would be laid to rest in his native city of Strasbourg.  http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8080/8341864770_4bd7f645cd_b.jpgEvery Christmas, a giant and marvellously decorated Christmas tree from the Vosges illuminates the square.  http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8359/8340805479_050a8c125e_b.jpgI thought that this illuminated village at the foot of the tree looked especially nice at night.http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8223/8341834594_e8bbc540da_b.jpg http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8221/8341854532_18c879186b_b.jpghttp://farm9.staticflickr.com/8211/8340794785_1da04ac044_b.jpgIt's always wise to keep warm with a mug of vin chaud (warm wine) when you are wandering around all of the different Christmas markets spread throughout the town.  Man oh man this article is getting long and unwieldy...I'm going to end for now and just make several smaller posts.  Enjoy.

 

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 Here are some photos that I took while on Christmas vacation.  I went to Gourdon again to spend the holidays with some friends.  http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8074/8309776897_bcae07e0d9_b.jpghttp://farm9.staticflickr.com/8492/8310827116_5cc0704f45_b.jpghttp://farm9.staticflickr.com/8499/8310826762_f5d64e2610_b.jpghttp://farm9.staticflickr.com/8360/8309775607_783423cd9b_b.jpgThey live out in the country and so I had many opportunities to go walking through the woods or along quiet roads.  http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8497/8309772711_9885f7c753_b.jpghttp://farm9.staticflickr.com/8351/8309769715_0584ea4e0a_b.jpghttp://farm9.staticflickr.com/8492/8310824096_5f0e6b7431_b.jpghttp://farm9.staticflickr.com/8498/8309773107_38f4246b76_b.jpghttp://farm9.staticflickr.com/8354/8310857098_5725479dd6_b.jpgOn Saturday, I went to the market and bought some things that we needed for our Christmas dinner including several cheeses.  I also got to visit one of my favorite shops called Un certain...Regard which was all decked out for the holidays.  http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8081/8310884262_e343cb8a64_b.jpgThe only thing I bought was this cute decoration.  At first I thought it was a dead clown but then I realized that it was a child's stuffed toy recreated in glass.http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8359/8310808042_a3f27337aa_b.jpg  http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8351/8309769387_d959c0a807_b.jpghttp://farm9.staticflickr.com/8351/8309768843_298f4509fa_b.jpghttp://farm9.staticflickr.com/8218/8310818688_b69069640a_b.jpghttp://farm9.staticflickr.com/8364/8309767739_80235bf153_b.jpghttp://farm9.staticflickr.com/8352/8310812928_9f305ecd64_b.jpgOn Sunday, I thought Mass was going to be at Notre-Dame des Neiges and I decided to get there by walking along the country paths.  Unfortunately I was wrong about where Mass was going to be held but at least I got to take a nice walk and the doors to the church were open allowing me to take a look inside and get some nice photographs.  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the afternoon, I drove to the Christmas market in Sarlat.  http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8223/8309757215_c6cc0b3ddc_b.jpghttp://farm9.staticflickr.com/8352/8310806664_17950ef777_b.jpghttp://farm9.staticflickr.com/8361/8309754971_cebe86539e_b.jpghttp://farm9.staticflickr.com/8076/8310804872_a097475208_b.jpghttp://farm9.staticflickr.com/8217/8310804460_c91cc70980_b.jpghttp://farm9.staticflickr.com/8502/8310804038_831b652040_b.jpghttp://farm9.staticflickr.com/8498/8310803624_cf772c2ed9_b.jpghttp://farm9.staticflickr.com/8500/8310803232_0ab62f7357_b.jpghttp://farm9.staticflickr.com/8360/8309755627_c6378c1eaf_b.jpghttp://farm9.staticflickr.com/8491/8310806222_03edeeed4c_b.jpgSarlat is one of the most beautiful old towns in the Dordogne with many old stone and timber frame buildings lovingly preserved including its stunning cathedral dedicated to Saint-Sacerdos.  http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8355/8310807258_7bb543cc4e_b.jpgI wish that I knew how to ice skate.  There was a large patinoire set up in the middle of the Christmas market which looked like a lot of fun.  http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8362/8309756803_c27aa84201_b.jpgAnother interesting building is the Maison de La Boétie.  Normally, there are so many people present for Christmas Eve dinner.  This year, it was a much smaller affair with only six people.  That wasn't a reason to skimp on the traditional fare or to leave the table undecorated.  We went all out and enjoyed our feast which lasted until midnight.  http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8214/8309752651_98e6298399_b.jpghttp://farm9.staticflickr.com/8222/8309752259_c6202fa27c_b.jpghttp://farm9.staticflickr.com/8076/8310802106_ff9af7ef06_b.jpghttp://farm9.staticflickr.com/8357/8310801812_fd8cfc5c90_b.jpgEarlier in the day I went for another walk and picked some greens which I used to create this fantastic table display.  Isn't is nice ?  For those of you who are wondering, I am trying to grow my moustache back.  I regretted shaving it off in the first place !  It looks rather thin and adolescent right now but give it another two or three weeks and it should look a lot more mature.  I'm hoping to have it back the way it was before I shaved in September.  http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8211/8309750233_7a34ec174b_b.jpghttp://farm9.staticflickr.com/8495/8310799770_33cfb43331_b.jpghttp://farm9.staticflickr.com/8492/8310800120_cd76be3587_b.jpgAfter a small aparatif of Kir, made with a measure of crème de cassis (blackcurrant liqueur) topped up with white wine, we started our first course of the night, oysters.  http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8502/8309749075_7ed335cf15_b.jpghttp://farm9.staticflickr.com/8222/8309748571_352430eb97_b.jpghttp://farm9.staticflickr.com/8492/8310798280_fce313edee_b.jpghttp://farm9.staticflickr.com/8497/8309747729_f784572a07_b.jpgI ended up buying too many and each of us had 8 to 10 before moving on to our next dish of smoked salmon and my personal favorite, foie gras.  Mmmmm !!!  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everyone.  http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8214/8310794546_7092e42cc4_b.jpghttp://farm9.staticflickr.com/8079/8309743621_3a3cd7b03d_b.jpgDespite all the sweets, we also had a dessert of ice cream bûche de Noël.  After all of the food, we started to open our Christmas presents.  I got a lot of things this year and I am so thankful to everyone who went out of their way this year.   

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http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8343/8254970000_11f4479dbe_b.jpgFor weeks now the house has been decorated for the holidays. I decided to mix it up a little bit by going with a red color scheme for the tree this year.  Here are a few photos of some of my decorations.  http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8223/8253900117_74546977cc_b.jpghttp://farm9.staticflickr.com/8495/8253481693_f90603673a_b.jpghttp://farm9.staticflickr.com/8073/8254598238_960d3c06f7_b.jpghttp://farm9.staticflickr.com/8347/8254596580_de64da77da_b.jpghttp://farm9.staticflickr.com/8074/8254594320_d483f05015_b.jpghttp://farm9.staticflickr.com/8211/8253518075_e06686cb6b_b.jpghttp://farm9.staticflickr.com/8501/8253517171_d1415fd8e4_b.jpghttp://farm9.staticflickr.com/8499/8254589046_c5ee6fb0c2_b.jpgI thought that I would stay in Querqueville this year but I changed my mind and now I will be going to Gourdon to visit some friends.  I'll be home again for two days before leaving again on the 28th to go to Strasbourg to shop at the famous Christmas market and hail the New Year.  Each year, Strasbourg selects a country to be the special guest of honor at the market.  This year, they bestowed this honor on Georgia, a country where I had the immense pleasure of living for three years.  I'm so excited to once again eat some of their traditional foods and drink some of their famous wines.
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The joys that were heralded by the angels...
And the blessings that were bestowed upon us,
Shine upon you this Christmas and always !
http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8343/8254600872_a382a83339_b.jpgHere is the link to the video of that song I shared with the students in my English class.  It has some pretty good lyrics.  I hope that you like it:
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December 21 2012 6 21 /12 /December /2012 10:31
http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8205/8276271603_73574be680_b.jpghttp://farm9.staticflickr.com/8346/8276270549_f01dbb969d_b.jpghttp://farm9.staticflickr.com/8077/8277327466_fbc34c0ca1_b.jpghttp://farm9.staticflickr.com/8360/8277326484_0aa56cb8c6_b.jpgThis charming fishing port, with its granite houses and its quays littered with lobster pots, is one of the most beautiful villages in France. http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8065/8277322546_9b8912857c_b.jpghttp://farm9.staticflickr.com/8082/8277323292_7215d33c30_b.jpgTradition has it that the boat which carried William, Duke of Normandy on his invasion of England was built in the shipyards of Barfleur.  http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8216/8276267535_c25c9f5480_b.jpghttp://farm9.staticflickr.com/8493/8276266491_6e4f99b47d_b.jpgIn 1194 Richard Lionheart also embarked from Barfleur on his way to be crowned King of England.  On the day that I visited, a group of actors recalled these events with a reinactment at the foot of the église St-Nicolas.http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8357/8277306334_1d738370ee_b.jpg http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8216/8276261829_72e4f47b99_b.jpghttp://farm9.staticflickr.com/8354/8277318746_e6b1df879c_b.jpghttp://farm9.staticflickr.com/8364/8277317772_ecf86369d1_b.jpghttp://farm9.staticflickr.com/8075/8276258883_cce27850c1_b.jpgIn fact, the entire town was celebrating its Viking and Medieval heritage with several tents set up throughout the village. http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8347/8277315776_af566b1ab3_b.jpghttp://farm9.staticflickr.com/8211/8276256771_6f1a2da61b_b.jpghttp://farm9.staticflickr.com/8063/8277313730_dd7ef07029_b.jpghttp://farm9.staticflickr.com/8353/8277312650_cf0cbca5c2_b.jpghttp://farm9.staticflickr.com/8341/8277311634_52ea9c56dc_b.jpghttp://farm9.staticflickr.com/8073/8276252585_82a437f94b_b.jpghttp://farm9.staticflickr.com/8214/8277309500_b25e72deab_b.jpghttp://farm9.staticflickr.com/8200/8277307382_e987147766_b.jpghttp://farm9.staticflickr.com/8067/8277308418_39d1436dde_b.jpgIn a pile of staw beside one of the tents was this sleeping kid.  It looks like he had enough fun for one day !
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Published by The Baguette - in Cotentin
December 20 2012 5 20 /12 /December /2012 09:22
http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8070/8277349504_ef939d03ee_b.jpgThe lighthouse, which stands on the northwestern extremity of the Cotentin peninsula, is one of the tallest in France (71 meters). The light has a range of 56 kilometers, and the radio beacon, installed in the small 18th century semaphore, guides ships into Le Havre.http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8351/8277333320_3c7b4f6676_b.jpg http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8359/8276276987_cf8ed75956_b.jpg http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8210/8276276203_9e00bf5a91_b.jpghttp://farm9.staticflickr.com/8478/8276289853_4af1b6a7ee_b.jpghttp://farm9.staticflickr.com/8062/8277346642_e08965636f_b.jpghttp://farm9.staticflickr.com/8070/8277345746_3cb5ce4164_b.jpghttp://farm9.staticflickr.com/8211/8276286861_8b9732ee70_b.jpghttp://farm9.staticflickr.com/8502/8277343670_c5929773f5_b.jpghttp://farm9.staticflickr.com/8201/8276284035_e10df2b8d8_b.jpghttp://farm9.staticflickr.com/8080/8276284995_3901d11a83_b.jpghttp://farm9.staticflickr.com/8066/8276283093_3dcd508392_b.jpgFrom the top (up 365 steps and past 52 windows) there is a wonderous panorama stretching over the east coast of the Cotentin peninsula, St-Marcouf Islands, Veys Bay and, in clear weather, the cliffs at Grandcamp. The most astonishing sight is the granite tableland as it gradually dips into the sea and disappears in the distance. http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8487/8276280977_fa19d85fd5_b.jpgThe shallow waters and swift currents have caused many a ship to founder, including la Blanche-Nef (White Ship) in 1120, with the heir of Henry I of England, William Atheling, one of the king's daughters and 300 members of the Anglo-Norman nobility on board.http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8503/8277339842_de7ef68f9e_b.jpghttp://farm9.staticflickr.com/8082/8277337878_6fd15616cd_b.jpghttp://farm9.staticflickr.com/8484/8277335866_abe36fabe8_b.jpghttp://farm9.staticflickr.com/8483/8277336930_97b69105db_b.jpghttp://farm9.staticflickr.com/8355/8276290765_270f417afa_b.jpg.
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Published by The Baguette - in Cotentin