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June 20 2013 5 20 /06 /June /2013 13:16

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7428/8984035335_88fc0c13c6_o.jpgWednesday, May 1, 2013 -- Porto, Portugal

I went to bed rather early last night and slept very well.  None of the other people in my room bothered me by coming in late nor did they disturb my slumber.  I’m pretty sure that will not be the case in the albergues along the Camino—there will ALWAYS be someone who snores and completely destroys all hopes of a relaxing sleep experience after a long day of walking.  I’m glad I brought earplugs.  I walked to a few places around town this morning looking for a place that served breakfast but I should have known better.  A simple breakfast consisting of eggs, bacon or ham, toast and orange juice DOES NOT EXIST in either Spain or Portugal.  I defy anyone to prove to me that it does.  It is equally as difficult, if not more so, to find anyone selling fruit.  I inquired in three different cafes and no one could provide anything but coffee.  I ended up at a café that Pedro showed us on our walking tour of the city yesterday called Pingo de Cimbalino where I was not only able to have a coffee and croissant but a glass of orange juice with a banana and an apple !  I was pretty impressed by this since I didn’t even have to ask the owner if he provided fruit—he asked me if I wanted any.  http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8413/8984006629_e30e4a4a06_o.jpgAfter breakfast I headed back to the hostel to wait for my friends.  They arrived just as I walked in the door.  My coterie of German friends consisted of Frank, Tommy, Andreas and Charlie.  It was so good to see them again.  http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2836/8985216470_df008d27c8_o.jpgI ended up taking them to the same café for breakfast and then we began exploring the town together before having to meet up with the other six Germans that were going to hike with us.  They showed up at the cathedral around 13h00.  I wasn’t the only one meeting them for the first time as they were complete strangers to Andreas and Frank too.  Throughout our Camino we referred to them understandingly as the “wilde Ostern” or wild easterners as they were from the former DDR.  Their group consisted of three guys, Michael and Phillip and Robert (twins) as well as three women, Claudia, Caroline and Kathleen.  They are all very nice people and I get along well with them.  Nearly all of them are in their mid-30s and four of them are employed with the German Police.  For their security, I promised that I wouldn’t publish photos of them on my blog.  My friends and I continued to walk around town while the wilde Ostern went back to their hostel and slept the day away.  http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5323/8985231642_db6dd443f0_o.jpgThis is the front of the Livraria Lello, one of the oldest and most beautiful bookstores in the world.  Sadly, we were unable to go inside since many businesses were closed because of the holiday.  http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3745/8984036633_5f5928e3b9_o.jpghttp://farm6.staticflickr.com/5322/8985232994_c63c5c9d56_o.jpgOne of the highlights of visiting Porto is climbing to the top of the 75 meters tall bell tower of the Igreja dos Clérigos built between 1754 and 1763.  For many years it was the tallest structure in Portugal.  http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3796/8984016987_dbcd3da40c_o.jpghttp://farm6.staticflickr.com/5324/8985211356_e34d885ece_o.jpghttp://farm4.staticflickr.com/3811/8985209622_06c36fd647_o.jpgThe views from the top are the best in the city.  While the others waited on the steps outside, Frank and I paid to visit the Igreja de São Francisco with its museum, treasury and crypt.  http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2863/8984013083_820b546607_o.jpghttp://farm4.staticflickr.com/3813/8984011077_37b4311869_o.jpghttp://farm8.staticflickr.com/7430/8984010551_41c18d8068_o.jpgThe sombre catacombs are quite famous and recent excavations have even uncovered an ossuary where human bones are stored to await Judgement Day.  http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5466/8984009071_f06458e92d_o.jpghttp://farm8.staticflickr.com/7385/8984007999_f28d3a3b85_o.jpghttp://farm9.staticflickr.com/8137/8985202420_1aa1472b8f_o.jpgIt was all pretty amazing especially the interior of the church with all of its side chapels gilt in gold.  The little that is not covered in pure gold (it is said that there is 400kg of it here) such as the wide-ribbed Gothic arches, is made of marble.  Photos were not allowed inside so I purchased a set of postcards.  We were able to cover quite a bit of ground together but we didn’t have time to visit any wine cellars since we had to get back to the cathedral by 19h00 in order for everyone to get a stamp in their credencial since we wouldn’t be able to do so in the morning.  No one was able to make a decision as to where we should eat for dinner.  I would have liked to eat at a place called Mal Cozinadho which is known for its live fado music but I don’t think anyone really wanted to go somewhere so expensive.  In the end, the wilde Ostern chose a place down by the river called “Uma Velha Tinh Um Gato”.  The literal translation of this is, “The Old Lady had a Cat”.  It was nice to sit outside and this more than made up for the fact that their menu options were quite simply awful.  I ate some rice with shredded duck while the others had hamburgers or salads.  The waiter was very kind and after the wilde Ostern had retired for the night, he brought the rest of us a small glass of Porto wine.  http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2884/8985217000_ae83522e5c_o.jpgThis last photo is from the Monument to Henry the Navigator.  He points to the river Douro and his house which isn't too far down the road.

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June 13 2013 5 13 /06 /June /2013 13:00

Tuesday, April 30, 2013 -- Porto, Portugal

http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2893/9031721577_09377054c9_o.jpgWell, I had a pretty nice day which started early with me leaving the hotel in Paris at 05h00 to catch my plane from CDG to Porto.  Before leaving yesterday I took the metro to Châtelet in order to visit the Tour St-Jacques.  A fitting place to begin a pilgrimage to Santiago I thought.  The Flamboyant Gothic tower is all that remains of the sixteenth century Church of Saint-Jacques-de-la-Boucherie which was levelled during the Revolution.  http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3692/8985218532_f16aa7b97c_o.jpgThe flight to Porto was on time and I slept most of the way.  I had no problems finding the metro station in Porto and bought a one way ticket for the center of town for 2,30 Euro.  http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2865/8985234882_d415a7eee2_o.jpgI reserved a bed online for the Tattva Design Hostel at only 15 Euro a night.  After checking in, I waited around until 11h30 to take a free walking tour of the city with a guy named Pedro who works for a company called  Pancho Tours.  He was a friendly guy and he showed us all the important sights and provided us with information about good restaurants in town, great deals on wine tastings and places down by the river where one can listen to fado music.  The tour was longer than I expected and didn’t finish until 14h30.  By that time I was starving for some lunch so I went to a place called the Café San Nicolas where I had a traditional Porto dish called a Francesinha—a meat sandwich topped with an egg, cheese and completely covered in tomato soup-like sauce.  http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3807/8984022519_c21257f1ac_o.jpgHeart attack, here I come !  Went back to my room to pick up my camera battery that needed charging and went out again to visit the Sé Cathedral and its cloister / treasury museum.http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7459/8984032485_43489a851c_o.jpghttp://farm4.staticflickr.com/3801/8984024365_753a19a7c9_o.jpgAfter that I walked to the Ponte Luis Bridge and walked across to the other side of the river where all of the wine cellars are located.  I was tempted to buy an 8 Euro round trip ticket on the cable car that would take me down the steep hillside but I ended up walking instead.  http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2892/8984033863_3cbee4e6cb_o.jpghttp://farm4.staticflickr.com/3670/8984033475_365b183431_o.jpghttp://farm3.staticflickr.com/2889/8985219216_b5d3b08bdd_o.jpghttp://farm3.staticflickr.com/2855/8984024759_873fbb3f87_o.jpgAfter walking along the River Douro for some time, I came back across by the lower section of the bridge.  Last year, I met several Germans while walking the last four days of the Camino Francés and we quickly became friends.  They will be arriving in Porto tomorrow sometime and I am anxious to see all of them again.  Some other friends of theirs from near Leipzig will be joining us also this year.  There will be about eleven of us on our way to Santiago.  Porto is quite an interesting town.  It is the second largest city in Portugal and has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1996.  http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5324/8985211356_e34d885ece_o.jpgThe cathedral, also known in Portuguese as Se do Porto, is one of the city’s oldest monuments and one of the most important Romanesque buildings in Portugal.  http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3691/8984039779_3e731fabd2_o.jpghttp://farm3.staticflickr.com/2889/8985226978_9a44e8fce2_o.jpgConstruction began in 1110 and it was eventually finished in 1737.  Its elegant cloister dates from the Gothic period and was built between the 14th and 15th centuries.  http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3790/8984027451_717c3e9b40_o.jpghttp://farm9.staticflickr.com/8120/8985226094_81b514f5bb_o.jpghttp://farm8.staticflickr.com/7386/8985222386_f24f884905_o.jpghttp://farm8.staticflickr.com/7356/8984025355_af832c3d20_o.jpgThe walls are decorated with baroque azulejos (glazed tiles) by Valentim de Almeida and depict the life of the Virgin Mary and scenes from Ovid's Metamorphoses.  http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7322/8985236882_07009d2b0e_o.jpgOne of the most spectacular sights in Porto is the Avenida dos Aliados or town square with a large statue of Dom Pedro VI at its center.  Around the square are many ornate, old buildings.  http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3799/8984042947_af3f079dbc_o.jpghttp://farm8.staticflickr.com/7327/8984043463_421cc65d29_o.jpgThe most well-known is the town hall because of its distinctive bell tower.  http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2844/8985239282_6dc1b44a50_o.jpgBehind the town hall is the Igreja da Trindade built in the 19th century after a vision of the Holy Trinity had taken place on the site.  http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5459/8984040931_8a157ae6e9_o.jpghttp://farm3.staticflickr.com/2868/8985235886_4dce4ceb90_o.jpgNot far from the cathedral is the São Bento Railway Stationis known for its azulejo panels that depict scenes of the history of Portugal.  Porto is full of churches decorated in tiles on the outside and altars of gilt gold on the inside.  http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5330/8985230424_fe5c384fde_o.jpgThis is the Igreja de Santo Ildefonso which was near the hostel.  http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7287/8985233622_30a077d3a0_o.jpghttp://farm6.staticflickr.com/5550/9031711429_7c3d441a47_o.jpgTwo other interesting churches covered in blue tiles are the Igreja do Carmo and the Igreja das Carmelitas which are beside one another but separated by one of the narrowest buildings in the world – barely a meter wide !  It acted as a barrier between the monks on one side and the nuns on the other.  http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3732/8985230030_733a9d4cbe_o.jpgThis last photo is of a section of old walls that used to surround the old part of town.

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June 13 2013 5 13 /06 /June /2013 11:45

 http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7341/9026864962_012412a83a_o.jpgIt has been some time since my last post and I apologize for that but I've just not had the energy or the spirit to write anything for several months.  That's not to say I don't like blogging anymore...I'm just not going to be at it as often as I used to.  I was particularly busy in May when I hiked the Camino Portugués for two weeks, walking from Porto to Santiago for approximately 250 kilometers.  Certainly, the hike was a lot shorter than last year but I had such a wonderful time walking with my friends from Germany.  In the next few weeks I hope to share some of of the stories from my journal and post some of the photos I took.  Meanwhile, let's take a look back to some nice weather we had in April.  In order to break in my new hiking boots and see if I was physically prepared for weeks of walking, I did a practice hike along the beach and dunes between Vauville and Biville.  For the first time in many, many months, the sun came out and it was a perfect day for walking.  http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7373/9024649061_0865019fc8_o.jpghttp://farm9.staticflickr.com/8393/9026874124_e9ff103bb5_o.jpgIt must have been a special day for the local fans of poet Jacques Prévert as many of them were on the beach with sticks writing lines of his poetry in the sand.  http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2845/9026859278_8e61933404_o.jpghttp://farm6.staticflickr.com/5455/9024634469_e1242131e8_o.jpgAlong the beach are several remains of German blockhouses including this one covered in grafitti and sinking slowly into the sands of time.  http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3728/9024629635_537cd2dcaf_o.jpghttp://farm6.staticflickr.com/5341/9026849550_d494e8c26e_o.jpghttp://farm8.staticflickr.com/7424/9026844296_ac26d289c7_o.jpgThe Vauville Reserve is located at the foot of the coastal dunes. These dunes enclose several fresh water ponds which form a larger pool over 2,000 meters long. http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7363/9026835176_3442cf4425_o.jpgKeeping to the path, it is easy to hike up the dunes to the village of Biville and its famous church which is a site of pilgrimage for the devotees and followers of the beatified Thomas Hélye whose remains can be found inside underneath the altar in a glass case ! http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7291/9024613787_a4be2c4822_o.jpgNearby is the Biville cross which has an amazing view over the ocean as well as the shrine to Our Lady. The day came to an end as I walked back to my car in Vauville.  http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5333/9026830844_14f1f275c7_o.jpghttp://farm8.staticflickr.com/7356/9024604433_bd9898e71d_o.jpgIf you are interested in seeing all of my Camino photos and can't wait for me to make a blog posting, click HERE.

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April 21 2013 1 21 /04 /April /2013 08:11

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8531/8644990334_72e0f8f77a_b.jpghttp://farm9.staticflickr.com/8387/8643893821_33e3b29097_b.jpgAnother church I visited during the Clochers en fête last year was the Église Saint-Thomas in Lithaire, built in 1894.  Many of these beautiful little churches are closed permanently due to the declining numbers of parishioners and the inability of local communities to keep them open throughout the year for tourists.  Fortunately, the doors are opened every now and again during the Clochers en fête and we can get a glimpse inside some of these culturally important structures.  http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8385/8644989356_7dbc5b8f12_b.jpghttp://farm9.staticflickr.com/8405/8644990304_2820045c72_b.jpghttp://farm9.staticflickr.com/8543/8643894153_175d744fe2_b.jpgI was most impressed with the blue glass of the windows which bathed the interior in a cool glow.  http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8117/8643894809_36fd4762a5_b.jpghttp://farm9.staticflickr.com/8384/8644990022_f1bae8b884_b.jpghttp://farm9.staticflickr.com/8524/8644989758_d68c3b56a9_b.jpghttp://farm9.staticflickr.com/8534/8643894403_f5bec192ba_b.jpgAlthough I have very little information about the interior of the church, I can tell you that it is tastefully decorated with statues from the former church to Saint-Thomas in Mont Castre.

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Published by The Baguette - in Cotentin
April 21 2013 1 21 /04 /April /2013 07:43

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8121/8644989064_19e813b873_b.jpgÉglise Saint-Martin in Doville was built between 1840 and 1843 in the center of town and replaced the former parish church which was situated along the side of the Mont de Doville and called la chapelle Notre-Dame du Bon Secours.  http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8399/8644988586_d408390c7e_b.jpghttp://farm9.staticflickr.com/8537/8644988706_e158e58a59_b.jpgThe interior of the church is rather plain and decorated with several statues from the 19th century.  http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8537/8643892769_c552bf7527_b.jpghttp://farm9.staticflickr.com/8527/8643893075_8d37703da4_b.jpghttp://farm9.staticflickr.com/8537/8644988266_12bb5a22f4_b.jpghttp://farm9.staticflickr.com/8398/8643892241_b9864c9967_b.jpgThe chapel on the hill was built in 17th century on the site of the choir of the former parish church.  Although it remains mostly unused, it is still a site of pilgrimage for local Catholics who seek the intervention of the recently beatified Father Pierre-Adrien Tourlorge whose service took place last year on April 29, 2012 in the cathedral of Coutances.  Outside, there are beautiful views of the surrounding countryside.  http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8100/8643892385_99f3bf5450_b.jpghttp://farm9.staticflickr.com/8538/8643892551_c54c2550e2_b.jpgAn old cemetery surrounds the chapel with crypts which date as far back as the 16th century.  http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8379/8643891963_5c6346d615_b.jpgOf interest inside are a 15th century bas-relief of St-Martin as well as several 16th century marble and limestone plaques which are fixed to the walls.  http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8523/8643892297_7a1d0d5aac_b.jpghttp://farm9.staticflickr.com/8259/8643891831_707fa81b65_b.jpghttp://farm9.staticflickr.com/8251/8643891699_9317b8de83_b.jpghttp://farm9.staticflickr.com/8520/8644986824_b9daa59897_b.jpghttp://farm9.staticflickr.com/8251/8644986548_f462541102_b.jpgThe windows of the chapel depict scenes from the life of Pierre-Adrien Tourlorge.http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8100/8644986370_f54f0cd281_b.jpg

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Published by The Baguette - in Cotentin
April 20 2013 7 20 /04 /April /2013 06:45

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8398/8643890367_15e1c1f0a9_b.jpgAccording to an ancient legend, the name of this remote village in the heart of the marais originates from the story of Dame Létiticie, a noble woman from Saint-Sauveur, who, having gotten lost in the forest during a hunting party believed she would die of thirst.  After invoking the protection of the Virgin, she saw a spring gush forth and then vowed to build a sanctuary on the place, which has since been called Selsoif.  http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8245/8644985516_08f74b173d_b.jpgThe church dates as far back as the 11th century.  The interior is decorated with sculptures of the Virgin and Child and Sainte-Catherine both dating from the 14th century and wood statues of Saint-Sebastian and Saint-Claude from the 16th century.http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8125/8643890355_91cb415df0_b.jpghttp://farm9.staticflickr.com/8405/8644985754_1da9b57947_b.jpghttp://farm9.staticflickr.com/8119/8644985848_b02df9be55_b.jpghttp://farm9.staticflickr.com/8531/8644986038_51b4231aa3_b.jpghttp://farm9.staticflickr.com/8252/8643890945_cd803668ce_b.jpghttp://farm9.staticflickr.com/8258/8643891053_e361b55471_b.jpg

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March 31 2013 1 31 /03 /March /2013 00:01

He is risen !  Happy Easter, everyone ! http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8103/8598220494_d923f24cd1_b.jpgSome photos of my Easter decorations.http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8091/8598220250_b8284cf5b0_b.jpghttp://farm9.staticflickr.com/8226/8598219972_2b0054607b_b.jpghttp://farm9.staticflickr.com/8225/8597116001_8539c00287_b.jpg

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March 22 2013 6 22 /03 /March /2013 09:35

    http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8366/8556024353_112e44c88f_b.jpgThere is a unique hiking path in Fermanville which follows the stream called le Poult.  It winds its way through la vallée des moulins (valley of water mills) which got its name from the large number of mills that once lined the stream.  http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8384/8556025687_f0731bc679_b.jpghttp://farm9.staticflickr.com/8249/8557133284_a8311022a1_b.jpghttp://farm9.staticflickr.com/8527/8557133070_28588426ac_b.jpghttp://farm9.staticflickr.com/8095/8557135578_89df2aab7e_b.jpghttp://farm9.staticflickr.com/8105/8557135396_2b001bd77e_b.jpgSome of the old buildings have been restored and are used as private residences. The most unique part of the walk through the valley is the Fermanville viaduct.   http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8522/8556025903_42ea68d534_b.jpghttp://farm9.staticflickr.com/8527/8556023851_4a9f879a2d_b.jpghttp://farm9.staticflickr.com/8245/8556024089_54e190c976_b.jpgSpanning the valley with 20 arches at 242 meters long and 32 meters high, the viaduct was built between 1908 and 1911 for the rail line which ran between Barfleur and Cherbourg.  http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8234/8557134758_e034820566_b.jpghttp://farm9.staticflickr.com/8530/8556024909_520879e5e2_b.jpgDuring the Second World War it was sabotaged by the German army on June 21, 1944.  It was restored in 1947 but was not used for much longer since the rail line between Cherbourg and Barfleur closed on September 30, 1950.  The city has incorporated the restored viaduct into the public hiking path, PR48.  http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8096/8556023705_5690062735_b.jpghttp://farm9.staticflickr.com/8110/8557136420_d8a0118774_b.jpghttp://farm9.staticflickr.com/8515/8556026055_2b0a056956_b.jpghttp://farm9.staticflickr.com/8378/8557133560_9cdd1eb9a0_b.jpgIf you follow the PR48 you will walk past this small chapel devoted to Notre-Dame des Champs (Our Lady of the Fields) which is no longer used and is slowly deteriorating.  Near the parking lot is the church of Saint-Martin which dates as far back as the 13th century.  http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8236/8557136596_26ef8e2e13_b.jpghttp://farm9.staticflickr.com/8375/8556026617_bdbb15fc5a_b.jpghttp://farm9.staticflickr.com/8232/8557137062_e11e5c6053_b.jpgThe church has the distinction of being built in the form of a Greek cross with transepts of equal size.  It is also quite unique in having no steeple or bell tower.  In the middle of the 17th century it was decided to build a bell tower on the hillside behind the church instead since it was a lot cheaper than trying to build one into the existing structure.  http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8508/8557138118_595af927aa_b.jpghttp://farm9.staticflickr.com/8094/8556027539_50dfb76e00_b.jpgThe chapel of the north transept is dedicated to Saint-Martin while the chapel of the south transept is dedicated to Notre-Dame de Lourdes.  http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8381/8556027863_156a61cd9d_b.jpghttp://farm9.staticflickr.com/8523/8557137234_3762f33629_b.jpghttp://farm9.staticflickr.com/8382/8557137450_c5c309c86b_b.jpghttp://farm9.staticflickr.com/8519/8556027651_be96c8ce3d_b.jpgMost of the stained glass windows are from the early 20th century.  Eight of them were installed after World War II.  The light through the glass creates wonderful rainbow colors on the columns which separate the choir and the nave.  http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8244/8557132896_1a08f37245_b.jpgNear the parking lot entrance is a memorial to local poet, Marie Ravenel which was inaugurated in 1905.  The monument, conceived by architect Mesnage, was initiated by a society of poets from Cherbourg called la Violette manchoise who raised money for its construction.  It is adorned with a bronze medallion depicting Marie Ravenel in traditional Norman dress.http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8511/8556022445_a179888495_b.jpg

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Published by The Baguette - in Le Val de Saire
March 14 2013 5 14 /03 /March /2013 09:55

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8242/8556016105_cd8876d089_b.jpgL'église Sainte-Vierge et Saint-Martin de Vrasville dates from the 12th or 13th century.  Originally, it was a very small church (less than half of the current size) and lit by very small windows.  http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8088/8557127930_653e256446_b.jpgDuring the Revolution, all of the liturgical furniture was sold to the highest bidder for the sum of 85 livres 17 sous 6 deniers.  The sacristy was built around 1868.  The bell tower of the church is quite unlike the typical Norman saddleback towers.  http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8248/8556016215_cf4b8219fc_b.jpghttp://farm9.staticflickr.com/8245/8557126458_2b6e727c53_b.jpgIt was in 1904 that a wooden structure was built above a niche where sits a statue of the Virgin.  Inside the nave and choir are separated by a large arch.  http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8513/8556016823_15bceb2738_b.jpghttp://farm9.staticflickr.com/8392/8557127634_6f87a4f02f_b.jpgMany of the stained glass windows were realized by Gabriel Loire in 1953.  http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8379/8557127180_e684c16e86_b.jpghttp://farm9.staticflickr.com/8090/8557127022_002df2527a_b.jpgThe high altar and altarpiece were restored in 1980 and frame a central niche in which a statue of the Sacred Heart is placed.  On either side are statues of St-Sébastien and Notre-Dame.  The altarpiece, which dates from the 19th century is painted faux marble and gilded.  http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8514/8557127278_e5fe086bba_b.jpghttp://farm9.staticflickr.com/8229/8557127382_242f812179_b.jpghttp://farm9.staticflickr.com/8094/8557126860_b53eb2929f_b.jpgOther statues that can be admired within the church are St-Joseph, the Holy Virgin, Ste-Thérèse de Lisieux, St-Sébastien, Ste-Catherine and Ste-Marie-Madeleine Postel. http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8378/8557127518_835bfdddea_b.jpghttp://farm9.staticflickr.com/8094/8557127778_f8a9746f90_b.jpg

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March 13 2013 4 13 /03 /March /2013 12:37

alerte rouge500926Well, the weather predictions over the weekend proved to be true and 60cm (about 2 feet) of snow fell in 24 hours.  What a mess it turned out to be.  Météo-France used the color red to denote extreme snow and sleet for the first time in its history.  And, of course, it had to be in Normandy.  Nearly 60,000 people lost electricity, hundreds of cars were stranded on the highways, trains stopped running and ferries were unable to moor due to the 80km per hour winds.  One of the worst stories I heard involved people stranded on a train near Caen with filthy toilets and nowhere to go.  What an uncomfortable and smelly situation it must have been for those passengers !  At its height, I had to sweep the heavy, wet snow from the roof to keep it from caving in.  Yesterday morning, I spent some time walking around town taking some photos of Querqueville under the snow.http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8248/8550327309_cd083a7bfe_b.jpghttp://farm9.staticflickr.com/8096/8551426810_535d6a8ed4_b.jpghttp://farm9.staticflickr.com/8365/8551426548_044d7058cc_b.jpghttp://farm9.staticflickr.com/8528/8551424328_f00b2f0bb8_b.jpghttp://farm9.staticflickr.com/8236/8551423258_37885b2087_b.jpghttp://farm9.staticflickr.com/8102/8551419850_f6fa7b63fd_b.jpghttp://farm9.staticflickr.com/8250/8551418738_6a9ebc5ac3_b.jpg

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Published by The Baguette - in Querqueville