The Things You Learn on Holiday

While looking at the impressive facade of Paris’ Notre Dame Cathedral, back before the horrific fire and its resulting devastation, I noticed this headless statue holding its head and wondered its significance. It turns out that statues holding their own heads, when found outside a church or cathedral, identify a Saint who was martyred or…… Continue reading The Things You Learn on Holiday

Thursday Doors – Chantilly

I know, I know. My contribution to Thursday Doors last week was also from Château de Chantilly. But this week’s door is different, and you’ll soon see why I wanted to share it. While last week’s door was over the top shiny and gold, understandably not to everyone’s taste, this week’s is more natural. I…… Continue reading Thursday Doors – Chantilly

Basilica of Santa Maria in Trastevere – Portico

To enter into Basilica of Santa Maria in Trastevere, you must first pass through its portico. While not an original feature, this current architectural feature was designed by Carlo Fontana back in 1702. So newish in relation to the church itself, but definitely not new. The walls are covered with an interesting assortment of tombstone…… Continue reading Basilica of Santa Maria in Trastevere – Portico