Thursday Doors – Maincy

This week we’re in Maincy, France at the fantastic Vaux-le-Vicomte estate. The door I’m sharing is pretty cute – made even more attractive by its surroundings.

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Vaux-le-Vicomte

Regular readers of MOTM will be familiar with my love of French chateaux. Rich history, lavish decor and manicured grounds .. it’s not difficult to see why I’m a fan. Today marks the beginning of my Vaux-le-Vicomte series, starting with the buildings’ striking exteriors’.

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My Feet At ..

A year ago this month, I was in Paris with my friends Baxter and his long suffering wife, Karen. Our first night back in one of favourite cities saw us strolling the streets of Paris as the sun set and the lights of the city began to sparkle. We headed for the Louvre, where we […]

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Medici Fountain

Tucked away in a corner of the sprawling Luxembourg Gardens of Paris, many people miss out on seeing this hidden gem.

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G is for .. Stained Glass

G is for Glass. Stained glass. Said like a certain famous fictional spy who likes his favourite beverage shaken, not stirred. Yes, that’s right. In this installment of my Alphabet series, we’re headed to Reims to visit Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Reims.

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Thursday Doors – Paris

It’s no secret that I’m especially fond of Parisian doors. I could easily and happily spend my visits wandering the streets taking photo after photo of doors.

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Paris Street Art – Rue de l’Éperon

Looking through my photos last night, as I’m doing a lot more frequently thanks to Coronatimes, I rediscovered this piece by French artist, Fred le Chavelier (Fred the Knight).

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Jardin de Marqueyssac

Yesterday I shared photos from the Château de Marqueyssac, which I loved. Today we’ll take a look at the gardens. Admittedly, the crowds, heat and being hangry meant that we didn’t venture far. After a quick decision to return in future to do it justice under better conditions, we took a brief walk before heading […]

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Château de Marqueyssac

Google Château de Marqueyssac and you’ll find countless photos of swirly box hedges and topiaries set high above the Dordogne River. The gardens and their setting are stunning. Upon discovering them online, I immediately knew that I had to see them in real life. I imagined our visit to be everything it was not. I […]

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l’Abbaye de Saint-Savin-sur-Gartempe – The Statues

Today we’ll take a look at statues on display at l’Abbaye de Saint-Savin-sur-Gartempe. I’m not religious – or knowledgeable on Christian figures – but I enjoyed each these figures. Each is featured in its own alcove, surrounded by painted brick effect, and lit by light coming in through beautiful stained glass windows.

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Thursday Doors – Saint-Savin

This week’s door is from Abbaye de Saint-Savin-sur-Gartempe in Saint-Savin, France. The church, a recognised UNESCO World Heritage site, is famed for biblical themed murals – many which date back to the late 11th Century. Just like last week’s door, this one caught my eye not for the door itself but because of its impressive […]

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Abbaye de Saint-Savin-sur-Gartempe – The Bones

We’ve taken a look at the exterior, as well as the famed murals, of Abbaye de Saint-Savin-sur-Gartempe in previous posts. Today I’ve decided to share some photos that I took of the bones of the church. By that, I mean architectural pieces that I found to be interesting. Sorry to anyone hoping to see real […]

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Abbaye de Saint-Savin-sur-Gartempe – The Murals, Part 1

As I mentioned yesterday, Abbaye de Saint-Savin-sur-Gartempe received UNESCO World Heritage status in 1983. The Abbey Church of Saint-Savin-sur-Gartempe is a masterpiece of the murals of the 11th and 12th centuries. Its outstanding character is due to its extraordinary decor, testimony to the art of representing and painting in western Christian medieval civilization. – UNESCO

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Abbaye de Saint-Savin-sur-Gartempe

Thank you to everyone who voted yesterday. The winner by a landslide is, “Look up!”. So today I’m going to share with you a beautifully decorated church in France. Designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983, l’Abbaye de Saint-Savin-sur-Gartempe is often referred to as the Romanesque Sistine Chapel because of its impressive murals (many […]

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Mr. Burned Corn

Dr. Bonnie Henry, the British Columbia Officer of Public Health, announced today that we’re looking at another month of COVID-19 related restrictions. I can deal with that. Another month of staying home except for quick trips out for more essentials, or for sanity breaks in the fresh air – it’s important and necessary.

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Thursday Doors – Paris

We’re back in Paris this week to take a look at one of the many doors at the Church of Saint-Germain-l’Auxerrois.

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My Feet At ..

I thought I’d link back to a couple of posts to a fantastic church in Paris. Not only because I’m happy with my posts – but also because I recently rediscovered a short video I took inside.

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Chauvigny

Chauvigny, a medieval clifftop town overlooking the Vienne river, boasts not 1 but 5 châteaux. It’s also important for Roman architecture; the Saint Pierre Collegiate Church (12th Century) with its famous sculptured chapels and painted columns, the Notre-Dame Church (12th Century) and the Saint-Pierre-des-Eglises with its pre-Romanesque murals.

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