The perfect picture of Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris is an illusive concept. It probably does not exist. Last year Ruth and I saw a magnificent picture of Notre-Dame by Damien Vassart in a Paris print shop taken from Quai d’Orléans on L’Isle Saint-Louis. Why spend so much money on someone […]
French culture is synonymous with Paris, the centre of fashion, art, and architecture. Parisians embrace style and sophistication, cultivation of the mind, and acceptable ways of behaving. Life outside the 'City of Life' can be very different, and our varied experiences reflect as much of this as possible. We cover the churches, the galleries, and the concerts that we visit, as well as writing about some of the quirky French values that the French hold dear.
Le Mont Saint-Michel is literally a rock, standing between the coasts of Normandy and Brittany, in the midst of vast sandbanks and powerful tides . Atop this rock is a Gothic-style Benedictine abbey, built between the 11th and 16th centuries, and holding an impressive UNESCO World Heritage listing. The waters surrounding […]
A short walk up Rue de Verdun and overlooking the town centre of Noumea is Cathédrale Saint-Joseph de Nouméa. By French standards, it is not a large cathedral. Indeed, in France it would probably be around the same size as a village église. But, it is where the Bishop sits, […]
The thought of a visit to the Basilique Cathédrale de Saint-Denis did not enthuse me, particularly as it has more dead bodies in it than any other church in France (most of French royalty is there; some 42 kings, 32 queens, 63 princes and princesses, give or take a few). […]
Google isn't all that discriminating when it comes to searching for Eglise Saint-Etienne de Saint-Estephe. Many churches in France bear the name of Saint-Etienne, including a well-known one in Paris. There is also a town named Saint-Etienne near Lyon. Similarly, a few towns (and roads) carry the name of Saint-Estephe. [...]