Thursday, October 16

'The Other Place' - October 2014


After the madness of the beginning of the academic year...


...I took myself off to Cambridge.


The irony of settling everyone into to Oxford...


....and then heading off to the Fens, didn't escape me.


Whisper it...but I think that Cambridge is prettier than Oxford.


That's partly because the river...


...flow through the middle of the city.


I was most taken with these lions outside the Fitzwilliam...


...this chemist's sign (above a shop that's still a chemist)...


...this chap's fangs...


...that the Cavendish Lab was so posh when it built, that it has it's own postbox...


....the 'Round Church'...


...and this little ruin.


Good thing that my Ma or Dr Bones didn't see it, as they'd want to move in!


When not wandering around the city I had a lovely garden to read in.

Wednesday, October 1

The Leaning Tower of Montreuil-sur-Mer


My dear friend Virginia has a keen eye for a postbox (it's a long story). French postboxes are very dull, however, there looks like an interesting backstory here. Does the post van have a dent becuase it's thumped into the postbox?

Monday, September 22

Au revoir Moulins - August 2014


So...it's goodbye to towers...


....and holiday romances...


...back ways...


...castles...


...French locals...


...and back to work.

Montreuil-sur-Mer, Pas-de-Calais - August 2014


In 1837 Victor Hugo stopped for lunch in Montreuil-sur-Mer. He came away with a bad case of indigestion, and memories of a lovely afternoon, that he called on twenty five years later when he wrote 'Les Misérables'.


We had a lovely morning there, no indigestion, and who knows, in twenty five years I may write a novel.


Like at Rye, there's been a build up of silt, and Montreuil is no longer sur-Mer.


Victor Hugo wasn't the only visitor, Lawrence Sterne visited the town, and saw it through the eyes of his narrator in 'A Sentimental Journey through France and Italy'.


Montreuil was the head quarters of the British Army during the WWI. The war cemetery at nearby Étaples contains 10,771 Commonwealth war graves.


It's a lovely place to wander round...I was taken by this double decker organ...


...a mini-Villandry window box...


...a pig that's all together too happy to be in a pork butcher...


...and a friendly cat.


Vauban built the ramparts in the 17th C, and they're a lovely walk.


It appears that the town is home to some giant rabbits!

Le Touquet-Paris-Plage - August 2014



It maybe because it was the end of our holiday, and I was ready to go home, but I didn't really take to Le Touquet. It might have been because we'd come from rural Burgundy to a town full of people, and an odd mix of glitz and 'Kiss Me Quick'. It does have a beautiful beach...


...some gorgeous dunes...


...with feral cat colony.


Speaking of cats...


... it also has a wonderful chocolate shop.


I'd say this was something for Christopher Stockdale, but he wouldn't eat a cute piggy!


Oh...and there's golf.

Friday, September 19

Burgundy 2014 (Le Retour) - Auxerre


I few year ago we had a lovely day in Auxerre (according to the guidebook you pronounce it 'Aus-air'. This caused incomprehension in locals. Oh, 'OX-air they said). I've had a yearning to go back every since. Sadly, it was a horrid, grey day, and once it started raining we hightailed back home.


We had a look round the Abbey of Staint-Germain...


...which has an amazing organ...


...which looks like it's about to open fire on the congregation.


The XIth C crypt in the cathedral of St. Étienne houses the remains of the former Romanesque cathedral.


The paintings include is scene of Christ-Horseman...


...the rider 'Faithful and True'...


...on a white horse (Apoc. 19:11-16).


Despite rushing through the rain, we had time to notice some little details. A wooden carving above a shop...


...the remains of a statue...


...and a very perplexing piece of signage.