Showing posts with label cathedral. Show all posts
Showing posts with label cathedral. Show all posts

Wednesday, 4 October 2017

Pink sandstone

Once upon a time, the cathedral, our Lady of Strasbourg, used to be pink. Pink sandstone, from the nearby Vosges mountain range. You can guess what happened: smoke during the last few centuries, pollution, weather, pigeons... She is rather dark now, a dirty greyish-brown. Cleaning the stone is never ending work... You can see the original color in the faces. Pink she was, pink she will be again, one day.
This was all carved on site 700-800 years ago. Totally amazing craftsmanship!!!!!

Monday, 11 September 2017

Francis, looking up

I don't go to the cathedral as often as I did once. You might know that France is still in a state of emergency, due do terrorist attacks. At the cathedral, you have now controls, restricted opening times, long to very long queues (tourists!). Last sunday, surprise; no queue!!! So, let's go in! Well, there was a mass, so no going around. Found my old mate (saint) Francis, just standing there, staring at something. What do you see, Francesco???

Friday, 7 April 2017

Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Waking up...

Waking up to a beautiful winter sky, waking up to "Moscow-Paris" the aptly named cold front du jour. -13 degrees C wind chill right now, or 8.6 F. Our usually warm Korsika island is in the grips of a huge snowstorm.
Photo taken from my (open) kitchen window.

Monday, 11 July 2016

Tall!!!!

Gosh, she is tall!!! 142 meters. Which makes impossible to get her on one single photo without a very expensive fisheye. But where is a will, there is a way, with a photo-stitching program. 7 photos in one, using Microsoft ICE, a free program.

Monday, 27 June 2016

Post 200, yeah man!

One of several rose windows (french: rosace) in the cathedral.
Just plaing around, dudes and dudettes! LOL