Touring after Christmas, we travelled to the Land of the Celts in Brittany, France. I found this stone cross on the top of a fence. The cross, the vines, and the stone seems to fit the image of the Celts in my mind too well to pass it by.
Just after Christmas, I went exploring in northern France. One of my many stops was the iconic cathedral in Chartres, a little out of Paris. Candles are lit by many of the patrons and pilgrims, as a sort of prayer, as I understand it. But the light of the candles in the dark cathedral made for a beautiful picture.
LEGO is one of those things that bring back wondrous memories of childhood. But LEGO is something that didn’t leave its wonder behind when I left childhood. So when my Honey got me a LEGO advent calendar for Christmas, I was delighted. This ended up being our Christmas tree in Paris!
Well the snow kept coming. This day we were in Rouen, waiting for the train, as the snow fell softly in the train station. Setting the exposure just right, I could freeze the snow mid-flight!
We didn’t get much snow, living on the coast as we were in Dieppe, but a little showed up just before Christmas. This photo was taken a little before dawn, which lends itself to the gentle light. On this particular morning, I was hoping to get into the school where I worked because I thought I could get a nice time lapse of the sun coming up across the harbour. Although the school is normally open Saturday mornings, on this particular morning I found the doors locked. Maybe it was the snow, maybe it was because it was the day before Christmas vacation…
So I don’t know who he uses for PR, but some guy in California figured May 21 was the “end of the world.” Amh, that was yesterday, for those keeping track. But the PR guy deserves a raise because the story seems to have hit all the major papers. Never mind that the same guy predicted the end of the world in 1994….
I’m on a St. Malo roll, why stop now?
St. Malo is a wonderful little city, and one of my favourite places to visit in France. This here is on the beach, during low-ish tide. Just barely off the coast, there are several old military posts. This is the path leading to the closest one. But a picture of a path like this is a little more because it opens the question “Where does this path lead?”
Where would you like it to lead?
This is also from St. Malo. St. Malo is a coastal city and can have so very large tides. To protect the city, there is a seawall, and to help protect the seawall and dissipate the energy of the breaking waves, there is a double line of woods stakes (peiu) that I thought made a very neat picture from above.
Spending 7 months as part of the Rouen Branch meant that, in a way, they become our family, and the Caen District, which covered all of Normandy, became our extended family. Our last week in “France” was actually spent with the District at the Temple in Frankfurt. We knew that District Conference was this last weekend, and we were a little disappointed to come home just before it, but I was very surprised to receive this email:
Speaking French, one of the things I have to pay particular attention to are faux amis — literally false friends. These are French words that sound like an English word, but don’t mean the same thing as the English word in question. In general, their existence just makes me pay more attention to French words and their meanings. And then sometimes you come across a ‘fake-English’ word used in such a way to be hilarious. This is one of those times. This photo was taken on a bus in St. Malo — “Obliterate Your Tickets Please!”