Tourism

Black Madonna of Puy en Velay, la Vierge Noire de Puy en Velay part 2

Like most pre-twelve century Black Madonna site, this one is built on an ancient Celtic temple.  It  is difficult to say the word “temple” while talking about the Celts.  Indeed, they did not have any.  They did not worship statues or any representation of a god.  They worshiped trees and stones.  This is why Cesar … Continue reading »

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Black Madonna of Puy en Velay, la Vierge Noire de Puy en Velay.

Although not the oldest by far according to historians, the Black Madonna of Puy en Velay is most likely the most important. Actually no one can say how old the statue was since she has been destroyed. However despite the destruction by Revolutionaries in 1792 or 93, we know more about her than many others who … Continue reading »

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The Black Madonna of Liesse, la Vierge Noire de Liesse

The making of a legend.         Liesse Notre Dame is a small town in the North Eastern part of France, about 150 miles of Paris and the town was built around the cathedral,  The construction started in the XII century par order of Bartholome de Vir, Bishop of Laon the nearest great … Continue reading »

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Basilica Saint Pierre aux Nonnains in Metz, la basilique Saint Pierre aux nonnains a Metz.

Metz was already in existence long before Cesar’s troops arrived there, with a lucrative business going in the South as well as in the West. Tacitus called it ” Diuoduri Mediomatricorum id oppidum est” Divodurum is the stronghold of the Mediomatriques. No I didn’t write Matrix and Neo wasn’t there. Or was he? Anyhow, the … Continue reading »

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Castle of Tichemont introduction, le chateau de Tichemont, introduction

I had never heard of the Castle until recently. When the site “Patrimoine de Lorraine” posted an add for a conference on the history of Metz’s fortification, I called for information and coming Sunday I went.  To my surprise the castle wasn’t far from where I live, measly 15 miles.  An old man was waiting … Continue reading »

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A ghost naval canon named Max near Verdun part un, un canon de marine fantome appele Max pres de Verdun

When the British Navy started building the “Dreadnought” in 1906 equipped with canons of 308 millimeters (now I’m just going to type mm) thus changing completely the way naval battles would be fought, the Kronprinz immediately though of building something bigger and better.  The engineers at Krupp industry got to it and build the “Langer … Continue reading »

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Strange vacation Vacances etranges

I had work to be done on the car which coasts a tremendous amount of money in the free world of socialist persuasion. My car needed a new distribution belt and a complete new exhaust, including a new catalitic converter, so after looking into prices in France I checked in Poland. I have relatives in … Continue reading »

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The Tiny Chapel of Mont Bonviller, La petite chapelle de Mont Bonvillers.

I was always fascinated by XIIth century chapel (although at that time it was prolly called a church) for it’s strangeness surrounding the place.  Although located now in the tiny village of Mont-Bonvillers, now a dormitory town when the iron mining industry closed it’s doors, ending a century old burst of revenues, at the time … Continue reading »

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Visit to Briey part deux, inside the chapel

This church, I call it a chapel because she’s rather tiny is dedicated to Saint Gengoult (although there a several different spelling for the name like Gengoul, Gendulfe etc..).  The actual man was canonised before the end of the first millennium.   This a particular saint, as he is the saint patron of cuckold (you gotta … Continue reading »

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La Lorraine: Briey

The nice thing about Lorraine would be its history which you can slowly discover everywhere.   I knew of Briey for many years, 13 kilometers from Piennes (about 8 miles).  I even lived there for a short spell after leaving the military and before moving to Marseille and from there to the US.  My memory of … Continue reading »

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