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Charlieu (Le Couvent les Cordeliers), Charlieu (Abbeye Saint-Fortune), Valsonne (L’Eglise Saint Romain), Le Chateau de Chatillon d’Azergues
Posted in France, Sports, Television, Touriste de Tour de France, Travel, tagged Château de Villandry, France, Langeais, River Cher, Tour de France, Tours Cathedral on 11th July 2013| Leave a Comment »
Le Cher (river & weir at Savonnieres)
Le Chateau de Durtal, Le Chateau d’Usse, Le Chateau de Bazouges, Le Chateau d’Azay-le-Rideau, Le Chateau de Villandry, Le Pont de Langeais, Canoe course (Parc Honore de Balzac, River Cher, Tours), Tours Cathedral
Etang de Paimpont, La Rance (River & Estuary), La Pointe du Grouin
L’Abbaye Notre-Dame de Paimpont, Le Chateau de Beaumont, Le Chateau de Lehon, Le Chateau de Chateauneuf, Le Fort de Guesclin
Posted in France, Sports, Television, Touriste de Tour de France, Travel, tagged Aigues Mortes, Aix-en-Provence, France, La Grande Motte, Montpellier, Tarascon, Tour de France, Touriste de Tour de France on 4th July 2013| Leave a Comment »
Chaine des Alpilles (range of mountains with a weather station) & Aigues Mortes salt pans with pink coloured sea water
Listen to the stones of the wall.
Be silent, they try
To speak your
To the living walls.
Who are you?
Are you? Whose
Silence are you?
Who (be quiet)
Are you (as these stones
Are quiet). Do not
Think of what you are
Still less of
What you may one day be.
Be what you are (but who?) be
The unthinkable one
You do not know.
O be still, while
You are still alive,
And all things live around you
Speaking (I do not hear)
To your own being,
Speaking by the Unknown
That is in you and in themselves.
“I will try, like them
To be my own silence:
And this is difficult. The whole
World is secretly on fire. The stones
Burn, even the stones
They burn me. How can a man be still or
Listen to all things burning? How can he dare
To sit with them
When all their silence
Is on fire?”
Thomas Merton (1915-1968)
An Anglo-American Catholic writer and mystic and a Trappist monk at the Abbey of Gethsemani, Kentucky. Merton was a poet, social activist, and student of comparative religion. In 1949, he was ordained to the priesthood and given the name Father Louis. Merton wrote more than 70 books, mostly on spirituality, social justice and a quiet pacifism, as well as many essays and reviews, including his best-selling autobiography, The Seven Storey Mountain, once listed as one of the 100 best non-fiction books of the century. Merton was a keen proponent of interfaith understanding, pioneering dialogue with prominent Asian spiritual figures, including the Dalai Lama.
Pech Merle is a cave which opens onto a hillside at Cabrerets in the Lot département of the Midi-Pyrénées region in France, about 35 minutes by road east of Cahors. It is the home of one of the few prehistoric cave painting sites in France which remain open to the general public. Extending for more than a mile from the entrance are caverns the walls of which are painted with dramatic murals dating from some 25,000 years BC. The area once had a great river flowing through it, cutting underground channels which were later used by humans for shelter and eventually for mural painting. The walls of seven of the chambers at Pech Merle have fresh, lifelike images of a woolly mammoth, spotted horses, single colour horses, bovids, reindeer, handprints and some humans. Footprints of children, preserved in what was once clay, have been found more than half a mile underground. Within a six mile radius of the site are ten other caves with prehistoric art but none of these are open to the public. It is supposed that, at some point in the past, rain and sliding earth covered the cave entrances providing an airtight seal until the 20th century. The cave at Pech Merle has been open to the public since 1926 but visiting groups are limited in size and number so as not to destroy the delicate artwork.