Today’s photos do not display la vie en couleur. I was listening to Nouvelle Vague as I was uploading to my computer, and their music told me that these photos really needed to be in black and white… So here is a little bit of a change!
I took these in Orléans at the beginning of November as I was on my way to Goujounac (a tiny medieval town in the Midi-Pyrénées.) I was only in Orléans for a few hours, but I look forward to returning another time, if not only to stare dumbstruck at the gothic Cathédrale Sainte-Croix. (There are a lot of extraordinarily built Cathedrals and churches in France, but this one’s immensity and silence particularly affected me. Perhaps it was the combination of being the only visitor on the inside and that I was imagining the incredible amount of physical labor and faith that the construction of such a structure must have required…Especially since it was rebuilt at least 6 times if I remember correctly…due to destruction by the Normans, the Protestants, WWII and some earlier events that I’m forgetting).
The rest of my time in Orléans was also well spent. I went to a salon de thé; I got a free treat for asking if I could take a picture of the pastries (I certainly will remember this…!); I took a walk along the Loire river… And I still made it back to the train station in time!
Take a glimpse: