This Old House: Enveloped

DSC_0720With the advent of spring, a few weeks back, the flowers began blooming and the ivy began creeping.  As the season gains momentum, so does the ivy.  It’s fresh and bright . . . it’s waxy green and shiny . . . it’s a little bit sinister as it creeps toward the door.  We are being enveloped!

 

 

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Saints in the Sanctuary (Cathedral in Metz, France)

The cathedral in Metz is stunning.  Stunning.  And so are all of the saints and sinners gathered there.

“Every saint has a past, and every sinner has a future.”   I think Oscar Wilde said that, and I was reminded of it on a recent stroll through this cathedral.  From the saints in stone and glass, to the flesh and blood “man on fire” in the chapel, the capering kids in the sanctuary, the ponderous men, the caught-off-guard woman, and the industrious cleaning crew–it was a storied space.

Not to cast my nets on the wrong side of the boat, but I have to say that the stony saints left me a bit cold.  They were beautiful, but judgmental.  The saints in stained glass were warmer–the glow, the glint, the dancing of light in and through them–they were more dynamic, less rigid.

And the poor, scattered people, scurrying about the cathedral, or sitting in thought, or minding their own business and working diligently, or standing at the threshold of a fiery chapel–they were the stories in play, the ones the space exists for.  So I turned my camera on them.

Even the cathedral itself seemed to hint at its own impish personality as we left, the sun glinting through its windows for just a second–the unmistakable wink of a storyteller pleased with himself.

See for yourself:

 

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Man on fire

 

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Armchair Travelers

We’ve got the virus du jour this week, so our weekend was dead and our week is only showing a hint of vital signs.  To boost our spirits–and maybe yours too–I’m posting some old and new travel/life abroad photos.

Hope you enjoy!

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Trier, Germany
Trier
Trier

 

Doune Castle, Scotland, 2007--location of Monty Python's Holy Grail scenes
Doune Castle, Scotland, 2007–location of Monty Python’s Holy Grail scenes

 

Edinburgh, Scotland  by night, Christmas 2007
Edinburgh, Scotland by night, Christmas 2007

 

Cappadocia, Turkey, 1998, near Guzelyurt...an old monestary in the foreground.
Cappadocia, Turkey, 1998, near Guzelyurt. . .an old monastary in the foreground.

 

A castle on the Turkish Mediterranean, 1998
A castle on the Turkish Mediterranean, 1998
Sienna, Italy
Sienna, Italy

 

 

Montecarlo, Italy (Tuscany), 2006
Montecarlo, Italy (Tuscany), 2006

 

Exeter Cathedral, England
Exeter Cathedral, England

 

We capture the castle, at Alnwick Castle, England, 2007 or 2008
We capture the castle, at Alnwick Castle, England, 2007 or 2008
Victoria Clock Tower, Ripon, England--out the window of our old house
Victoria Clock Tower, Ripon, England–a block from our old house

 

 

The Lake District, England, 2009.. Just a couple of silly blokes.
The Lake District, England, 2009. Just a couple of silly blokes.
Exiting the cave of Hell at Cennet ve Cehennem (Heaven and Hell), near Silifke and Kiz Kalesi, Turkey.
Exiting the cave of Hell at Cennet ve Cehennem (Heaven and Hell), near Silifke and Kiz Kalesi, Turkey.

 

Rouen, France
Rouen, France

 

And finally, a shout out for my home country on this anniversary of September 11th--at the statue of Pocahontas at Jamestown (the first permanent English settlement in what would become the United States).
And finally, a shout out for my home country on this anniversary of September 11th–at the statue of Pocahontas at Jamestown (the first permanent English settlement in what would become the United States).