Monday Window: Nantes Cathedral

Some readers might have heard about the fire that caused severe damage over the weekend to the cathedral in the city of Nantes. I’ve posted a couple of images of the stained glass windows in this enormous edifice in the past and here is another, rather poignant one.

As well as the arched window, this image shows the cathedral’s massive baroque organ, dating back about 400 years. According to reports, the organ was almost entirely destroyed by fire, although fortunatelly the cathedral as a whole did not suffer anything like the damage that befell Notre Dame in Paris.

#MondayWindow 20 July 2020

Look up

A view of part of the mightily impressive vaulted and domed ceiling of the Cathedral of Saint-Front in Perigueux.

I did my usual trick of lying the camera on the floor pointing upwards, setting the timer and hovering just out of shot to make sure that nobody steps on it. It gives a different perspective and also stops you getting a crick in your neck.

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Domes and Arches

Monday Window: Chateau Azay-Le-Ferron

British readers of a certain age will understand the reference if I were to say that this week “we’re going through the…..round window”.

Monday Window 15 June 2020

Through the archway

I spotted this little statue of a sanglier (wild boar) through an aRchway in the old town of Perigueux.

The curve of the boar\s back echoes that of the archway and contrasts with the more formal geometric shapes of the stonework and the steps.

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: must contain the letter ‘R’

Monday Window: Blond

Any village around here worth its salt has a medieval church, but the one at Blond – which, unusually, is fortified – is one of the more impressive. Note the thickness of the walls.

#MondayWindow 11 May 2020

 

 

 

Monday Window: Beverley

Admittedly, it’s not the windows but rather the painted ceiling that’s the main point of interest here in this image from St. Mary’s church in Beverley, East Yorkshire. However, they are quite impressive in their own right….

#MondayWindow 13 April 2020

Mural in the Chapel of St Blaise

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge for this week gives me the opportunity to post another image taken in the Chapel of St Blaise in Pompadour. This follows on from this week’s Monday Window Challenge.

As a reminder, for the next few weeks Cee is asking us to pick up on an element of a photo she herself has posted. As the relevant image contains a mural, here is the dramatic painting behind the altar in St Blaise’s. The whole of the interior – walls and ceiling, totalling some 300 square metres – is covered in similar images with the same colour scheme. It’s not the Sistine Chapel, but it is certainly quite spectacular in its own way.

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge 18 March 2020

Someone to look up to

The headquarters of the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA) on The Corniche is a landmark in Abu Dhabi.

It’s also where I toiled (figuratively speaking) for the last ten years of my working life, the final part of which was spent in an office on the inner side of the left hand tower, somewhere near the bottom of this image. It was on the 23rd floor, so from ground level you’d certainly have to look upwards.

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: point your camera upwards

Monday Window: Abbaye de la Reau

Who’d be a window cleaner here at Abbaye de la Reau?

#MondayWindow 9 March 2020

Into the infinite

This colonnade of marble columns at the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi seems to go on forever.

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Vanishing Point