Posted on July 20, 2020
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
Posted on June 3, 2020
The artist who produced this graffito, on the outskirts of Nantes, is obviously committed to the cause, given that whoever it was had to scale a wall to get up onto the roof of a shop.
Posted on May 25, 2020
Posted on February 17, 2020
Regular viewers of these weekly posts may have noticed that I alternate between religious and secular windows. On this particular Monday it’s time for a massive display of stained glass, here ifrom the recently refurbished cathedral in the city of Nantes.
#MondayWindow 17 February 2020
Posted on January 9, 2019
Based in Nantes, the French biscuit manufacturers Lu (Lefevre Utile) are long-established and happily still producing, even if not in their original factory. Their ‘petits écoliers’ chocolate biscuits – especially the plain chocolate version – cannot be recommended too highly.
Apart from the product itself, Lu’s publicity material is also iconic. This image is of a pair of their advertising signs from around the turn of the last century, and was taken in the Chateau des Ducs museum in Nantes.
Posted on October 12, 2018
Like many towns and cities across the world, Nantes operates a ‘bicycle-borrowing’ scheme, whereby it is possible to take a bicycle from a rack provided by the local authorities and ride it around town, returning it to any other bike rack.
Cee’s Black & White Challenge this week is ‘things made from plastic’. As are the rear mudguards of these public bicycles, seen here lined up just outside the cathedral. In real life they are a very distinctive bright orange, although the monotone conversion allows the viewer to focus on the composition of the image.
Posted on March 9, 2018
Cee’s Black & White challenge this week looks for a large object. To me, ‘large’ is a relative term: any elephant would look large stood next to a mouse, even if it’s pretty average-sized as far as elephants go.
However, there’s no doubt that this is one large spider. On display in Nantes (as, indeed, is an extra-large mechanical elephant), it’s lucky that it’s a man-made object rather than the real thing, because I for one would be running a mile.
Posted on January 23, 2018
This week, Frank at Dutch Goes The Photo! has returned to the theme of ‘Old’.
As this year is, of course, the centenary of the end of World War I, this image seems appropriate. It is a French Army helmet of the period, now housed in the Museum at the Chateau des Ducs in Nantes.
Posted on May 25, 2017
For the final instalment of doors from the French city of Nantes, we are looking at the magnificent cathedral, which has recently undergone extensive – and, I think, very sympathetic – renovation.
The first thing you notice about the external doors is how tall and narrow they are:
As I was snapping away, somebody had the temerity to walk into shot by coming out through one of the doors. At least it gives some perspective on how tall they actually are:
From the inside,they’re even more interesting:
…and any door within a door is worthy of a closer look:
Rather arrestingly, this door is halfway up a wall:
Door-shaped holes rather than actual doors on the Confessional:
Thursday Doors 25 May 2017
Posted on May 19, 2017
This wrought iron balcony dates from about 1740 and is now on display in the Chateau des Ducs museum in Nantes. The pattern is complex enough on its own but the shadows add a further dimension.