Sunday, 15 May 2011

Faith in Stone

G’day, you two….

Our epistles from the south have become infrequent as, our internet is only reliably supplied by McDonalds;
A funny episode today was using the 30 min free wi-fi from a tourist information centre and trying to check some sites for messages etc only to have access to three banned because of content!  One of these sites was facebook!!

Shane in Provence
La Roque-sur-Ceze 
La Roque-sur-Ceze…….

Charles Martel Bridge

A very pretty town 25 k nw of Avignon… 
has a lovely narrow bridge named after Charles Martel
(whose reputation was mightily enhanced  in the (C9-10th) after thumping some touristy Moors from Spain in a battle near Poitiers and effectively ending their holiday incursion/raids into France. 
Apparently latter day French Muslims want to build a Mosque on or near said battle site…. !!

Had a little trip to Orange and paid exorbitantly to see “the best Roman Ampitheatre in Europe”…..( dunno what
Ampitheatre Orange
the Italians think of that claim….)  only to see lots of people reading, listening and not looking at anything in particular.

Also to St.Cannat… C and H  know all about that place….


 And on to Silvacane Abbey; a blissful harmony of stone, proportion and light. 
The acoustics in the refractory were fan-bloody-tastic
“C” counted four reverberations on my Dominus Vobiscum… Tony and Chris would love it.

It did make me wonder as to whether the monk reading the texts during meal-times chanted in time to the chewing or was it vice-versa?

Thoronet Abbey followed, a long drive but in the end worth it… this place had an exquisite sense of architectural rightness.
Le Thoronet
Everything seemed to be an extension of the quality in Silvacane, more austere perhaps but extremely moving.
We travelled back through a thunderstorm. Semi-trailers, thunder and lightning, 130 km/h muck, spray and zippy little French cars….interesting, Petals.

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