new : fortified churches, mostly in Les Landes
cathedral labyrinths and mazes in France
using metal in gothic cathedral construction
paying at the péage (toll station)
Germans in France
cathedral destruction during the French revolution, subsidiary page to Germans in France
on first arriving in France - driving
France is not England
Transbordeur bridges in France and the world 2: focus on Portugalete, Chicago,
Gustave Eiffel’s first work: the Eiffel passerelle, Bordeaux
a fifth bridge coming to Bordeaux: pont Chaban-Delmas, a new vertical lift bridge
France’s western isles: Ile de Ré
France’s western iles: Ile d’Oleron
Ile de France, Paris: in the context of Abelard and of French cathedrals
short biography of Pierre (Peter) Abelard
Marianne - a French national symbol, with French definitive stamps
la Belle Epoque
Grand Palais, Paris
Pic du Midi - observing stars clearly, A64
Carcassonne, A61: world heritage fortified city
Space City, Toulouse
the French umbrella & Aurillac
50 years old:
the Citroën 2CV:
a French motoring icon
the forest as seen by Francois Mauriac, and today
Les Landes, places and playtime
roundabout art of Les Landes
mardi gras! carnival in Basque country
country life in France: the poultry fair
what a hair cut! m & french pop/rock
Le Tour de France: cycling tactics
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on the wall of the donjon ruins at
Translation: To the
memory of Pierre Abélard, philosopher and theologian, born
in Le Pallet in 1079, and of his wife, Heloise, who became the
very wise abbess of Le Paraclet.
In doubting, we come to seek, and in seeking, we perceive the
Gift of the History and archeology society of Nantes and of Loire
remains of the donjon that was part of the seignoral chateau,
where Abelard was probably born and grew up. Abelard’s mother,
Lucie, was a daughter of the seigneur (lord) Daniel du Pallet,
while his father, Berenger, was probably captain of the guard.
Middle ground: Chapel of Sainte-Anne.
Muscadet vineyards going yellow in the autumn afternoon. This
region is the centre of Muscadet vineyards.
The Wine Museum
(Musée du Vignoble Nantais), which contains a room devoted
to Pierre Abelard’s life, is across the road, beyond and
hidden by the chapel. The Pierre Abélard room has mostly
17th – 19th century prints depicting Abelard’s life
and times. There are some posters (in French) detailing his writings
and a DVD documentary (in French) is shown on request.
Wine Museum also sells some books published by the local Pierre
Abelard cultural association (with numerous illustrations
- Le Pallet, patrie
d’Abélard (2e édition), Assn Culturelle
P. Abélard, 2003
( Le Pallet, birthplace of Abelard.)
Quelques aspects de Pierre Abélard : Abélard
du Pallet, Abélard musicien, la généalogie
(Some aspects of Peter Abelard:
Abelard of Le Pallet, Abelard the musician, the genealogy of Abelard.)
Pierre Abélard : miniatures, lithographies, peintures,
(Iconography [illustrations], Peter Abelard:
miniatures, lithographs, paintings, sculptures.)
of Sainte-Anne (12th century).
view of la Chapelle Sainte-Anne from across the more modern graveyard.
Note how the local craftsman has a fine trade in vine-adorned
way down the main road in Le Pallet, which is called la Rue Pierre
Abélard. Photo taken on a typically dull and rainy afternoon
in this sleepy, small town.
the other end of this Brittany village (a village is called a
town - une ville - in France) is this more modern church, now
taken over for “good works”.
Pallet is in the département of Loire-Atlantique ,
in the region of Pays de La Loire.
tower or innermost keep (bailey) of a castle. Originally the word
dungeon was used in this sense (see, for instance, Chaucer).
Later, the word was changed from the sense of great tower
to the modern usage of dungeon, while donjon
is now used for the original sense.