Musings About Heritage, Wars and Buildings

Heritage "Features belonging to the culture of a particular society, such as traditions, languages, or buildings, that were created in the past and still have historical importance”  Cambridge Dictionary Traditions and languages are rather hard to picture, but buildings are easier and I indulge a lot in that activity I must admit. We’re a bit... Continue Reading →

The Cherry On The Cathedral

I am a Breton, but my Mother’s family is from Picardy. Way up North. This area’s Capital town is Amiens (Pronounce Amyuuuuun - very nasally - yes I know you can’t do that. Too bad). Amiens’ gothic Cathedral is one of the world’s most beautiful. It was completed in the thirteenth century. But this is... Continue Reading →

the windmill

This windmill set against a dramatic sky in the North of the Picardy region was rebuilt no so long ago. Its wings are even made of steel yet this cannot be seen on the picture. [Full EXIF details click here]

the poppy fields … and graves (HDR)

Poppy fields are the archetype of the Somme, the north-western part of Picardy in the North of France, a superb and unknown region. My mother was born there, I have a lot of memoeirs associated with Amiens and its region. The area is also known for the battles of the Somme in which the British and Commonwealth armies have lost so many of their soldiers during the first world war. Poppy fields and graves is a poem dedicated to the war which took place in Flanders, a good many miles up North across the Belgian border. But the Somme region is also known for its mind-blowing views of endless red fields, which I captured in this HDR view. Full details page with exact location coordinates click here.

tympanum of the Amiens Cathedral (HDR)

This is an HDR (high dynamic range) rendition of the tympanum of the superb Gothic cathedral in Amiens, which miraculously survived 2 wars in which almost anything else was destroyed. The bombings in 1940 and their result (before/after photograph) can also be seen on this blog. Besides, later in the war, the skilful RAF pilots who bombarded the city to free political prisoners (see operation Jericho) managed to wipe out a great portion of the city while leaving the 13th century building almost intact (see that picture of a hole in the roof of the Cathedral in these Scottish archives on Flickr).

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