Grand Hotel Moderne et Pigeon
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... of Madame Borghese is life-size; a sculpture of Pauline Bonaparte, Princess Borghese, she was the "wayward" sister of Napoleon but the only one of his siblings to visit him during his exile on Elba. In the art world this piece is known as "Paolina Borghese, Venus Victorious." The similarities between the two faces, one of Ebe, the other of Pauline Bonaparte, are striking. (Oh, to have had a camera in the early 1800s for a life photograph of Pauline Bonaparte.)
"Oh, how I love the Venetian glass! My sister brought home beautiful light fixtures from there a few years ago when we were still renovating houses. Just smaller ones, none of the fabulous chandeliers in the photos. Your trip sounds wonderful so far.
“I am into the chandeliers!
One of them was hanging from the most beautiful ceiling!
I have been to Venice and to the Murano ...
Another three hundred
mile day with some interesting bits of countryside. The journey was
marked by being caught in a major thunderstorm the like of which we
had never seen and we were only a mile and a half from the hotel.
Cars came to a halt on the motorway unable to clear their
windscreens. We were saturated within seconds and I was seriously
worried about how close the lightening bolts ...
... and a bottle of Limoncello with the weedons. And we finished the whole bottle! Suzie's food is as fabulous as ever and 'Captain Bird'sEye' kept the glasses topped up. Christmas presents were exchanged. A fabulous collapsible bucket for Monty and a kit to put wine from the cave into ...
... for exploring everything the region has to offer, its history, the mountains, the medieval villages, the abbeys, the chateaus, the stunning lakes and the dark, Cathar ruins dotted around the mountains.
Tourreilles has a church, which is undergoing renovation, so we got to know the builders quite well, a community hall, a cemetery and a small main square with a monument dedicated to a 12 year drummer boy an inhabitant who died leading the army in to battle in ...