La Bastide Les Aliberts
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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.)
... break in between, but yep, nine) and it was an active time, there must have been five or so hurricanes come our way during my years in school. Talk about major party time. SEC national championships, fugitaboutit. There was no party on earth like a hurricane party. The only down side to this entire historic happening was that once the engine in the Valiant station wagon I was driving was blown out, the engine restarted. But one thing that never changed was the stink. You ...
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 ...
This day ticked all the boxes, starting creatively with a pottery class out at Rowena's. I got to throw two more pots. Didn't get to see my other goodies as they were in the kiln cooking away. A lovely way to spend to both start the day and play in the morning. Back to the apartment for a quick shower and change then headed off to the village of Minerve, which was known as the capital of the Minervois region. A drive through yet some more ...
... defensive walls, were built by Louis IX after Simon de Monfort handed Carcassonne to the French king in the early 13th century.
Next stop was St Nazaire, an interesting church in that it was built using two different architectural styles. The older section is Romanesque and was constructed by the Trenceval family when they controlled Carcassonne. It's noticeably darker in this part of the building as the stain glass windows are smaller and there are less of them, ...