The recent Google Doodle celebrating the 200th anniversary of the architect who renovated the walled city of Carcassonne brought back happy memories of my visit there in 2012.
From the Telegraph regarding the man and his anniversary:
Eugene Viollet-le-Duc, the architect known for his distinctive restoration work on medieval buildings, has been celebrated with a Google doodle.
One of the books I am currently reading is ‘The Perfect Heresy: The Life and Death of the Cathars‘ by Stephen O’Shea. At the beginning of the chapter on Carcassonne there is a perfect description of what I saw and how I felt when I caught my first fleeting glimpse of Carcassonne as I traveled from Toulouse [...]
Synopsis (from book cover):
After the taking of Jerusalem by crusaders in the year of grace 1099, pilgrims started to travel to Palestine in ever greater numbers to worship at the tomb of Christ, the Holy Sepulchre. It was to ensure their protection that in 1119 – 1120, a knight from Champagne, Hugh de Payns, founded [...]
The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science.
More of this weeks theme can be found in the ‘golden’ gallery.
Do not seek to follow the footsteps of the men of old: Seek what they sought.
Matsuo Basho (1644 – 1694)