Tuesday, November 02, 2010

What Floats? "Churches"

Still being a total slack arse with meaningful posts but a recent conversation on Monty Python and the Holy Grail (really must have another look at that) and well . . what else? Churches!

Sir Bedevere: There are ways of telling whether she is a witch.
Peasant 1: Are there? Oh well, tell us.
Sir Bedevere: Tell me. What do you do with witches?
Peasant 1: Burn them.
Sir Bedevere: And what do you burn, apart from witches?
Peasant 1: More witches.
Peasant 2: Wood.
Sir Bedevere: Good. Now, why do witches burn?
Peasant 3: ...because they're made of... wood?
Sir Bedevere: Good. So how do you tell whether she is made of wood?
Peasant 1: Build a bridge out of her.
Sir Bedevere: But can you not also build bridges out of stone?
Peasant 1: Oh yeah.
Sir Bedevere: Does wood sink in water?
Peasant 1: No, no, it floats!... It floats! Throw her into the pond!
Sir Bedevere: No, no. What else floats in water?
Peasant 1: Bread.
Peasant 2: Apples.
Peasant 3: Very small rocks.
Peasant 1: Cider.
Peasant 2: Gravy.
Peasant 3: Cherries.
Peasant 1: Mud.
Peasant 2: Churches.

 St Sepulcre and of course there's a Meridian Line

St Sepulcre

Chairs for the faithful. First visit they were full of School Children taking Mass

St Chapelle famous for it's stunning stained glass but the main alter was under repair. 
Only one of two time we felt 'ripped off' for not being forwarned

St Chapelle, small but ornate and beautiful, again, so few  looked UP

Notre Dame, the grand lady of Paris

Votives at Notre Dame and everywhere else

Loves me a gargoyle, or two . . they look a bit like an old boyfriend

Hunchback of Notre Dame ' It's the bells, the bells'

Sacre Coer, no photos inside

St Jacobus, Toulouse (courtesy of my gorgeous friend Brethred, one that was in the stolen bag)

Not a Church but Tour St Jaques on Rue Sebastapol, my landmark, 
yes all mine, built for me to show me the way, seriously. 
Thank you Brethred, your photos are stunning.

Finally, Duomo Florence. Simply no amateur photo can do this place justice, it's awesome.


Brian Miller said...

smiles. some really cool architecture and the stained glass is really cool as well....

Jill said...

STUNNING photos! I love each and every one...not The Hunchback...MUCH too pretty to be authentic! ;)

My second son and his pals are currently obsessed with Monty Python and the Holy Grail...they watch it repeatedly and HOWL with laughter. Even have the little one telling people, "Your mother was a hamster and your father smells of elderberries!"

Boom Boom Larew said...

Love, love, love those churches! (And Monty Python! I got to be the princess with huge tracts of land once!)

Anonymous said...

HAHAHA!Your pictures are really amazing though.

Janice said...

Wonderful pictures...love all that stained glass. And I got a big chuckle out of the hunchback!

nick said...

The Duomo in Florence is truly amazing. As you say, no photo can do it justice. A pity about all the beggars and hustlers lurking outside (though they may have been sent packing since I was there).

Tom said...

a witch! (she turned me into a mute)

thars some impressive architecture!

laughingwolf said...

good ol python boys! :D

River said...

Beautiful buildings Baino. Love the stained glass. And that hunchback is rather cute too.

Love Monty Python.

Kath Lockett said...

Clare is too beautiful to even *Pretend* to be a hunchback!

Darlene said...

It's really difficult to photograph Duomo in Florence because of the narrow streets. It was raining when I was there and I could not find a spot where I was able to get the entire facade in my view finder. It is magnificent.

Perpetual Chocoholic said...

Love the stainglass.

Grannymar said...

I love the stained glass windows. Florence is still on my to visit list!

Carolina said...

hilarious conversation and stunning photos! Thanks for that. Smiling now :-)

Harnett-Hargrove said...

She looks nothing like Anthony Quinn...

These photos, even though postage stamp size on the screen, make me feels very small.

kj said...

my favorite: the row of chairs.
that is a master-piece

♥ and yipee!

Annie Ha said...

I got a few shots of sacre couer before the nice man came up and explained in sign language (after discovering I could make no sense of his french) that it was not allowed. woops. :)

Colette Amelia said...

well one only has to look at these and say oh how glad I am that you said to hell with it and went on that trip!


Comely Banking Crisis said...

Beautiful piacture, great churches.
Churches have been know to 'jump', if not float. For real!


Anonymous said...

When I was in Paris, in front of the Notre dame there was a napoleon statue which had urine smell. Disgusting.

Bimbimbie said...

hehe Monty Python always irreverently relevant on the weighty matters of life ;)

Love love the detail in old buildings*!*

Anonymous said...

Love the Quasimodo impression. But you'll have to watch it. My godmother performed her own Quasimodo during charades once many years ago, and is lured into repeating it on every possible occasion ever since. Funnily enough it takes ages to guess who she trying to be. Cruel,eh?