Our local town – Brioude – is all dressed up for christmas and we popped down one evening to capture the atmosphere.
This weeks photo challenge is “Trio”. This is a group of three gargoyles on the chevette of the Basilica in Brioude, which has recently been restored.
This was one of the first batch of photos taken with my new Nikon D33OO camera and a 35mm Nikon lenses. The detail it captures is amazing and allows for a lot of manipulation and cropping.
The original photo is as below.
Have a look at what other responses there has been to “Trio” over on the Daily Post blog.
Today we attended the local “Marche Silencieuse” a march “en hommage aux victimes des attentats de ces derniers jours.”
These are being held all over France this weekend, and our local town had organised one for Saturday morning.
We hadn’t really known what to expect, especially how well supported this would be. Brioude is only a small town of around 6500 people, though it is a Sub Prefecture with a large rural hinterland. As can be seen in the photos, hundreds of people attended. Young people, families, the elderly all were represented here today. All political banners were banned, this was to be a silent display in homage to those who had died.
We marched – led by the mayor – from the Hotel de Ville through the town to the war memorial, where a minutes silence was observed .
As we turned away to return to the car, an elderly woman was leaning out of an apartment window with a hand written card “Je Suis Charlie”.
This years Tour de France has a couple of local connections. First we have Romain Bardet who cycles for AG2R. He is from the nearby village of Javaugues. The local florist must be a relative or a huge fan as the shop window demonstrates.
He came 6th overall and would seem to have a great future.
The second local connection was the TdFs visit to Yorkshire for Le Grand Depart Yorkshire. It passed close to our old home near Leeds on the first day and went through parts of the Dales. We followed it all on TV and the views and crowds were spectacular.
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