VOL. 15 NO. 2
|The Independent Traveler's Newsletter|
The Winning Photo in our First Annual Contest
Photo . . .
Ici et Là
Meters Below Ground
Anglo-French writer and barrister
our pleasure to present the winning photo of France from the twelve we
submitted to our readers to vote for their favorite. Najac Castle,
a photo by Garth Bailey of Alberta, Canada, was chosen. Many wonderful
photos were sent to us, and our thanks go out to all of you who entered
our contest and to all our readers who took the time to vote. We
hope you will visit France again this year and take photos for submission
in 2012! Garth will receive a one-year subscription to France Magazine
published by the French-American Cultural Foundation in Washington, DC.
For information about this beautiful and informative magazine, please visit
Najac Castle - Photo by Garth Bailey
Now, a little bit about the photographer. Garth Bailey and his family stayed in Aveyron for six weeks in 2008 about seven kilometers from Najac where this photo was taken. Najac Castle intrigued him as he was a Medieval history major at university and loved the history of Europe and France in particular. After settling in, they explored the village of Najac and found it fascinating. The castle dates to about 1000 AD as a Cathar refuge, but was put under siege during the Albigensian Crusade and gave up without a fight. As penance, the citizens had to build a church, which still stands and is in use. The castle was then transferred to a royal castle and rebuilt with all the military defenses of the day...to no avail, as it was taken by the English during the 100 Years War! It is a fine ruin, and visitors are able to get a real sense of what castle life might have been like. continued on page 4
page 4 of this newsletter for an enlarged photo and
> to explore Paris' world-famous catacombs with Arthur Gillette ~ an experience that is not for the faint of heart. Read about it in Paris: Twenty Meters Below Ground.
> to share the semester highlights of two Australian college exchange students as they adapt to the life and culture of Lyon in A Cultural Exchange.
> come along (after the many temptations of Lyon) to travel just north of Lyon with us as we return to Burgundy.
> to read more about the circumstances surrounding the taking of our winning photo and a little about the photographer The Winning Photo in our First Annual Contest.
> for The Bookshelf where we review Paris, Paris ~ Journey into the City of Light, a book by David Downie that everyone should read before their next visit to Paris.
> as Marlane O'Neill let's us in on the Big City secrets of her small city in Notes from Narbonne.
ENIGMAS . . . A Quiz on Your
Knowledge of Historic Paris
by Arthur Gillette
Question from the last issue: In mid-June 1917, American troops led by General John Pershing arrived in Paris. According to legend, he made a point of going to Lafayette's grave and declaring, "Lafayette, we are here!" Where is that grave, and what is wrong with the legend?
Lafayette is buried in the Picpus Cemetery where his grave is honored
by the American Ambassador every 4th of July. And the legend's mistake?
It was actually Pershing's aide, Col. Charles E. Stanton, who made the
Our new question: Antoine-Louis Barye (1795-1875) was a sculptor who specialized in wild animal subjects, popular in both France and the USA, where private collectors acquired a number of his works. Quite a few are still displayed in US museums. After his death, a square at the eastern end of the Ile St. Louis was named for him. American admirers - creating a Barye Monument Association and Fund - helped finance this memorial to him boasting, atop a plinth, a statue of Theseus battling a centaur. When you visit the square today, what's missing?
Gillette to take advantage of his amazing knowledge of Paris
[See the answer
to this edition's question revealed in our Summer 2011 issue.]
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