I think the ‘old’ in France is one of the things that fascinates us the most. Buildings that’s been standing for hundreds of years and people just use it as if it is the ordinary thing. Old, old stone houses with TV antennas and satellite dishes installed on the roof. That makes me smile.
When I visited the château in Auvers sur Oise the first time I was quite disappointed. They use it for a display about impressionism. I didn’t know that and couldn’t believe how they have just changed the inside! You can’t see any of the original architecture. I have to admit that their impressionism museum is very good, but still. Danie’s remark on my disappointment in the french was that they have so many old buildings, if they loose one, what does it matter? : )
A while back we went to see the French finals of the robotics competition. This ‘new thing’ was held in a town with a history dating back to the ninth century! This town is also very close to Le Mans where they of course have the all new car races. : )
Here in la Ferté-Bernard the Saint Julian gate takes you to the old center village. This was part of the fortifications built between 1470 and 1480… with the water canal flowing around it.
…a little man in an old carved doorway next to a little man advertising a new bakery.
…the very old town center where everyday life happens…
…and almost always a beautiful old cathedral.
and then there was the robotics competition… well that was a complete different story. You can imagine that with all the teams from universities… definitely nothing old or old-fashioned. : )
and loud team supporters making mexican waves…
So, I wonder what the Henry’s and the Louis’ (who still had numbers behind their names) would say when they see what their buildings are used for today? : )