Wednesday, 28 November 2012

Burness Corner: Akshardham

The latest in the series of snippets from the blog of my erstwhile travelling companion, Burness, as well as a short interview, on his views on a World Wonder. This time: Akshardham.

Sunday, 18 November 2012

Preview: Notre-Dame

Notre-Dame. Our Lady. What a lovely name for a building. Referring to the Virgin Mary, it's one used widely across France in the names of churches and cathedrals. Some of my Wonders have the name: Our Lady of Amiens and Our Lady of Chartres are two celebrated cathedrals I intend to visit. But the most celebrated example of Our Lady is unquestionably the one most people think of when they hear the name: the Notre-Dame de Paris.

Wednesday, 14 November 2012

Varwell Corner: The Millau Viaduct

In July, with a group of us, Simon fully visited two Wonders with me, Carcassonne and the Millau Viaduct. His views on Carcassonne were seen previously [link]; in today's Varwell Corner, we see his views on the Millau Viaduct, both from his blog and in a short interview.


Friday, 9 November 2012

Preview: The Sacre Coeur

Standing on the slope of Montmartre, a hill in the north of Paris, one foggy October morning in 1872, it all suddenly became clear for Joseph Guibert. Guibert was the new archbishop of Paris, a position not for the faint-hearted with his three predecessors all suffering violent deaths, and he was on Montmartre while searching for an appropriate site to build a church for the popular cult of the Sacred Heart. By building this church, so it was believed, God would lift France from the doldrums and return it to glory. The fog lifted; Guibert was afforded a great vision of the city below. France would become great again: this would be the site for the new church, he decided, the church we now know as the basilica of the Sacre Coeur. 

Saturday, 3 November 2012

Preview: The Eiffel Tower

"Are we then going to allow [the soul and beauty of Paris] to be profaned? Is the city of Paris to permit itself to be deformed by monstrosities, by the mercantile dreams of a maker of machinery; to be disfigured forever and to be dishonoured? For the Eiffel Tower, which even the United States would not countenance, is surely going to dishonour Paris."