Look Up, Look Down: Week 23

© irene waters 2014

© irene waters 2014

From the portico of the 11-12th century Romanesque Cathedral Notre-Dame of Le Puy one looks down. From this point the long flight of 60 stairs that one needs to descend to get to the steeply descending street below cannot be seen. Once descended you can turn and look up at flight of stairs.

© irene waters 2014

© irene waters 2014

© irene waters 2014

© irene waters 2014

Where ever you stand in Le Puy-en-Velay you either look up or you look down.

© irene waters 2014

© irene waters 2014

Situated on the highest hill in the town, Corneille Peak, the cast-iron statue of Notre-Dame-de-France (The Virgin Mary) stands 53 feet high, overlooking the town and seen from many angles. The statue, presented to the town in 1860, was made from the melted down cannons which were taken in the Siege of Sevastopol (1854 -55).

© irene waters 2014

© irene waters 2014

© irene waters 2014

© irene waters 2014

On the outskirts of town a 10-11th century church, Saint-Michel-d’Aiguilhe sits atop an irregular volcanic plug around 260 feet high. One has no choice but to look up.

Every morning, after being blessed, pilgrims begin their pilgrimage from the Cathedral to Santiago de Compostela. The cathedral was declared a Unesco World Heritage site in 1998, as part of the “Routes of Santiago de Compestala in France.”

 

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About Irene Waters 19 Writer Memoirist

I began my working career as a reluctant potato peeler whilst waiting to commence my training as a student nurse. On completion I worked mainly in intensive care/coronary care; finishing my hospital career as clinical nurse educator in intensive care. A life changing period as a resort owner/manager on the island of Tanna in Vanuatu was followed by recovery time as a farmer at Bucca Wauka. Having discovered I was no farmer and vowing never again to own an animal bigger than myself I took on the Barrington General Store. Here we also ran a five star restaurant. Working the shop of a day 7am - 6pm followed by the restaurant until late was surprisingly more stressful than Tanna. On the sale we decided to retire and renovate our house with the help of a builder friend. Now believing we knew everything about building we set to constructing our own house. Just finished a coal mine decided to set up in our backyard. Definitely time to retire we moved to Queensland. I had been writing a manuscript for some time. In the desire to complete this I enrolled in a post grad certificate in creative Industries which I completed 2013. I followed this by doing a Master of Arts by research graduating in 2017. Now I live to write and write to live.
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10 Responses to Look Up, Look Down: Week 23

  1. andy1076 says:

    60 stairs! just to go down? dang, that’s quite the decent. Very nice photos 🙂

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  2. vicbriggs says:

    I remember Saint-Michel-d’Aiguilhe, beautiful spot.

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  3. colinmathers says:

    Nice post. One of my favourite places. Its on the edge of the central plateau of France with many extinct volcanic peaks. Never been onto the plateau proper, just seen it on TV when the Tour de France goes through it. Will have to go back some time……

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  4. Debbie says:

    What a beautiful place. You’re right, the views are incredible whichever way you look. Thank you for linking this to the Up Down Challenge. Debbie x

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  5. Sherri says:

    Very clever post Irene, with the views either up or down!

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