17.8.17

Andalusian holidays (2)


The house which we had rented (see preceding post) was quite close to Sevilla, but even closer to Carmona, another ancient city, but much less touristy – referred to as Carmo during the times of Julius Caesar. We went quite often for shopping, for tapas…

It was also time to once more visit Cordoba, actually our third family visit - here is a proof, Stéphanie, my daughter, in 2000, 2011 and 2017.


The place, especially known for its Great Mosque, transformed into a Catholic Cathedral, is definitely worth several visits. (See also my previous post here and the top photo.)  




14.8.17

Andalusian holidays (1)


With the kids and the grand-kids, we once more rented a house for our summer holidays, this year again quite close to Sevilla. I already posted about Sevilla in 2011 (see here and here), so I’m not going to write any long stories, just show some pictures of the wonderful Andalusia and – to start with - of Sevilla. There is a little bit more to come about other places we visited.

The house we rented was just fabulous!

Here some pictures from Sevilla, the town hall, the cathedral …

… the Alcazar, the Plaza de Toros…


… the Plaza d’Espana (also top picture) and the famous flamenco bar, Casa Anselma (even a little “selfie” with Anselma herself) an institution in the Triana district on the other side of the Guadalquivir river.   


20.7.17

A break again...


Will be away for some three weeks or so... to be spent with kids and grand-kids. I'm quite sure we will not suffer from the cold climate. 

17.7.17

The Holy-Trinity Cathedral


Since last year we have a second Orthodox Cathedral in Paris, the Holy-Trinity Cathedral. It should have been inaugurated in the presence of Vladimir Putin, but some political disagreement led to Mr. Putin’s visit being cancelled. Anyhow, the Cathedral is there and also a Russian Orthodox Spiritual and Cultural Centre. (Mr. Putin recently made a more unofficial visit after his meeting with Emmanuel Macron at Versailles in May.)

The other Paris Orthodox Cathedral is the Alexandre-Nevsky on which I already posted (here). You may ask yourself why there are two Orthodox Cathedrals in Paris. Well, if I understand things correctly, the Orthodox Church has some kind of highest leadership by the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople, in Paris thus represented by the Alexandre-Nevsky Cathedral, but there are altogether some 14 patriarchates (Alexandria, Antioch…) and Russia is one of them (with some subdivisions). This obviously gives the right also to this new church to be a “Cathedral”. It seems also that the Alexandre-Nevsky Cathedral may be more linked to the “White Russians”, once opposed to the Russian Revolution.

The golden bulbs have all the typical tree-bar cross on top.  

The interior is beautiful, but fairly modest, compared to other major Orthodox churches, but it seems that the decoration is not yet complete.





I previously posted also about two other more modest orthodox churches, the Saint-Serge-de-Radonège (here), obviously also sorting under Constantinople, and the Saint- Seraphin-de-Sarov (here).    

The geographic situation of the new Cathedral is very central, on the Seine River, and the Eiffel Tower is quite close.

Originally, the winner of the design competition for the Cathedral was won by Manuel Nunez Yanowsky (see previous post about the “Michelangelo building”), but some local authorities were against it and the chosen architect was Jean-Michel Willemotte.  


13.7.17

The Saint-Laurent Church.


Maybe I cannot “leave” the Rue de Faubourg Saint Martin (see my two preceding posts) without making a few words about and show a few pictures of the Saint-Laurent Church. Well, I actually talked about it already some two years ago (see here), about its 15th century origins, with a number of modifications during the centuries, with its links to Vincent de Paul and to Louise de Marillac...

One curiosity to be added is that during the revolutionary years, the church became the “Temple of Hymen and of Fidelity”. There were obviously some other “Hymen Temples” created those days also in other countries. Well… it didn’t last and we should perhaps also remember that Hymen obviously was the name of the God of Marriage in Greek mythology.




The present facade from the 1860’s, in a Neo-Gothic style, replaced the previous 17th century one. On the top picture we can see how one has tried to make the facade look like a really Gothic one.