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What I Did On My Hols: Continued [Jul. 7th, 2007|09:58 am]
Tony Grist
Last Wednesday was a very wet day in Paris.  We spent the morning in Montmartre, dodging from awning to awning. Ailz bought souvenirs. 11 Eiffel tower keyrings for 5 Euros- now there's a bargain!  If I'd wanted to I could have left Ailz to her shopping and climbed up to Sacre Coeur (I wouldn't have got any wetter) but I can't tell you how much I disapprove of that weird, un-French looking celebration of proto-fascism. The story- as I understand it- is that the Archbishop of Paris commissioned it- after the short-lived revolutionary commune of 1870-1- in order to "expiate the crimes of the communards"- who had, among other laudable acts, shot his predecessor. These days the official explanation is that it stands as a monument to the victims of the Franco-Prussian war- but we revolutionary sympathizers know better. Under the basilica- in the old gypsum mines where they retreated to make their final stand- lie the bodies of a great many communards- condemned to a lingering death when the authorities dynamited the entrances and trapped them there. 

The whole of Paris is a battlefield. And the battles that were fought across Paris are ones that still matter. Which side are you on, boy. Which side are you on? Oh look! There are the pockmarks on the wall where the Germans executed a whole bunch of patriots in 1945. And there's the building where the fucking gestapo tortured Jean Moulin.

In the afternoon we went south of the river. I wanted to taste the Gothic. There was a queue outside Notre Dame and an even longer queue outside la Sainte Chapelle, so we went into the Church of St Severin- where there were no queues at all- and went over it inch by inch. Medieval catholicism is as good for the soul as 19th century catholicism is guaranteed to rot it. 
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[User Picture]From: karenkay
2007-07-07 01:10 pm (UTC)
I remember rising up from the Metro station at City Hall and being shocked at the bullet marks on the building. I can't think of a building in the US with anything like that. Well, the Alamo, I guess, but there's not much of that left. (http://good-times.webshots.com/photo/2127476830066237676iUfqJb)

The idea of a queue outside Ste. Chapelle is bizarre to me. I've been in it maybe three times, and two times I was the only one. (But it was under reconstruction, so there was not a lot to see.)

I liked the statues outside Notre Dame a lot better than Notre Dame. I guess I am not fond of the Gothic.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2007-07-07 02:04 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the Alamo pix. That was just about the first "grown-up" movie I ever saw. It made a huge impression. I spent months afterwards practising dying like Lawrence Harvey's Travis.

I love anything medieval. I don't know why.
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[User Picture]From: karenkay
2007-07-07 06:34 pm (UTC)
I live in Travis Country, about an hour and a half from the Alamo.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2007-07-07 06:43 pm (UTC)
I'm told the Alamo stands in down town San Antone and is surrounded by 20th century urban sprawl. Is this indeed the case?
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[User Picture]From: karenkay
2007-07-07 08:48 pm (UTC)
Yes, everything around it is multi-storied. I'm not sure what constitutes urban sprawl, but this is pretty much right downtown. http://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&q=alamo&near=San+Antonio,+TX&ll=29.425104,-98.486517&iwstate1=dir:to&iwloc=A&f=d&daddr=300+Alamo+Plz,+San+Antonio,+TX+78205

(I clicked the satellite view, but it didn't show much. The arrow is on the right side of the Alamo grounds, I believe.

It's very weird to hear a Brit say "San Antone".
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2007-07-07 09:05 pm (UTC)
It's very weird to hear a Brit say "San Antone".

Hey, I watch a lot of westerns.

Thanks for the links.
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[User Picture]From: jubal51394
2007-07-07 02:25 pm (UTC)

Truth!

"Medieval catholicism is as good for the soul as 19th century catholicism is guaranteed to rot it."

Two things the Catholic Church has always done better than any other...

1. Understand the human need for beauty.
2. Raise money!
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2007-07-07 02:51 pm (UTC)

Re: Truth!

Yup!

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[User Picture]From: ibid
2007-07-07 05:26 pm (UTC)

Re: Truth!

Only the 19th Century Catholic was bourgeois kitsch - hardly beautiful!
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2007-07-07 05:48 pm (UTC)

Re: Truth!

Yes. The Catholic church went all wrong in the 19th century. By opposing everything that was progressive and interesting it alienated all the artists.
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[User Picture]From: besideserato
2007-07-08 12:53 pm (UTC)
Oh, how I love Paris through your eyes!
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2007-07-08 12:57 pm (UTC)
Merci beaucoup!
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