For my part, I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel's sake. The great affair is to move. ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON

Tuesday, 11 October 2011

Coquille Saint Jacques

A word about my blog's new header photo. I took it from the Notre Dame de France (a bronze statue of the Virgin Mary which overlooks Le Puy) just before sunset on the last day of my pilgrimage. The sun stayed hidden for what seemed an eternity, then suddenly began to appear. You can actually see individual sunbeams as they stream out in fan formation from behind the clouds...  




And, as someone pointed out to me, if you look closely enough, you can make out the distinct shape of a coquille Saint Jacques...




The 360% view from my standpoint, this rock of the 'Red Virgin', was simply amazing...




... as I gazed out over the rooftops of Le Puy...




... at the landscape through which I'd walked the previous day...


8 comments:

Ruth said...

Thanks for the provenance of the header photo, which I have much admired. And it does look like a coquille!

I love the red terracotta roofs and Lady Mary.

George said...

As I stated earlier, I think your header photo is sensational, and it is clearly providing an image of le coquille St. Jacques. Le Puy appears to be a very lovely place..

ksam said...

Hmmm perhaps a small sign...an answer to a prayer..?? Really beautiful shot!

The Weaver of Grass said...

I think your header photo is superb Robert but I must admit to missing good old Lincoln Cathedral.

Gerry Snape said...

thankyou for another days journey for me to be in awe at. Love it!

Kiwi Nomad 2008 said...

Le Puy en Velay is a jewel- I feel so fortunate to have been there. And now your photo shows another special sight from it.

Suman said...

The header photo is gorgeous, with the clouds lending it a dramatic touch.
Also, I love the interesting geometry of the red roofs.

The Solitary Walker said...

Ruth, I love those red rooftops too.

Georege, yes, Le Puy is impressive, particularly the warren of steep steps and alleys of the old town near the cathedral.

Karin - perhaps an answer to the earlier poem-prayer I wrote?

Pat - Lincoln Cathedral had been there a while and had to go!

Gerry - thanks for reading.

Margaret - yes, it is a jewel. it's my second visit, of course.

Suman - I must admit I like that header too, and its symbolism...