The second thing I painted this year. One of the most moving places I have been to in Paris was the Grand Mosque of Paris. It is designed in the style of Spanish Moorish mosques. For the time I was there I was completely transported to North Africa. Beautiful place.
The first painting of 2014. I went to Provins this year and it is a UNESCO world heritage site. It still contains the original medieval fortifications, fortress, tower and cathedral where Joan of Arc came to pray. Here I saw my first falconry show and medieval jousting tournament. By the time I walked back to the train station that evening, the modern part of town was wet and dark….like this.
The first thing I did when I got to Paris this September was to visit the Catacombs. The underground necropolis was designed in 1786 to deal with overpopulation in the unsanitary cemeteries. It is said that Marie Antoinette’s head is somewhere there while her body is interred at St Denis’ Basilica.
After two hours waiting in line and making new friends from Israel, New York and Texas in the process, I finally made it to the labyrinth that led to the bone collections. I automatically regretted going alone; it’s scarier than in the pictures.
Memento Mori is an expression from Latin that means “remember that you will die”.