Wednesday, July 26, 2006


The romanesque church at Cunault dates from the 11th Century. We visited it after our lunch in Saumur last week. Although we had been there many years ago, I didn't quite remember it the way I saw it last week. And now I have pictures.

Wooden pews on the stone floor of the church.

A group of columns rises to the ceiling.

Light plays among the columns.

A stack of hymnals ready for use.

Curiously, I didn't take any photos of the outside of the church. It's your basic - I might even say plain - romanesque structure. The bell tower is on the north side in the center and is very interesting, but it was completely silhoueted by the sun.

The days continue to be hot and a bit humid (not humid by east coast USA standards). The French call this kind of weather lourd or heavy. The air just kind of presses down on you. Storms are predicted for this afternoon and cooler weather is anticipated once the front moves through. Sleeping has been difficult.


  1. Sounds like you're having a long hot summer, non?

    Lourd is what we have here in Alabama, but I'll never forget how heavy and hot the weather was during my growing up days in Louisville without ac. We had cots set up beside the octupus-like furnace in our basement. I was scared of the furnace, but couldn't sleep in my bedroom which was in the attic actually (all of our bedrooms were up there- no heat in the winter, but quite cosy since we had lots of quilts to sleep under.) I still prefer cold pillows....

    Ah those good old days!

    It's a good thing that you have ac in your car so that you can show us more photos of places we've never seen. Bon courage, it's sure to cool off before too long.

  2. Thanks, Evelyn. It sure is hot here, and the storms they predicted for today seem to be taking their time and may not materialize until tomorrow.

    We had 35º - that's 95ºC - here today. Ugh!

  3. Evelyn, I'm like you — our bedrooms were not heated when I was growing up. We had electric blankets for really cold nights. I too prefer a cold pillow. I never realized why until I read your comment.

    The temperature is down a little today but it is still very humid. We had nearly an inch of rain overnight. The garden is happy.

    W., one old theory about the star called Sirius and la canicule was that when Sirius rose with the sun in July it added enough heat to cause hot weather on Earth. I guess that has been debunked by modern science.


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