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31 Oct

Square de Cluny, Paris

Cluny Museum of the Middle Ages


Cluny Museum of the Middle Ages Detail


Forest Of The Unicorn Sign


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The forest of the unicorn


In the Middle Ages the forest was much more present and closer to the population than it is now. It was an ambiguous universe where the forces of untamed nature reigned: a troubling world of monsters, fabulous animals, and wildmen and women leading a life of pleasure there, but also a protective world where those excluded from society could seek refuge. Under the tall trees planted in the 19th century (all species introduced well after the Middle Ages) grows the forest of the unicorn, a wooded area typical of the undergrowth of the medieval forest: hazel, elder, quince, holly, medlar, together with ground-covering plants and bulbs (narcissi, daffodils, bluebells). Its boundaries are marked by a woven fence of chestnut branches, typical of gardens belonging to owners of humble origins. Two circular glades, whose shape evokes the island on which the different scenes of the Lady and the Unicorn hanging are enacted, form enclosures intended for resting or playing. In the larger, the children’s glade, the animals depicted in the Lady and the Unicorn tapestries - typical of the medieval bestiary where local, exotic or fabulous animals (rabbits and foxes, monkeys and lions, and the legendary unicorn) all co-exist - gambol together, disguised as playthings mounted on bouncing springs. They probably slip out at night to join the Lady, for their footprints can be made out on the stoneware paving of the path.


Square de Cluny


Square de Cluny Fountain


The Square de Cluny,
situated close to the
Cluny Museum Of The Middle Ages,
is, yes, you guessed it,
a medieval styled garden.
(The fountain at the bottom
is nearby but not actually in the Square).


Free to wander around.

30 Oct

Notre Dame de Paris

Notre Dame de Paris


Notre Dame de Paris Rear


The most famous church in Paris
is Notre Dame de Paris,
home of the legendary hunchback.

Entrance is free.
On some evenings,
there is a wonderful organ performance.
Also free
and NOT to be missed.

29 Oct

Saint-Medard Church Paris

Saint Medard Church Top


Saint Medard Church Paris


Saint Medard church Sign


It is easy to get churched out in Paris.
There are so many gorgeous churches,
free to look at
and wander around in
(be respectful)
so pick and choose.

This is Saint-M├ędard Church.
The first section was built 1163,
with bits and pieces added later.
Miracles are said to have happened here.

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