Weekly Photo Challenge: Relics of ancient France

Posted: July 11, 2014 in Travel, Weekly Photo Challenge
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Relic:  something that is from a past time, place, culture

During our visit to L’eglise de Chateau-Lambertin the Bugunday region, we were charmed and sobered by a glimpse of the lifestyle of 1600’s France.  The museum, perched on the side of a steep hill reminiscent of Switzerland, held many relics of the back-breaking work done by the people of that village and of that area.  These people labored unbelievably hard for their meager living.

Water ran down into a waterwheel, which eventually turned the mill to grind the grain.

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Biking wasn’t nearly as easy when the bike was made of wood and metal and the brakes were up on top.  Imagine trying to put a foot up there to slow or stop and still keep your balance!

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Then there were the really difficult things, such as moving wood down the steep slopes, as depicted in this photo.  Wood was piled on a sled.  A man walked down the wooden stairs, bracing the load against his back!  Needless to say, this wasn’t a particularly safe occupation and sometimes limbs were injured or even lost.  Some things are better relegated to being relics.

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As we’re on vacation in France as I write this, I won’t be online much and apologize if you’re nice enough to visit but I don’t have time to return that visit this week.

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Comments
  1. Lovely pictures and apt commentary. Enjoy your vacation Janet!

  2. Indira says:

    Very nice photographs and commentary for the prompt.

  3. M-R says:

    Heaven knows where you got that last image … but you probably simply shot it in some display with your smartphone ! La Bourgogne – c’est paradis …

  4. Sandra says:

    Great shots, Janet. If you get the chance to visit Le Citadel at Besancon (can’t do the cedilla) you’d enjoy that too. A museum/zoo/etc at the top of a steep hill (200+ steps but there is a bus 🙂 ) So much to see…so little time.

    • That last statement is so true, Sandra. 🙂 We’re doing what we can while still have a bit of relaxation and spending time with Bill’s sister and b-i-l (who will probably be glad to sit down once we leave!)

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  6. Madhu says:

    Terrific examples Janet! The water mill in particular. Look forward to more from France 🙂

  7. 7128788elf says:

    I really enjoy this kind of museum, and you have captured its essence really well. I remember being on the Greek island of Sifnos, and watching a man and a donkey threshing wheat, in an ancient threshing circle built by the side of the wheat fields. Blessings and best wishes Charles.

  8. Wonderful depictions of a different way of life.

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  11. Wow. Wonderful pictures and post. It’s amazing how much things have changed; how much we take for granted. Loved it. Enjoy your vacation Janet.

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