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After admiring the front of the church and the stained glass, we turn to leave.

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Walking down the aisle, we have time to take pleasure in the beauty of the window, organ, and statuary as well as the arched ceiling.



L’église means “the church” and this one’s ogive windows are beautiful.  Nothing more need be said, except that it can be difficult to get a good stained glass photo with a camera.  I was happy to see how these turned out.

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Those of you who’ve been following my blog for a few years know how much my sister-in-law and I love the town of Plombières-les-Bains.  You’ll also remember that “les Bains” refers to the thermal baths that caused the Romans to settle here in 65 B.C.

As with most French (and European) towns, one side of the town square is home to a church.  In 1389 A.D, there was a chapel here,  Then as the town grew, a modest parish church was built.  The current Neo-Gothic ogival church was built in the late 1800’s.  What’s ogival?  It means having the shape of an ogive (now there’s a helpful definition!) or, in plain English, a pointed or Gothic arch.  You’ll see examples of this at the front of the church.

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I enjoyed having all of you along for the trip to Wyoming and our stop in the Badlands on the way home.  We never did finish our trip to France, so I’ll be going back to that soon.  Here’s a video I took while on our way into the mountains, where we had so much fog the first day. My s-i-l let the dogs out for a short break and I took photos and enjoyed the sound of the stream.  This is in the Forêt de la Bresse or forest of Bresse.

Turn the sound up and spend half a minute just relaxing.


Saint-Valbert is one of the those little towns where you wonder what everyone does for a living and where they go when not at home or at church.  There are no businesses, just the Marie or city hall building, but I did find some photo-worthy doors to bring back in my suitcase (well, since the photos were on my phone, in my purse) to share with all of you.  The sun managed to keep me from getting the best shot of the second door, but much as I tried, I couldn’t get it to move!  Maybe it didn’t speak English. I like that each door has both another door and a little window as well as an arch.doors with arches

Our north-of-the-border door host, Norm, is finally back from his blogging break.  Welcome back, Norm.  I hope you’re rested and refreshed.  Thanks to Dan, Joey, and Manja for keeping the door open while Norm was gone.  You were great ambassa-doors.

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We’re popping back to France today for some doors and colorful shutters, which are like doors for windows or doors to the heart of the house.  I dearly love workable shutters, which are both beautiful and practical.  In France, there are lots of working shutters, useful for keeping the houses cool in the heat of the day.  They also come in a variety of colors, especially in Provence.  These, the first two from Mélisey near where my s-i-l and b-i-l live, the third from Raddon-et-Chapendu, not far away, have beautiful blue shutters that look great, even on cloudy days.

For more doors from around the world, I’d normally suggest you go to Norm’s blog, but he’s enjoying a blogging break, so Dan has taken over.  You can find him here and everyone else here.

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Just as Moses came down from the mountain, so did we (although not with any commandments), following a winding road that looked inviting.  As I previously mentioned, just as we were ready to turn around, we spotted a sign for “Lautenbach.”  As that’s the maiden name of my s-i-l (the one married to my brother, not the one I was visiting), I asked to stop so I could take a photo of the sign.  Then we spotted an attractive church steeple and another beautiful detour was begun.

Lautenbach is a very German name but this part of France, the Alsace, has been part of Germany more than once.  The town is beautiful and in the center is St. Michael Collegiate Church.  Although the church looks old, as says:

“The former collegiate church of Saint Michael-and-Gangolphe underwent many transformations over the centuries. The nave probably dates from the 11th century, the transept, the choir and the flat chevet from the 12th century. Its vaulted porch is one of the finest in the region. The building is, however, completely restored in 1859. Decorations and additions, such as the towers, implemented by the architect of the 19th century, are questionable although they do not alter the overall aesthetic. Guided tours for groups all year round on appointment at the Guebwiller Tourism Office.”

No matter when it was built or that is was restored, it’s beautiful and worth a visit.  The pipe organ has been classified as a historic monument.  Let me share a few photos and let you decide.

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