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A mended stained glass window on the Way of St James

24 Décembre 2012, 12:28pm

Publié par wayofsaintjames.over-blog.com

Computers are better than the real thing !


Two weeks ago we all learnt that in the Trinity Church of Vendôme, St James was not dressed the right way !



Upside down Ph. J F F

The low part of the dress and the coat was upside down. Shall we ask the Monuments Historiques, a very traditional institution that rules the preservation of heritage in France solve that problem ?

Forget it, it would take too long and it is useless now with photoshop. Just look at your computer and you'll see the stained glass window as it should be. 



 3 colours Ph. J F F


The way the window should look like is this (more or less) :



All is right  Ph. J F F


The pilgrims can resume their pilgrimage with peace in mind


on the Paris - Tours Way of St James.


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Way of Saint James 2012 The person of the year

11 Décembre 2012, 18:15pm

Publié par wayofsaintjames.over-blog.com

    Isabelle Kyndt


In 2012, the person of the year for sure is Mrs Isabelle Kyndt, the head of the Tourist Office at Massy.



Oh Happy day ! Ph. J F F 


She's been welcoming the pilgrims for a while.


"Some of them just walk along Nationale 20 road (route d'Orléans on the map above) which is unpleasant and may be dangerous!" she says.


The ones who leave from the St James Tower in the hub of Paris and decide to go wisely on their first walking day via Montrouge and the Coulée Verte park (green space exactly north of Massy on the map above) get to Massy after 15 km. (9 miles or so)


Others, coming from further north, may have slept at Saint Denis (in families homes). In one day, they can in a straight line cross Paris and follow the same route. 25 km (16 miles)


A great smile welcomes them until 5 p.m. at the Tourist Office. There, they might find a place to sleep at some other families.


"I feel so sorry, says Mrs Kyndt, when I can't find a good solution, for instance if I am not advised of their arrival early enough to accomodate them!"


So why is Mrs Kyndt the person of the Year ?


On september 30, 2012,  inauguration of a great bronze shell conceived by a woman, a sculptor, Nicole Servais.



Between Paris and Tours Ph J F F



In front of the Tourist Office  Ph. J F F


Design, molding, finishing, installation, organization of local walks, establishment of a discussion meeting, animation, storytelling session, creation of gastronomic specialties, launching of a website, exhibition, and finally opening, Ms. Kyndt  imagined, organized, supervised it all with an attentive and caring eye.



Ph. J F F


Today this 1.5 foot large shell welcomes the pilgrims and recalls that in old Massy the Great European Cultural Itinerary winds its way. A bronze mark dedicated to the Way of St James is set on the ground of the Paris region for the first time


At last the Camino starts to be celebrated in the area of the capital of France.

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Way of St James A mistaken stained glass window

8 Décembre 2012, 23:07pm

Publié par wayofsaintjames.over-blog.com




You should learn how to get dressed



Vendôme, a few steps south of Châteaudun is on the way to Compostela. A chapel of St. Jacques, an alignment of bell-towers, a fortified gate, a castle, an extraordinary welcoming population when you get in contact with the local associations.

Vendôme lies after Cloyes, before Chateau-Renault. It is by the river Loir (without e).















Trinity  Ph J F F

The Abbey Church of the Holy Trinity shows an amazing flamboyant gothic style into which the light flows endlessly.

When you look at the 16th century window that boasts St James, sided by St Christopher, one might not notice a mistake immediately. Look at it, there is something wrong.

Inattention? Malicious act from the windows installer?



Nobody's perfect  Ph J F F


Look at the low part of the dress :

It doesn't seem to fit. Guess what is wrong ? Leave a comment.

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