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Final Vows

Bride of Christ, “Hyménée” Wedding Dress, 2018, House of Dio, Marc Bohan, original design 1961, Dior Heritage Collection, Heavenly Bodies,The Cloisters, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City, New York

Displayed in The Cloisters as part of the Heavenly Bodies exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. The dress is from the House of Dior’s Dior Heritage Collection:  “Hyménée” Wedding Dress, 2018, Marc Bohan, original design 1961.

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Tools

Tools of the Trade

Shoemaker’s Shop , Den Gamble By (Old Town), Aarhus, Denmark

 

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Jack Frost is Jack Frost in France

Winter Wonderland in France

Château de La Rochepot, Commune of La Rochepot, Burgundy,France

Château de La Rochepot has gone through many changes over the centuries. Originally a 12th-century feudal castle of neo-Gothic-Burgundian style, it was rebuilt in the 15th century. During the French Revolution, it was seized and declared a national asset, and partially destroyed by vandals. Beginning in 1893 and for the next 26 years, it was meticulously restored to its 15th century roots; many of the roofs were covered with glazed burgundy tiles. The castle is located in the commune of La Rochepot, in the Burgundy region of France.

In 2013 and 2014, parts of the castle, annex buildings, vineyards and the park were given the status of a national monument.

Just as a side note:  We visited the chateau in February 2018.  I just found this information on Wikipedia on a recent happening involving the chateau.  In October 2018, the castle was seized by the French government after investigation into an alleged money laundering scheme by Dmytro Malynovskyi, a Ukrainian. Malynovski was arrested after an investigation into a corruption and money laundering scheme in which he purchased and lived in the castle after faking his own death.    And an interesting article from Bloomberg: Dead Ukrainian Found Living in Castle.

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Outstanding Standing Out

For King Erik the Mad

Costume from Erik XIV, 1974, designed by Lars Juhl, hand woven by Else Duch, The Theater Museum at the Court Theater, Christiansborg Palace, Copenhagen, Denmark

The King’s costume from Erik XIV by August Strindberg. The 1974 Kaspar Rostrup production was staged at The Royal Theater in Copenhagen, with costumes designed by Lars Juhl and hand woven by Else Duch. Several of the costumes are currently displayed on the stage of The Theater Museum at the Court Theater, Christiansborg Palace, Copenhagen, Denmark.

Eric XIV was King of Sweden from 1560 until he was deposed in 1568. Early in his reign he showed signs of mental instability and eventually became insane. After being deposed, he was imprisoned and possibly murdered. A  1959 examination of his remains showed he may have died of arsenic poisoning.

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Bridges

A Bridge to Nowhere

Pont Saint-Bénézet, also known as the Pont d’Avignon, Avignon, France

 

The Pont Saint-Bénézet, also known as the Pont d’Avignon, is a medieval bridge in Avignon, in southern France.  Originally a wooden bridge spanning the Rhone, the bridge was rebuilt in stone beginning in 1234. It had 22 stone arches when completed. The bridge was abandoned in the mid-17th century because the arches collapsed during floods. Today, only four arches and the gatehouse on the Avignon end of the bridge survive.

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Solemn Seating

Rest Your Bones in Beaune

Chapel bench, Collégiale Basilique Notre-Dame, Beaune, France

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