If A Bear In The Woods . . .
The oldest part of Fountain of Espéluque in Aix. The original 15th-century fountain, inset into a later support, was moved several times before being installed in the Place de l’Archevêtché by Georges Vallon in 1756. I couldn’t find any information about the 1618 date, which must have been added after the original installation.
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Where do all the molds for roadside attractions and other fiberglass art go? If it was manufactured by FAST (Fiberglass Animals, Shapes & Trademarks) look no further than their mold yard in Sparta, Wisconsin.
In business for over 30 years, FAST began producing roadside attractions. It now makes water slides, fountains, sculptures, and many of the fiberglass animals on parade in cities.
FAST allows guests to wander through the mold yard at their own risk. It is well worth a visit if you are in the area. The weather and nature have not been kind to the molds but that adds to their appeal.
Overstock item are displayed along the road. Priced are listed on FAST’s website. Santa goes for $11,193.
Products can be seen in Sparta.
The statue of Voltaire, by French sculptor Jean-Antoine Houdon, stands in front of his tomb on the crypt level of the Panthéon in Paris. The lights throw the statue’s shadow in three directions.The Panthéon is the final resting place for French national heroes. Voltaire, a French Enlightenment writer, historian and philosopher, advocated for freedom of religion, freedom of speech, and separation of church and state. He was interred in the Panthéon in 1791, the second individual to be so honored.
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I left the sun behind in Aix with a short train journey to Avignon, the city of popes. I visited the Musee Lapidaire, which exhibits Greek, Roman, Etruscan, and Gaulish, sculpture, glassware, and ceramics. The museum, part of the Musee Calvert, is located in a 16th century Jesuit church. It is an excellent example of building reuse.
In France for two weeks with family. It is sunny but very cold and windy in Paris. I had to get in a quick visit to Notre Dame, one of my favorite places.