Local Heart, Global Soul

November 24, 2013

Plomion’s Twin Towers Tower Over Us…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

In this next page about our last year’s travels with Singaporean friend “Velveteen” we are visiting the fortified Churches of  the  Thiérache region of  France.

This one at  Plomion has a massive square keep in front of the façade flanked by two towers and shares a similarity with many of the other fortified churches we have seen so far: it also sports a dove-cote high up in the roof.

I’m half wondering if this has less to do with the locals being fanatic bird watchers and more to do with the fact that maybe birds have been traditionally kept in and around these buildings so that possibly during times of attack there would be a ready supply of pigeon pie for the villagers besieged inside?

Whatever the real reason, I find it a nice addition to the buildings, it rather literally brings them to life and gives them character. In the village of Plomion there are also many half timbered buildings that are clearly also centuries old,  sitting alongside buildings that would be instantly recognisable as traditionally French in style.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Velveteen) used with permission

(photograph © Velveteen) used with permission

(photograph © Velveteen) used with permission

(photograph © Velveteen) used with permission

(photograph © Velveteen) used with permission

(photograph © Velveteen) used with permission

(photograph © Velveteen) used with permission

(photograph © Velveteen) used with permission

(photograph © Velveteen) used with permission

(photograph © Velveteen) used with permission

(photograph © Velveteen) used with permission

(photograph © Velveteen) used with permission

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