Cluny & Dijon


While in France, ostensibly to pick grapes, I was fortunate that my great friend Aleth wanted to see some of the surrounding towns, and so we ventured out to Cluny about an hour and half to the south I believe.  
We were determined to see the Abbey and see it we did 
It is really pretty cool.  Founded in 910 it endured in prosperity and in decline until the French Revolution in 1798 when it was nationalized and sold in 1791 and some buildings were torn down...


It was however, classified in 1862 as an historic building

This large tower which is still standing dates back to the 11th century  and is nearly 30 meters in height (that's over 60 feet and built without buttresses) and are some of the tallest Romanesque  vaults in the world.
This, I believe, is the 13th century Gothic portion of the abbey 
But Aleth and I got a bit turned around in our tour and ended up finding a technical college, much like MIT... it was at the end of this colonnade and up a flight of stairs
Here a very well informed student gave Aleth a great deal of the tradition and history of the school
I was especially taken with these beautiful keys made by each graduating class - filled with symbolism and much tradition also... the museum is very interesting as well and worth a visit.
And ,beside, I am a sucker for old buildings
They also have some famous stables and horses as well
And a lovely town with a delightful cafe or two.



Another day, Aleth took Bartley and I to Dijon - here's the thing, history is in every town - they don't tear it down, they preserve it!  What a concept...
Cool churches that are really churches, not banks or people's homes...
Great bas relief everywhere, ornamentation is not a dirty word in France
This is supposedly the cafe where Cyrano de Bergerac  hung out and wrote poetry... Bartley is trying to show you his long nose...Aleth is playing Rosalind
And there are gargoyles everywhere... This church has them in row after row, sad, cute, people and was wonderful to see them and I could have spent many more days looking at them, drawing them, etc... I just loved them!