Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Snapshots from a Walk

We went for a long walk through the neighborhood last night after dinner and found a set of steep stairs near our flat that we had not climbed before. From the top of the stairs we had a clearer view of the International City across the Rhône river. The International City is a development comprised of apartments, a hotel, a convention center, a modern art museum, an amphitheater, a movie theater and a casino as well as many restaurants and shops. I may go to a movie tonight here as they show some movies "en anglais". I'm cheating, I know. 

And we discovered from this very spot if you look directly left you can see the Mont Blanc in the Alps. It's way too far to get a good picture of with my little camera but it's so monolithic that in person you can see it distinctly on a clear day.

Just liked the creeping vine on the side of this house

I would love to know for sure what this is. It's just down the street on Rue de Saint Clair and there is no marker or information about it. It's much larger but I could not get back far enough to get the entire structure in the shot. I looked on the Shake & Bake website to try to find out about it but came up with nothing. This may be due to the fact that I am not good enough in French to read the entire history of Shake & Bake and also by the fact that when Google translates the page into English, it's a hot mess. By the way, for anyone who doesn't know about why I call Caluire et Cuire "Shake & Bake" please click HERE

So, here's a sampling from the Shake & Bake website after it has been "translated"... Note: The late seventeenth century, the period of which this text speaks, was way before the unification of Caluire and Cook aka Cuire aka Bake. Here we go ... "life is hard to Caluire, who does not enjoy a good reputation. The texts describe a north-facing vineyard, producing a wine of bad taste. The plowed fields are considered among the most thankless. The people must, every day, go pick up "rubbish and filth of the city of Lyon" to smoke the earth, otherwise they could not collect because of the sterility of the place. The fruits of this place funds suffer from the mists that rise and very often, being felled by the force of the sun, the grapes are flowing, the wheat is reduced to charcoal trees and flowers abort."

Whoa. So, you see my linguistic die-lemma. And so, this wharf?, fortification? remains a mystery to me and one I see almost every day.

The simple architecture of the Church of Saint Clair is nice. Completed in the 1920's, it's just a pup by European standards.