Saturday, September 1, 2012

Les gargouilles

The vacation in September didn't start very well. The weather is windy, the temperatures are low and the places are empty. I usually hate the crowds that flood France in summer, but it seems to be even worse without them. Being alone in a huge camping in a middle of French nowhere is a doubtless pleasure. Still this beautiful country is full of surprises that save me from boredom. Just look at these gargoyle in a small village Suevres. I have at least 20 different ones from the churches all over Picardie and Pay de Loire.

Here is the view from above that shows the actual purpose of these figures and explains why most of them have the mouths wide open- they served as water pipes.
The gargoyle of Chenonceau:

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