Beautiful Saint-Leonard-de-Noblat church

Saint-Leonard-de-Noblat is a beautiful Romanesque style church in the town by the same name in the Limousin region of central France. It is one of 78 structures in France protected under the UNESCO “Routes of the Santiago de Compestela”.  France has four historic “Ways of St. James” as the early Christian pilgrimage roads leading to the town of Santiago de Compestela in northern Spain were called. Santiago de Compestela was believed to be the burial site of St. James, and thus became a pilgrimage destination.

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Photo POSTcard: French Resistance Remembered

70+ years after the end of World War II, the French Resistance is still remembered. Graffiti on a barn door in the Limousin area of central France symbolizes the victory of the French Resistance over the invading German forces. The V stands for Victory and the double cross is the Cross of Lorraine, the symbol of the French Resistance, chosen by General Charles Du Gaul to represent the resistance movement.

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Rose

Photo POSTCard: If only these walls could sing

Exploring the Arts in Paducah , KY – A UNESCO Creativity City – Part 5
The Hotel Metropolitan in Paducah, Kentucky

This little building, now the African American Museum in Paducah, Kentucky,  isn’t interesting for the artifacts that it contains inside, but rather for the history of the people that once slept here. Before desegregation, this building, known as the Hotel Metropolitan, was home to many famous African Americans passing through town. Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, Billy Holiday, BB King, Ray Charles, Ike and Tina Turner are some of music’s big names that stayed and played here. I can hear their jam sessions in my mind. WOW!

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Rose

Photo Essay: What to Do With an Old Coca Cola Bottling Plant

Exploring the Arts in Paducah , KY – A UNESCO Creativity City – Part 4

What do you do with an old, vacant and run down Coca Cola bottling plant?

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Pilgrimage to Paducah

Exploring the Arts in Paducah , KY – A UNESCO Creativity City – Part 1

It may seem odd that the subject of an inaugural post would be about traveling to Paducah, but to a quilter this is near to being a pilgrimage to Mecca.  I imagine some might be a little challenged to pinpoint Paducah on a map of the US – it’s in Kentucky, across the Ohio river from the southernmost curvy tip of the state of Illinois.  But, in 2013 UNESCO, put Paducah on the world map as a Creativity City of Crafts and Folk Art, recognizing the city for its role in promoting creativity through quilting and the fiber arts. Continue reading “Pilgrimage to Paducah”