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.
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.
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!
It may seem odd that the subject of an inaugural blog post would be about traveling to Paducah, Kentucky, but to a quilter this is near to being a pilgrimage to Mecca. I had my first Paducah quilt show experience when I entered a quilt into the contest for the first time, and found lots of creativity in this city besides just the quilting kind.