Articles avec #moselle tag
Each year we hear about Meisenthal in Moselle, as each year the glassworks there creates a new Christmas tree ornament, and each time with a different shape.
I don't know about 2015 yet, but in the previous years, the shape of Meisenthal ornaments has been a pine cone, a cloud, a bauble (the traditional decoration), a weight (!!), a bulb... or an abstract shape. They are beautiful and... heavy.
Yesterday, at the workshop, we saw how some baubles are made. A glass-blower deals with the shape, another helps to make the top or/and to join both parts together. They work in a hot place, about 42°C (107°F). It is a hard job.
A man explained about the whole process to get a perfect Christmas tree ornament. Everybody was interested in spite of the heat. Then we stopped in the glassworks shop to admire all the different creations.
Instead of taking pictures of the different ornaments, I feel it is better to give you the link to have a look at the collection. Prices are quite similar for decorations with the same size but red ones are more expensive as gold is necessary to make the red colour.
After seeing the fortified castle of Vic-sur-Seille, we walked through a narrow street to reach the center of the village. It was easy but I wondered at first if we could get lost. So the church would be our landmark.
We arrived near another square where children were enjoying the spring fair, merry-go-round, cotton candy and duck fishing. It is also the square where you can find the Tourist Office.
It is in the Hôtel de la Monnaie, a big house built in the second half of the 16th century (the balcony was added at the beginning of the 20th century). In spite of its name, Hôtel de la Monnaie means "hotel of the coins", there is no proof any coin was made there.
Then we walked around the village, saw more half-timbered houses, bridges above the small river called la Seille, and found the main square where the other part of the spring fair was. People were selling food, clothes, small things and cars. It was very lively.
It was worth doing this trip to Vic-sur-Seille, and we haven't visited the museum about Georges de la Tour, the painter, yet. He was born there.
When we arrived in Vic-sur-Seille last Sunday, we discovered the spring fair was going on and that we had to park out of the center of this big village. Driving a bit further away, we found a square with children playing on the grass and just near them two big towers with the remains of what used to be a drawbridge.
In Vic-sur-Seille springs with salted water brought an important income, so important that, in the 13th century, a bishop called Bertram de Metz decided to build a fortified castle to protect them.
Later, bishops of Metz came to live in Vic-sur-Seille all year long, then to have breaks there. So they changed the castle. In the 16th century, 7 meters high towers were built to replace the old entrance building (which was higher). This is the part we can see today, with part of the moats and of a big wall.
The castle became barracks for soldiers of Napoleon and a fire destroyed a big part of it in 1815. The towers were repaired at the end of the 19th century and the work was really finished recently.
After a short walk on the castle square, we visited the village and this was another pleasant discovery.
Last year we enjoyed visiting Lindre-Basse in August. It was full with migratory birds and there were exhibitions to discover.
At the beginning of June, it was calmer. No exhibition, but we discovered the new bird observatory, higher, near reeds, to see animal life without disturbing anything. We also realized there is a path on the other side of the dyke, going into the woods.
We observed and studied the insect house when we arrived. We could build a smaller one and put it in our garden next year. It doesn't seem very difficult to create one and there must be advices on internet.
And we spent time observing white storks feeding their babies. It is always a pleasant sight. People kept quiet not to frighten them and the birds kept on flying and coming back to the nests. There were also grey herons in the meadows.
Lindre-Basse was not crowded at all this time, people were relaxing, walking slowly. We left the place happy, as usual.
The big pond is south of this point.
We chose to go to Bataville last week after reading an article in our newspaper about an art structure being built there.
We discovered a sort of wood bridge, standing on the ground, between the shoe factory and the factory restaurant. It was created by Lami Maestro, an artist of Philippines. She called her work of art Limen. It means Threshold. We just had to walk on the grass, amongst buttercups and daisies, to reach it.
When we stood at the end of the structure, I felt it was a threshold indeed, just as if going on it towards the other end would take us somewhere else.
We were interested in the way it was made, partly tenon and mortise joints, wood pegs. Good job. I wonder if the structure will "move" as the wood was cut recently and is not dry, we saw sap going out of it.
We were talking about the way people would like it or not, saying some people would complain it was not a shelter with a real roof when a family arrived. And what do you think they said first ? "It costs a lot of money and it is not even a shelter !" To like or not to like, that is the question !