Tuesday, July 08, 2014

The House of Lamartine

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On the way to Cluny Abby, we ran across a signboard pointing to the home and birthplace of the famous French writer and statesman Alphonse de Lamartine. Now I have to shamefacedly admit that I'd never heard of this gent before. Victor Hugo, yes. Alexander Dumas, naturally. But not this chap. But Blandine said she'd had to read yards of his stuff in school, so I guess he must've been a pretty big pot. They don't make schoolchildren read yards of your stuff if you aren't a big pot. So we decided to take a dekko. Blandine wanted to see the grave of the chap who's prose and poetry was engraved in her childhood brain, and as a small-fry writer, I felt it behooved me to visit the home of a celebrated one. Unfortunately, his house was closed to the public at that time, so I took an outside shot from the walls. But the chapel of the house was open to the public, and a very charming chapel it was too. Here are some photos of the chapel, followed by a photo of the grave of Alphonse de Lamartine, a memorial plaque installed by the former French President Francois Mitterand on the occasion of Lamartine's Bicentenary, and an outside shot of the home where he  wrote most of his best known work, including the romantic poem 'Le Lac' (The Lake).


















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