Thursday, June 2, 2011

Walking in Our Own Footsteps

As much as this has been a trip about food and wine, and scenery and souvenirs, it has also been about history.
A small taste of the history of man…

We have been to the caves of Neolithic Man in Peche Merles and stared in awe at cave paintings that were done 25,000 years ago

Walked among the standing stones of the Megalithic Period in Brittany

Traipsed through the ruins of a Roman town in Vaisons Romaines

Climbed the battlements of a Chateau of the 13th century

Touched the timbers of a medieval village

Sat quietly in a church of the ages

Stood in awed silence at a monument of The Great War

and sat in saddened silence on the beaches of WWII

We have seen art and architecture; creations of man through time and been awed and inspired at every turn; I have the seen the best of man, and I have seen the worst.

When I read history books or walk through interpretive centres and museums I listen and read with interest the information that is presented. Archaeologists and scholars put much effort into deciphering the things of the past, interpreting and assigning meaning, endeavouring to give us insight into past lives and previous cultures. I listen with interest and am enthralled with what I see but I take it sometimes with a grain a salt.

I do that because all we really know of the past is what it chose to leave behind.


FredaB said...

Would you not think that man would learn by now what horrible remains that war leaves for us. I guess it has been going on since time began and will continue until there is no more man.

It looks like you are having wonderful weather and a great time.
Lots of great sightseeing.



Draffin Bears said...

Hi Jillayne,

Looks like you are having a wonderful time. Amazing how everything is so old there.
Wishing you,.. safe and happy travels.


Suztats said...

How true, Jillayne, and I sometimes wonder how much of history has been erased or modified?
A lyrical post, and one I enjoyed.

Bead and Needle said...

Beautiful post, Jillayne - what a trip!

Createology said...

This has to be the trip of a lifetime. All that you are seeing and doing and experiencing is so amazing. I find history so much more interesting now as an adult than I ever did as a young student in school. History means so very much more when we see it or walk it or experience the depths of how it affected our world. Safe and wonderful travels to you my dear...

Marj Talbot said...

Good to hear from you.
What a trip!! Terrific pictures - feels like I"m there with you.
Thanks tons for sharing your travels and especially the pictures. Truly a treat to see and read.
Stay safe, both of you.

Laura said...

I can't think of a better momento to have from this trip, than your blog! Beautiful post as per usual... the medieval village is my favorite. I'd love to see something like that someday!

Can you can post about some of the FOOD though? :-)

MosaicMagpie said...

I have throughly enjoyed these posts. Everything is so interesting and the photos are great. I have been having trouble leaving comments but I have been here reading and watching for each post. Thank you for sharing!

Anonymous said...

So true, Jillayne. We can speculate about the whys and hows of the past but the thoughts they had and true reasons may be lost forever. How do we ever really know another person, let alone fully understand what has gone before us...?

It's truly fascinating, isn't it, our history...!

Hugs, Diane

Susan said...

Your blog's about your voyage are lovely, thought-provoking and inspirational. Thank you for sharing. Blog on... :-)

Michelle May (Shell) said...

This is such an incredible adventure girlfriend. Your photographs are fabulous. I can only imagine how beautiful and incredible everything is in person! Thanks for my bunny posty! My face had a huge smile for hours! :) :) :)
xx, shell