Links to  all the great photos which have appeared on the

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2007 & 2008



2009 & 2010



2011 & 2012



2012 & 2013

About Paradoxplace


Home Page Photo Archive from January 2014


Some of the photos and captions that have appeared on the Home Page of Paradoxplace

(the dates refer to when the photo was on the home page, not when the photo was taken). 


Link to photos which appeared on the Paradoxplace Home Page in 2007 and 2008 in 2009 and 2010 and in 2011 and 2012


Food photos from the home page can be found in "Simply the Best Meals"

























Sagittarius - Le Sagitaire - The Archer

November 23 - December 21


A very old Sagittarius, originally in the Parisian Abbey Church of Ste-Geneviève,

and now in the Cluny Museum (Paris)





And this descendant lives on in the Zodiac Window in Chartres Cathedral



Sagittarius the Archer - Chartres Zodiac Window



Basilique Ste-Madeleine, Vézelay


piggy for Christmas Dinner


The pig knows what's coming, but the axe man may be wavering ?





And underneath a scary haired Centaur Archer looks the other way









November 1st is Ognissanti


a Public Holiday in Italy when families take flowers to the graves of their ancestors and then meet up for a good extended family extended lunch.



The perfect little hamlet cemetery at La Foce in Val d'Orcia

overflowing with Ognissanti flowers in 2007







Cattedrale di San Nicola Pellegrino in Trani (Puglia) on a balmy Ognissanti night - Nov 1 2006





Libra, Zodial Window Chartres Cathedral


Libra - Le Balance (The Scales)

September 23 – October 23

Notre Dame de Chartres Cathedral, Zodiac Window



Treading Grapes, Zodiac Window Chartres Cathedral



12 October 1492 - Christopher Colombus reaches the New World - Europe's dominant days are numbered


1492 - "The end of the Middle Ages" - Columbus discovers America, Ferdinand and Isabella reconquer Grenada, Lorenzo d' Medici dies in Florence.






Niña , Pinta , and Santa María - Columbus' little boats at Rabida, Andalucia



Monday 6 October is the Feast of  Ste Foy




A long candle lit procession will carry the jewel encrusted gold icon of

the girl martyr Ste Foy through the medieval cathedral village of Conques.



Cathedral of Ste Foy, Conques



Le Cancer (The Crab) - June 22– July 22


Canterbury Cathedral medieval floor medallion - Cancer


More Medieval Zodiacs & Labours of the Months





The Gemini Twins (Les Gémeaux) - May 22 to June 21


More Medieval Zodiacs & Labours of the Months




Left of centre, Skinny Gemini twins from the central west door portal  of

l'Église St-Pierre, Aulnay



Fat Lusty Gemini twins from

l'Église St-Lazare, Avallon, Burgundy



Basilique Ste-Madeleine, Vézelay (Burgundy)


at midday on the day of the Summer Solstice (June 21).  The pools of sunlight lead up the centre of the nave to the area where the relics of Mary Magdalene used to be long ago.  At midday on the day of the Winter Solstice (December 22) the pools of light fall on the column capitals on the north side of the nave.  This photo can be bought at the bookstall inside the narthex of the Basilique Ste-Madeleine, Vézelay.





Bellatrovata - 2014 Spring Road Trip all over England




Dawn & night hotel room view of Lincoln Cathedral




Magna Carta was signed 799 years' ago on 15 June 1215


Link to Paradoxplace Magna Carta page


Link to Paradoxplace Lincoln Cathedral pages




Purchase from the Lincoln Cathedral Bookshop





Barbaresco, Piemonte


Langhe Hills wine & truffle country



The magnificent Romanesque nave of the


Basilique Ste-Madeleine, Vézelay


May 2014



Nave of the Basilique Ste-Madeleine, Vezelay



Pruning Vines in Spring


One of a complete set of Zodiac Signs

and Monthly Labour Illustrations

around the West Door of


the Basilique Ste-Madeleine


Vézelay - West Burgundy


April 2014





Aries - Le Bélier (The Ram)


March 21– April 20


In the flooring of Trinity Chapel

(earlier the Shrine of Thomas Becket)


Canterbury Cathedral







Tuesday 25 March - Feast of the Annnunciation


Link to a wonderful collection of Annunciation art





Donatello's equestrian statue of Venetian Condottiere Erasmo da Narni, called Gattamelata, in Padova






Equestrian Statues of the Renaissance




This scary pair guard the unloved Florentine Pz SS Annunziata.


On the other side of the piazza is the building which kicked off

Renaissance architecture


Brunelleschi's  Spedale degli Innocenti (Foundling Hospital),


where unwanted babies ("I Figli di Nessuno")


could be left anonymously in the night to receive


"The Kindness of Strangers"




St Jerome Emiliani, 1481-1537,

Patron Saint of Orphans,

is celebrated on Saturday 8th February









Foot warming in February - Notre Dame de Chartres


Foot warming images are some of the most common survivors from Medieval Labours of the Month images








St Nicholas , Civray


captures Pisces - Les Poissons (The Fishes),


February 19 – March 20, and foot warming in February



Epiphany in Autun (Burgundy) - the Magi arrive with gifts


January 2014





A bit later, the Magi make it to Santa Maria Maggiore, Rome.  The Herod part of this photo will be appearing on the cover of a Cambridge University Press book in 2014, but sadly there was no room for the Magi - anyone want to write a book about them?


January 2014





La Capricorne (The Sea Goat also the Billy Goat),

replete with a billy-goat smig (Gaelic for goatee)


December 22 - January 20


In the Cluny Museum of the Middle Ages, Paris







Mangers, Madonnas & Magi - It's Christmas time again



Masaccio's Cassini Madonna



December 2013





Ghirlandaio paints an upmarket manger with portraits of himself as numero uno pastore, and the Florentine rich list 



December 2013








Fairford Parish Church captures the shepherds and the Magi's groom

 peeping in to get a glimpse of the toffs around the baby Jesus.



December 2013



Some of our photos from the Zodiac Window in Chartres Cathedral






Lucky King - fish precedes piggy in the King's Christmas  feast





December 2013




Poor Piggy - unaware that she is about to begin the journey to the Christmas cooking pot





Sagittarius - Le Sagitaire (The Archer)  - November 23 – December 21






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