Sunday, 14 August 2011

Les manèges

This arch is all that is left of the riding school that was built in 1855 where generations of cavalry officers have been trained.

Cette arche est tout ce qui reste du manège construit en 1855 "où de nombreux cavaliers ont été préparés au service des armes à cheval pour la défense de la patrie" dixit la plaque.

17 comments:

Woody said...

Yes, the building behind the arch looks very modern. It's good they kept the arch, it has a lot of visual interest.

Bob Crowe said...

Now the military hardly ever ride horses and rarely drive a Deux Chevaux. Horsepower has a different meaning.

Randy said...

It very official looking but nice.

Jack said...

It looks kind of odd, doesn't it? The building behind the arch is different in scale.

PerthDailyPhoto said...

I love these reminders of a time gone by, we can only imagine what it would have been like when it was in full use! Don't worry Ciel even though my little butcher bird is 'carnivorous' I still love him, I have so much nature going on in my back garden I had to accept and appreciate how it works a long time ago.

JM said...

I wonder what happened there... Glad the arch has survived.

Birdman said...

Fine entranceway with quite a history I bet.

Regina K said...

I like that they preserved this arch even though the building behind it doesn't do it justice.

Small City Scenes said...

I like the arch and what it means and am glad at least that much was saved. MB

Doug Hickok said...

It is interesting how modern structures use existing ones to build around. I like this contrast between old and new. To answer your questions, yes there are wierd creatures in the swamp, allegators being the most strange, throwbacks to prehistoric times. I would love to make a coffee table book too, but with my luck I would probably spill my Turkish coffee all over it, and be sad for many days :^)

VP said...

This arch is an interesting and beautiful relic of another era. I wonder if our Caprilli ever walked through that gate...

Olivier said...

une petite trace du passé c'est deja cela, quand on voit que les villes nouvelles detruisent deja leur "court" passé sans garder de trace ;((. Bon Weekend du 15 Aout

Jacob said...

So very interesting. That is an incredible arch and I think it's wonderful that it was preserved. Nice shot, too. I like the light!

Re Stone Creek: Those are not beehives. Sorry. They are alternately filled with water to clean your clubs and a sand/fertilizer mixture to fill in your divots (holes made by the club when you hit a shot)...

Thank you for the nice comment.

Francisca said...

I disagree with Jack... I think it was very clever to keep the arch!

Malyss said...

Ils detruisent , puis soudain l'un d'eux se dit: "gardons en un bout , pour memoire.."? c'est bizarre,et frustrant au final..

Scott said...

I've been away for a couple weeks, but I'm glad for the chance to get back and try to catch up. I see you're keeping busy on your blog.

Looked back over several of your recent posts and enjoyed them. I always appreciate your pretty shots of such a beautiful area. Thanks and keep it up.

Sharon said...

I think it is nice to save the arch, but it does make you wish to see all the original building.

Sharon