Wednesday, August 8, 2012

I hope you all liked ...

... the photo of the wall as it stands right now - the one that I posted for yesterday.

Anyway, here's another photo for today, especially for Marianne in Brussels. It's the church of La Cellette, for that's where we went for our Wednesday walk with Marianne from Pionsat. There were only a few of us but we had a lovely day out wandering around the countryside, and then a nice cool drink in the village café - one of the only two surviving in the whole of the Pionsat canton.

The most exciting part though was afterwards.

A woman who lives in an old house in the village is in charge of the church and we went to thank her for opening it for us. I know her husband - he's something to do with the Pionsat football club - and so we all ended up having quite a chat. The church is the third in the village, being built in 1883 as the old one was too small and there was not enough room to enlarge it. This older church, the second, was demolished.

The first church however was described in a Papal Bull of 1118 as being a tiny chapel and while its location is the subject of much debate, one particular theory has been adopted by those who might know a thing or two about it. Accordingly, Marianne has been trying to visit the cellar of this particular house for half a century. Anyway, to cut a long story short, the owner of this house, by now in an expansive mood, gave us a guided tour of the cellar on condition that we don't photograph it and we don't describe its location.

So there we were - perfect primitive vaulted ceiling, pre-medieval beaten earth floor, a bricked-up external door that wasn't much more than 5 feet tall. Marianne was in heaven of course, and I was well-impressed. We had probably 1200 years at least underneath our feet.

It really was the climax of an excellent day.

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