Tuesday, October 14, 2008
I expect that New York State and New Jersey will join them relatively soon.
So, pictures. I will probably post daily for a while with pictures from individual cities and some commentary. Today: Marseille, France, a very ancient port city founded by Greeks, transformed by Romans and now a very Mediterranean city indeed, with a major North African population from Algeria, Tunis and Morocco.
View across the Old Harbor with the great bulk of Notre Dame de la Gard rising on the hilltop overlooking the city. This harbor was bombed heavily in the battle to drive out German forces in the Second World War and required extensive rebuilding.
View from Notre Dame's terrace, looking down on the New Harbor, built in the 1850s to handle progressively bigger and bigger ships.
36 feet of gold-covered Virgin was added to the tower early in the 20th century.
Inside the big church with its Byzantine/Moorish interior decor. There was a huge building boom in France for heavily ornate churches in the waning years of the nineteenth century.
Marseille's answer to Rome's "Spanish Steps." They lead to the city's train terminal.
A modern statuary group in front of harbor defenses.
The Wit and Wisdom of George W. Bush AND Dan Quayle
<- I mentioned early on that I recognize there are hurdles, and we're going to achieve those hurdles.
-> One word sums up probably the responsibility of any vice president, and that one word is "to be prepared."