What the hell do I know?!
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I hope you are well and taking care of yourselves!
Today's post comes straight out of Malaysia!
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Every now and then, I get a little something something in my email. Many write to vent about French attitudes, others are words of encouragement, and one person called me a bitch. BOF! They ain't wrong. Oh well.
I received this email recently and wanted to respond to her, and also share with you something special about Bordeaux:
Hi. i am student and i would like to know about the Bordeaux big bell. How the bell ring? Is the bell an automated bell ? And why the bell only ring at 11 am? This is part of my school assignment. I hope you can help me. I really love France and I wish someday I have an an opportunity to visit France.
Bordeaux, as I'm sure you know, is world known for her wine, yes, but there is so much history to this region one must truly experience it for themselves.
I can go on and on about her monuments, churches, and museums, but what I love is to get lost on the narrow streets, and imagine about the days of yore.
Bordeaux, otherwise known as Port de La Lune, was exactly that, a port. She has imported and exported wine, spices, textiles and slaves to the world.
Bordeaux has dirty seedy secrets, filled with sailors and prostitutes and stories of kidnappings, brawls, and drunks!
But I'm getting off topic, she wanted to know about the Big Bell, well, without further ado...
La Grosse Cloche!
Isn't she magnificent??!!! I loving call her Big Bertha, don't ask me why. I do hope you get a chance to visit Bordeaux, as one should.
Here are the facts:
The Big Bell weighs 7800 kg (more than 8 tons) for being only two meters (6 feet 6 inches) in both height and diameter. Because she is short, stout and may cause cracks due to her vibrations, she only sounds five times a year: January 1 (New Years Day), May 8 (Victory Day 1945), July 14 (Bastille Day), August 28 (Bordeaux Liberation Day) and November 11 (Armistice 1918) . And always at 11:00am. Why?
Couldn't tell you. It's just like that.
La Grosse Cloche was built in the 15th century and was built in the Gothic style.
One of my fellow Bordelais, by way of Britian, Tim Pike, wrote a piece about The Big Bell. I've attached the link here.
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