This morning Cachou and I were on a mission. We had to reach La Grosse Cloche before 11am.
You see, The Big Bell rings only five times per year and today was one of those days!!
The bell sounded today to commemorate Bordeaux's liberation from Zee Germans in 1944. She sang to us for at least 10 minutes, it was lovely! I thought about a couple of things while she played her music, particularly... what did the Frenchies do when they heard that bell sound? Did they come out onto the streets and start cheering? Did they open up a bottle of wine and champagne they kept hidden? Did they have a parade?
I imagined a scenerio much like the famous photos of New York City after the war. I also thought about the movie, It's a Wonderful Life, especially the line, "Everytime a bell rings, another angel gets its wings!"
According to our local paper, SudOuest, the 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. On 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 11:00.
For centuries, she has announced major city events, such as the early harvest and fires. She also sounded during the visit of General de Gaulle in Bordeaux April 10, 1961. La Grosse Cloche was built in the 15th century and was built in the Gothic style.
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Thank you for stopping by for a spell!
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is a fabulous little lifestyle blog about truly embracing French life!
My intent is to simply inspire you to create something unique and beautiful in your everyday life. The French have this wonderful and annoying habit of seeing the world through rose colored glasses, might as well learn something from them!
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