Wednesday, July 4, 2012

June 21, 2012: Visiting medieval houses

In the morning we had class, and after lunch we then went to visit two medieval houses in Cluny. The first house was called Maison des Dragons, and it was in the process of being restored. It was very interesting to see how much of an intense process is, and how difficult it is to maintain the integrity of the house when so much plaster and other materials have covered up what was originally there for such a long time. 


 A place for pigeons was present in this house. This was only present for wealthy houses!

The second house which had been restored turned out to be the restorer’s house! It was wonderful for him to let us into his home, and I thoroughly enjoyed and appreciated that he let us into his home.

This was uncovered in his house, and it is probably from the French revolution. It looked as if someone used this area to hide, and painted this when they were hiding.
It was also very lovely to see how excited he got when he was showing us around his home. His pride for his job and what he did and also what he found in the house was so refreshing to see. I could feel his excitement about what he does radiating from him, and I couldn’t help but feel excited about what he was doing, too.
Afterwards, we stopped at the hostel to rest up, and then had some dinner. That night, a music festival was happening throughout the town, so we went and looked around to see the bands playing. My friends and I danced the night away, which, in my opinion, is one of the best ways to end a day. We then went back to the hostel to rest up for our excursion to the Côte d’Or the next day.

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