Sunday, 6 December 2015

A cross and a pair of shoes - Sunday 6th December


Two years ago I did my first Silent Sunday post, a picture of Tom leaping over a muddy puddle (and yes, he did land safely on the other side!).  In those 2 years I have only missed one post and have really enjoyed adding a picture a week.  But I think that now it's time for a bit of a change.  So on Sundays from now on I shall still post a photo, it will still be taken during the preceding week but I will also add a bit of context to the image.  Do let me know what you think.

First up, a cross and a pair of shoes.



Travel around France and you cannot help but see roadside crosses everywhere and even in our tiny village there are four.  More of these in a later post, though.  This picture is, however, from a cross in the next village of Saint Vigor-des-Mézerets.  Each time I have walked past there has invariably been some baby shoes or socks at it's base.  If none are there one time there will be some the next time.  Initially I thought someone had dropped them in the road whilst on a walk but now I suspect a more poignant story is being told in these tiny boots at the base of a roadside cross in Normandy.  It makes me feel very sad.

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15 comments :

  1. I do find the French roadside crosses upsetting but a good reminder to drive safely. So sad to see the shoes

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  2. How interesting and so very sad x

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  3. Goodness, that gave me goose bumps. I wonder what the story is. I'd like to know more. #MySundayPhoto Tara at After The Rain

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  4. What a beautiful photo. Interesting about the shoes and their symbolism, very poignant.

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  5. There aren't as many crosses in the south (none in my village or any that I can think of) but there are certainly parts of France where you see lots. I've never seen shoes on any; it does seem very sad. There's a very poignant and moving memorial to Jews who lost their lives in WWII in Budapest just made up of shoes and more recently the climate change march in Paris was symbolically just shoes. They can be very strong symbols.

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    1. I remember seeing your picture of the Budapest shoe memorial and it such a strong symbol. Interesting that you don't have many crosses down your way and I have just realised there is another one in our commune plus one in the churchyard which I didn't count.

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  6. What an interesting story and so very sad

    Thank you for linking up

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  7. We love photography with a story behind it. This is a beautiful shot and very symbolic x #MySundayPhoto

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  8. Gosh, you do wonder about the story behind the shoes

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  9. Very interesting & sad. Such a poignant photo xx

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  10. Oh gosh, that is terribly sad. A very poignant shot x

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  11. Oh I hope you're wrong, that's too sad x

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