Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Here be Dragons. . . .

 Very few words to spare today, so I rummaged through the travel photos and wondered if you'd let me share some dragon sightings. I spotted these fellows in Barcelona this past spring,
 right across the street from a cousin who's launching into flight  . . .
 They'd all better watch out, because I sited sighted this fellow in Bordeaux (on the façade of the Eglise St. Croix), and he appears to make hasty work of his winged serpent, despite the moss . . .


















A few years ago, in Metz where the biggest, baddest dragon goes by the name graoully (local vanquisher was St. Clement) I got a close-up of his face, rendered in ceramic on the Villeroy & Boch building























And having moved from Spain to France, and from Bordeaux to Metz following the dragons, I can't help but think of the library dragon that I risked public humiliation for in Paris on that same 2011 trip.  . . .

Now I'm off to slay my own dragons, the last pile of student papers that I need to mark . . . Happy Tuesday!

10 comments:

  1. Great photos and I loved the story about your run-in with the Parisian dragon/librarian.

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    1. Thanks -- it was an embarrassing moment so I'm glad I at least got a decent story out of it!

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  2. The title intrigued me, the pictures enthralled me, and I love how you brought it all together at the end. Happy Dragon Slaying!

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    1. Thanks Lorrie -- I had fun watching the post come together prompted by the Barcelona photos -- one dragon seemed to nudge me toward another. . . .

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  3. Do you know the book The Library Dragon by Carmen Agra Deedy? It's the story of how the fierce librarian Miss Lotta Scales is transformed from keeper of the tomes to a more caring children's librarian. Nola is probably old enough to enjoy it especially if she has had library experiences.

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    1. I don't know it, but now I'm going to see if I can find a copy -- I bought Nola another dragon book last year, so this would be a fun continuation of a theme.

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  4. Dragons are inspiring. In China, each person's birth year is an animal or creature. The animals and creatures cycle, so there are many born in the year of the dragon even though they weren't born the same year.

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    1. Ah-ha! I wonder if that explains Lisa's comment above. . . .

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