0378 The Reason for the French Revolution (Fra 003—new)

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On day 2 of my Journey, I caught I ride with my host to a random suburb: Reuil Malmaison. 

 

Thanks to the abundance of signs pointing out the direction to “Centre Ville” and “Hotel du Ville”, it’s very easy to find “The Heart of the City” in almost any French town.  Not only that, but usually somewhere there’ll be a map of the town so you can figure out if you’ve seen all the cool stuff… AND there’s a big sign as soon as you leave a town and enter another town… All these things contribute to making France one of my favourite country to wander around in…

 

I wander down an alley lined with flower baskets and soon find another beautiful and very “Frenchy” chateau style Mairie, where I take my clip… Then on down the alley to an old church with a fountain in front… Then on around to the other side of the Mairie to a couple of cool metal modern metal sculptures of guys playing instruments…


Reuil has a bit of everything.

Up beyond the historical district is glass and steel section with high rise offices and a fancy little mall… Then there’s a big hospital and a boring residential quarter…

 

But it’s the “Chateau District” that really strikes me here in Reuil.  It’s a section enormous walled in chateaus and gardens, remnants from another era in French history.  Some of them are still private homes, others have been turned into museums--  each with an inscription outside telling a bit about its history. 

 

I find it interesting how many of these were built during the 1700s, which seems to have been an era of squander and extravagance that led up to the French Revolution.  Clearly there’s a darker side to all these beautiful gardens and amazing architecture:  the gap between the rich and poor, between those living in luxury and those suffering from hunger must have been extreme at that time… Now that I see it with my eyes, the French Revolution makes so much better sense…

 

So as I stroll back up the leafy, peaceful main boulevard of Reuil, I ponder on the history--  and the future of this nation…

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the chateau district
the chateau district
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photo by: nathanphil