Rest in Peace, Dennis

It is with infinite sadness that I must tell you that Dennis passed away suddenly last Friday (July 12, 2019). I write this on behalf of his wife and partner, PJ. With his passing, Dennis leaves a gaping abyss in our lives. He was a man larger than life, zestful in his embrace of all […]

Testimony (Dennis Aubrey)

It is important that this post begins by quoting in its entirety my short lament from 2013. I hope that this post is comprehensible, because for the first time I write to ask for an answer. ☀︎ ☀︎ ☀︎ ☀︎ ☀︎ The Crack-up (June 2013) “In a real dark night of the soul it is […]

Église Sainte-Croix in Quimperlé (Dennis Aubrey)

The town of Quimperlé fooled us completely. We went to the market town about 20 kilometers northwest of Lorient in order to see the Romanesque rotunda church, the Église Sainte-Croix. We immediately headed up the hill to the center of town towards the dominating spire of a church, knowing with certainty that we would find […]

Our Lady of the Lake (Dennis Aubrey)

Legend says that Notre Dame du Lac in the small Vaucluse town of Le Thor was built at the request of the Emperor Charlemagne in the ninth century to commemorate a miracle that occurred in the town. I have found two versions of the miracle. In the first, it appears that there was a local […]

New Podcast – Sainte Marie de Souillac

My favorite place in the world is on a small tributary of the river Dordogne  near the town of Lacave, about ten miles from the great pilgrimage site of Rocamadour.  It is the hotel Le Pont de l’Ouysse, which I have been visiting since 1986.  It is my omphalos, the navel of my world, where […]

Sculpted facades in the Aquitaine (Dennis Aubrey)

We have written many times about the devastation experienced by so many churches in this region. Three great convulsions did most of the damage – the Hundred Years War, the Wars of Religion, and the French Revolution. Sometimes it seems miraculous that anything survived, but survive these churches did. The architectural glories of the Charente-Maritime, […]

A New Podcast – the Auvergne – Part 2

Words can’t do justice to the beauty of the spring countryside in the Auvergne with its fields of yellow dandelions, meadows, volcanic peaks and herds of cattle blending peacefully under a deep blue sky. In the fall, the autumn colors fill the valleys and mountains. This central highlands of France is also home to many […]