Saturday, April 5, 2014

the protector of the Manoir Saint Thomas


This fellow sits atop the roof of a hotel in "downtown" Amboise.  Hopefully he's not scaring off potential clients.

I read online that the site dates back to the 12th century as a priory.  The exterior walls have just been cleaned up and it really looks fabulous in the bright sunshine.  Here is a little wider view of his perch:



18 comments:

  1. A true protector, the house owners are safe!
    Beautiful photograph too!

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  2. He looks friendly enough! :-) Love the chimney!

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    1. Yeah, it's impressive isn't it ?

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  3. Handsome dude! Good to see the building has been cleaned up.

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    1. You talking about me ?! Alas, I don't really clean up so well.

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    1. I think he's been pumping tuffeau !

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  5. It made me think of how cats love to sit on the roof and look out over their territory , only a little fiercer looking :)

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    1. But this cat can fly ! Now that's a scary thought.

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  6. Oh I love this. He seems to be a fine 'observateur' of what happens around. Still blue skies over Amboise.
    Tess

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    1. Yeah, I love to climb up on high places and look down. Not that I can control what I see but even so I like getting the "big picture". We have been really lucky with the blue skies this year. As you will see.

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  7. I wouldn't mind having one of them on my roof!

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    1. We all need our guardian "angels" !

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  8. This guy is ready to lunge at any drunken and disorderliness!

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  9. Nice close up! I love these kinds of carvings. I think they add personality (griffon-ality?) to buildings.

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