A Byzantine legend, unraveled
It must be so cool to live in a place with historical roots that go so deep. Thanks for sharing the story. I love how your wry wit is always there, working under the surface of anything you write.
I've been to Catalonia many times but never visited Sitges... will have to remedy that. The thought that popped into my head reading this was: "of course, the mouse that roared!" - It was irresistible. Love your posts, Troy!
We really do need to get you on the Camino. 🚶
It sounds like such an interesting place to live. And I guess that means that sometimes interesting has to include 30 syllable house numbering.
This made me laugh so hard - “(I shudder to think of the man for whom this was probably the artist’s most flattering depiction. Bless.)”
How cool to live somewhere with so much history. In my part of the US the past is sort of a bummer, same with California I suppose. I imagine the inside of that former chapel to be sleek and modern, with good wifi and a big tv and a roomba.
Troy, I so loved learning about Saint Mus - what a scamp! Altar destruction, smh…
Seriously though, what a joy to be living amongst such rich history. I love the kitten-like lion, gently clawing at Mouse’s robes in the tiled shrine! That is some serious saint celebrating that you guys have to organise your calendar around, how wonderful, though, that the history is still so alive there. I’ve only recently started to learn a little about the pre-Roman tribes that made up what is now the UK, I really feel as though knowing the history of a place allows you to inhabit it in a different way, can’t quite put my finger on how, exactly, but…
(Also, the “Bless”, after “I shudder to think of the man for whom this was probably the artist’s most flattering depiction” is the most scathing thing I have ever read & I enjoyed it so very much.)
You knew Neil Armstrong was a Catalan, right?
Finally, mystery solved! I always wondered where Columbus and Da Vinci REALLY came from.
ah, j'adore! what an amazing experience it must be to live in a place filled with such interesting stories, history...
Great history and delving, Troy, loved learning and reading all of that. As Ben says, it must be great to live in an area with buildings that date back so far. It's one of the main things I miss living over in Australia. The houses/buildings just don't have the history that some do in the UK or elsewhere in Europe.