Finaly, here some pictures of the Antependium of the church of Mont
Verentuil Antependium they have chosen “blend in colours”
Mont is located in the French department of the Hautes Pyrenées
Way in the mountains close to the Spanish Border
Mid May and Snow !!
The interior of the church is just restored, it took a team of three painters two years
to restore the wall paintings.
The Church of st Bartolomeo was build in the 12 century and embellished as time passed by.
Last added was the altarpiece at the end of the 17th century
Next to the alter my friend Alain Lacoste from Atelier 32 the excellent restorers whom took care of the altarpiece
amazingly enough the old altarpiece, which was a painted fresco type altarpiece was conserved behind the “new” sculpted altarpiece.
Mont is tiny village of less than 100 inhabitants, in the 80’s they were less than 20 inhabitants !
Yet, amidst this little community they build this treasure.
Par la Gascogne
Qui vit nîatre
Par le vin de nos coteaux
qui donne notre Armagnac
par tout ce qui fit grand
en héritier spirituel
Du chevalier de Batz,
Je jure de toujours respecter
cette eau-de-vie merveilleuse
qui a nom
Source de toutes les vertus viriles
et de tous les enthousiasmes féminins.
By Gascony Where d’Artagnan was born. By the wine of our hillsides which gives our Armagnac, by all which made our country important, spiritual heir of the knight of Batz, Count d’ Artagnan, I swear to respect always this wonderful brandy which has name ARMAGNAC Source of all the virile virtues and all the feminine enthusiasms.
This is the oath of the “Compagnie des Mousketaires de l’Armagnac” it could be considered like a good example of Gascon Panache
Here some Pictures of the Chateau De Salles (Salles d’Aramagnac) enjoy them, I’ve enjoyed the Aramagnac
The owner of Chateau De Salles a master distiller in his half – burried Armangnac storehouse, the climate in the storehouse is ideal for the developpment of the Armagnac .
As an introduction to the region we are living in I have made the obvious choise of a monument linked with the Armagnac the classy Eau-De-Vie from Gascony. To be tasted in small quantities, it prickles the nose and drinks like velvet. The older Gasons (and so do I) empty their cup of coffee and pour some Armagnac in the warm cup, all the aromas can develope and surround you with their gentleness blended with the last rest of the warm coffee this is ” Savoir Vivre” a la Gascon.
Just at our doorstep begins the Armagnac region, the Armagnac appellation has several areas, the best is the Bas Armagnac and coming from the Pyrenees you enter this region at Termes d’Armagnac. From that once mighty castle only the dungeon stands, but what a dungeon it is, overwhelming, with views over the valleys of the Adour and the Arros. Build by Jean d’Armagnac in 1280 a companion of Jeanne d’Arc. Termes d’Armagnac is a fine example of early gothic military architecture .