Sunday, November 11, 2012
Founded in 1240 in a marshland area under the orders of Louis IX, Aigues-Mortes is a must see when you are in the Camargue region. With 11 "portes" and 6 towers, it is up to today a very pretty and well preserved city.
Such as this one. Very French interiors - I love THAT floor !
Look at the ceilings, look at those cabinets. Eyecandy - literally.
References to Jean Jaurès are everywhere. A man who history has largely ignored. He’s quite well known in France in some circles, but not widely known.
He predicted the First World War happening. He wanted the International Workers’ Movement to not comply with the royal families and aristocracy. Just a couple of months before the outbreak, when the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand took place in Serbia, Jaurès was assassinated in a French café.
Prior to World War One, he saw the aristocracies and the royal families of Europe pitting themselves against one another, in a big battle. He knew that France and Germany, the United Kingdom were all industrialized nations. He further realized that being industrialized, the next war will be an industrial war where millions of people might be killed.
He formed the International Workers’ Movement, and it’s got nothing to do with politics. His idea was for the ordinary person not to do anything, not to go to war, just stay at home and they wouldn’t have the war they wanted. The guy was a genius and a pacifist. Shot dead.
You leave the city by the Constance tour again. There is an excellent souvenir souvenir shop with lots and lots of books about life during the Moyen Age, wooden toys, swordsm clothes and costumes for little princesses and knights, CD's with Middle Age melodies, cards, book markers, the typical local salt and herbs. Enfin : everything expected to be found in such a shop can be found here.
See you on the next post...