02 July 2022

We're baaaack... for the moment

I can't tell you why the internet connection has suddenly started working. I've been experimenting with different settings in the router, but it's so complicated I couldn't tell you what I might have changed that re-established the connection. We'll just keep working with it until it fails again. I'm supposed to get a call from a technician on the the ISP's staff Monday morning.

Meanwhile, here are some photos of the last of the four "monumental" hauts-reliefs on the exterior walls of the Arc de Triomphe in Paris. It's commonly known as La Marseillaise, and is widely considered to be the most spectacular and interesting of all the sculpture on the Arc. The sculptor was François Rude (1784-1855).


  1. Don’t the technical and mechanical problems always happen on weekends.

    The artistry and skill of that stonework is astounding.

  2. This is my favorite of the reliefs. You can almost hear "La Marseillaise" playing in the background when you look at it. Dramatic.

    1. If the other three hauts-reliefs are not bad at all, this one is really amazing and dramatic as shown by these excellent photos. The composition is very complex with a lot of movement. The five legs in photo #2 are all different, that is something!
      Yes, you could hear the Marseillaise sung by the winged Victory. Allons enfants...

    2. Looking at it more closely, there are seven legs, the left leg of the bearded man being in the shadow.

    3. Hi chm, hope you have a wonderful 4th of Juillet!

  3. Those pictures are truly spectacular. As is the carving of the figures. Like Diogenes, I am hearing "La Marseillaise" playing in my head.


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