Monday, June 30, 2014

These old Roman roads


Wandering amidst the American new, occasionally my mind will stray. Back to so much living history, where I can point out with child-like glee that the cardo and the decumanus still form the central arteries of Arles with a bumpy heart-beat boom.

These old Roman roads.


They cross the countryside, still full of the promise of going...


...even when their paving stones, covered in two-thousand years of moss and tears, have been pushed aside. 

Simply reminders now...


...of the many that came before...


...slowly, so slowly...


...at a pace we only know with our breath.


These old Roman roads, joining empires of the mind and yet there are flowers, such bright poppies. 

They too burn in bloom, saying follow me. Follow me. Home.



38 comments:

Judith Ross said...

Gorgeous. And I hope you are on the road home very soon.

robin said...

Omgoodness - the first photo looks like a painting!! A famous one, whose painter escapes me....anyone? So beautiful! And mind-boggling to think about how old the roads are (well, everything is) over there - I felt the weight of the history when I was there - in the arena, for example! And I'm noting Judith's observation, too, about your words of "home". Hopefully you feel at home here, but I can see how you are hoping for the road home to France soon as well! Thank you for another simple, beautiful post!

Judy Castaillac said...

Heather, once again you have a great post. I especially love the first photo. Are you back? coffee?

puppyfur said...

So very beautiful, Heather, thank you. We lost our beloved 12 year old spaniel Finney last night. This post has warmed ny heart.

Heather Robinson said...

I am so terribly sorry to hear about Finney's passing, friend. You know how much I consider my boys family and so I understand how you are hurting. If there is anything that I can do please let me know, otherwise know that you will be in my thoughts.
Gros Bisous and a giant warm hug,
H.

Heather Robinson said...

Thank you, Judith.

Heather Robinson said...

Merci ma chere Soeur! And I am no Monet (hooweeee!) but maybe that is who you were thinking about? I love his paintings with the poppies and fine ladies strolling in them...

Heather Robinson said...

Not yet Judy but thanks for asking...I'll let you know. :)

Joan McKniff said...

Another lovely post.

I read your posts in Florida, more than a country apart, a world apart. Our oldest known roads are canoe routes of the earliest people in Florida.

We know quite a bit about from where in Spain the Spanish explorers in Florida came. But I've no idea about the French who had a bigger presence here than I knew before I moved here. From Arles? Had they walked along the Roman Roads?

Glamour Drops said...

Such soft images, and yet the history is anything but soft….how time changes all…..

Jane and Lance Hattatt said...

Hello Heather:

"Joining the empires of the mind". What a wonderful evocation of the past which, of course, becomes the present when one finds oneself travelling a road which has, in one way or another, been traversed for centuries. Like you, we love these kinds of connections.

silkannthreades said...

Sounds like the route is inching homewards.... The poppies in the field are lovely but they, with the barbed wire, are telling me that this June, 100 years ago, WW1 began. For some of our boys/men, there was no going home.

Optimistic Existentialist said...

Heather I love this post because you combine poetic prose with beautiful photos :-)

La Petite Gallery said...

These photographs are so very beautiful. I am surprised that those roads are still there.
What history, and how I love history. Thank you for this beautiful post/
yvonne

Mumbai said...

Must be wonderful walking on these roads...thought you walk already in a new home?

donna baker said...

So very interesting and beautiful.

Loree said...

This is so lovely Heather and that first photo really does look like a Monet. It made me catch my breath. Hope all is well with you. Your comment made me wonder what you're up to.

Emilia Tremante said...

Hi Heather, I'm trying to send a comment but I don't know why I can't. Emiliatre

Emilia Tremante said...

It is always a fascinaiting experience to travel on a Roman route. You can feel an ancient atmosphere all around especially at sunset when the sun lenghtens the shadows and the landscape becomes sepia ad in old photos. ..
Aurelia, Domizia lead to France but remember " all the roads lead to Rome".

simpleimages2 said...

Yes. Old remnants of Roman roads remind us of empires.Imagination as red as the poppies leads our minds to new destinations.
New. Beyond the old glories, the old meanings.

LaPouyette said...

Love these old roads, love the fields, love the wild flowers and the poppies, LOVE this post!
Warmest greetings from the Périgord,
karin

Lorrie said...

When we visited Arles and the Pont du Gard several years ago I felt the weight of history and the almost dizzying sense of suspension in time. We here in North America consider a 100 year old home old. How can we who live where everything is so new possibly grasp that weight unless we return to older lands that have felt the tramp of time?
The poppies reminded me of an impressionist painting, too. Beautiful photos, beautiful words that evoke a sense of longing and of uncertainty about where home really is.

Lisa Southard said...

The overlapping is one of my favourite things about history. Beautiful post Heather and thank you :-)

Heather Robinson said...

What a truly amazing thought Joan, especially as it is entirely possible? Chills!

Heather Robinson said...

Perfectly said, as always, dear V...

Heather Robinson said...

Jane and Lance, something that I love in seeing the photos of your travels is that you both look perfectly at home wherever you are, as if you had always been there, always been a part of that history...

Heather Robinson said...

Yes, absolutely G. That same scenery was host to such terrible times and yet such wonderful moments too.

Heather Robinson said...

Thank you Keith! That was what I was hoping to do. :)

Heather Robinson said...

I am glad that you enjoyed it Yvonne. And I wasn't exagerrating (for once!) - the decamanus road in Arles was dug up a few years back in Arles and they could see that it had only moved a few inches in 2000 years...

Heather Robinson said...

Soon, soon...

Heather Robinson said...

Thank you Donna. That is a pretty fly hat you have there! :)

Heather Robinson said...

Moving forward again Loree but thank you!

Heather Robinson said...

Ahhh, I should have known that you would have said this! ;) And you are right to use that quote too...
xo

Heather Robinson said...

Let's hope so, Edgar, let's hope so...

Heather Robinson said...

Wonderful to hear from you Karin. I hope that you are having a gorgeous Summer!

Heather Robinson said...

Yes, you understood it perfectly and have also beautifully expressed some of the things that I have been pondering while in the States, Lorrie. I miss the old. It's strength is reassuring too.

Heather Robinson said...

I like the messiness of it - and thank you for the compliment! Coming from you...

Clare M said...

Oh! These poppy photos are just delightful!

Clare x