|Faust at the Met|
Toulouse has sent me both to heaven and hell. I guess we could start with Hell, since our second night here coincided with Live at the Met! The event? Faust! This version (music by Gounod, libretto thanks to Goethe) was set in between the two world wars, with Faust as a scientist responsible for creating the atomic bomb. Interesting. Though it was already sold out here in Toulouse (the filmed Live at the Met version), someone had returned two tickets just before Marie-Claire and I went into the theatre to ask if any were left. lucky us!
|The Carosel in Place Wilson|
Of course, while faust made his deal with the devil, the opera pointed us in the direction of salvation: heaven awaiting the righteous! Margueritte was saved in the end (well... actually "hanged" in the end, but saved by being able to renounce her desire for her lover - and the father of the baby she ended up drowning in a baptismal font). I will say, beautiful opera and all that, but was struck once again by the gendered punishments in the whole thing. but that is another story.
But having sat through 3.5 hours of Faust (this version by a frenchman), and BEING in France, it did seem that hell needed to be situated against heaven, so I did try to capture a few shots of the churches that were within walking distance of our apartment. The steeples of two churches were visible down one of the streets that turns off La Capitol, so i headed in that direction. The first church I passed was L'Eglise Notrel-Dame du Taur
|Notredame with the shadows climbing|
According to the french wikipedia (the source of all my knowledge in this context), legend has it that the church was build on the exact spot where the body of Saint Saturnin came off the bull he was being dragged behind. Not sure if that (being dragged to death by a bull) counts as heaven or hell. It apparently gets you sainthood, but I can think of more pleasant ways of arriving there! Still.... lovely to look at, and as I stood watching, I could see the shadows begin to creep up the front of the facade.