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Cows in broad daylight


Cows in broad daylight
2 cows in the sunshine -French cows in all likelihood-, close to Roquefeuil, in the Aude region, in the French Pyrenees, about 16 days ago.

I took a photo of their peaceful presence, I did it for no particular reason.

Evidently, I was there and they had to be there too.

At close distance, 3 or 4 of their companions were looking for shelter among the trees.

3 or 4 feet to the left, out of reach of the camera lens.

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Château de Monségur


Château de Monségur
The ‘Château de Monségur’ in the French Pyrenees, as seen in the distance from high up on the ‘plateau de Sault’ (1300m above sea level) which is located partly in the Aude region and partly in the Ariège.

Monségur was one of the last pockets of cathar resistance against the armada of the French king and the Catholic Church. The story goes that some Cathars managed to escape at night and to carry the legendary Cathar treasure to the mythic village of Rennes-le-Château. There is, however, no physical evidence of this event and nobody knows anything for sure about the real nature of the treasure.

Except for Abbé Saunière. 😊

Photo: 12 days ago.

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Franz Kafka/ Briefe an Milena


Franz Kafka/ Briefe an Milena
Ich habe noch einmal den Sonntagsbrief gelesen, er ist doch schrecklicher, als ich nach nach dem ersten Lesen dachte. Man müsste, Milena, Ihr Gesicht zwichen beide Hände nehmen und Ihnen fest in die Augen sehn, damit Sie in den Augen des andern sich selbst erkennen und von da an nicht mehr imstande sind, Dinge, wie Sie sie dort geschriebn haben, auch nur zu denken.
(Fischer Bücherei, 1970, Schocken Books, 1952)
The letters to Milena were originally published in German in 1952 as Briefe an Milena, edited by Willy Haas, who decided to delete certain passages which he thought might hurt people who were still alive at the time. The collection was first published in English by Schocken Books in 1953, translated by Tania and James Stern. A new German edition, restoring the passages Haas had deleted, was published in 1986, followed by a new English translation by Philip Boehm in 1990. This edition includes some of Milena’s letters to Max Brod, as well as four essays by her and an obituary for Kafka.

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