Links to  all the stunning photos which have appeared on the

Paradoxplace Home Page since 2007



2007 & 2008



2009 & 2010



2011 & 2012



2012 & 2013

About Paradoxplace


Home Page Photo Archive from January 2011 - mid 2012

start at the bottom


Some of the photos and captions that have appeared on the Home Page of Paradoxplace since early 2009

(the dates refer to when the photo was on the home page, not when the photo was taken). 


Link to photos which appeared on the Paradoxplace Home Page in 2007 and 2008  and in 2009 and 2010.


Food photos from the home page can be found in "Simply the Best Meals"






June is Cherrry time at the Coop in Poggibonsi


June 2012



Gemini - Les Gémeaux (The Twins)   May 22 – June 21


The Gemini Twins from the 1200s "Vasco Vescovali" made in Afghanistan or Iran.


Illustration from an outstanding British Museum book.

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June 2012





A common medieval illustration for the month of May is a flamboyant mounted knight out hawking -

a medieval way of pulling upper class chicks.


This delightful example is to be found in the little church of

St Peter, Thorpe Salvin (S Yorkshire)


June 2012






15 June 1215


Magna Carta was signed in Runnymead

797 years' ago



June 2012





Wednesday 13 June is the Feast of

St Anthony of Padua




June 2012





Thursday 7 & Sunday 10 June

- Corpus Domini -

Medieval Processions and Street and Church Infiorati


Cistercian Abbazia di Casamari (Lazio)

A 700 year old infiorata tradition


June 2012





Corpus Domini Infiorata at the

Cistercian Abbazia di Chiaravalle della Colomba

(near Fidenza in Emilia-Romagna)


June 2012




Sunday 27 May was Pentecoste

Boat Races, Fireworks, Wine Festivals .....


Pentecoste - Pz San Marco, Venice


June 2012




Pentecoste - Santo Domingo de Silos



June  2012





May Day - San Pietro in Vaticano


Churches of Rome


May 2012





Innès de Castro in the magnificent


Cistercian Monastery of Alcobaça, Portugal


May 2012





May means walking time


French Pilgrimage Roads


Spanish Pilgrimage Roads




Le Puy en Velay - assembly point for the via Podiensis pilgrim road to Santiago de Compostela in NW Spain


May 2012





Santo Domingo de Silos (S of Burgos)


May 2012





WWII in Italy


May 2012





The Palazzo Farnese, Rome


May 2012





May Day - San Pietro in Vaticano

May 2012



The Empress Theodora in the Basilica of San Vitale, Ravenna


May 2012







Taurus - Le Taureau (The Bull) - April 21 – May 21


L'Eglise St-Lazare, Avallon (Burgundy)


May 2012






New photos from the Knight Templar church of Ognissanti in the medieval port of Trani


April 2012




Tuesday 1 May is May Day


May Day in Salamanca (Spain)





Wednesday 25 April is Anzac Day in Australia


 Grandfather Paradox looks awkward with HRH the Prince of Wales (who was 7 years' his junior)

during an inspection of his 131 Field Ambulance at Chateau Longeau (Amiens) on 7 February 1919





Monday 23 April is St Georges Day


St Mary the Virgin, West Knoyle, Wiltshire




Spring Lambs in the Cathédrale St-Lazare, Autun (Burgundy)




Vine pruning in the Basilique Ste-Madeleine, Vézelay (Burgundy)





Cathédrale de Notre Dame de Chartres


Aries – Le Bélier (The Ram) - March 21 to April 20


Medieval Zodiacs & Labours of the Months





Santa Maria Sopra Minerva, Rome


Churches of Rome


April 2012




Sunday 25 March is the Feast of the Annunciation


Annunciation - St Francis' first church,

the Porziuncola Chapel,

Santa Maria degli Angeli, Assisi


March 2012




Foot warming in February - St Peters, Thorpe Salvin - S Yorkshire


February 2012




Basilique Ste-Madeleine, Vézelay - West Burgundy


Pisces  –  Les Poissons (The Fishes)


February 19 – March 20





Collecting winter firewood

St-Lazare, Avallon (Burgundy)


February 2012





"Hierusalem" mosaic at the base of the c430 Triumphal Arch

of Santa Maria Maggiore, Rome





February 14 is Valentines Day


Cattedrale di San Valentino, Bitonto

The greatest of the great Romanesque Cathedrals of Puglia







Wed 8 February is the Feast of St Jerome Emiliani, patron saint of Orphans


Brunelleschi's Spedale degli Innocenti

(Foundling Hospital - Florence)


February 2012





Chartres Cathedral Zodiac Window


Aquarius the water carrier (right), and the three faces of the New Year - past, present and future


Le Verseau (The Water Carrier)

January 21 – February 18



February 2012



Florence - River Arno and Duomo



Florence Duomo and Skylines


February 2012





Adam & Eve - Dryburgh Abbey



February 2012





Dante Alighieri (1265 - 1321 (56))


portrait by Giotto, in the Bargello, Florence




January 2012






Fairford Parish Church*


Christmas 2011






* pages for Fairford parish church were to be our fun project over Christmas,

but sadly the time window evaporated ........ it really is a stunning place, so we'll get there soon!






La Capricorne (The Sea Goat also the Billy Goat)

December 22 - January 20


Cluny Museum, Paris



January 2012




Christmas Dinner at Chartres


Sunday 25 December 2011 




This is the 1997 poster for the Santa Fe (New Mexico) Winter Spanish Market




December 2011






St-Lazare, Avallon (Burgundy)


Winter Solstice


Thursday 22 December 2011 



Killing a pig for Christmas, and Sagittarius (right)

(November 23 – December 21)



Cathedral of Notre Dame de Chartres



Medieval Zodiacs





December 13 is the Feast of Santa Lucia,


Patron Saint of Siracusa (Sicily)


November 2011





Eleanor of Castile, Queen Consort of England, died near Lincoln

on 28 November 1290.


Eleanor Cross, Geddington


November 2011





Tuscan Country Photo Pages


December 2011






October 24 – November 22

Wine Decanting and Scorpio

Le Scorpion (The Scorpion)


Chartres Cathedral Zodiac Window



Cathedral of Notre Dame de Chartres


November 2011





November 11th is Armistice Day


29,000 men from the Welch Division were killed or wounded in WWI





León Cathedral




October 2011





Bellatrovata - Autumn 2011



La Foce Cemetery, Tuscany



Flowers for Ognissanti (November 1) in the beautiful little cemetery at La Foce (South of Siena)





12 October 1492 - Christopher Columbus lands in America





Thursday 6 October is the Feast of Ste Foy (Santa Fe)


September 2011





Libra - Le Balance (The Scales) - September 23 – October 23


Capital in the Basilique Ste-Madeleine, Vézelay - West Burgundy






"Noli me Tangere"


Basilique St-Andoche, Saulieu


September 2011





St Michael & All Angels Font, Castle Frome (Herefordshire)


September 2011





La Vierge (The Virgin) aka Virgo (August 24 - September 22)


in the Zodiac Window of the Cathedral of Notre Dame de Chartres


Chartres Cathedral     Medieval Zodiacs


September 2011




Leo the Lion  (July 23 – August 23)


St-Lazare, Avallon (Burgundy)


August 2011




Central Roof Boss - York Minster Chapter House


July 2011





Le Cancer (the Crab) - June 22– July 22


Canterbury Cathedral Zodiacs


July 2011



Corpus Domini  - 23 June 2011


Flower petal tapesteries everywhere in Italy - this lot covering the nave floor of the Cistercian Abbey of Casamari








Mourners on the tomb of  La Beata Urraca Lopez de Haro (1170 – 1262 (92)),

Abbess of the Cistercian Abbey (for nuns) of Canas, La Rioja


June 2011



Other memorable tombs in Spain and Portugal





The Gemini Twins, May 22 - June 21


Eglise St-Lazare, Avallon, Burgundy


June 2011





15 June 1215

Magna Carta was signed in Runnymead

796 years' ago


June 2011




Real Monasterio de Neustra Señora de Rueda

(Our Lady of the Water Wheel) - Aragon






Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent


1494 - 1520 - 1566 (72)


by Titian





Taurus the (mer-) Bull  -  21 April - 21 May


Basilique Ste-Madeleine, Vézelay


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1 May 2011



May Day in Salamanca (Spain)                  May Day in San Pietro in Vaticano (Rome)







23 November 1918 - paternal Grandfather Paradox (Dr Jimmy Fletcher) photographs the Indian Cavalry on parade in Baghdad



18 January 1921 - maternal Grandmother Paradox (Clare Sproule) photographs the Indian Cavalry on parade in Peshawar


160 years earlier in October 1759 5xGreat Grandfather Paradox (Samuel Hampton) had been a founding officer of the Bengal Native Infantry in Calcutta.  A son and grandson of his were Generals in the Bengal Army.


So it's not really surprising that the Paradox is genetically predisposed to military band marching music




Vittore Carpaccio (1450/60 - 1525) in the

Scuola di San Giorgio degli Schiavoni in Venice



San Giorgio by Carpaccio - Scuola di San Giorgio degli Schiavoni, Venice





Fra Angelico frescos Cell 3 of the Convent of St Marco in Florence


25 March is the Feast of the Annunciation





Aries - March 21– April 20


Le Bélier (The Ram) and spring flowers


Chartres Cathedral


April 2011





February foot warming and Pisces


St Nicholas, Civray



March 2011





A little sea fella in a spandrel in the facade of Notre Dame la Grande in Poitiers.



February 2011






Santiago di Compostela


Memories of Adam and Eve



February 2011





Capricorn (December 22 - January 20)


La Capricorne (The Billy Goat with smig)


Cluny Museum, Paris



January 2011





"Hello Again" - the Magi return for Epiphany - 6 January


Cathédrale St-Gatien, Tours



January 2011





Killing a steer for Christmas - in other places usually broiling a pig or two suffices,

but up in Carlisle they are made of sterner stuff.


December 2010



In Chartres, a good

Christmas Feast is already under way 

December  2010





Christmas and Adriano's memories of the early 2000s in Chianti - Masaccio's 600th and Fra Angelico's San Marco

(click on the photos, or click here for more Nativity moments)





Chloe Bradburn, 2 weeks, chats to Papa Paradox, 3500 weeks, on her first Christmas (2010).




Sagittarius (November 23 – December 21)


Le Sagitaire (The Archer)


Cluny Museum, Paris


December 2010


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