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wrought iron grilling in toulouse

My wish, easy enough to accomplish, amounted to following a tourist map to the corner of rue Croix Baragnon and rue des Arts in Toulouse, France. I wanted to see the oldest house in Toulouse, dating from the 14th century.

I found it and took my photos.

When I do some research online, one moment I am focussed on the project, and in another instant I am somewhere else, far away, reading material I had not originally intended to read.

It is like reading a page and forgetting what I had read, because my mind had wandered somewhere between the distance at the end of the line on the page and the beginning of the next line.

A flâneur wanders. Meanders a bit from here to there. It is not a loss of concentration; it is experiencing another new moment, possibly unrelated to the previous one. (Click on any photo to see it larger and in more detail.)

I found the oldest building in Toulouse and took some photographs of it; and in the course of looking at it, I noticed the wrought iron metal grills on the other buildings around me. (Click on any photo to see it larger and in more detail.)

Each grill was different, every one; no two were alike. I began looking for a possible replica on another building in another street. I saw many many more of these beautiful and unique grills adorning the windows and balconies. (Click on any photo to see it larger and in more detail.)

Of course, I went online and did some research, looking for “wrought iron metal grills in Toulouse.” I wanted to know who made them. That was a mistake. I started to wander, again. (Click on any photo to see it larger and in more detail.)

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  1. L Welch #

    These grills are beautiful. I’ve been struck by them, too. Great project! Nice pictures.

    • Thank you very much. I am sitting in a hotel room in Lyon at the moment and outside my window and across the building are more of these ornate wrought iron ‘sculptures.’


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