Sun 13 Oct 2013
We were looking at this view in la Flotte on Île de Ré :
when I turned around and saw an interesting iron sculpture on the wall behind us:
It was of Nicolas Martiau who, it turns out, was born on Île de Ré, immigrated to the States and built a fence in Jamestown famous for keeping out the angry Indians and, to my amazement, is related to George Washington, the first president of the US. Who knew, right? I googled him while standing there and saw that there was a statue of George Washington in Saint Martin on the island so when we arrived there we went to the Ernest Cognacq Museum to see it. Because I was an American wanting to see the statue which was in the garden, they let me in for free.
And here it is. The sun was in the wrong place so it’s not a good look. There is a medallion underneath of Nicola Martiau. The statue is a copy of one in Virginia. It was installed in the garden of the museum by the American ambassador in 2007. Our friend who was with us belongs to the organization that had it put there-small world.
There aren’t many signs of autumn here in this area. Most of the trees seem to be evergreens and the ones which aren’t just sort of drop brown leaves eventually. I’ve seen berries on bushes and the sun is going down earlier and earlier, the only signs I’ve noticed, so it was nice to see these bright red leaves on a building in Saint Martin.