Sunday, November 30, 2014

LIGHTNING STRIKES

While out walking around the city of Versailles we noticed still another remarkable embellishment in the form of a golden bolt of lightning on this 1790 balcony guardrail at 17 rue de Satory. The inscription "sensere gigantes" is a devise of the Chevau-Légers, or light calvary, and means in French "terrasser les géants," strike down the giants. The motif is just above the entrance of the former caserne.



Vocabulary
un garde-corps:  a body guard, or as here, a guardrail for balconies or windows;  also called un garde-fou, which literally translates as a protection for a madman
la foudre:  lightning, a bolt of lightning

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