La Basilique de Saint Denis, Paris, 9th January 2014
Travelling to Paris to place orders for wristwatch presentation boxes, I found the time to visit the Basilique de Saint-Denis, the oldest and most astounding piece of medieval Gothic architecture. Gargoyles galore. Butresses flying out at all angles. Dead kings.
Dead French kings. An awful lot of them. Over thirteen centuries worth, pretty much from the first to the last. Clovis 1er. He would have used a water-clock. Henri 1er, probably a candle clock. François 1er would have consulted a verge and foliot up a turret. Louis 14ème, a pendulum on his mantel.
Then, to my delight - I wasn't expecting this - there she was! Just lying there. Marie Antoinette d'Autriche, Reine de France et Navarre. A pocket watch for her.