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Back in 2009, my parents and I were in France together for the last time (my dad's whole family still lives there, so we used to visit for Christmas; now my parents go for Thanksgiving and I visit my grandparents in the summer, when everything is warm and beautiful). Part of our trip involved driving up from Bordeaux to Royan, a strategic port city that got totally destroyed by the Germans in WWII. This included their church, which was rebuilt and stands today like a weird, concrete, utilitarian monument to Ayn Rand or something out of George Orwell's 1984.

I mean, yes; good for Royan to sticking it to the Nazis. But just because you CAN rebuild your town's cathedral in a couple months using concrete doesn't necessarily mean you SHOULD. I mean, it's no Pantheon.

Uploaded by thesnowybiscuit at 10:57 on 25 March

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