Un Dédale

Un dédale
(uhn day-dahl) means a labyrinth or a maze. The name comes from Daedalus, the builder of the labyrinth for King Minos of Crete. Daedalus was eventually imprisoned in the labyrinth himself along with his son Icarus. Being its creator, he knew what was and was not possible. He amassed a huge quantity of feathers, created wings and flew out of the confines of the labyrinth. Icarus flew too high. The fixative holding his wings together melted, and Icarus fell to his death. Poor Daedalus! He paid a high price for being a creative genius. First he lost his liberty, then his son.


There are some pretty famous labyrinths in France, including one at Chartres and Reims cathedral. Many chateaus had labyrinths as part of the garden, such as Chenonceau. The gorgeous image on top shows un dédale photographed by Frenchman Yann Arthus Bertrand. You can see how dédales inspired the famous French gardens, such as the one in the photo above that I took at the musée Carnavalet in Paris. From Greece to France, un dédale has serious staying power.



About Patricia Gilbert

Patricia Gilbert is a French teacher. She's Canadian, lives in the United States, but dreams of living in France. Follow her on Instagram @Onequalitythefinest and on Twitter @1qualthefinest.
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