Patrick Leigh Fermor on peacefulness

The desire for talk, movement and nervous expression that I had transported from Paris found, in this silent place [the abbey of St Wandrille de Fontanelle], no response or foil, evoked no single echo. 

(A time to keep silence, 1957)

The photo shows the Abbaye de la Cambre, in Brussels. Even if it is no longer a working abbey, I find restfulness in the shape of the arches.

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Published by

Paul Hodson

Head of Unit "EnergyEfficiency" at European Commission, Directorate-General for Energy

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