n. a moment of awareness that someone you’ve known for years still has a private and mysterious inner life, and somewhere in the hallways of their personality is a door locked from the inside, a stairway leading to a wing of the house that you’ve never fully explored—an unfinished attic that will remain maddeningly unknowable to you, because ultimately neither of you has a map, or a master key, or any way of knowing exactly where you stand.
André Kertész Carnival
The Chêne chapelle (lit. ‘chapel oak’) is an oak tree located in Allouville-Bellefosse in Seine-Maritime, France. The oak tree is between 800 and 1,200 years old. It is 15m high and its base has a circumference of 16m. Its hollow trunk hosts two chapels, which were built there in 1669: ‘Notre Dame de la Paix’ (‘Our Lady of Peace’) and the ‘Chambre de l’Ermite’ (‘Hermit’s Room’). A spiral staircase around the trunk provides access to the chapels.