National Geographic : 1915 Nov
THE FLOWER GIRLS OF NORTHERN FRANCE What woes their country bears, what sorrows and sufferings their fathers and mothers know, may their childish lives not realize! duct and bridge, the engineers have sewn the mountains together with their steel bodkins and made possible comfortable exploration for the least adventurous traveler. REGIONAL ARCHITECTURE The geography of France has affected the people as well as the climate and the architecture. Though the old provincial boundaries are gone long ago, the char acteristics the people of those former divisions imbibed from the soil remain the same, and in each lives a pride of locality second to none, with idiosyncra sies of speech and custom and costume easily traced back to regional conditions and peculiarities. In architecture we find the explanation of some of the most re markable buildings of the country in the geographical conditions of their loca tions. In the great plain of Toulouse, for ex ample, stone is not available, but there is plenty of good clay. Consequently, the Toulousans have wrought with brick, rearing churches and palaces of the noblest types by using the material at hand, and adapting their style to their means, instead of going far afield for stone or marble and building structures without a whit of local significance.