Love all the photos, particularly your wild lupins, Sellavee!
Yesterday I visited the Chapel of Sainte Barbe, in the Le Faouėt
area of Brittany. The church has the particularity of being constructed on the north/south axis rather than the traditional east/west one, and thus has the alter facing sideways-on rather than at the end of a long central aisle. In front of the altar there is, as in many Breton and French churches, a model of a boat hanging from the vaulted ceiling:
Edit: I've just been checking out the significance of the model ships. They are known as ex-voto maritime
. The story goes that sailors, on finding themselves in a perilous situation, would often pray to the Virgin Mary, asking her to intercede and keep them safe. On returning safely to land they would offer the church a token of their thanks, in the form of a model of the ship they had been on, a painting, a piece of their ship, some rope or cordage or other such 'souvenir'. These ex-voto
are kept in the church, and displayed in the regular processionnals which take place once or twice a year, when statues and other relics are paraded around the local area and back to the church. Even nowadays these pardons
are commonplace, and draw large numbers of people, finishing up with a communal meal and festivities late into the night.Wikipedia explanation