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Garden of Fallen Leaders

With the fall of the Soviet Union, citizens’ enthusiasm for statues of Communist leaders in every square and public space waned.   Many of these statues were vandalized or pulled down.   Many of those from Moscow ended up in … Continue reading

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Quick Stop in Arles

We had a drive of 750 km from  Cadouin in the Dordogne where we had spent a week with friends to Roquebrune Cap Martin near Monaco where we planned to stay for another couple of weeks.  Arles seemed like a … Continue reading

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The Eiffel Tower in the Rain

We last went to the top of the Eiffel Tower in 1993 with Kate who was then 14.  We decided during our fall 2015 trip that it was time to revisit it.  I booked tickets three months in advance when … Continue reading

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Anniversary Lunch at La Tour d’Argent

Our 43rd wedding anniversary was Oct 13 2015 while we were in Paris and our son’s inlaws were also in town on business.  We thought it would be a great opportunity to splurge on a Michelin star lunch and we … Continue reading

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Fountains of Versailles: A Little Chaos

Not long ago we saw a little movie by Alan Rickman called ‘A Little Chaos’ which is the entirely fictional story of  a female garden designer who worked with Andre le Notre and designed the Ballroom Fountain.  And there was … Continue reading

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Lafayette: We are Here.

People often attribute the words ‘Layfayette, we are here’ to General Pershing on his arrival in France during WWI.  In fact, the words were spoken by General Stanton in 1917 at the grave of Lafayette during a ceremony honoring his … Continue reading

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Etretat – The Impressionists had an Eye for a Beautiful Place

Monet painted the cliffs of Etretat in 1885; the spectacular limestone arches and islets off this charming little seaside resort were a popular subject for the impressionists.  We often choose a destination from a calendar picture or work of art; … Continue reading

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Magic at Musee des Arts Forains

I have wanted to visit the Musee des Arts Forains for years but it is rarely open to the public and my previous calls and attempts to book were not successful. We have not been in Paris during the week … Continue reading

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