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War And Piece
Here I am with Emily, looking at the incredible photo exposition outside le Jardin du Luxembourg, to celebrate the 60th year of the liberation of France by the American troops. Here are a few of the (approximately 100 large-scale prints of the) photos, but the best ones -- like the lady putting a glass of cider on the ground beside an American soldier gunning around the corner of a building -- weren't shown on the Senat's Web site. (The French Senat, which put on the exposition, is located in the main building at le Jardin.)

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(And Around The Corner), Piece
At my favorite patissier, Gerard Mulot. Incredible pizza there, by the way, in case you're in the neighborhood.

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Posted by aalkon at July 13, 2004 7:56 AM


You are looking at a rare photographic find. The only photo known to exist of Marie Antionette, late Queen of France. Here Marie looks at a wall of the subjects that have starved to death under her rule and at bottom we see a picture of her morning's breakfast table, full of cake. Thankfully, mercifully, three days after this photo was taken, the "Queen of France" was beheaded, to the cheers of people on both sides of the Atlantic.

Posted by: chris at July 13, 2004 6:49 AM

You're a riot, Chris! It's been a while the subject of beheadings has made me feel anything but angry or sad. Thanks for the laugh.

Posted by: Lena at July 13, 2004 9:09 AM

Those cakes! Those cakes! You make me miss France - an achievement. Bisous!

Posted by: emmanuelle at July 13, 2004 9:56 PM

Well, I'm "over" Detroit, where I grew up, but I do have a hard time understanding how you're over Paris! PS Gregg got amazing pastries for dessert last night from Stohrer Patisserie on rue Montorgueil. The box says "A PARIS DEPUIS 1730" (in Paris since 1730). I do get a laugh out of a pastry place that's been around 50 years longer than our country. Bastille day today...last night, the worst brass band you've ever heard played in the square outside our window...for hours...while I was on deadline with my assistant on the phone from the states. Generally speaking, the French seem musically and dance-ologicaly nowhere...but what they lack in skill, they do make up in enthusiasm...unfortunately for my head!

Posted by: Amy Alkon at July 14, 2004 12:47 AM