Paris

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Notre Dame de Paris

Today was Contributor Day. The group I was in got site architecture, a wire frame, and a page/keyword map done for the update of the WordCamp Central website. We had a soggy wrap, a squash sandwich (two slices of summer […]

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Practical Things in Paris

Mostly I have followed the Twoflower theory of tourism while in Paris, but over the past two days I’ve been working in the hotel room and #2 daughter has been at a Community Summit. I have thus done some practical […]

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Beds of Paris

Of course I love fine art. And of course I have been transported by the works of Monet and  Picasso, Gaugin and Rodin while I’ve been visiting Paris. But I also value the decorative arts, the things that make daily […]

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Flowers of Paris

It’s a workday. and I’m sitting at my computer in my hotel room, overlooking the canal. There is a sweet breeze from the window, and I am going to share some of the gorgeous flowers I’ve been seeing.

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Paris, Day 6

We began our day with a visit to the Musée Fragonard. I like specific, narrow views of history. Books like Salt and Candy Freak, museums like Choco-Story and the Fragonard, which examines the history of fragrance. First, we learned, perfume […]

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The Downside of Paris

Well, no, there isn’t any downside to Paris. But there have been moments which were less wonderful than the other moments. As you walk through Paris, for example, you can take a deep breath of lovely, light air perfumed with […]

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The Pastry Life List

Okay, not a life list, since it;s just for this visit, but we’re following the birdwatcher’s custom of collecting sightings, but in this case it’s sightings (and eatings) of pastry. The photo above shows the lovely and chic mistress of […]

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Paris, Day 4

We took our museum passes and our passes visite and headed out to the Choco-Story Gourmand Museum of Chocolate. There was some overlap with our experience of Versailles from the previous day, since Marie Antoinette’s chocolate service  was represented. I […]

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Versailles

The Palace of Versailles is a monument to excess and showmanship, resources lavished on a small, self-centered group while the people suffered and the nation was deeply in debt. But now, it is a public building celebrating the glories of […]

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Paris, Day 2

These ladies, representing the inhabited continents, greeted us at the Musee D’Orsay. There was an exhibit of Art Nouveau decorative arts, as well as Impressionists, many statues, and plenty of paintings. This was our big tourist event of the day. […]