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just a traffic sign in Paris …

I am sincerely proud to hold French nationality as well as American citizenship. But of course, having a French passport does not make you French.

Parisians are very smart. They can understand this traffic sign as they pass it while driving at the city speed limit of 50km/hour in their approach to the stoplight.  I wonder if it’s on the test for the good-for-a-lifetime “permis de conduire” (permission to drive)?

(at Denfert …)

((Laughing … at ourselves ???))

Ron is back!

The Gift of Liberty

You probably know that the BIG Statue of Liberty is on Ellis Island. Here’s a refresher of its history!  This is a photo of the original scultpture which is in the Luxembourg Gardens in Paris. The Luxembourg (or Luco, as it’s called by the neighbors and kids who go to school nearby) is one of the most wonderful places on earth: you will see every age in the Luco … from newborns enjoying their first days to the very elderly who may be enjoying their last … and every age in-between. All ages, all colors, all occupations … students, lovers, chess players, tennnis players, tai-chi folk, and me, too, sometimes …  Maybe this has to do with “Liberty.”  More on Luco later !

Frederic Auguste Bartholdi  (1834-1904)
The Statue of Liberty arrived in New York Harbor on June 19, 1885. The monument was a gift of friendship from the people of France to the people of the United States, intended to commemorate the centennial of the American Declaration of Independence, some ten years earlier. Sculptor Frederic Auguste Bartholdi’s Statue of Liberty enlightening the world stands more than 300 feet high.

French historian Edouard Laboulaye suggested the presentation of this statue to the United States, commemorating the alliance of France and the United States during the American Revolution. The copper colossus was designed by Frederic Auguste Bartholdi and erected according to plans by Gustave Eiffel.

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Mediterranean seascape

Letter from Tom Byrne

Just got this letter from Tom … Enjoy.

Welcome to Paris in the autumn. There’s a chill in the air and the light is slightly more orange. I love the colours and changes which this time of year brings. It’s all too brief but it’s also a charming time to paint outdoors.For art treasure hunters, Paris is teeming at the moment. The portes ouvert of Montreuil are this weekend. I went to see some ateliers last night and it’s extremely interesting when you know where to go.Next weekend is the Fiac. The contemporary art fair which is spread around Paris but which is centred in the Grand palais. Naturally, a great many other things happen around that. So there will be very many art visitors in Paris for these events. Some other art exhibitions which happen around the FIAC are listed below.While you are in Paris, you could visit the DDG gallery. Here you will find more classical paintings of great quality. Some of the best landscape and urban painters in France, contained in a gallery on the ile Saint Louis. If you mention this newsletter you will have a 5% reduction on any art that you purchase there.I will be at the gallery from Tuesday to Wednesday this week.
All the best to you
Tom J. Byrne



In Burgundy, It’s All About Terroir, by Eric Pfanner and Stefana Russell

By  for the New York Times, Published: September 16, 2011

ALOXE-CORTON, FRANCE — In an 18th-century cellar under his family home in this village in Burgundy, Franck Follin-Arbelet pulls the corks on two of his 2009 red wines. Each comes from a vineyard in Aloxe-Corton. Each has the same quality imprimatur, premier cru. Each was made from the same grape variety, pinot noir.

Read the whole report here.

Watch it  here (a bilingual French/English presentation) >>> Romanée-Conti: It’s All About Terroir – The video
Vineyards in Aloxe-Corton and Pernand-Vergelesses in Burgundy. No other wine-growing region in France takes the idea of terroir as seriously.
Stefania Rousselle

Franck Follin-Arbelet, left, at work in Aloxe-Corton.

Stefania Russell


St Ex


   In honor of

Antoine de Saint Exupéry


Poet, Novelist, Pilot

disappeared in the course of a

reconnaissance mission July 31, 1944.


Honoring Jean Moulin and André Malraux at the French Panthéon

Jean Moulin was a high-profile member of the French Resistance during World War II.[1] He is remembered today as an emblem of the Resistance primarily due to his role in unifying the French resistance under de Gaulle and his courage and death at the hands of the Germans.

André Malraux was a French adventurer, award-winning author, and statesman. Having traveled extensively in Indochina and China, Malraux was noted especially for his novel entitled La Condition Humaine (Man’s Fate) (1933), which won the Prix Goncourt. He was appointed by General Charles de Gaulle as Minister of Information (1945–1946), then as Minister of State (1958–1959), and the first Minister of Cultural Affairs, serving during De Gaulle’s entire presidency (1959–1969).

Paris Plage

Here’s a note on it … from the NYT.

From our favorite sign maker …

Fortunately, there’s enough traffic to give us time to read it, understand it, digest it and react!


and then there’s one of my favorites here. …. and you have to pay particular attention when crossing … Boulevard Montparnasse.

For those of you who want to delve into this a little further … on this one, there were clearly good intentions… 

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