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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.
Just got this letter from Tom … Enjoy.
By ERIC PFANNER 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.
Poet, Novelist, Pilot
disappeared in the course of a
reconnaissance mission July 31, 1944.
Jean Moulin was a high-profile member of the French Resistance during World War II. 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).
Fortunately, there’s enough traffic to give us time to read it, understand it, digest it and react!
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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