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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


Piano Battle

A word to music lovers (and especially opera fans) … if you can!!

Jean François Zygel is giving his monthly “Lesson” at the Chatelet this Wednedsay, October 27. This week he will be talking and playing and introducing “Don Giovanni.”

Here’s a contest from earlier this year. The selection below is the first of 15. You can see and hear the others by clicking on the thumbnail screens at the bottom of the video. Enjoy!

“As busy as a bee”

Beehives in the Luxembourg Gardens.

“As busy as a bee”

good intentions

The sign seems simple enough to understand:

On the right, the big (buses) and the small (bicycles) must proceed forward through the intersection.

On the left, everything else turns right. Is this what has happened to French politics?

and …

the reality :

Fortunately, it wasn’t raining. Like that, I could take these 2 pix  through the windshield.

Isn’t there a proverb that says … something about roads paved with good intentions ?

Tao … not Zen

There is an impressive exhibit at the Grand Palais entitled “La Voie du Tao” which draws a very contemplative, respectful and rather silent public. No crowds, no noise. As though the exhibit itself was what we imagine as Zen.

The entrance ticket. Tao?

Buttons … 2000 years of them!

Sculpture … painting … photographs … artifacts … furniture and  fashion all find their way into museums and exhibits.

Mona Bismarck was a countess who created a Foundation in her Parisian mansion located on the Avenue de New York.  And right now, there is a very off-the-beaten-track exhibit entitled “Buttons: an artistic phenomenon, historical and cultural.” Hats off to Loïc Allio, collector and artist whose passion is shared by artists and historians … and who will delight you with his stories … in English or in French.

You are the Countess’ guest. No admission charge.

Inside …

there are thousands of these. All shapes, sizes, colors, materials, designs, ages.

dating from ancient history to modern fashion design. A must.

Buttoning and unbuttoning: a subject for another day!