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“Journeys are the midwives of thought.” — Alain de Botton, The Art of Travel — Alain de Botton calls the final section of his book, simply, Return. And it was to that section that I turned, despite having only read … Continue reading

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Abstract and Algebraic Beauty

“France has neither winter, nor summer, nor morals. Apart from these drawbacks it is a fine country.” — Mark Twain in Jill Jonnes’ Eiffel’s Tower — It was cold and gray the day we visited the Eiffel Tower in November. In … Continue reading

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What’s this?

It’s the side of the Louvre no one ever sees. Here are a few shots of the better known facades, from our stroll through the cours (Carrée, Napoléon). And the Institut de France from the Louvre.

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Among Paris

One of the things I’ll remember most about my time in Paris is the people. Although difficult to describe, what I loved about this trip was the nearness — to the sights and sounds and smells of Paris, yes, but mostly … Continue reading

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What’s past is present

One of the things that struck me about being in Paris this time was the contrast between the old and new, the over the top grand empire, beaux arts buildings mixing with — sometimes mashing right up against — the … Continue reading

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le retour

A French professor of mine in college used to say, about her trips to France, “I can’t believe I’m going until I’m there, and I can’t believe I’m there until I’m home again.” I’m home again.

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au revoir, à bientôt

There are lots more photos from Paris, and of course there’s plenty more to say, but for now it’s au revoir and à bientôt. Tomorrow we head back. *Photo taken in le Cimetière du Père-Lachaise.

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A Rimbaud with Marshall amps

I didn’t know a lot about Patti Smith until I read Just Kids. I knew she was a driving influence for (and eventual collaborator with) Michael Stipe, and I owned and had listened to Horses. Maybe it sounds absurd, but Horses became … Continue reading

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Progress (quatre)

An Yves Klein installation in the Musée National d’Art Moderne.

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Progress (trois)

These were taken in the Crypt at the Panthéon.

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