VOL. 15 NO. 1
|The Independent Traveler's Newsletter|
A Milestone . . .
Ici et Là
with Arthur Gillette:
- The Small Museums of Paris
Select Paris Suburb
Write about France
in our Photo Contest
It's hard to believe that we are now in our 15th year of publication! We never thought we'd be able to provide enough information and topics to last this long! But, we underestimated La Belle France. We've come to learn from our many travels in France and through the people who know France from the inside, that it is the most diverse and interesting place ~ from the incredible landscapes to the historical treasures, from the irresistible cuisine to the French themselves. We couldn't have enjoyed our experiences more, and we hope that they can continue to provide us with endless pleasure and enjoyment. We hope that for you, too!
For our readers who find Paris the main attraction when they are in France, we will focus on some of its treasures in this issue and take you to Small Museums of Paris ~ highlighting those little-known places devoted to unusual subjects. We will also visit La Défense, the office complex at the western end of Paris that turned out to be a much greater success than was believed when the concept was first introduced. Last, we will step just outside the city and visit Saint Denis, an unique northern suburb of Paris.
Also, please visit The Bookshelf, to read our review of a travel adventure by one American lady who longed for the opportunity of cycling in France, and she finally took the plunge when her personal life needed a new beginning. Ride along with her from Bordeaux to Grenoble to catch a glimpse of cycling and personal growth in settings that only France could provide.
Last, but not least, we know that a lot of you are lovers of French wines, so you may be quite interested in Vin en Vacances, an article through which you can explore the region of Languedoc-Roussillon for those wines that are becoming increasingly popular ~ and that offer excellent quality for still reasonable prices.
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> to see if you would like to include a tour of Languedoc wine country in your next visit to France after reading about Vin en Vacances.
> to see a successful student exchange program between the Loire and Georgia (USA) ~ The Kindness of Strangers.
> because it's time to vote for your favorite photo in our First Annual Photo Contest.
> for The Bookshelf where we review Cycling, Wine and Men ~ A Midlife Tour de France by Nancy Brook.
as Marlane O'Neill takes a trip to Toulouse in our series Notes
ENIGMAS . . . A Quiz on Your
Knowledge of Historic Paris
by Arthur Gillette
Question from the last issue: Why does the Pont de la Concorde, leading from the Place of the same name to the Left Bank just in front of the National Parliament, have no ring-bolts, used in the archways below all other old Paris Seine spans to help boatmen haul their craft through against the current when navigating upstream?
Answer: There are no ring-bolts because the Pont de la Concorde was made with stone recycled from the Bastille after its destruction, and the builders wanted no symbolic reminder of chains or other forms of constraint. (I'm not sure the boatmen appreciated this.)
Our new question: In mid-June 1917, American troops led by General John Pershing arrived in Paris. According to legend, he made a point of going to Lafayette's grave and declaring, “Lafayette, we are here!” Where is that grave, and what is wrong with the legend?
Gillette to take advantage of his amazing knowledge of Paris
[See the answer
to this edition's question revealed in our Spring 2011 issue.]
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