VOL. 19 NO. 4
|The Independent Traveler's Newsletter|
| " . . . France has the
only two things toward which we drift as we grow older --
intelligence and good manners.."
- F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896-1940)
IN THIS ISSUE:
~ Intoxicating Paris and
Intoxicating Southern France
2 books by P J Adams
FEATURING: Abbeys and Monasteries of France
~ Coming out of the Dark Ages
La Route: The 2016 Tour de France
Nous Sommes Paris
HISTORY CONTINUES TO FLOW, THANKS TO PARIS' PUBLIC FOUNTAINS
In our Summer 2014 issue, we presented the landmark Fontaines Wallace.
Of those there are "only 200", while Paris boasts several hundred more public fountains.
This new series highlights some of the most attractive - and intriguing - among them.
Here are two of the fountains ~ Part One of our mini-series.
by Arthur Gillette
The Fontaine de Médicis in the Luxemburg Gardens
After her husband, King Henri IV, was assassinated in 1610, horrified Queen Marie de Médicis fled the Palais du Louvre and moved to the Palais and Jardins du Luxembourg she had built ~ inspired by Florence's Palazzo Pitti and Giardini Boboli where she had grown up. A major, but generally not overcrowded, attraction there is the Médici Fountain.
Its major sculpture portrays a decidedly less serene event from Greek mythology (penned by Ovid and much later set to music by Handel): the shepherd Acis caressing the maritime goddess Galatea while, above them, the very amorous and very jealous monster Polyphemus prepares to crush them with a huge stone.
inside. . .
with a click
> to read Part Two of our mini-series on those beautiful Public Fountains of Paris.
> for our review of P J Adams two books: Intoxicating Southern France and Intoxicating Paris on The Bookshelf.
> to read about what's happening in France, the UK and the US, culturally speaking, as well as news from France you may not be seeing reported elsewhere, visit Ici et Là.
> and come along with us as we look at the history of monastic life and visit some of France's most interesting Abbeys and Monasteries.
We have completed our 19th year of publication.
We hope you've enjoyed some of those years with us and that you will encourage your friends to subscribe.
TONGUES . . .
by Arthur Gillette
Welcome to Twisted Tongues, a French word game everyone can play. Can you come up with the correct translation of the phrase in question? You'll be surprised by how it differs from what you first thought it meant.
Answer from our Summer issue: "Une caisse". Although literally "a case or box", in slang it means a dilapidated vehicle or 'jalopy'.
"Un aller - retour"- Does it
return or round trip"?
Look for the correct translation in our Winter 2016 newsletter. Have fun!
Gillette to take advantage of his amazing knowledge of Paris
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