Posts Tagged ‘Paris’

All the Way From France!

August 7, 2017

RenePaintingHappy Monday!  The check is in the mail.  Well, I believe this is a first! I purchased a painting last week (from the comfort of my apartment) that just happened to be in an exhibit in France!  It was an exhibit of the extraordinarily talented American artist René Shoemaker (of Athens, Georgia [and a personal friend of mine to boot]) entitled: “Memory & Place: Exhibition of Paintings on Silk” at La Mairie de Felletin which opened on June 21st and runs until August 18th.  “This one is titled: “The Table at the Grand Café, Felletin,” and is positively beautiful.  The simplicity and design of the table, coupled with the rich and luscious colors was love at first viewing.  René’s French is much better than mine, but to use the local language . . . merci beaucoup, mon ami!  Continuer le bon travail, et continuez à peindre!

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What Do You Think Of . . . ?

July 24, 2015

As I was perusing my copy of The Cynic’s Dictionary the other day, I noticed that there were several entries for specific cities.  I found it quite interesting and informative.  Here are a few.

Boston: “A city with champagne tastes and beer pocketbooks.”  (Alan Friedberg)

Chappaquiddick: “The name of a place brought up by political candidates every time they say they are not going to bring it up.” (Mose Russell)

Chicago: “Virgin territory for whorehouses.”  (Al Capone)

Dublin: “A place that’s much worse than London, but not so bad as Iceland.”  (Samuel Johnson)

Edmonton: “Not exactly the end of the world . . . but you can see it from there.”  (Ralph Klein)

Hollywood: “Where people from Iowa mistake each other for movie stars.”  (Fred Allen)

Las Vegas: “A place with all kinds of gambling devices — roulette tables, slot machines, wedding chapels.”   (Stanley Davis)

Los Angeles: “Seventy-two suburbs in search of a city.”  (Dorothy Parker)

Oxford: “Like a chat show, but with more people.”  (Alan Coren)

Paris: “A city asleep — and snoring loudly.”  (Ned Rorem)

Venice: “Like eating an entire box of chocolate liqueurs at one go.”  (Truman Capote)

Source: The Cynic’s Dictionary by Aubrey Dillon-Malone

Art Thou Ready?

December 13, 2012

This was shared with me last week, and I felt compelled to pass it along (with some minor modification) . . . enjoy!

A thief in Paris planned to steal some paintings from the Louvre.  After careful planning, he got past security, stole the paintings, and made it safely to his van.  However, he was captured only two blocks away when his van ran out of gas.  When asked how he could mastermind such a crime and then make such an obvious error, her replied, “Monsieur, that is the reason I stole the paintings . . .

I had no Monet, Monet

to buy Degas,  Degas

VanGoghto make the Van Gogh.”

DeGaulleI definitely had De Gaulle to share this with someone else . . .

Toulouse  . . .  by posting this to my blog because I figured I had nothing Toulouse.  Ha!

Marvel-ous Monday, Part XIII!

August 29, 2011

The tallest building in the world . . . the Burj Khalifa (formerly the Burj Dubai) . . . rises 2,717 feet from the desert floor and provides spectacular views of the Persian Gulf, the Burj al-Arab Hotel (sail-shaped hotel), and the Palm Jumeirah island (man-made island).  This skyscraper was opened in January of 2010 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates and was renamed after Sheik Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the ruler of Abu Dhabi, who pumped tens of billions of dollars into Dubai in 2009 as it struggled to pay enormous debts.  This structure is actually taller than the combined heights of the Empire State Building and the Eiffel Tower!  Wow, that’s tall!

Only one U.S. building is in the top ten in the world, and it is the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere: Willis Tower (Chicago).

Vive La Revolution!

July 14, 2010

Happy Bastille Day!

The Bastille was originally constructed in 1370 as a bastide, or “fortification,” to protect the walled city of Paris from English attack. It was later made into an independent stronghold, and its name–bastide–was corrupted to Bastille. The Bastille was first used as a state prison in the 17th century, and its cells were reserved for upper-class felons, political troublemakers, and spies. Most prisoners there were imprisoned without a trial under direct orders of the king. Standing 100 feet tall and surrounded by a moat more than 80 feet wide, the Bastille was an imposing structure in the Parisian landscape.

However, on this date in 1789, Parisian revolutionaries and mutinous troops stormed and dismantled the Bastille . . . This dramatic action signaled the beginning of the French Revolution, a decade of political turmoil and terror in which King Louis XVI was overthrown and tens of thousands of people, including the king and his wife Marie Antoinette, were executed.

A little closer to home, did you know that today is also the birthday of Oklahoman Woody Guthrie (a revolutionary in his own right perhaps?) who would have been 98 years old today?  Born in Okemah, Oklahoma in 1912, Woody was an American singer-songwriter and folk musician whose best known song was “This Land Is Your Land.”

Original 1944 Lyrics

This land is your land, this land is my land
From California to the New York Island
From the Redwood Forest to the Gulf Stream waters
This land was made for you and me.
As I went walking that ribbon of highway
I saw above me that endless skyway
I saw below me that golden valley
This land was made for you and me.
I roamed and I rambled and I followed my footsteps
To the sparkling sands of her diamond deserts
While all around me a voice was sounding
This land was made for you and me.
When the sun came shining, and I was strolling
And the wheat fields waving and the dust clouds rolling
A voice was chanting, As the fog was lifting,
This land was made for you and me.
This land is your land, this land is my land
From California to the New York Island
From the Redwood Forest to the Gulf Stream waters
This land was made for you and me.

This just in from John Yeutter: We Woody enthusiasts remember the famous “Private Property verse” of This Land, that is excluded (censored) from most versions.

A 1944 Smithsonian recording has this version:

 There was a big high wall there that tried to stop me;
Sign was painted, it said private property;
But on the back side it didn’t say nothing;
This land was made for you and me

There are also 2 other verses in a 1945 pamphlet:

Nobody living can ever stop me,
As I go walking that freedom highway;
Nobody living can ever make me turn back
This land was made for you and me.

In the squares of the city, In the shadow of a steeple;
By the relief office, I’d seen my people.
As they stood there hungry, I stood there asking,
Is this land made for you and me?

Don’t Look At Me!

May 22, 2010

Despite being an “art lover” (and collector), I certainly would not steal the art to add to my collection . . . So, following this recent theft of major works (five well-known masterpieces — by Picasso, Matisse, Braque, Leger, and Modigliani) from the Museum of Modern Art in Paris this week . . .  

DON’T LOOK AT ME!

Besides, I’m completely out of both wall and storage space.

International Travel?

March 25, 2010

If I were to mention some of the cities that I visited while on my Spring Break, you may get the false impression that I had spent the entire time in Europe.

Yes, I visited Paris . . . and Moscow . . . and even Transylvania . . . but I never left the good old United States of America. 

As luck would have it, they were all either on the way to or from Alabama.  On the way south, I drove through Moscow and Transylvania (both in Louisiana) and on the way back north, I drove through Paris (Texas).  And who knows what other states may lay claim to other famous cities from around the world?  I’m sure there are many.  So go ahead, have that European vacation you have always been wanting without even going abroad.  It might not be quite as romantic, but it could be a lot of fun exploring the possibilities.

Montmarte and Art!

December 6, 2009
Moulin Rouge

Montmarte . . . a hill in northern Paris, France (the highest point in the city) and home to the Basilique du Sacre Coeur as well as a thriving night club scene (including the Moulin Rouge, or “Red Windmill”).  It has also been the place where many artists had set up studios such as Salvador Dalí, Modigliani, Claude Monet, Pablo Picasso and Vincent van Gogh.  I’m not sure if he had a studio here, but Alexander Chen (the master of hyper-realism) has obviously visited the locale to paint his version of the Moulin Rouge.  Again, Chen’s attention to detail and use of vivid color is what keep attracting me to his works.