Tag Archives: Second Empire

Five on Friday 10

The Spectacular Second Empire 1852-1870 – If I were still in Paris, I would totally go to this exhibit at the musée d’Orsay. The Second Empire marks the reign on Napoleon III, a time of wealth and ostentation, but also tremendous social … Continue reading

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Être prospère

French author Prosper Mérimée was born on September 28, 1803. If you’ve ever hummed the Toréador theme from Carmen, thank Mérimée, for it was his novella that inspired Bizet’s opera. Mérimée was a brilliant scholar of law, Greek, Spanish, English, … Continue reading

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Il ne faut jamais dire “Fontaine, je ne boirai pas de ton eau!”

My home until the end of July is a summer program just seconds from the south-west corner of Le jardin du Luxembourg (Luxembourg Gardens). Some days are so busy that this may be the farthest I get from the program, … Continue reading

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