Black & White in Color

Silver Fish on a Silver Dish

Detail, Dish Cover, Antoine- Sebastian Durand, (master in 1740), Paris c. 1745-1755, Gulbenkian Museum, Lisbon, Portugal


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Royal Details


Detail of gate into the Tuileries Garden (Jardin des Tuileries), near the the Place de la Concorde, Paris, France

Looking into the Tuileries Garden (Jardin des Tuileries) from a gate near the the Place de la Concorde, Paris, France. The fleur-de-lis (lily) was used for centuries to represent French royalty. Regarded as a sign of purity since antiquity. the Roman Catholic Church adopted the lily  to represent Virgin Mary. Legend has it that when Pope Leo III crowned Charlemagne emperor in 800, he presented Charlemagne with a blue banner covered with golden fleurs-de-lis.

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K’lee & Dale’s Cosmic Photo Challenge: Notions of Shadow and Light

Voltaire’s Shadow: Variations on a Theme

The statue of Voltaire, by French sculptor Jean-Antoine Houdon, stands in front of his tomb on the crypt level of the Panthéon in Paris. The lights throw the statue’s shadow in three directions.The Panthéon is the final resting place for French national heroes. Voltaire,  a French Enlightenment writer, historian and philosopher, advocated for freedom of religion, freedom of speech, and separation of church and state. He was interred in the Panthéon in 1791, the second individual to be so honored.

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Holiday Music I Love # 12

In honor of my departure for Paris this evening, I think a French song is a good addition to my holiday playlist. I have no idea what Mireille Mathieu  is singing but it is a lovely melody. I remember Mireille from the 1960s when she was sometimes a guest on the Andy Williams Show. She was a big star in France and he introduced her to the US.



I am a bit short in holiday spirit this year. Glum about the United States, the world, the environment . . .  I could go on. So, to help my mood I am going to post some of my favorite Christmas and Holiday songs. They won’t be in any special order, just ones I have played and replayed over the years. Some of them might be religious, even though I’m not. But the spirit of giving, celebrating, sharing, and caring (that is Christmas to me) is in all of us, regardless of our faith or lack thereof.



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