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Am I crazy? Maybe it's spring fever...


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Nice, nice, nice. What was the first pic of the airline food in the last installment?

You mean this thing?

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An excellent question, actually, and one that I'm not entirely qualified to answer as I cannot recall the description on the menu. Some fancy-ass name for a savory tart that escapes me at the moment. Anyway, I did taste it, and it was cold and wet and altogether unpleasant.

And here's a bonus photo for you showing the "light supper" served before landing:

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The dish on the right is a sort of salad plate comprised of orzo with green beans and potatoes. The muffin-y cake thing wasn't too bad, as there were cherries towards the bottom. All in all, I was really glad that I'd packed food.

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A couple more bonus pictures that illustrate what was going on in Paris while I was there. At first perhaps not obviously food-related, but the photos have actually got something in common. In one instance the common item depicted is edible, in the other it is not.

This man is selling muguets, or lilies of the valley, the traditional gift on May 1. I'd meant to take some to John Talbott for our lunch date, but was running too late after dealing with hotel housekeeping and so didn't manage. I took this photo later in the day, on my way to Parc Monceau:

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This photo was taken Thursday, right around the corner from the creperie La Dentelle, on Rue Montorgueil:

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Any guesses as to the common element? One is edible, and one is poisonous.

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The subject of the first picture is pretty obvious. A similar item is present in the second picture but not nearly so obvious, but anybody familiar with French politics will know to look for it.

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The lily-of-the-valley and the Rose of the socialist party?

Looks like I've found it, but that's a tough riddle for a non-french-born.

Yep, that's it. The rose (whether in a fist or not) is pretty widely associated with socialism, French-style or other.

For those of you who didn't notice it, the rose (clenched in a fist) is on the sign overhead that says "Parti Socialiste." There are two on the left side, flanking the "1 AR" and two on the right, flanking the "2 AR".

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Great report as usual, Therese. Like you, I find that recounting through photos and prose helps cement the experience in my mind and to give it perspective. It is fun reading others reports for additional perspective and insights. Yours are full of both.

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Thanks, doc. :cool:

Digital images have changed my attitude towards photographs in several ways. There's the immediacy of them, of course (assuming your camera's equipped with a big enough screen---I recently got a new one that I chose in part because of its nice screen), but there's also the opportunity to zoom in on some detail that wasn't initially the subject, but that ends up being interesting. This zoomed image is an example of something that I didn't notice when I was taking the photo:

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I'm taking the photo from inside the boulangerie where I purchased my last evening's (and next day's) baguette, Desgranges, and my intent is to capture the lovely piece montee and the cakes in the foreground. But in looking closely I noted that there was some writing on the window. It's backwards, but clearly refers to an award for best baguette in Paris, 2005.

It reminded me that I'd seen a similar image on my first day in Paris, sitting at lunch with D:

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This shop (La prairie de coquelicot) was right across the street from the restaurant, and was included in shots that I took of the neighborhood. You can see a pretty red poppy (a favorite of mine, and edible, or at least the seeds are) in the window.

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