While returning early Sunday afternoon from the Luxembourg Garden, where I had given our “Black History in and around the Luxembourg” walk to two clients, I passed by four young women sporting French berets. Judging from the pleased look on their faces, I gathered that that they had just purchased the hats and asked if they would pose for a photograph. All four of them are from Sao Paulo, Brazil, and they were having a fabulous time in Paris!
Sheila Marchbanks from Rancho Cucamonga, California and Westlynn Davis from Monroeville, Pennsylvania joined me today on our “Black History in and around the Luxembourg Garden” walk. It was a fine day for a walk in the beautiful garden, created for Queen Marie de Médicis in the 17th century.
Are you coming to Paris soon? Click here to learn about the walk: http://discoverparis.net/black-history-in-and-around-the-luxembourg-garden.
Anthony Fleet, an American graduate student at Sciences Po (Paris Institute of Political Studies), came by yesterday to create a video of our own Monique Y. Wells for The Brothers’ Network, a cultural organization that amplifies the brilliance of black men in the arts and culture.
We’ll post a link to the video as soon as it is completed!
On Saturday, September 16, Monique and I attended a “Heritage Days” celebration at Le Beau Chêne, the villa in the town of Le Vésinet in which Josephine Baker lived at the height of her career. Members of La Société d’Historie du Vésinet gave guided tours of the grounds. At 4:00 o’clock, L’Orchestre d’Harmonie du Vésinet performed a number of popular 20th-century French melodies, including J’ai Deux Amours, Miss Baker’s emblematic song. A good time was had by all!
Click here to learn about the “Josephine Baker Tour in Le Vésinet” that we organize for private groups.
The French enjoy reading so much that many of them have mastered the art of reading while standing in a swaying, lurching bus.
Tips for reading while standing in a bus: brace yourself against a stabilization bar; stand with feet apart.
This sculptural group, called Death of a Lion by Edmond Desca, stands in the Parc Montsouris. It depicts three men straining to carry a dead lion, one of which flexes a remarkable set of gluteus maximus muscles.
Click here for a close-up view!
Finding myself hungry in the popular Marais district on Sunday, I thought I’d stop at L’As du Falafal on rue des Rosiers for a falafal sandwich. But when I got there, I saw that the line was a block long!
Fleeing the crowds, I ducked down rue des Ecouffes, a quiet side street, and spotted a small butcher shop. Would they, I wondered, have sandwiches to take out? I stepped into the shop and asked. Yes, came the answer, and they even had four different bagels from which to choose. I selected a poppy-seed-and-onion bagel and the butcher proceeded to make the freshest, most delicious pastrami sandwich that I have tasted in a very long time.
6, rue des Ecouffes