Posts Tagged ‘Paris’
He’s not the most complete bike racer but he is now the best Tour de France sprinter with the green jersey. Marc Cavendish fulfilled his dearest Tour de France goal this year and here is what his winning form looked like at the end of the 2011 Tour in Paris:
Here is what he had to say according to The armchair sports fan:
I finally got it, but it didn’t come easy. I really had to fight for it all the way to the last finish line and I’m very tired, but it was worth all that effort.
I had eight fantastic team-mates around me all the way, they kept working with me, I was close to getting it for the last two years and now it’s finally here.
I’m so happy, it’s incredible. It’s a great way to finish the Tour and a super, super emotional day.
- Tour de France: Mark Cavendish wins green jersey after final stage victory (mirror.co.uk)
- Mark Cavendish earns a place alongside the great sprinters (guardian.co.uk)
- Cavendish takes sprint title (mirror.co.uk)
It’s July and France puts on two great public events then, Bastille Day parades and the Tour de France
There is something majestic about the kind of military parades that France puts on every Bastille Day. It seems to me that only the Russians put on similar military events with lots of troops on foot, on horseback, in military vehicles and in planes. Here is a glimpse at the parade this year with a view of the Arche de Triomphe in the background:
And on horseback in the sun this time
- France marks Bastille Day with military parade (independent.co.uk)
- Cityville Bastille Day Items, Country Cottage,French Revolution,Military Parades (socialdiets.wordpress.com)
- Robert Capa’s Bastille Days (fansinaflashbulb.wordpress.com)
- Vive La France: Paris Celebrates Bastille Day In Spectacular Style (huffingtonpost.com)
Here from the NY Times article, which thankfully I can view here every day:
So here is a snipped image from the Musee du Louvre, Paris, France
To be honest I can’t tell which image pleases me more, KK en nudite or this one well clothed and quite demur! Both images are pleasent to me. The Vermeer has a definite cache because it is a recognized classic. But KK on the W cover is a classic in its own right and time!
- Painting Caravaggio, Vermeer and fake bikers (winebookclub.org)
- Kubota and Vermeer Announce Strategic Marketing Alliance (eon.businesswire.com)
I love this one:
Then there is this image of the Tour and the Champs Elysees:
Now it’s that Parisian symbol, l’Arche de Triomphe in the background. Great image stuff.
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And I may have been an unwitting participant to this kind of questionable information about the past. I posted about a collection of images dating from Nazi oocupation time of Paris.
Most of those images showed almost normal Paris scenes with seemingly unthreatened citizenry going about their business in Nazi occupied Paris. It seems that the images have been hotly contested.
Writing a review of the latest Hitchens book, Ian Buruma writes that 1939 was a turning point year. Well it is a fact of history that Hitler chose the turn his game of international blackmail in 1936, 1937 and 1938 into all out war in September, 1939.
What did my father have in mind when he accepted to go to Paris in April 1939 for the Royal Bank of Canada after getting out of Barcelona only months before that in 1938? Did he simply ignore the trend of overt agressiveness being openly shown by Hitler’s Nazi regime? Did he care if that could have any effect on his life and the life of his family?
I’ve read about 1939 in a few history books. All agreed that it was a beautiful spring and summer, especially in Paris. Was that the existential factor that induced him to continue living in Paris even after Hitler’s armies invaded Poland in September 1939?
It’s a fact I remember about my boyhood in Sherbrooke QC during the war years of late 1940 till 1945, that my father rarely missed listening to the BBC news broadcast. Surely he listened to the same news broadcasts in 1939? How could he not feel the menace of attack from the belligerent Nazi armed forces right up to the invasion of Poland and especially as reports from the Eastern Front left little doubt that Hitler’s intentions couldn’t be peaceful since his takeover and elimination of Polish elites was evident, even at that early stage of WW II?
Or was it that my father subscribed to the ideas of the Canadian Prime Minister of that time, McKenzie-King, who met with Hitler in 1937 and felt he was a calm and serious political leader, even though Von Neurath, the German Foreign Minister admitted to King that many Jews had been treated “very roughly” in “cleaning things up” in German cities, like Berlin?
In the end me and my family made it out of France at a few minutes after midnight!
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- Robert Fisk: The premier who thought Hitler was a ‘Joan of Arc’ (independent.co.uk)
- World war ii (slideshare.net)
- Meanings of ‘Munich’ — By: Jay Nordlinger (corner.nationalreview.com)