Pot-pourri one-and-forty

San Francisco 2016. West Africa. c.1960-61. Left to right: Little sister, our friend Marie-Martine, and yours truly. En route to the islands. And swimming in the open sea on the way. The boat was a wooden contraption called a Pinasse. Slow, noisy and fab. Brittany, home of my ancestors, half of them anyway. 2013. Not…

Paris Time Patrouille Nummer Seis

In 1964, the 1965 Presidential election was still far away in France. And yet, it was to be a “first” in History: the first direct popular election of the President by the people. (Americans are still waiting) Until then the President was “nominated” by Congress. The real power was in the hands of the Président du…

Paris Time Patrol Number Cinq

Our fearless team of Time Travelers have gone back to Paris-1964 to investigate whether it was possible to modify the parameters of next Sunday’s Presidential election. The fisherman under the Pont-Neuf said: “Pas moyen. Ce pays est ingouvernable.” No dice. This country is impossible to govern. 😦 (You can see the Pont des Arts and…

Paris Time patrol numéro four.

The photographer has just passed through the Egyptian section on the first floor of the Louvre. He is now facing the Pont des Arts passerelle or boardwalk. The iron-wrought balcony and the wing date back to Louis XIV, late 17th century. Le Pont des arts was built under Napoleon, around 1802. The “Institut” in the…

Pot-pourri trente-neuf

London bridge, 2015. We are not afraid. (In French: qu’ils aillent se faire foutre!) New Orleans, 2016. (c)ourtesy Gini.  A “purrty” littl’ house. (For Robert) “I have hit, do you know? unbelievable Floridas / Mixing flowers with the eyes of human-skinned panthers/ Rainbows held tight as reins / Under the horizon of seas, to opaque herds…”…

Paris Time Patrol Number Trois

Our gallant team of Time-Space explorers have gone back to 1964 Paris. A view to the East*, possibly from the Pont de la Concorde. On the left: the Right Bank. Perfect French logic, the sides are determined looking at the Seine from East to West, following the flow of the river. Thus, the North bank is…