Saturday, May 24, 2008

A museum not to miss


Quite often, people who plan to come to Paris email me to ask me for tips about what they should do or see while they are here, thinking I surely know of some monument or museum carefully concealed to foreigners! Guess what? Today I have one: le Musée Antoine Bourdelle. Of course, you can find it in many guide books I'm sure, but I confess I had never heard of it. And if it weren't for an eye exam that I had to take on the same street (rue Antoine Bourdelle, of course!) I would have never visited it. Anyway, it's a great place if you like sculpture (Bourdelle worked with Rodin, for what it's worth!) and the venue is fantastic too. BTW, you're looking at Madeleine Charnaux's bust - one of the 1st French female airplane pilots - made with 3 different materials (2 in bronze and one in resin). More - bad! - photos here!

123 comments:

  1. Oh I just love Rodin's work, so I'll have to see what one of his peers created. Good tip, Eric!

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  2. Hey, I've been here. It's a great place. Thanks for sharing, Eric -- another great shot.

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  3. I have never been here, but I think I will have to go! The additional photos were great too!

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  4. It is Alexa, isn't? I think it's very badly marketed though... Of course the Rodin museum is larger and his work is probably better known throughout the world, but Antoine Bourdelle can surely compete ;)

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  5. FYI this shot was pretty hard to take from a technical point of you. 1st I did not have my usual camera with me so I could not master all settings properly, but more than that, the two bronze busts (on the right) do not catch the light the same way.

    I had to use some "secret ingredients" to counter balance this effect.

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  6. Of course, I did go to the Rodin Museum first -- but was very happy to discover this one. Maybe people will see this post and head there in droves.

    Happy birthday, Jeff.

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  7. Secret ingredients, Eric? Oh you know how i love a secret. Go on, tell, do...

    Love the minimalist quality of this shot and the clean, white lines.

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  8. I agree with Lynn, minimalism works here, making the colors stand out. I guess they knew that when they chose the white wall and white table at the museum!

    I was at the Rodin Museum on a hot day, with the windows open to the garden. It seemed like an almost casual place. I loved that--artwork in a house, as opposed to a big building made for displaying art. I understand many of Paris's small museums were once houses.

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  9. I hope your eye exam was fine Eric! The eyes of our favorite photographer are precious, you know that ;)

    'secret ingredients', and you 'did not have your usual camera', how mysterious!!?? But glad to see that everything is okay for you tonight.

    Antoine Bourdelle, à noter pour une prochaine fois;) Good night!

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  10. I agree with Lynn's commentary. It's very clean, white and Calvin Klein-ish.

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  11. If you've been to the Eiffel Tower and seen the gold bust of Gustave Eiffel at the North East corner of the base (as best I recall the location), you've seen one of Bourdelle's works. Many pass the work by without much notice, but I think that it is a fine tribute to Eiffel.

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  12. Very cool shot! I'm not really a fan of modern and minimalist (if you could see my house, you'd know in an instant!:), but I like this photo.

    Thanks, Eric! Hope your eye exam went well.

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  13. Where's Michael, by the way? I'm missing my fix of Michael. He has some catching up to do here and at mine. Mi....chael...!!

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  14. Eric, your eye for design, beauty, and what is interesting comes to the fore, even when you don't have your regular camera. Thanks for all the effort to bring us this image and let us know your high regard for this artist and museum. And with Jeff's comment about where we can see one of Bourdelle's works "in the wild," so to speak, I'll be more aware to look for others. (Happy B-Day Jeff. May babies are the best!)
    -Kim
    Seattle Daily Photo

    PS-several "blogoversaries" being celebrated this month. I salute three of them today (er, yesterday in Paris time. . .) on SDP. -K.

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  15. Another good shot, Eric. Hope you had a good check-up. It's always fun stumbling upon these hideaways in Paris.

    David...nice insight provided on the bust of Eiffel.

    Jeff...birthdays greetings!

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  16. Jeff, Bon anniversaire!! And many, many more. I would send you an ecard -- I don't have your address though.

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  17. More images of Antoine Bourdelle works, as if any could compare with the photographic works of the noted photoblogger Eric Tenin.

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  18. There are some exterior, plebian street views of 16 rue Antoine Bourdelle that are accessible via the Pages Jaunes drop-down menu: "Vue 1-4."

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  19. Eric: The Musée Rodin is currently hosting a Camille Claudel retrospective. She was also a student of Rodin, as well as his assistant and lover. Indeed, because Rodin was not much good with a mallet and chisel, she carved many of his most familiar sculptures.

    Typically, however, the blurb on one website promoting the show focuses on her personal liaison with Rodin: "this exhibition includes all the most important works of Rodin's mistress". It has been many decades since her tragic demise, yet she is still being made to walk in the shadow of his sexuality!

    Anyway, the exhibition runs for about another month, but tickets can (and probably should be) purchased in advance. I will post some more information about the REAL dealings between these two extraordinary artists at 'Voltaire's Monkey' on Monday, for those considering visiting the exhibiting - and, of course, for those sitting at home, like me, wishing they could.

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  20. I saw a film about Camille Claudel's life. It came out in the late 90's. According to the film -- between Rodin and Camille's brother, they succeeded in driving her absolutely mad. Very sad life. I don't think they were ready to accept such a beautiful and talented artist; it was easier for them to say that she was crazy.

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  21. I believe some of Claudel's works are on permanent display at the Musee Rodin. Am I correct on that? I seem to remember that. Lucio? Lois? We're all three awake and online together once again, discussing art.

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  22. Lois: The biopic you're thinking of is the 1988 film, 'Camille Claudel', directed by Bruno Nuytten - which I won't comment on, as I haven't seen it since its initial release.

    Petrea: It is now ten years since my last visit to the Rodin Museum in Paris, so my memory is a little rusty with regard to which of her works is on display there, but this link provides what seems to be a list of their Claudel holdings.

    As for her madness and eventual internment in a mental asylum, I will make sure to include some information on it in Monday's post.

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  23. Jeff, Happy Birthday!!!!!!!

    I just have time for a few words today, so they all go to Jeff!!!!

    May you have a wonderful day and get lots and lots of cool gifts. And may you return to Paris soon. (I know that's the gift you'd really like to get)

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  24. Thanks for the link, Lucio. I remember some of the pieces. It makes me want to know more about her.

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  25. You all are too kind, merci. Of course, I shamelessly threw my birthday into the PDP arena. Yes, Monica, reasons to return to Paris increase. I very much enjoyed this year's visit.

    I'll check Lucio's link, it's been several years since I visited the Rodin museum. Always learning more about the art in Paris (thanks PDP!). At the Marmottan, I began my love for Berthe Morisot. Now, I need to learn about Claudel.

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  26. Petrea & Jeff (Happy Birthday!): I will try to make my upcoming post on Claudel as substantial as possible.

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  27. Thanks Lucio. I just read the Wikipedia article (I admit, Wikipedia's only a place to start, never definitive!) and my interest is piqued. Remind us when you've posted it, will you please?

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  28. Many years ago when I was an assistante d'anglais in a high school in the Ile de France, I used to play a game with my students. To have them practice speaking, I would ask them to make recommendations to me about places I should visit in Paris. When they suggested a place I hadn't visited, the class got a point. When they suggested a place I had visited, I got a point. Since Paris is a passion for me, most of the time I won. ;) But today, Eric, you win the point! Not only have I not been to this museum; I had never heard of it! (Was it there in the early nineties?) And guess what? The Musee Rodin is my favorite single artist museum in Paris, so I bet I would really enjoy the Bourdelle! Merci beaucoup!

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  29. I love these sculptures, and I will go to this museum when I'm next in Paris. Thanks for sharing this "secret" place Eric. The Photo is lovely.
    I always go to the Rodin museum, but only to see Camille Claudels art.She is my favourite artist, and her story is so sad. As Lucio told there's a larger exhibit at the moment, and I just found out that it'll close just before I come to Paris next time in July. I'm so disappointed, I was really looking forward to it.

    Today we have a royal wedding in DK. A young beautiful Parisien woman is getting married to one of the Danish princes. Guess where I'll be this afternoon ? Not at the party, but infront of TV (a little less glamorous).

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  30. Ooooh that's interesting, Bettina, i wish i could see that wedding. Who is the Parisienne? Does it have connotations of Grace Kelly into the Monaco dynasty? Ooooh more gossip and details please. I'd love to be watching that wedding. I'm a bit of a Royal freak AND a romanticist. I need to know what the dress is like, too. Note that i NEED, not want. lol! I'm relying on you Bettina.

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  31. "Wheeeerrrrrrre's Miiiiiiichael?" I sulked.... :(

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  32. Lucio -- looking forward to your post on Monday. Meanwhile, might have to see if the local video store has a copy of Camille Claudel (as that's Blockbuster, I doubt it, but will try).
    Apparently, Madeleine Charnaux was a sculptor before she was a pilot, and worked with Bourdelle.
    Check this out: http://aviatechno.free.fr/bib/images.php?image=69.

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  33. Sorry -- meant for you to just be able to click on that link and be taken to the place. I copied the url, then pasted it here. Why does it not show up in blue and instantly linkable? Where are those IT guys when you need them??

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  34. Alexa, Tech Support here ;): what you need to do in order to create a link is to write a simple string of HTML-code. [a href="http://aviatechno.free.fr/bib/images.php?image=69"] Your Link Text [/a]
    Just change these [ ] charachters (sp) to tags < > instead. Hope this helps!

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  35. Your result should then appear like this in the comment box:

    Your Link Text

    Needless to say, you may change the link text to whatever you like.

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  36. Lynn: The danish prince Joachim is getting married to a miss Marie Cavallier. I'm not sure what she does; but as far as I've heard/read and can remember she's quite a lady, who's had some affairs, if not marriage/s before ... a quite attractive woman of course!
    Joachim has been married once before, he was divorced only about 3 years ago. He's been all over the press in Denmark (and here!) for his wild life, partying and flirting with other women, hence the break-up with his former wife, princess Alexandra. They have two little boys together.
    More juice: Alexandra actually found herself a new man before Joachim, and is, if I remember correctly already re-married to a very charming photographer! Upon her marrying him, she lost her princess title, but I don't think she cares very much. ;)

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  37. Ah: they're getting married in half an hour! Click here

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  38. Thanks, Alexandra, techie extraordinaire!
    I'll try this (good luck) next time. Meanwhile, the rest of you who are interested can click on 'Your Link Text' in Alexandra's comment to see the info about Madeleine Charnaux (it's in French).

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  39. Alexa: you're most certainly welcome! "techie extraordinaire" hehe, thanks! ;)

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  40. Bettina: Forgive me for taking your "job", hope you don't mind ...

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  41. Oops that was from the rehearsal. :) Guess we'll have to wait a bit.

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  42. Church decoration: click here. (Click on 'naeste' to get the next photo.) Real eye-candy!

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  43. The bride has arrived! She's gorgeous! (I'm following the wedding via internet, not TV :(.) Click here!!!

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  44. Hi Alexa, Alexandra, Bettina & Lynn. Is it just us? I just arrived (along with the bride). She's lovely. This is fun! I hope I can stay for the whole wedding. Royal-watching is one of my (many) guilty pleasures. Keep posting them, Alexandra!

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  45. This is all for Lynn ;): There are no less than 282 guests at the wedding.

    The bride is wearing a haute couture-creation (sp?) with Calais-embroderies (flower embroderies) that are inspired by 1800's fashion. The skirt is off-white with ivory colored silk taffeta. She has a lace veil.
    Her bouquet is made of white French lilies, cream colored roses, 200 year old myrtle from Fredensborg Castle and pistachio green greens (!).

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  46. Glad you appreciate it, Petrea! I'll try!

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  47. And some greens from the grounds of Schackenborg Castle (where the reception will be) and and Camelia leaves from Munch & Levison's over 100 year old Camelia tree. I think that's all ;). Not bad!

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  48. The lilies were chosen because Queen Ingris (prince Joachim's mother) had white lilies in her bouquet when she married in 1935.

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  49. This is reminding me of when Lynn reported on Mme. Sarkozy's visit to London. Excellent reporting, Alexandra.

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  50. Thank you Alexandra! Fantastic insight. I adore the dress, how pretty she looks. Love all the juicy gossip, too. Knew there'd be some; there always is.

    Who i wonder is attending from our UK royal family? Someone has to.

    We had a royal wedding here last week. Princess Anne's son got married. It was the biggest disappointment for the public. Hidden away, private, only seen on the steps of the church and what a mess they all looked going in, seemingly without any rehearsal. Shabby.

    To add insult to injury, the couple SOLD the photo contract to HELLO Magazine! EEK can you imagine? Royals being asked to pose for a celeb mag, for cash? This couple managed to cheapen the tradition and pomp of the Royal family in one fell swoop. oooh no. They declined the photos, at least the immediate royals did. The Queen was not amused.

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  51. Marie Cavallier's friend Agnete Windfeldt Arnø is her bridesmaid. Her brother's daughter, Sasha Grandet, who's 8 years old, was supposed to have be bridesmaid but unfortunately became ill. Roger Moore with danish wife is attending the wedding.

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  52. The decoration of the church is supposed to be inspired by early spring and 'pre-summer' flowers. White and cream colored flowers with greens. The flower heart on the floor is a south Jylland (/Danish) tradition. (You can see it in the pictures I linked to above!)

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  53. They said yes to each other, after Marie Cavallier was brought down the ailse by her father, Alain Cavallier and bishop Erik Norman Svendsen had held a personal speech for the couple.

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  54. Ooooooh! Love the simple, elegant veil. All these details are perfect, Alexandra thank you. Nothing Petrea and i enjoy more than a Royal Wedding, huh? What's her engagement ring like, can you see?

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  55. "In the marriage ceremony today, bride and bridesgroom lay their whole future lives in each other's hands. It is all bound to the small word 'yes' or 'oui', which will follow after the questions, which are asked to each of you, when I ask, if you will take each other to marry and love and honour each other."

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  56. No, unfortunately not Lynn, I'm following the whole via the internet - not TV. :/ But I do my best! ;)

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  57. There was a photo of her ring in one of the links, I forget which one.

    I thought her father was quite handsome, if that was him in uniform, escorting her in the first picture.

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  58. Lynn, I think the reason we like this so much is it takes us back to childhood. It's like fairy tales: princesses, castles, prince charming, etc. Back before we had to learn to take care of ourselves. Of course now we would probably rebel at some of the traditions these modern-day princesses will be required to follow. But I'm sure they are handsomely recompensed.

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  59. Hehe, it was said here, where I follow it from, that prince Joachim's youngest, Felix, had a bit of hard time keeping his eyes open during the speech. :)

    The bishop also mentioned Joachim's former marriage in his speech, and said: "It is for you, like it is for many other couples today, that when you meet somebody at your age, children sometimes accompanies your beloved. Dear Marie Cavallier! You come as the one, who can both give an extra hand and an extra smile to the two princes, not least when they spend time at Schakenborg, where you and prince Joachim have your home."

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  60. Awww! Prince Joachim is said not to have been able to hold his tears back, when his bride came down the aisle (sp).

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  61. The dress is from fashion designer Arasa Morelli, housed in Barcelona and Geneva.

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  62. Ooooh the kiss oooooh Alexandra you're doing a sterling job here for us. The dress has a beautifully full skirt with tight bodice, just perfect i think. Stunning neckline too.

    Yes Petrea the father is very handsome. I think it IS the fairytale aspect which attracts us. Inside we are all mostly little girls waiting for a Prince, dare i say? Actually yes, i dare. I'm quite old-fashioned i'd love to be whisked away by a handsome Prince to his castle where i'd be pampered and adored...so long as i could go shopping now and then. Oh and pop into a bookshop. Oh and lunch with the girls. Hmm i see what you mean Petrea. Oh to hell with it, i'll still be whisked away....Wherefore art thou, Prince?

    Where IS Michael, by the way.... ;)

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  63. The silk taffeta apparently came from a weavery (?) in the Loire valley - and the train was 3 meters long!

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  64. The tiara stems from Queen Margrethe, apparently, who got it from her parents. Thank you, Lynn!! It's fun too.

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  65. Scroll down here for the exit from the church!

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  66. Lynn: Here's a picture of the engagment ring. And another one, here.

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  67. Petrea...perhaps a little late? but "Happy Birthday" to you, too. I'm having computer problems and don't have much time to post. Am backing up a lot of info. on an external drive before crash occurs. Ciao!

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  68. Very pretty ring, though a little wide. It looks like it combines both engagement and wedding? No room for a wedding ring on top of that one! I prefer a higher setting myself... LOL

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  69. It's your birthday, Petrea? Happy Birthday!!! x

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  70. Happy Birthday Jeff, Sorry not to be in Minneapolis, but I couldn't leave Paris alone.

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  71. Yeah, back at ya, Petrea! Bonne anniversaire.

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  72. And merci also, Corinne and Rose, for your wishes yesterday.

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  73. Petrea, You are correct on that. It's a room off to the side and it is devoted to her work. (If it is still there). Although, I have seen her work here in San Francisco, and in other museums around Paris.

    Lucio, Of course, it was the late 1980's, not the 1990's, that I was thinking of. Thank you for correcting me -- I don't want to lead people astray. You have good attention to detail.

    Bettina, Thanks for the inside scoop about the royal wedding.

    Alexa, Wow, this woman pilot gets more fascinating by the moment!

    Thanks, Alexandra, techie extraordinaire! That's funny Alexa. When I click on a link, it always closes down my blog box. It's easier if I just cut and paste into a new window/tab as I use gmail, and they have that tab thing going on.

    That was excellent reporting Alexandra. We just adore you, what a gem you are.

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  74. Petrea, I sent you a birthday e-card. Did you get it?

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  75. *blushes* Thank you, Lois! I couldn't get higher praise than that I'm sure. :)

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  76. Ok let's have a show of hands; let's admit it - who's watching the Eurovision Song Contest?

    I'll be the first (deep breath) "My Name is Lynn And I'm Watching the Eurovision Song Contest." Ohhh! I feel good.

    Denmark's chap had a good voice...

    Ohhh i'm even commenting. Blush.

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  77. Me, me, me! And I don't like Ani Lorak (Ukraine). ;P

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  78. Yes, Denmark was good ... I guess I'm partial, but of course I'm rooting for Sweden, heh.

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  79. Impressive chagne of clothes for "Peace will come" (Georgia, or how do you spell it too!) Oh, the flower dress is nice, don't you think?

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  80. lol you and me both, Alexandra. Ooooooh it's France now! I tuned in just in time. Sebastian someone-or-other. He sings "O-o-o-oh" a lot...

    Come on the rest of you; out of the shadows. You're all watching aren't you? Well, not Eric of course. He's out at some exotic, sultry club as usual. As for Michael, where IS he? I bet he'd love to have a giggle at all this. Good grief he's a bit over-emotional isn't he, the Yetti Frenchman? Like his Eighties sleeves on his jacket too. he he . Ok i know, the UK is bound to be terrible too.

    Apparently Jean-Paul Gaultier is commentating. Mmmmm and my mind is back on perfumes.

    Azerbaijan now - a confection of swans seems to have invaded the stage...

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  81. Ick, I don't like Azerbajdzjan, they're too weird ...

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  82. Flower dress? Was that the silver one with the fringes around her legs? Yes very pretty. There was another singer a while ago with a very similar dress. Shock horror. Major catastrophe for women everywhere - the same dress! EEK.

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  83. Greece doing a bit of J-Lo? Do you reckon? Not bad though.

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  84. Angels? lol oh right. Yeah, an easy mistake. Hum, hum. Giggle.

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  85. Goodness J-Lo's suddenly grown Shakira-hips. They'll win i think.

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  86. Oh good grief. Spain's looking... embarrassing. Oh dear God. I can't.... no... I can't not watch.

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  87. Oh, dear -- had to go do my shift at our local food co-op. Missed the whole thing: wedding and singing. Actually, with Alexandra's excellent reportage, I feel like I didn't miss the wedding at all. Sooo romantic.
    So thanks again, Alexandra -- you're really there for us today!

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  88. Coltrane lives, thanks for the birthday wishes. Lois, yes, I got the card, thank you so much, you're a doll!

    However, it's not my birthday! I wonder where folks got that idea? I think maybe you're all such nice people, you had fun sending Jeff birthday wishes and you just need someone else to be nice to. ;)

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  89. OK Alexandra I forgive you for doing "my" job on commenting from the DANISH royal wedding. But I was too busy anyway, I was stuck to the TV screen with a bunch of kleenex. YES I cried...
    She/they were just adorable.
    Thank you all for enjoying this as much as me.

    I left the Eurovision song contest after France had performed.
    Yes our Danish Simon Mathew is good. He is breaking a lot of Danish girls hearts.
    I liked Israel as well.

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  90. By the way, Lois, the card made me laugh out loud.

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  91. he he no Petrea there's a comment somewhere above which gives the idea it's your birthday. Near the top i think...oh well, enjoy it!

    Wow at the Eurovision Song Contest, a man playing basketball has come on, with two little toy presenters with him.

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  92. Maybe Eric is at the Eurovision song contest.

    Petrea, Okay, that was a Happy Un-Birthday ecard. (Alice had one of those at the mad tea party in Alice in Wonderland.)

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  93. Maybe he is, Lois. Perhaps that was really him singing for France in a beard and dark hair?

    I'm guessing Greece for the winner. Possibly Serbia. I missed UK so don't know yet. Anyone else?

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  94. I noticed that we are absent most of the men (if not all) since we started commenting on the wedding.

    Good friends are like stars...You don't always see them, But you know they are always there.

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  95. Bettina, I remember when Princess Di got married -- it was breath taking. Many women and girls were as you said "stuck to the TV screen with a bunch of kleenex. YES I cried... She/they were just adorable."

    Petrea, Nice thought, "I think the reason we like this so much is it takes us back to childhood. It's like fairy tales: princesses, castles, prince charming, etc."

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  96. Lois, thank you. I'm going to go out and celebrate my un-birthday before it starts raining again!

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  97. Petrea --
    Oops, forgot to say Bonne Anniversaire. Hope you are planning to par-tay this evening!
    Yes, Lois, this has been quite the girlie day. The guys do seem to have jumped ship as soon as the talk turned to the wedding. Maybe Eric will put a high-testosterone picture up next, a motorcycle or a Parisian hardware store (BHV?) perhaps.

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  98. Hehe, Bettina, glad that you didn't mind. I would've watched TV too, if I could have.

    Russia, who would've thought? Did you guess it, Lynn? He sung SO badly! I liked the ice skater, Plusheko (sp) though!

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  99. he he the ice skater was something new, at least, Alexandra! No, i was going for Greece. I think UK came last, didn't it? LOL.

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  100. Jeff, There is going to be "Women Impressionists" exhibit at the San Francisco Legion of Honor opening June 21 - September 21. The artists are: Berthe Morisot, Mary Cassatt, Eva Gonzales, and Marie Bracquemond. Just thought you might like to know that.

    BTW: I am a VIP member and I have an invitation to the opening night Reception for Contributing, Donor and Sponsor Members. It is going to be on Friday at 6:30 pm until 9:00 on June 20th with cocktails and hors d'oeuvres. If anyone would like to join me just say the word. I can bring guests. I just have to RSVP by June 16th.

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  101. Petrea...sorry for your birthday and un-birthday wishes. Ahem. Blame Lucio who wished Jeff (and I thought you)a Happy Birthday. [See earlier post]I must have interpreted it wrong in my fast read through. In any case, I hope it made you smile!:-)

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  102. I'm always glad to receive good wishes, Coltrane. Just wanted to nip the rumor in the bud, so when my real birthday rolls around next March I can shout it out!

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  103. C'aurait été sympa d'aller faire un coucou à ton frère qui travaille dans la même rue ;-)
    As-tu vu LE chat du musée?
    A++

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