Sunday, June 01, 2008

Theme Day : My corner local shop


When I saw what the June theme day was I immediately thought of the local shop I was going to photograph: La mère de Famille, the oldest confectionery shop in Paris, which happens to be right at the corner of the street I live on. The place was founded not later than in 1761 and sells everything what that France has to offer in terms of confectionery (pâtes de fruit, berlingots, bergamotes, anis de Flavigny (yummy!) and all sorts of chocolate). Needless to say, it's a place I highly recommend if you're looking for non global food ;) BTW, don't forget to continue reacting to the CNN survey about France that I mentioned in yesterday's post.

174 City Daily Photo blogs participate in the June them day. See what a little shop around the corner looks like in Singapore, London, San Diego, Accra... Click here to view thumbnails for all participants or visit each blog individually.
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104 comments:

  1. This place looks amazing. Has it been there for a very very long time? Good choice of subject.

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  2. ah, yes -- 1761! It certainly has been there a long time. How nice that it still is. Love the pates de fruit.

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  3. This place is fabulous, but I'm glad I don't have this temptation right around the corner. Eric, how do you avoid it?

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  4. Here are my choices for the evening:
    1. Get a life.
    @. See how many times in a row I can log on here before someone else shows up.
    Hmmmm . . .

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  5. Make that 2, not @. It appears the rest of you are going for the "have a life" option. ;-))

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  6. Eric, nice b&w image. I'm always amazed when I read about a shop or restaurant in Paris that's been around for hundreds of years. In the States it's hard to find a business that's been around for more than a hundred years (Levi Jeans comes to mind). Restaurants come and go almost on a daily basis here. It must be reassuring to shop at a store where you great-great grandparents bought their favorite chocolate treats.

    Please visit Paris Photo Art for this weeks post.

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  7. What a beautiful and delightful shop this is.

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  8. David, as I'm sure you know, it's not all that unusual to have businesses this old in Paris. The oldest one in my neighborhood here in Brooklyn is Tom's, a great place that serves breakfast from the crack of dawn until 4 in the afternoon, when they close for the day. They've been here since the 1930s.
    How about your neighborhood?

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  9. he he Alexa how funny! Yay GF! I would have been competing but i was having trouble posting my own.

    What a great shop i bet this is, Eric. I do have a very sweet tooth so could spend some cash in there! Miam, as you might say. How horribly convenient for you to have this shop so close. If i lived in your building, i'd be the size of a house by now.

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  10. What a wonderful shop. Such great character. I wish I could see inside!

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  11. I'm not quite up to walking even to the local shop yet so i'm not participating in this theme day. It's all a bit closer to home i'm afraid at the moment. I'll try to get round to see as many as i can though. What a good theme!

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  12. Oh to have a corner shop like this in my neighborhood!! And this is a good photo to help me learn all the good words regarding things I love -- wine, chocolate, jams, desserts, etc. A beautiful and informative photo!

    Lynn hang in there! I know if must be frustrating to still be not at 100% well yet. If I could I'd pop down to this shop and buy you all sorts of goodies and bring them around to you!

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  13. Alexa, Finding a business in Chicago that's more than 100 years old is made particularly difficult because of the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. Hundreds were killed and the center city was destroyed. It was said to have started when a cow kicked over a lantern.

    We celebrated the cow in 1999 with the great Cows On Parade city art festival. You can read more about this at today's post on Paris Photo Art.

    Learn more about the Chicago fire at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1871_Great_Chicago_Fire

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  14. Katie -- You're very sweet.

    Lynn -- hope you're up and running (so to speak) long before the next Daily Photo theme day.

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  15. katie that's such a lovely thought.
    Hope so, Alexa! Thanks.

    The black & white really suits this shop, Eric.

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  16. Nikki:
    Since there are a number of sister shops around Paris it is not for me to say that this is Eric's local chocolatier À la Mère de Famille but this might offer a kind of glimpse inside. It's interesting how the cash register has been "updated" with a digital display. I guess that goes with Eric's photo of Paris of old and Paris today, both in the same photo.

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  17. Oh, Yummy!! I will have to put this on my "Must Visit" list in Paris. I love candy of many sorts, especially ones with roses, violet, and lavender.
    Hope you have a great day at your own local corner shop, everyone!!

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  18. Nice photo - it seems to be one of those shops where the shopkeeper stays upstairs, knows you by the sweets you were given when you were a child and will come down in the middle of the night to serve you if he knows your evening depends on it!

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  19. David -- of course, Mrs. O'Leary's famous cow. Love what you've done with the rhino. We had the cows here in NYC, but I'm pretty sure they were in Chicago first (second city, indeed). My older brother -- also named David -- lived in Chicago at one time, just off Rush Street (where he moonlighted as a bartender at one of the bars). Great town!

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  20. I'm too busy sighing to think of anything intelligent to type!

    Sunshine Coast Daily - Australia

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  21. Guille -- I'd love to hear your answers, too. Also, what sounds weird to you in the answers you read? They (mostly) sounded typical to me. So, if they sounded wierd to you, I bet that's where I am missing the boat about what the French are really like (or at least how they see themselves, which can be more important.)

    BTW, I love that you (and others) comment in French. It helps me learn. And, that you say you have to work to comment in English - even if you don't! :} It encourages me to stick my neck out a little in French. And, that Eric opened the doors to us non French speakers by doing the blog in English - these are all gifts. Thanks.

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  22. Sorry everyone about my last post. I put it into the wrong day! I'm still terribly lame at this whole thing. Guille and anyone else -- I'd still like to hear your answers -- maybe you already put them in the right date....!

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  23. Hey Eric, this corner stop looks like a slice of heaven. You are indeed fortunate. As a kid growing up in Rockford, Illionois, our neighborhood stop was an A & P where we'd save our coins for grape gum, Mr. Freeze, and ice cream pushups, and we thought that was heaven. The A & Ps are a relic of the past...like Route 66. "For kicks" [transition] I'll have to put this one on my Paris to do list of places to visit.

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  24. *Illinois [oops, sorry David]...I've been gone too long from IL.

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  25. Coltrane, Just remember not to pronounce the 's'....

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  26. David, you said that RIGHT my man! I'm always correcting with a "Don't annoy those from ILL-A-NOY with an ILL-A-NOISE!" ;-)

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  27. Your choice of perspective does a good job of showing that this is indeed a corner shop. Your choice of this specific shop does a good job of honoring those in business for a life time.

    Denton from Greenville and the Daily Photo Map.

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  28. A very nice shot...I did not see this when I was in Paris. I will look for it if I come again!

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  29. I can't use English, it's too late (or too early, it's 5am and I'm still awake...)

    Eric j'aime beaucoup cette photo, elle est typiquement parisienne. Je me demande juste de quelle couleur est cette boutique parce qu'elle a un petit côté rétro charmant. J'imagine un rose sombre, une violet. Une couleur de bonbon!

    Okay I try.
    Petrea (about yesterday's comments), it didn't sound negative to me. We all use clichés to describe other countries inhabitants, in a way. We generalize, so we stereotype...

    Okay Eric, I'll answer the questions... tomorrow!

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  30. Eric, you are so lucky to have this as your corner shop - in my dreams! Please make this a Zazzle item asap :)

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  31. Depuis 1761.

    That longevity always amazes me.

    The shop is on my list now.

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  32. Guille, c'est vert la couleur de le façade de cette boutique.

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  33. This really is a "corner shop." I like the tone of the photo, but I think I'd also like the merchandise. Num!

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  34. I hope that shop is on every tourist itinerary! I can hardly believe it has been open that long. But it's fantastic!

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  35. What temptation you live with each day! Obviously not all have resisted that temptation since this shop has thrived so many centuries!

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  36. J'espère qu'elle est classée, cette charmante devanture. Et d'après ta descriptions des lieux, c'est un magasin oú je me perdrais volontiers.
    Happy Theme Day, Eric!

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  37. If I sound pedantic, I apologise but "sells everything 'what' France has to offer"! It should of course be "sells everything 'that' France has to offer" Just an observation ............... and a little advice!

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  38. A marvelous and classic choice to honor. I feel like I've seen it in paintings.

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  40. ---> To CNN guy:

    Today's post should answer most of your questions!

    :-)

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  41. That's a great choice; you have so many to choose from.

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  42. It's uite funny really. Your picture today screams "Paris!". Mine? "India!"

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  43. Eric, There goes my waistline just LOOKING at this shop. What a completely charming choice to show us.
    -Kim
    Seattle Daily Photo

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  44. Sounds like a shop where i would go crazy!

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  45. That must be a real treat to have in the neighborhood. The oldest shop in town and everything is sweet. Neat. LOL

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  46. So I have another stop to add on my list of places to visit next time I'm in Paris! (And yes, it is an actual list. I had one the first time I went, and I literally went about visiting each monument, church, fountain, corner, etc. and then checking it off! Of course, numerous places merit repeat visits. ;) )

    This is a beautiful photo, Eric. Classic Paris.

    I have a copywriting assignment that I must finish by Monday. I would love to answer at least a couple of the CNN questions if it's not too late to do so after I finish.

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  47. Sounds like a great shop! Amazing that it's been open for centuries - hard for an American to imagine! ;-) Fascinating!! Imagine the stories it could tell...

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  48. A very nice photo!

    Seems like the place to go, I would have if I lived nearby. :)


    Greetings from
    Oslo Daily Photo

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  49. I love this shop! I wish I could hop through my computer to get inside it!
    I also love the history about it, amazing!

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  50. Guille, j'imagine brun - comme le chocolat!

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  51. Oops thanks Monica, I followed the link finally and discoverd that it was green. A nice Provençal green.

    This shop and Eric's description make me hungry of confectionery! Especially hungry of nougat and macarons.
    Monica before you scream, I have to say you something: we have two kinds of Macarons in France: the ones you love AND an other kind called Macarons aux amandes (almonds macarons), they're marvellous too, but really different. My favorites are those from André Boyer (Sault, Provence, he's also the best nougat-maker {nougatier} ever!)

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  52. (But, WHY doesn't it work?! http://cuisinedejustine.canalblog.com/images/macarons.jpg)

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  53. Miam, brun chocolat, c'est une bonne idée Lynn, mais en fait c'est vert, vert comme...comme quoi d'ailleurs?!

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  54. This is why Paris evokes such warm memories and visions just in mentioning the name.

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  55. ..Guille. ..Alors, c'est vert comme la jalousie que nous ne sommes pas la, dans cet magasin!

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  56. Eric, I see there are a number of these "La Mere de Famille" in Paris. By the number "35" on the building I take it this is the one on rue de Faubourg in Montmarte, and likely the oldest of the establishments,non?

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  57. Lynn -- vert comme la jalousie, c'est parfait. Je peux pas te (je peux te tutoyer, alors?) dire comment j'envie Eric, Guille, et tous les Parisiens qui puissent visiter ce merveilleux magasin quand ils veulent.
    Although I would soon look like the broad side of a barn if I had easy access to this place!

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  58. Love the B&W photo to go with this shot, Eric. It lends such a nice feeling and takes one back to a time long ago. I'm sure I would like to visit the place. That is, by the way, what I loved about Paris. . .the nice little shops.

    For theme day, I'm showing a bit of my former store (since it fits the bill) if you're interested. I mention PDP since it is what "saved" me after I closed! :-)

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  59. the photo looks a bit like Atget, right Guille?
    Thank you for the book, again!

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  60. beautiful photography, the black and white is lovely.

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  61. Et ce qui ne gâte rien, leurs chcolats sont à se "rouler par terre" et même leurs boites sont à croquer.
    Très bon choix de sujet comme toujours

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  62. Tall Gary, I posted a comment to you on yesterday. Your response to Q4 was really good.

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  63. Had to be a b&w. It does look like the perfect little corner shop. So many dailies have struggled with this theme day, as corner shops seem to be
    fast becoming a thing of the past. Hopefully this theme day will encourage the use of the ones more we still have left.

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  64. Guille, je crie quand même!!!!!!!!

    Il y a un autre type du macarons que je ne pas connais???? Alors, la seule solution pour ce dilemme c'est que une: il faut aller à Paris tout de suite!!!

    (you know I'm trying to practice my French more often, so... bare with me!)

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  65. Alexa, You are TOO FUNNY -- LLLOOOLLLL

    Here are my choices for the evening:
    1. Get a life.
    @. See how many times in a row I can log on here before someone else shows up.
    Hmmmm . . .

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  66. Alexa, You are TOO FUNNY -- LLLOOOLLLL

    Here are my choices for the evening:
    1. Get a life.
    @. See how many times in a row I can log on here before someone else shows up.
    Hmmmm . . .

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  67. Lynn I understand that you're verte de jalousie! The solution is to come here and share some confectioneries with me!

    Monica, if you don't know these macarons, you're right, the solution is to come here and share some macarons with me!

    :)

    Alexa, Lynn and Monica, I'm impressed by your French!

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  68. Lois --
    And you see which option I chose! Thank goodness for David, who came along to save me from myself.

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  69. Merci, Guille! Tu es tres gentille.

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  70. Oui, Guille, merci a toi. Je me voir a Paris avec toi et ces chocolats a l'occasion plus tot. Now, i bet that's littered with errors.

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  71. Oh my God! Monica just asked me to "bare" with her. I don't know if I can bear it. Let's see, what's the fastest airline to Rio? Wait a minute. She's married. What are we thinking? We can't!

    Lois, thanks for the compliment. I kind of embellished my original Q4 answer because I was, quite honestly, fishing for a compliment from you.

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  72. tall gary, I was really impressed -- so much so, that yesterday at lunch at Museum DeYoung Cafe, that I told about Eric's CNN questions and your response.

    BTW, I have an invitation to the Legion of Honor Women Impressionists, Mary Cassatt, Berthe Morisot, Eva Gonzales, Marie Bracquemond, private show on Friday June 20th at 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm. If anyone would like to attend this reception with me, please let me know. I must RSVP by June 16th.

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  73. Lois, I'm IN!! Okay, it's absolutely impossible in the facts but I wish I could...

    Tall Gary, it's bad to fish for compliments! (what? I do it all the time? Well, I don't realize when it happens so I guess I'm forgiven. LOOOL).

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  74. OK Guille, I have you down as a virtual attendee.

    Lynn, I sent you an e-card.

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  75. Got it, Lois! That was lovely. thank you.

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  76. Is it very bad to try to be first AND last?

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  77. he he i've often tried to be last, executing a secret little effort in silence! LOL. I must get out more...

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  78. Oh yes know it well. How about a photo of the inside.

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  79. Tall Gary he he... only now I realize what I wrote. I'm blushing... that's not what I meant at all!!!!

    One more reason you guys should BEAR with me! Actually I don't even know what's the correct word anymore.

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  80. I'm sorry Monica. Please accept my apology. If a native speaker of a foreign language I was writing in made some kind of humorous jest over a simple spelling typo I might not be happy, depending on their intentions, and I can assure you that my intentions were not malicious.

    And, YES, you've got it now. I will certainly try my best to bear with you. So let's get grizzly together! Oh, no. There I go again with the puns. Another apology is in order I'm afraid. Yes. Yes. You are correct when you say, "Please bear with me." No joke!

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  81. I must add this shop to my Paris list, too. Who else did that? I'm so far down in the comments I can't remember. What a great shop! The B&W reminds me very much of the old Atget and Marville photos.

    I liked your comments, too, Tall Gary.

    Coltrane, I grew up in DeKalb.

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  82. Wow that is an amazing picture! I would love to go to Paris. I have never been but when I do go I want to go to all the places like that the small old historic places. Hopefully I will get to soon but for now I will just see through your pictures.

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  83. Petrea,

    Atget I'm aware of but when you previously Marville you sent me searching. I found, but have not yet seen, a book by Shelley Rice titled "Parisian Views" which looks interesting. At least the four reviewers at Amazon all gave the book the highest rating of five stars.

    I remember how thrilled I was when I first entered the garden behind Notre Dame because of seeing an Atget photo of it. It was one of those, "Wow, I'm really here!" moments that can easily suffuse a visit to Paris. I had moments like that in places I had never known existed. Places such as Square Louvois in the second. For some reason I thought immediately how Fountain Louvois outshone the fountain in Huntington Gardens, and yet it seems to be relatively unknown. Just a square where one can casually wander into. What a place, Paris!

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  84. J'aime beaucoup ce magasin d'une autre époque. Très beau cliché !

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  85. Tall Gary:

    Here is the volume of Marville photos I was referring to. I believe it's complete. It's about 3 inches thick. I couldn't put it down.

    I love the Huntington Gardens; they and the galleries rival some European sites I've visited. But Paris as a whole--oh, it just can't be beat. With a delightful garden around each corner and an architectural treasure (or several) on every block, there's nothing to compete.

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  86. Its being vintage does prove how the people loves it! Does look old but surely a place you'd come to often, Happy theme day!

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  87. Ah ha! You've gotten a hold on those HTML links. Congratulations.

    There is a single used copy of that Marville book available at Amazon.com, but it is about $200. Sigh. I'll probably pass. The page you linked to says that the book is currently unavailable at Amazon.fr. I even checked around at SoCal libraries, including the Brand in Glendale, to no effect.

    Yes, the Huntington Gardens and library are impressive. I'd love to take a gander of and stroll around the new Chinese garden. The Huntington's evening teas are said to be enjoyable.

    By the way, I believe this is the Huntington Gardens fountain I was referring to. It seems almost cruel to compare it to this.

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  88. Petrea...Dekalb eh? Cool! The home of NIU and just a stone's throw away from my hometown of ROckyFord! :-) I do miss the trees and a city with a river running through it. Was back to that area about 6 years ago, but you know, it wasn't quite the same. Reminded me of what Thomas Wolfe would write in..."You Can't Go Home Again." I left in 1981 (moved to Texas) and now return only for special occasions.

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  89. Alexa...congrats on a double GF. First and last. Wow!!! I'm impressed. :-)

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  90. Tall Gary, I finally took the time to figure out how to do links, thanks to you--you published a primer here some time ago, which I copied and studied.

    I have the Marville. Did NOT pay $200 for it. Try searching Alibris, eBay, etc. You and I will likely meet someday (when we do a SoCal PDP picnic), and I'll let you look at my copy. Don't know if I'll let you borrow it, though...

    Oh--and the fountain. Yes, that's the one at the Huntington. No comparison.

    Coltrane, I go back for special occasions, too. Class reunion this summer, woohoo! But it has changed a great deal. Got homogenized. It's not as unique as it used to be.

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  91. i have never been to Paris... when i go i'll have to visit that shop...

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  92. "You can't go home again." When I went back to Tokyo after a hiatus of two years I felt like I was a tourist in my own past.

    Petrea: Marville at Alibris was $208 and at eBay $220. It looks like you have gotten yourself a burgeoning collector's item. Yes, it is not advisable to loan out books. I've ordered a couple books in a similar vein and will see how I like them. Thank you for offering to let me take a gander. But at a PDP picnic with all the possible white and red wine spills? It is difficult for me to write the following words but please think again.

    Blogger often will not allow you to post a comment if the HTML line is "broken." So you have a chance to correct miswritings. You should be able to get the comments box to go back via a back button by going up to the top of the screen (where there is a line with "File Edit View Actions Help") to "View," click to open the drop-down menu, and click on "Show Toolbar." I have to widen my comments box a tad to get the back buttons to show. So you can click on your link to see if it is right then click the back button so that you can then post it. It works on all of the links posted by everyone.

    Actually I think someone posted a better explanation than I did of HTML links by substituting [ and ] for < and >.

    Cheers.

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  93. I said you could look at my Marville, Tall Gary. I didn't say you could touch it. :)

    But thanks. I keep learning, and there always seems to be room in my brain (or at least on my hard drive) for more info.

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  94. I can't wait to go there - I have a sweet tooth!

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  95. On en rêvait tu l'as trouvée !
    Merveilleuse !

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  96. As prone as I am, Petrea, to leaving fingerprints and smudges, it would probably be to the best if you allowed me to look at your Marville only through binoculars.

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  97. Oh I love this place...we're actually staying with a friend who lives opposite this shop, so we will probably see you on the street today without realising who you are!

    Its a lovely photo!

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