Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Paris Paname!


Last evening I had a business party on a boat by the Eiffel Tower. It was very nice. Not far from the boat I was on, I saw this one and it made me realize I never told you about "Paname". Paname is a slang name we give to Paris on some occasions that are difficult to explain - namely when we think of the city as an exotic place! Apparently this nickname was first given to those Parisians who wore Panama hats at the beginning of the 20th century.

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  1. I have never heard that story before, nor noticed this boat. I always seem to notice the boat with the car on it - the photo you posted ages ago.
    What a life you have!

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  2. It sounds heavenly to be on a boat having a party and next to the Eiffel Tower. What a wonderful party that must have been. Lucky you Eric. ;)

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  3. Really? You never mentioned Paname in 4 years? I can't believe it!

    Dinner on the Seine by a summer evening is definitely a nice evening. Lucky you are! ...even if for business ;-)

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  4. Cali ~Congrats on GF..what will go on the crown today?

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  5. Well Thib, I searched "Panae" and did not find any occurrence. I know, it's hard to beleive.

    Yes, being on a boat on the Seine on a warm evening like yesterday was very nice. I did not really have dinner though as I spent most of my time interviewing people - there was no food left when I was done LOL!

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  6. I'm not surprised you couldn't find an occurrence with 'panae' Eric ;)

    Wow you have such a great time don't you. Ok no food left that's not good, but such a lovely place to be hungry!

    Paname - never heard Paris called this before but I do like Panama hats!

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  7. You were again at a party !!! Wow!! :)
    Well without partying at all, I am off to bed!
    Good night Eric and everyone on this side of the world.
    Paname : I'll check it tomorrow.

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  8. You know, that greetings card photo of the kissing couple is fantastic, Eric. Such a shame you never found the people in the shot - I bet they'd love to see it.

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  9. Gramma Ann: what do you think I should put on the crown? It's been such a long time since I've worn it. I only hope Phx doesn't come in and snatch it off my head!!!Uneasy lies the head that wears the crown - especially the PDP crown!

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  10. lol no you're ok From Cali. Perfectly within all rules. She said most pompously. ;)

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  11. Cali ~ I think little sparkling Eiffel Towers would look stunning.

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  12. Little sparkling Eiffel Towers would look great with any outfit ;)

    Paname.. Haven't heard that expression in a while I'm surprised it's still in use!

    Don't we say ri-Pa nowadays? Or is that just for Slam?

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  13. Okay - since I have been assured the crown is mine then little ET's it is.

    Thanks, Tomate!

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  14. Is that Eiffel Towers or little sparkling Eric Tenins?

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  15. I like the idea of big sparkling Eric Tenins. He is La Tour Eric after all. Good one Gramma Ann.

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  16. I have heard of Paris being called Paname but as I was reading the comments, I thought "Paname! just like Edith Piaf's song" (I have always sang Paname, Paname, Paname...). LOL, it is actually "padam, padam, padam..."!
    Between Eric's blog and reading David Lebowitz's book "the sweet life in Paris", I am very happy camper.

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  17. There's my something new I can usually count on from Eric!

    Cali ~ Yayyyyyyy!!! Congrats GF! Woot, woot! {I'm sure that's what this Paname sounds like when leaving shore.} I love your crown. 'La Tour Eric' hee hee!

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  18. I've been waiting for you to check in, Shell and you did not disappoint!

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  19. Too much? ;) No, I don't think so... one can never have too many diamonds or too much GF excitement.

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  20. I chose the wrong profession. Now I need to write in spare time, slaving away to create the masterpiece, in order to be able to party on boats on the Seine.

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  21. Your work life is just SO interesting,Eric (no matter what you say)Remember a lunch box next time ;-)

    I never heard the Paname expression before - very interesting news today - but I'm not really clear about when to use it about Paris ??? I always think Paris is exotic, so I can't say Paris anymore ??? ;-D

    Great GF crown Cali !

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  22. Goodmorning!

    I am waiting for a book about Paris that I have just ordered from Amazon.com. "Handmade in Paris", but TODAY I discovered your blog! Inspiring.
    I will be back and see/learn more about the city!
    Have a nice day!

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  23. Love the crown, From Cali.

    Welcome here, Gunn. You will enjoy it.

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  24. Okay, Drummond, over to you....dun dun dur.... (yesterday's comments box)

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  25. Lynn, how do you trot out this stuff so quickly? I'll try to keep up, but got to go out now, back later.

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  26. Don't really know. Only takes me a few mins! I was advantaged by your excellent start though! lol..

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  27. Phew! OK Lynn.
    Next chapter hot off the press.

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  28. Ok! Drummond! The next deed is done! Er...is anyone else reading our masterpiece? If not, why not? :0

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  29. ''Oui mais a Paname tout peut s`arranger
    quelque rayon du ciel d`ete
    l`accordeon d`un marinier
    le espoir fleurit
    au ciel de Paris!!!!''

    Thank you Piaf!

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  30. lol Monica that's nice. So - what are you up to over there these days? Come on, you've been silent.

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  31. So, Eric is working for no supper, le pauvre. But he brings us Paname every day, n'est-ce pas?
    Congrats, from cali! (I thought you were going to replace the crown with a Panama hat for today.)

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  32. Alexa: I don't look good in hats. A crown suits me much better!

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  33. So Paname is winking at Paris and vice versa. That's nothing at all but a sweet little picture or a little sweet picture (that I loved anyway... ;).

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  34. Lynn, the story continues...
    Gourd night!

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  35. Gourd night ! Pas mal. LOL
    Voyage aux pays des gourdes!
    Ça c'est fait!!!! ;)

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  36. It reminds me of JESSE & CELINE having dinner on a boat in Vienna (when they first met) with violin virtuoso caressing their ears. "Before Sunset", that is.

    I myself have once been on a bateau privé sailing from Luzern to Interlaken for my 21st birthday. Divine!

    Who am I kidding? Keats.

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  37. Je t'aime tant, Tomate!

    T'es un mélange de romantique timide et maladroit, provocateur et insolent. Chapeau!

    Keats

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  38. Have to watch it. The youtube video is worth seeing more ... Yes it's incredible what I can learn on this blog. Discoveries in discoveries. Doesn't help you to know who you are kidding Keats? I understand and maybe the more one may fear is to be disappointing for the Other one. Of course Keats that's NOT for you...

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  39. Have to watch it. The youtube video is worth seeing more ... Yes it's incredible what I can learn on this blog. Discoveries in discoveries. Doesn't help you to know who you are kidding Keats? I understand and maybe the more one may fear is to be disappointing for the Other one. Of course Keats that's NOT for you...

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  40. "Discoveries in discoveries" nicely put, anonyme! No, "disappointing" is the item I barely find in my dictionary, and Romance in general. For I believe "a poet can survive everything but a misprint."

    *sentence in quotation mark by Oscar Wilde

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  41. That's NOT for Eric as he knows it. I dreamt this night. A very interesting dream. The proof that our brain is working a lot at night....
    Yes, very interesting and not exactly the one I would have loved to dream. Of course we were inside it but not only. A good accuteness my brain gave me this short night even I don't like it at all, I am aware of that.

    Well, this morning my first pop in was here. And reading Oscar Wilde cotations made me cry. Oh, that's only the beginning of the day. Then I'll have to put on my day-to-day life habits and do like if everything was perfectly balanced in my head... and my heart. Used to that but makes me put into questions much of me. I want you to know that I never felt before as much love from and to someone I love. I know. That sounds silly but my dream learnt me a lot about that ; very clear. Have to live, work, walk. The very best for you.
    All of that is very badly written. Too many efforts to me. I was lucky enough to be authorized to play with much bigger than me and I now go back to play with my smaller toys. Boring, yes a lot, apart from my two really hearts. But I have to be good enough for them. They are worth it so much.

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  42. Anonyme,

    I'm sorry the Oscar Wilde quote has made you cry. That's not my itention, but the result.

    Now I have moved on to Shakespeare. "Perchance To Dream, non?"

    Bon Courage! Re-focus, that's the most important among all.

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  43. Anonyme,
    Thank you.
    If possible don't forget me, don't hate me, don't hurt me (please).
    I know I'm asking a lot.
    I'm weak. I don't deserve all I've had. I never felt you had to do it. It was always a surprise renewed. Don't go thinking I cheat or manipulate.
    That's not my decision. Maybe yours, maybe ours. You know that's not meaning a lot as you said it before. What counts ? You, you, you, unique and special to me for ever.

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  44. Anonyme,

    I'm Anonyme @ 3:17 a.m. & 1:39 p.m. I wish your once wounded soul is now recovered from all those bruises. And I hope I didn't mislead you to interpret me as someone else. My apologies to confuse, that's totally NOT my intention.

    Prends soin de toi, ma petite puce adorée.

    Keats

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  45. Thanks for your words. At least those I'd love to be yours. I'm trying to make it clearer but that's so hard. Wounded and bruises are such a beautiful thought you've had. Yes, quite true. Don't want you to feel it. Ok,....needless to say. Time is missing me right now. I just needed to come to you.
    Porte toi bien, Mon amour.

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  46. Eric,

    Paname ... is this due to the French who built the Panama canal and who came home wearing the 'latest fashion'?

    Stu

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  47. Salut, Eric, et merci beaucoup for this gem of information. I am a francophile and my blog is FrenchKissed:) I was trying to translate an old piece of sheet music, a song called Mon Paris!, and the lyrics say "You call it Paname, but in my time, Paris was Paris!" I did a Google search to try to understand Paname - qu'est-ce c'est?! I'm glad I found your blog! Remerciements, Trishia

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