Tag Archives: Paris

2016/2017 – The End of the Age of Enlightenment?

As many have pointed out, it’s hell to think that in this century, science and the principles of the enlightment would be fighting for acceptance, even survival. Yesterday, the Paris March for Science assembled, appropriately enough, in front of the Jardin des Plantes. A small band played. Two notables gave succinct speeches in defense of […]

Polling the Titanic

A quartet, to begin with. Paris is so damned beautiful. Unabashedly beautiful. Pdv has lived in/ known many cities, including Berlin, Tokyo, New York, Boston, Munich, London, Rio, Delhi, Mumbai.  And yet after years that could have led to dull familiarity, I am heartstruck every time I go outside.  Please consider the quartet of photos […]

A New Least-Favored Nation?

The cry of Job—why am I being so tested? Some years ago, while helping out in a rural Haitian clinic, PdV found herself wondering, along with most Haitians, how on earth one beautiful small country came to be singled out by fate or the Almighty for such extraordinary treatment. After the grand, once in history […]

Home Alone in Paris

‘France for the truly French’, ‘keep out the foreigners’, ‘we must revive national identity’, etc etc. All familiar battle-cries of a certain segment of the right-wing, foremost but not exclusively the Front National, which polled 30% in recent regional elections. BUT–be careful what you wish for, mes amis. During decades of life in Europe, and […]

COP21

Bonsoir colere. Pointdevue is furious. Last night, out to grab a bite with a neighbor. Our little old streets alive with perhaps 150 heavily armed police. Obama and Hollande and Royale and hangers-on dining at the 300 euro a head resto around the corner, L’Ambroisie.  On the way home we halted among a crowd of […]

Cluny, mon Tresor

Should you find yourself overwhelmed by the state of the world, or by a personal sadness, or even too much happiness–you might want to step out of time for a time. In Paris this is easy. Walk up the Boulevard St. Germain from the Museum of Arab Culture, or down from the Sorbonne. Stay on […]

The Big Slap

‘La Gifle!’ That headline, adding insult to injury, echoed through the French press on Monday, often accompanied by a file photo of the President looking as though his eyes were watering. ‘The Slap in the Face’ for Hollande and his Socialist Party (PS), its waffling policies and mutinous allies (Greens, Communists) was administered by Sunday’s […]