→ Even though I think Google isn’t keeping to their mission statement, I do sometimes admire the doodles they put up. Recently, they commemorated the 400th birthday of André Le Nôtre, the guy who designed the gardens at Versailles. The palace is all good and well, but for my money, the gardens are the best part.
→ It snowed again recently and some crazy French folk took to the Parisian slopes in Montmartre.
→ My mother pointed out that one of the bumper stickers on this car was of a triskelion, a Celtic symbol associated with Galicia (part of Spain north of Portugal). It suddenly seemed much more logical that the VW van in question had traveled through Italy and Spain, collecting stickers. The only question remaining is how they got from one country to the other without crossing some part of France. J’accuse!
→ I posted a “recipe” for bachelor pasta on February 14 which was a total coincidence. I generally schedule everything at least a week in advance (see the Christmas season mistake), so I don’t even notice that a certain thing is going up on any given holiday. Also, I just don’t really celebrate any holidays because I am a grinch.
→ I think night tables are important enough that I’ve had to jury-rig ones in practically every place I’ve lived in Europe. Contemporary Americans are taking their use a bit too far, as evidenced by this list of “common” things found therein.
→ Sometime in the past week, this site passed 10,000 views. This seems like a lot to me, but probably half are my mother. Thanks to all of you for clicking, usually more than once per visit. I hope I can keep up the quality of clickable content. (I can certainly keep alliterating!)