Saturday, August 13, 2005
Public art in
The rear bumper of the Rolls sports potted vines. Now that’s what I call a “green” car.
Inside the Rolls, instead of a seat, we find a wooden swing.
They change the menu every 6 weeks at Le Tire Bouchon, assuring that fresh, in-season ingredients are used, and keeping the quality of food very high.
While on the
subject of dining, I must ask you, have you ever noticed how different spoons
The French give you the large spoon for:
Otherwise, unless you are given the small spoon for coffee or tea, you are given no spoon at all. And in the brasseries where the flatware is already rolled up in a paper napkin and sealed with a paper ring, you will find inside that roll only a knife and fork. You will be given a spoon only if it is deemed necessary.
In the photo at left, you see a large spoon only because I had just ordered gaspacho.
While the French like their spoons large or small, but not medium, they are in a state of disagreement about cars. There is an environmental movement underway to ban SUVs from the middle of French cities.
An SUV is
called a 4x4 in
their hearts, has made a hybrid 4x4 available in
Patrick Coroller, the man in charge of “transport questions” in the “Agence de l’environment et de la maitrise de l’energie (ADEME)” says, “Le 4x4 is no more just a vehicle of the fields [“champs,” in French”], is becoming a vehicle of the Champs Elysées.
ADEME alleges that in the city, 4x4s consume 48% more fuel than the more typical cars consume. Fewer than 10% of 4x4 owners actually use the all-terrain features of their vehicles.
At any rate,
the 4x4s and most other Parisians’ cars have left the city for vacation or at
least a long holiday weekend. (Monday
is the Feast of the Assumption, a holiday in
But it is quite
peaceful here in the middle of