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.
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:
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
In the photo at
left, you see a large spoon only because I had just ordered gaspacho.
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
An SUV is
called a 4x4 in
their hearts, has made a hybrid 4x4 available in
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.
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