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traffic jammin’ with Joe

If you’ve poked your head out the rolled-down window, trying to see who’s at the front of a long line of unmoving cars, I’ll tell you.  It’s probably me.

The world traffic jam report is out, aka « Global Traffic Scorecard » from Inrix.  Los Angeles, where I was born, is #1.  Paris, where I now live, is #9.  In all, I’ve lived in 5 of the world’s Top 10 most congested cities.  Apologies everybody.

Today is the 38th anniversary of the longest traffic jam in history, according to Scienceoholic.  Bumper-to-bumper cars stretched for 175 km from Lyon to Paris on February 16, 1980.  No, I wasn’t there 😉

On the eve of Parisian schools’ Winter vacations, where masses of people drive to the Alps to ski, let’s not try to break any records, people.  I’ll do my part by staying home!

Three of the most clogged cities feature prominently in my travel memoir French License.  Read a sample.  Buy the book.  Keep a copy in your glovebox just in case.

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Happy V-Day Héloïse and Abelard

Ah, love!  Such a wonderful feeling.  What wouldn’t we give up for love?

Well, I for one wouldn’t give up what Abélard did!  It was involuntary, but quite permanent.

The main reason why we know his story, nearly 1 000 years later this Valentine’s Day, is because of the love letters he and his beloved Héloïse sent to each other.  Circumstances split them up, hundreds of miles apart, each retrenching into a celibate life of the cloth.  But, man, them robes and habits never stopped their hearts from pounding for each other!  In repressive medieval times, they wrote passionately about their desires.  There’s such feeling in those texts, how they struggled with their vows to God, while acknowledging their carnal thoughts.  Ho, baby!  Theirs was the best-selling harlequin novelette of the 12th century.  Steamy!

What did Abélard lose?  I’ll let you in on his dirty little secret on my @VoiceMap tour of the Père Lachaise cemetery.  Download it here:

See funny pictures and text from our picnic together in The Chairfather book.

The passed have never been more alive!

Book a lunch date with the fallen famous NOW!

Or later…

Really, it doesn’t matter. Their agendas are quite open.

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February fun

Famille Fevrier tomb

After the deluge.  After the snowstorm.  The sun has come out, and Paris is as gorgeous as she ever was!

Time to explore.  A fine walk in the brisk air is what we need after a week of being shut in by the weather.  And I’ve got just the thing to entice you outdoors: I’ll guide you on my @VoiceMap tour of the Père Lachaise cemetery:

Coming soon…

See funny pictures and text from our picnic together in The Chairfather book.

The passed have never been more alive!

Book a lunch date with the fallen famous NOW!

Or later…

Really, it doesn’t matter. Their agendas are quite open.

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Happy B-day Visconti

Happy Birthday Louis Visconti.  No, not Luchino, the Italian movie director.  Not a painter, writer, composer or aviator either.  No, he’s not part of the royal family which ruled Milan, nor a member of the nobles who ruled Pisa.  Our guy was born in Italy, but left for France, where he became a citizen and built monuments in his new home.

No, this one is Louie Louie, aka Grave the great.  He designed a lot of the tombs at Père Lachaise, and one very famous one under the Invalides dome: Napoleon’s tomb.

I’ll guide you to his final resting place on my @VoiceMap tours of the Père Lachaise cemetery, and tell stories from his life.

Coming soon…

See funny pictures and text from our picnic together in The Chairfather book.

The passed have never been more alive!

Book a lunch date with the fallen famous NOW!

Or later…

Really, it doesn’t matter. Their agendas are quite open.

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s dnem rozhdeniya princess Strogonoff

888

Happy Birthday princesse Démidoff-Strogonoff.  You’re one kooky lady, if the stories about your tomb are to be believed.  Your death date has three number 8’s in it, which for some is a sign that the underworld is near.  I thought it was three 6’s that was the sign of the devil.  Three sevens are good.  But three eights are now also bad?

Which reminds me, do you know why 6 was afraid of 7?  Because 789.

The Chinese seem to like 888.  Were you Chinese, princess?  No, you were from Russia.

You were also very, very rich, and very lonely.  You didn’t want to spend eternity alone, so you devised a way to use your assets so you could have company.  If folks want to know what your macabre plan was, they can join my tour.

I’ll guide you to her final resting place on my VoiceMap tours of the Père Lachaise cemetery, and recite stories from her life.

Coming soon…

See funny pictures and text from our picnic together in The Chairfather book.

The passed have never been more alive!

Book a lunch date with the fallen famous NOW!

Or later…

Really, it doesn’t matter. Their agendas are quite open.

 

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on this day… Dragon felled

201 years ago today, a Dragon died.  No, not that kind of dragon.  This doesn’t concern the last season of Game of Thrones.

“Oooh, did he play for the Barcelona Dragons of the NFL Europe?  I guessed it, right?  I knew it because this is Super Bowl Sunday.”

All will be revealed when you go on my tour.  How’s that for a teaser?  A pretty sneaky one.  A pretty snarky one.

I’ll guide you to his final resting place on my VoiceMap tours of the Père Lachaise cemetery, and tell stories from his life.

Coming soon…

See funny pictures and text from our picnic together in The Chairfather book.

The passed have never been more alive!

Book a lunch date with the fallen famous NOW!

Or later…

Really, it doesn’t matter. Their agendas are quite open.

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Happy B-day Gertrude Stein

Happy Birthday, Gertrude.  Even if you didn’t love Oakland, Oakland still loves you.  The city doesn’t hold grudges, and doesn’t need anyone’s approval to feel good about itself.  So we celebrate one who snubbed Oak-town.  Too bad, you woulda felt right at home in today’s East Bay.

You may not be widely seen, nor read, but because of you so many of our most beloved painters and writers were.  So, thanks, Gertrude!

I’ll guide you to her final resting place on my VoiceMap tours of the Père Lachaise cemetery, and recite stories from her life.

Coming soon…

See funny pictures and text from our picnic together in The Chairfather book.

The passed have never been more alive!

Book a lunch date with the fallen famous NOW!

Or later…

Really, it doesn’t matter. Their agendas are quite open.

 

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Happy B-day Félix Faure

Happy Birthday to a former President of the Republic.  Not because he was a great guy.  He wasn’t, presiding over the Dreyfus affaire. Georges Clemenceau said of Faure, “He wanted to be César; he ended up being Pompei.”  Only with the spelling ‘pompé’ it has a whole other meaning!

Faure was pumped too much, and it was his undoing, and our laugh riot.  What a way to go!  If he did nothing else, he gave his public a final story which blew them away!

That’s a good site more than we’ll remember Flanby for!

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I’ll guide you to his final resting place on my VoiceMap tours of the Père Lachaise cemetery, and recite stories from his life.  See funny pictures and text from our picnic together in The Chairfather book.

The passed have never been more alive!

Book a lunch date with the fallen famous NOW!

Or later…

Really, it doesn’t matter. Their agendas are quite open.

 

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Happy B-day Colette

Happy Birthday Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette.  Before Mickey Mantle, she was the most famous switch-hitter.  She was also the original cat lady, so crazy about felines she said:

“Time spent with a cat is never wasted.”

So, in her honor, here’s a kooky cat video…

I found this review of The Vagabond which describes her first-person writing style quite nicely:

Colette has more punch than Proust

For more of her quotes, checkout Writers Write.

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I’ll guide you to her final resting place on my VoiceMap tours of the Père Lachaise cemetery, and recite stories from her life.  See funny pictures and text from our picnic together in The Chairfather book.

The passed have never been more alive!

Book a lunch date with the fallen famous NOW!

Or later…

Really, it doesn’t matter. Their agendas are quite open.

 

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Happy B-day Fulgence Bienvenüe

Happy Birthday Fulgence Bienvenüe!

Without him, most Parisians wouldn’t get anywhere.  He’s the third from the last stop on line 3 of my Chairfather tours.

Coming soon…

I’ll guide you to his final resting place on my VoiceMap tours of the Père Lachaise cemetery, and recite stories from his life.  See funny pictures and text from our picnic together in The Chairfather book.

The passed have never been more alive!

Book a lunch date with the fallen famous NOW!

Or later…

Really, it doesn’t matter. Their agendas are quite open.

 

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