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Dreaming of France: 29 Avenue Rapp

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Scrolling through my Instagram& finding this image, I’m surprised I haven’t shared this particular French door for Dreaming of France before. 29 Avenue Rapp boasts what might be the most famous door in Paris. It’s definitely one of the most beautiful.



Designed by Jules Lavirotte in 1901 it’s a striking example of Art Nouveau architecture and features the very risque sculpted Adam and Eve above the door. I first saw the building in the movie Gigi as the building where Gigi's Aunt Alicia lives and where Gigi goes for her lessons in how to catch the right man. Preferably someone rich like Gaston.

Naturally when Mark and I visited Paris, we had to pay the building a visit. What struck us about 29 Avenue Rapp was how many people just walk on by, as if were nothing special, just another old stone edifice, the door, just another entry. I think even if I lived on the block, even if I saw the building and its door every single day, I would still have to pause and take it in. Not a whole …

File this one under: My British Roots are Showing


I lost my English accent about half a century ago but I'm still a True Brit at heart. My addiction to British telly is, er, telling, and currently I'm in the middle of a Scott & Bailey bingefest. To be honest there are times I can't make head nor tails of what some of the characters, usually the criminals with the heaviest Yorkshire accents, are saying either. But still, these are my peeps.

So I was thrilled to discover that BBC America has a website devoted not just to their programming but to the whole wonderful world of Brits in America. They've dubbed it Anglophenia British Culture with an American Accent which pretty much sums me up. Pretty much An American Girl lusting for London. I'm sure the site isn't new, it's just new to me. If you're feeling sad and lonely for the British Isles you can stop by to learn How to Make a Cup of Tea the British Way, or discover who's going to play Prince Phillip in the new Netflix drama The Crown, a sort of spinoff of the Helen Mirren hit play Audience. Claire Foy, Anne Boleyn in Wolf Hall will play the young queen.

Spoiler: It's Matt Smith. WHO? Yes, righty-o, Matt Smith did play Dr. Who (number 11) and he's also in the upcoming Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. 

Oh, and I'll actually be filing this under the State of Britain tab; that's where I keep all my English themed pieces. It's up there on the right. Take the lift.



Are anglophenic too? Is that even a word? Dunno. But if you wanna get your Union Jack on check out Joy Weese Moll's weekly British Isles Friday meme.



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  1. What a terrific resource! Thanks! My husband is binge-watching Stella. It took him a couple of episodes to understand the Welsh accents.

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