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A question on the anniversary of my father's death

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My dad, on the right.
I woke up this morning thinking about my father. He died 26 years ago today, and since it’s British Isles Friday I thought I’d share a few pix of my very British old man. I also have a question about the old family photo above. I believe it was taken sometime in the 1950’s when we lived in Tripoli, Libya. There is another photograph somewhere of the larger group at what appears to be some sort of professional gathering or meeting, a handful of men and one woman sitting on chairs at either side. My father, ex-British Intelligence, fluent in Arabic, was working for the American government at the AFEX, the Army & Air Force exchange store at Wheelus Air Force base in Tripoli at the time. I don’t know the exact nature of his work but while he was investigating some unusually large financial losses he learned that an American he became close friends with turned out to be embezzling funds. That must have been one helluva an awkward friend breakup! 

What I’m really cur…

Dreaming of France: 29 Avenue Rapp


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 lot different to stopping and smelling the roses. 




29 Avenue Rapp is located just a few blocks from the Eiffel Tower and a must see for film & architecture fans.

What do you think? Could you ignore this glorious door?

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  1. I can't believe that they've let those aluminium windows deface that incredible facade.

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  2. I had to look closer to find Adam and Eve. I wonder who that is above the doorway. I looked it up to see, but what I found was that the door is shaped in a reverse phallus symbol. Do you see it? I bet men do right away.
    I'll definitely pass by, but stop and examine it. Maybe I'll even send you a picture, Sim.
    THanks for playing along with Dreaming of France.

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