Happy birthday to the United States, and to me!

One thing I have missed since leaving the United States is the fireworks on my birthday. My son used to think it was a appropriate way for the entire country to celebrate my achievements. Now he knows better…

Don’t cry for me, though. I celebrated with a wonderful lunch on the Ile Saint-Germain, one of the many islands that dot the Seine River in and around Paris. Gorgeous sunny weather, the heat wave gone, a light summer breeze. I was reminded of this celebration of the pleasures of the Seine by Renoir: Le déjeuner des canotiers, The Boatmen’s Lunch.

Happy 4th of July to all!

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Renoir: Le dejeuner des canotiers, The Boatmen's Lunch

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