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Two Poets And The Euganean Hills
THERE is one journey that, if only in memory of two dead poets, all must make who stay more than a single day in Padua. It is a journey to the Euganean hills, and the two poets such a pilgrimage will commemorate are, of course, Petrarch and Shelley. But such a journey made with due piety will be something more than a duty performed, it will be in a very real way its own reward.
THE road from Vicenza to Verona runs southwest at the foot of the great mountains, which here are thrust into the plain like so many vast bastions, between which deep valleys push their way far into the country of the hills. The road is perhaps the loveliest in all this country of the Veneto just because it is never far from the hills.
Paris - Lavoisier
You will see his monument behind the Madeleine; he has a short street given him, and out on the rue de Chazelles, where he used to have a field for raising potatoes, there stands a house in which one of the most famous builders of bridges has his offices.
Paris - Rue De La Rochefoucauld
One of the most charming of those quiet streets in the 9th Arr. which runs out of the rue St Lazare east of the Place de la Trinité is the rue de La Rochefoucauld. And it commemorates a man whose life touches many of the phases of modern life, although he died in 1827.
Paris - Rue Monge
There are certain streets to whose names, without any conscious reason whatever, you take a dislike; the rue Monge was one of these for me. That is why I want to make my apology by telling what it stands for; it led the way from descriptive geometry to cinematography, for one thing.
Bernard Palissy, Inventor Of Faience
To begin with, Palissy was a worker in stained glass, which, it would seem, ought to have satisfied any artist or artisan as a life work, particularly as he had begun life early in the sixteenth century (1510) when stained glass was still of exceptional beauty.
Paris - The Rue De L'arbre Sec
Odds and ends of old streets can be found in among the department stores which have demolished the quarter behind the church of St Germain-l'Auxerrois (that is St Germain who came from Auxerre). One of these is the rue de l'Arbre Sec.
Paris Weather
It is not the weather but the Paris Basin which is to be blamed. If the Seine, in those prehistoric times, had not wandered about and cut down all the softer stone to the present level of its banks; and if the harder stone of the Butte Montmartre, the Butte Chaumont, Belleville, and the rest had not resisted...
Paris - Commerce Under Glass
Early in the 19th century covered passages appeared in Paris which attracted to them the small merchants who could take advantage of this new commercial development. They are still in existence, although some of them are rather shabby. One of them, however, insists upon keeping up with the times and has a syndicat of merchants who keep it in the news.
Second Hand Paris
It is everywhere at odd times and in all the antique shops every day in the week. But the first official junk shop must have been the one in the Cour du Dragon, just off the boulevard St Germain, on the rue de Rennes.
Paris - The Rue Barrée
There is one street which changes place every day and is never without commerce; it multiplies itself quite often in different parts of town; upon it no vehicles pass, and quiet descends or, if you prefer, ascends from its pavement: this is the street which has traffic cut off from it while being repaired, the rue barrée (barred).
Paris - Business Along The Quays
The bookstalls on the river-side have been too much described and are too obvious to need even a paragraph. But interest is always held by the fact that these boxes fastened to the stone parapets were the forerunners of many a bookstore in Paris. They began in 1603, when Henri IV gave his permission to booksellers to walk about and stand near the new Pont Neuf.
Literary Paris
Like the Paris of the artists it has few limitations. Publishers, however, are for the most part on the Left Bank, where they have been from time immemorial because of the schools and universities which drew them there. Magazines have their offices here, too.
Newspaper Paris
The greater number of newspapers are on the Right Bank. The first newspaper was founded in 1631 by a man who knew that his paper must be supported by the ads. He had his office in an attic on the Cité and had his announcements (the French still use annonces for news-paper advertisements) posted in all parts of Paris.
Industrial Paris
Wherever a small workshop has held its own and they are tenacious there you will find a bit of industrial Paris, such as that of deluxe dressmaking, interpenetrating the commercial, the artistic, or the literary (even in the fashionable regions).
Where To Breathe In Paris
Consider the chain of Places, which we would call Squares, where there is really a space big enough to let the automobile gas mount to the upper regions and leave room below for air. For the learned men have proven that the air near the ground in Paris is better than that higher up as for instance upon the first plat-form of the Eiffel Tower.
Cemeteries Of Paris
There are twenty-three cemeteries listed in Paris. Many of them can only be explained by the fact that they served the villages which lay outside the city itself. Even Père-Lachaise was outside the wall of 1784. I do not recommend visiting any of them, unless you are curious to see the tombs of the well-known or to study the difference between French cemeteries and ours.
Going Up In Paris
At le Bourget you can do it in an aeroplane. In the Métro, you can mount without any effort from beneath the earth to a third-story level on the via-ducts. Both these methods are for persons without initiative. The true adventure is to go on foot up all the columns and towers some lighted, some dark which are open to you.
Streets Of Paris
THERE are four thousand streets in Paris, and if you knew what their names meant, who the men were for whom they were named, you would know the history, not only of the town, but of France, the French, and of much besides. Four thousand streets in Paris, and over two hundred of them (if you count squares, passages, and courts) are named for saints.
Paris - Baron Haussmann—urbanist
Men pass along a street and disappear; the houses live on. A street discards its original costume very slowly unless someone comes with a conscious determination to demolish its houses, change its line, and render it modern.
Paris - Latin Quarter
The uses to which monasteries, convents, and churches were put after the Revolution had driven forth their occupants, were many and varied, but it is worth while to consider the old monastery of the monks of St Bernard : it is on the rue de Pontoise in the 5th Arr just off the boulevard St Germain to the east of the Place Maubert.
Paris - New Streets And Old
The rue Etienne Marcel is a colorless and fairly new extension of the rue des Petits Champs, a street which is so old that, try as it will, it can never entirely change itself —for which we may be grateful. Paris was not at all sure of the part Etienne Marcel played in the municipal drama which ended in his death.
Canada - National Consciousness
AN empire the size of Europe setting out on her career of world history is a phenomenon of vast and deep enough import to stir to national consciousness the slumbering spirit of any people. Yet when you come to trace when and where national consciousness awakened, it is like following a river back from the ocean to its mountain springs.
Canada - Foundation For Hope
CANADA at the opening of the twentieth century has the same population as the United States at the opening of the nineteenth century. Has the Dominion any material justification for her high hopes of a world destiny? Switzerland possesses national consciousness to an acute degree. Yet Switzerland remains a little people.
Canada - The Tie That Binds
IT is easy to understand what binds the provinces into a confederation. They had to bind themselves into a unity with the British North America Act or see their national existence threatened by any band of settlers who might rush in and by a perfectly legitimate process of naturalization and voting set up self government.
Canada - Americanization
THE Americanizing of Canada is a phrase which has been much in vogue with a section of the British press ever since the attempt to establish reciprocity between the United States and the Dominion. It is a question if the glib users of the phrase have the faintest idea what they mean by it.
Canada - Why Reciprocity Was Rejected
IF American capital and American enterprise dominate Canadian mines, Canadian timber interests, Canadian fisheries ; if American elevators are strung across the grain provinces and American flour mills have branches established from Winnipeg to Calgary; if American implement companies and packing interests now universally control subsidiaries in Canada why was reciprocity rejected?
Canada - The Coming Of The English
For a hundred years England's colonies have been distinctively dependencies self governing dependencies, if you will, in the case of Canada and Australia but distinctively dependent on the Mother Country for protection from attack by land and sea.
Canada - The Coming Of The Foreigner
So far scarcely a cloud appears on the horizon of Canada's national destiny. Like a ship Iaunched roughly from her stays to tempests in shallow water, she seems to have left tempests and shallow water be-hind and to have sailed proudly out to the great deeps.
Canada - The Coming Of The Oriental
IF the coming of the foreigner has been Canada's greatest danger from within, the coming of the Oriental has been one of her most perplexing problems from without. It is not only a perplexity to herself. It is a perplexity in which Canada involves the empire.
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