Fourth of July, Paris

Independence Day Garden Party at Ambassador’s Residence, Paris, France: Calder with Old Glory…DSC02767

My secret identity as Scout Mom opens doors:                       DSC02768This week BSA Troop 112 was invited to present a flag ceremony as part of the Ambassador’s 4th of July garden party for Embassy families…

DSC02782The palace and grounds belonged to the Dutchess of Pontalba in the 19th century. Later acquired by the Rothschild family, requisitioned by the Luftwaffe during the Occupation, the property was sold to the US government after the war.DSC02773Large salons furnished with magnificent carpets, chandeliers, antique mirrors and furniture overlook the gardens.

DSC02776Menu: hotdogs, hamburgers, pesto pasta salad, focaccia flag bread, watermelon, cupcakes, softdrinks, wine and beer… Music: After La Marseillaise and the Star Spangled Banner, the Dixie Wings from Ramstein AFB, play old faves by Lynyrd Skynyrd, Johnny Cash, Blues Brothers, Led Zeppelin, Louie Prima…       DSC02771 Bouguereau’s monumental Friendship triptych near cloakroom…

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Cy Twombley…

DSC02777Louise Bourgeois sculpture and

DSC02779watercolor series…

DSC02780 (1)Willem de Kooning with Sheila Hicks…

DSC02769Reception area near main entrance…

DSC02772Grand staircase and equestrian portrait of George Washington…

DSC02764Special thanks to  Ambassador Jane Hartley for your gracious hospitality and to Kristyn Hoy for making this possible. To be continued, Aliss

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