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Finding Paris in Chicago

I have been traveling non-stop since I returned from Paris and collecting photos of “French America”.

I came across this awkwardly shaped piece of the Notre Dame de Paris embedded in the Tribune Tower. Inspired by the Button Tower of the cathedral at Rouen, France, “the Tribune Tower exemplifies the way American architects have elevated office buildings to sacred status.” 


The base of the Tribune Tower contains 120 stones from important locations all around the world, including the Parthenon, in Greece; the pyramids, in Egypt; the Taj Mahal, in India; the Alamo, in San Antonio; the Great Wall of China; Injun Joe Cave in Missouri, and of course a piece from Paris’ grand dame.

Is that a gargoyle’s nose? I hope so.

I love Chicago’s architecture. Who doesn’t? So much tradition blended with startling metal and glass. It is especially fabulous on a rare blue-skied spring day. It was wonderful to catch up with my lovely girls and take Kitcat out for her first legal drink stateside.

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9 Comments Post a comment
  1. Wonderful pair of “all American” smiles there.

    April 8, 2015
    • Merci bien. I love seeing my girls. They are both so far away now. There were a good many things to smile about that night.

      April 8, 2015
      • We’re so lucky, one of our girls lives at the other end of the village and the other one is just over two hours away.

        April 8, 2015
  2. Love how the U.S. still retains some French influence in its history. 🙂

    April 8, 2015
  3. I also love Chicago and hope to visit soon now that we are back this side of the pond. Nice pics…(Suzanne)

    April 8, 2015
  4. Melinda Lusmore #

    What a wonderful idea to have all those stones in the tower!

    April 11, 2015
  5. Bonjour,
    Ça fait longtemps que je n’ai pas donné de nouvelles. Ton site a bien évolué, il est très beau.
    J’ai pas mal de lecture en retard à ce que je vois.
    Je suis contente de voir que tu vas bien


    April 19, 2015
  6. Bonjour Rachel,

    Merci de “checking-in” à moi. Je suis très occupé des allers et retours à New York et je avoir un nouvel emploi à Colorado. Je prévois de commencer à poster à nouveau cette semaine et partager les petits morceaux de France, je l’ai trouvé aux USA.

    Je rentre en France en juin à faire un tour de vélo (loire à vélo)….

    Restez à l’écoute!

    Merci et à bientôt 🙂

    (please excuse my horrible French…I continue to try…)

    May 16, 2015

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