One year ago today: I published my account of my last day in Paris following the lives and ideas of Revolution-era Thomas Paine, Mary Wollstonecraft, and Thomas Jefferson
Front door of 17 rue Bonaparte, Paris, at or near the former site of the Hotel d’Orleans
Seventh day, August 21st, 2015
Today’s tale will be a shorter one, though the places I do make it to are wonderful and full of interest. It’s my last full day in Paris and I’m accompanied by my tired husband, so we take it easy. We visit Serge Gainsbourg’s house in Saint-Germain-des-Prés, enjoy some celebratory Paris-Brest pastries from La Pâtisserie des Rêves on rue du Bac (considered by many to be the very best), take a boat ride on the Seine (a lovely way to see the city!), and otherwise just stroll around at a very leisurely pace, stopping here and there for a coffee or a cold drink.
On our way to the pastry shop, we swing by 17 rue Bonaparte, where, sometime in early to mid-August of 1784, Thomas Jefferson…
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