A Blackberry-enabled walk through the Tuilieries
Oct. 26, 2005
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As the post-conference sessions wound down, I decided to wander
out into the brilliant afternoon and
make my way along the river down to check on Eddie and Pamela.
From my hotel near the Opera, I walked to the Place de la Concorde
and then on into the Tuileries Gardens where I stopped for a coffee in
On towards the Louvre, I did a bit of Blackberrying
with folks in Chicago and California, who were just getting
warmed up and eager to work. (I didn't think it necessary to tell
them where I was working from this afternoon.)
In the big open space between the garden and the Louvre's courtyard with
I.M. Pei's glass pyramid, the Tuileries Palace once stood.
Henry II's widow, Catherine de Medici, had it built after Henry was killed
jousting in the Place des Vosges.
In the chaos
after the Franco-Prussian war, members of the Paris Commune set
it on fire. Rather than rebuild it, Paris decided to tear it down
a few years later -- but there's a plot (no doubt hatched by closet
rebuild the thing
and "restore the harmony" of the
sight lines between the Louvre, the Champs-Elysees and the
Place de la Concorde.