For all you Francophiles, here is a fascinating article about France's revisionist history and Nicolas Sarkozy's attempts to correct it and rejoin NATO.
If you visit any of the villages in Normandy or other parts of Northern France, chances are you'll find monuments in the town square dedicated to the Americans. Most of these tributes are maintained by the local mayor and town council, with funds from their own coffers.
French sculptor Anilore Banon produced a gorgeous sculpture, Les Braves, which rises from the waters off Omaha Beach (2006 photo at left). Banon created it as a tribute to the American soldiers who died defending France's freedom. Read more here.
Kudos for Jon Stewart
Chavez turns up the heat on multi-nationals
Coca-Cola is the latest multi-national company under pressure amidst Hugo Chavez's "reforms."
And I've stopped drinking "Coca-Light" as the French call Diet Coke and Coke Zero, after reading this scary warning about aspartame's side effects.
Isabel Allende's tales of passion
From Allende's book Aphrodite: A Memoir of the Senses, a simple and delicious recipe for Gazpacho, the cold tomato soup typical of Spain:
4 large ripe tomatoes, peeled and seeded
1 small can tomato juice
1 tablespoon grated onion
1 tablespoon ketchup
2 rounded tablespoons mayonnaise
1 tablespoon vinegar
Salt, paprika and garlic powder to taste
2 tablespoons mincled cilantro
1 hard-boiled egg, diced
Place all the ingredients - except the cilantro and egg - in a food processor and blend. Cool in the refrigerator until it is time to serve. Garnish with the cilantro and egg.
Les beaux bébés
I couldn't resist posting another photo of the engaging Princesses Emily and Sophie: