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Calumny of Apelles

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I couldn't resist a snapshot of Sandro Botticielli's The Calumny of Appelles in the Uffizi.  It is a painting for our time.  On the right side of the painting sits King Midas on his thrown.  He is painted with jackass ears.  Two women flank him.  One is Ignorance and the other is Suspicion.  Midas' outstretched hand points to Slander.

Paris Cemeteries

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Cemeteries are for the living.  And Paris cemeteries are for photographers.  My favorite is Père Lachaise, a 110-acre park located in the 20th arrondissement.  Its rolling terrain is filled with 70,000 burial plots, holding the famous and not-so-famous.