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Uniform and Sword of General Jacques-Zacharie Destaing of the French Army dated between 1801-1802 on display at the Musée de l'Armée in Paris

Destaing spent his early army career fighting in Europe first in the National Guard in Aurillac, Auvergne (1789) and then going on to fight in Spain and Italy (1793-96). But it was when he joined the Army of the Orient in 1798 led by the Consul Napoleon Bonaparte to fight the Mamluks in Egypt. 

It was during this campaign he led soldiers in the Battle of the Pyramids where the the French Republic destroyed the Mamluk and the Ottoman armies. On the battlefield he was promoted to General of Brigade by the First Consul Napoleon himself.

Les Raboteurs de Parquet (The Floor Scrapers), 1875, by Gustave Caillebotte (1848-1894)

“This is one of the first paintings to feature the urban working class. It reintroduces the subject of the male nude in the painting, but in a strikingly updated form. Instead of the heroes of antiquity, here are the heroes of modern life - sinewy and strong - in stooped poses that would appear demeaning if they did not convey a sense of masculine strength and honest labor.”

In Paris tonight they’re doing a “Barricades Night” to protest against France’s current politics & the elections and everything and,,,, imagine Enjolras


→ This princess, as virtuous as she was amiable, whom monsters later on accused of having never loved her husband, was absolutely in despair. As soon as she heard the King’s carriage entering the Cour Royale she ran towards him holding the Dauphin in her arms, then breathless and almost fainting she fell into those of the King who was no less moved than she was. Holding out one hand to his children who covered it with kisses, with the other wiping the tears from the eyes of Marie-Antoinette and Madame Elisabeth, Louis XVI smiled again…he kept on repeating: “Happily no blood was shed, and I swear that not a drop of French blood will ever be shed on my orders.”

~ Histoire de la Revolution Francaise (3 vol.) by M.H. Lemaire, 1816


VIDEO from the last day in Versailles when we got a rare opportunity to have a private tour of the Gypsoteque Musée (National repository for the preservation and restoration of classical and historical sculptures). It is housed in the magnificent former Royal Stables of the King (Petit Écuries du Roi) built from 1679 -1682 by Jules Hardouin-Mansart. The Gypsoteque is filled with originals & reproductions of classical sculptures used to inspire and teach students of the French Academies of Art. Stored indoors are also some of the most prominent sculptures from the Palace & Gardens of Versailles for their protection and restoration. I was blessed to have 3 hrs to enjoy hundreds of master works in this amazing setting led by the director himself who took the time to show me hidden treasures as well as share their provenance. Notice a friend standing in the video to emphasize the scale of some of these massive sculptures and architectural elements under the nearly 100 foot high dome and galleries.
Vive-la-France!! 🇫🇷

“To All The Glories of France” 🇫🇷

Un grand merci à la France pour avoir choisi de voter pour l’Europe, les immigrants, l’économie, l’environnement, l’éducation, les droits des humains, et enfin le futur. Vous avez restauré ma foi dans l’humanité, après les mauvais choix du Royaume Uni et les Etats-Unis. Emmanuel Macron n’est pas parfait, mais il est mieux que l’alternative. L’alternative n’est pas acceptable, et c’est ce que nous avons besoin de tolérer, ici en Amérique. Mes espoirs vont avec la France dans cette nouvelle époque, et je vous souhaite de la prospérité. Bisous!

A big thank you to France for choosing to vote for Europe, immigrants, the economy, the environment, education, human rights, and finally the future. You have restored my faith in humanity, after the bad choices made by the United Kingdom and the United States. Emmanuel Macron isn’t perfect, but he is better than the alternative. The alternative is not acceptable, and this is what we have to deal with, here in America. My hopes go with France in this new era, and I wish you prosperity. Kisses!