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Don’t Rock the Boat!

Did you know that the symbol of Paris is a boat?  Apparently the shape of the Ile de la Cite (where Notre Dame sits) resembles a boat.  And of course there is that little river that runs through the city, too.  Once you know about the symbol, you  will notice depictions of boats all over Paris.  Many of the images include the Latin words “Fluctuat nec mergitur”, which translates (not smoothly) ” It is tossed upon the waves without being submerged”.  Now that I think of it, those words could apply to me during my first year in Paris!

I love those little boats.  Here are two nice ones.

This boat was part of a beautiful tile picture at Ecouen.

metro station mosaic

Stay afloat, my friends!


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