Sunday, April 19, 2009

The Cour Mirabeau

The broad Cour Mirabeau, named for Mirabeau, the champion of all who were persecuted in the town after the French Revolution of 1789, is an avenue laid out in 1651 with a double row of plane trees planted in 1830 along the sides and fountains in the center, which makes it lovely for strolling or having an espresso in a sidewalk cafe, like the famous 18th century Deux Garçons (a favorite of MFK Fisher, Picasso, Sartre, Jean-Paul Belmondo, and Churchill).

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