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Journées du Patrimoine

Yesterday and today (September 15 and 16, the third weekend of September every year) were the European Days of Patrimony (Journées du Patriomoine). This is a holiday that France began in 1984 and that other EU countries share now. Public buildings (such as government buildings) and monuments are open to the public, generally for free. It was originally called Open Doors Day in France. Is there anything like this in the U.S.? Since we pay taxes, it makes sense for us to be able to visit, say, the Senate building or the White House for free at some point.

Sénat de la France

We visited the French Senate Saturday and then dropped by the National Assembly (similar to the U.S. House of Representatives) but there was a long line that was not moving, and we had two tired children with us so we just took pictures outside.

L'Assemblée Nationale


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今週初めて黒澤明の『隠し砦の三悪人』という映画を見ました。この三悪人とは、だれですか? 三船敏郎が演じる真壁六郎太(まかべろくたろう)と二人の百姓です。この3人の登場人物の関係はとても面白くて、全ての人間の弱さも愛される性質も示します。