Sunday, June 2, 2013

Dreaming of France

The rules for this meme are: Please join this weekly meme. Grab a copy of the photo above and link back to An Accidental Blog. Share with the rest of us your passion for France. Did you read a good book set in France? See a movie? Take a photo in France? Have an adventure? Eat a fabulous meal or even just a pastry? Or if you're in France now, go ahead and lord it over the rest of us. We can take it.
Maybe we can all satisfy our yearnings for France, until we get there again.

October 2012 - Strasbourg France

Tomi Ungerer designed the Janus Aqueduct, a monument celebrating 2000 years of the city’s existence and symbolizing its dual culture.
Ungerer grew up in the mixed German/French culture of Alsace. He survived the Nazi occupation only to see the French attempting to stamp out the traditionally Germanic aspects of Alsacian culture after the war had ended.

Tomi Ungerer was born in Strasbourg in Alsace in 1931.
Tomi has lived and worked in Strasbourg, New York, Canada and Ireland and his work has been widely acclaimed with numerous honours and awards, including:

- Legion d'Honneur France (1990)
- Order of the Deutsches Bundesverdienstdreuz Germany (1993)
- National Prize for Graphic Arts France (1995)
- Hans Christian Andersen Prize for children's literature (1998)
- European Prize for Culture (1999)
- Officer of the Legion d'Honneur France (2000)
- Named Goodwill Ambassador for Childhood and Education of Council of Europe (2003)
- Erich Käistner Literary Prize (2004)
- Awarded an honorary Doctorate in Philosophy from the University of Karlsruhe (2004) 

You can read more about this fascinating man at his website. Here is a link to his movie Far Out Isn't Far Enough which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2012.

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