the welcome beacon to artists musicians intellectuals, writers. The people demonstrating in the streets for better wages, because they are not beaten down like americans are. The age and the depth and the international look of the people, their friendly and soft self awareness. Coco chanel and her supermodels having sex with the nazis in order to ask favors on behalf of the aesthetic survival of Paris. these things we thought of as we remembered our love of gertrude stein and alice b.toklas, hemingway, picasso, and all who saw things in a different way than others. The French were the people who bought americans the weapons to emancipate themselves from england. The french were the ones who invented feminism, and democracy.