This rare (especially so in the U.S.) Bébé Peugeot caught Francophile «Louis'» eye this past weekend at the Orinda (CA) Car Show. It is only large enough for one person. Behind the Bébé Peugeot is a 1915 Studebaker. Peugeot was founded in 1810 manufacturing pepper mills and bicycles. They built their first car in 1891, eight years before the first Packard. Because Peugeots are not imported into the U.S., it is easy for Americans to forget that Peugeot is Europe's second largest car producer.
«Louis» saw this magnificent 1937 Packard Twelve this past Saturday at the Orinda (California) Car Show. This model 1507 Twelve convertible has a golf club compartment and a rumble seat. Appropriately enough, this Packard was displayed on the Orinda Golf Course. Only 1,300 model 1507 Twelves were built. The 1937 Packard 1507 Twelve is powered by a 7751.08 cc (473 cu in) V12 engine that produces 175.00 BHP at 3200 RPM.
1 The LORD is my light and my salvation—
whom shall I fear?
The LORD is the stronghold of my life—
of whom shall I be afraid?
2 When the wicked advance against me
to devour me,
it is my enemies and my foes
who will stumble and fall.
3 Though an army besiege me,
my heart will not fear;
though war break out against me,
even then I will be confident.
4 One thing I ask from the LORD,
this only do I seek:
that I may dwell in the house of the LORD
all the days of my life,
to gaze on the beauty of the LORD
and to seek him in his temple.
5 For in the day of trouble
he will keep me safe in his dwelling;
he will hide me in the shelter of his sacred tent
and set me high upon a rock.
6 Then my head will be exalted
above the enemies who surround me;
at his sacred tent I will sacrifice with shouts of joy;
I will sing and make music to the LORD.
7 Hear my voice when I call, LORD;
be merciful to me and answer me.
8 My heart says of you, “Seek his face!”
Your face, LORD, I will seek.
9 Do not hide your face from me,
do not turn your servant away in anger;
you have been my helper.
Do not reject me or forsake me,
God my Savior.
10 Though my father and mother forsake me,
the LORD will receive me.
11 Teach me your way, LORD;
lead me in a straight path
because of my oppressors.
12 Do not turn me over to the desire of my foes,
for false witnesses rise up against me,
spouting malicious accusations.
13 I remain confident of this:
I will see the goodness of the LORD
in the land of the living.
14 Wait for the LORD;
be strong and take heart
and wait for the LORD.
In 1725, Louis XV married Marie Leszczynska, daughter of King Stanislas of Poland. Nicolas Stohrer, pastry chef to the Polish court, followed Marie to Versailles. Five years later, in 1730, Stohrer opened his pâtisserie at 51 rue Montorgueil in the 2 ème arrondissement, near le Louvre, èglise Saint-Eustache (the church where the funeral for Mozart's mother was held) and les Halles. In the kitchens of Stohrer, where the desserts of the Court were invented, pleasures of King are still prepared and are available for all to enjoy.
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1 Vindicate me, LORD,
for I have led a blameless life;
I have trusted in the LORD
and have not faltered.
2 Test me, LORD, and try me,
examine my heart and my mind;
3 for I have always been mindful of your unfailing love
and have lived in reliance on your faithfulness.
4 I do not sit with the deceitful,
nor do I associate with hypocrites.
5 I abhor the assembly of evildoers
and refuse to sit with the wicked.
6 I wash my hands in innocence,
and go about your altar, LORD,
7 proclaiming aloud your praise
and telling of all your wonderful deeds.
8 LORD, I love the house where you live,
the place where your glory dwells.
9 Do not take away my soul along with sinners,
my life with those who are bloodthirsty,
10 in whose hands are wicked schemes,
whose right hands are full of bribes.
11 I lead a blameless life;
deliver me and be merciful to me.
12 My feet stand on level ground;
in the great congregation I will praise the LORD.
Another Parisian doorway, this to l'église Saint Pierre du Montmartre in the 18 ème, literally and figuratively in the shadows of the 19th century Basilique du Sacré-Cœur. Historically, however, Saint Pierre has the greater claim to fame, since, according to the earliest biography of Saint Ignatius Loyola, the church is the location at which the vows were taken that led to the founding of the Society of Jesus.
According to its traditional history, it was founded by Saint Denis in the third century, though only scattered signs of Gallo-Roman occupation have been detected at the much-disturbed site, where Théodore Vacquier, the first municipal archaeologist of Paris, identified remains of walling as belonging to the Temple of Mars. In 1657, the antiquary and local historian Henri Sauval was shown remains in the priory garden that he associated with the templum Martis. The early church at the site was a stop in the ninth century for pilgrims en route to the Saint Denis Basilica. In 1096 the site belonged to the comte de Melun. Louis VI purchased it in 1133, in order to establish in it a Benedictine Abbey, and the Merovingian church was rebuilt. It was reconsecrated by Pope Eugenius III in 1147, in a splendid royal ceremony where Bernard of Clairvaux and Peter, Abbot of Cluny, acted as acolytes.
The 1670s and early 1680s marked a special moment in the history of the abbey. During the years when Renée de Lorraine, the sister of Marie, Duchess of Guise, was abbess, and especially while Marguerite Louise d'Orléans, Grand Duchess of Tuscany, was in confined residence there (starting in 1675), music came to play an important role in the abbey religious services. Marc-Antoine Charpentier, Marie's composer, wrote devotional music to be performed there. The Benedictine community moved downhill to a new priory in the 1680s. Saint-Pierre de Montmartre was destroyed during the French Revolution, and upon its apse was erected a tower to be used for the Chappe optical semaphore. The church was rebuilt in the 19th century, and today is visited by numerous tourists who , among other things, the columns of Roman origin used in the nave.
(Text adapted from the Wikipedia article about the church.)
This psalm is an acrostic poem, the verses of which begin with the successive letters of the Hebrew alphabet.
1 In you, LORD my God,
I put my trust.
2 I trust in you;
do not let me be put to shame,
nor let my enemies triumph over me.
3 No one who hopes in you
will ever be put to shame,
but shame will come on those
who are treacherous without cause.
4 Show me your ways, LORD,
teach me your paths.
5 Guide me in your truth and teach me,
for you are God my Savior,
and my hope is in you all day long.
6 Remember, LORD, your great mercy and love,
for they are from of old.
7 Do not remember the sins of my youth
and my rebellious ways;
according to your love remember me,
for you, LORD, are good.
8 Good and upright is the LORD;
therefore he instructs sinners in his ways.
9 He guides the humble in what is right
and teaches them his way.
10 All the ways of the LORD are loving and faithful
toward those who keep the demands of his covenant.
11 For the sake of your name, LORD,
forgive my iniquity, though it is great.
12 Who, then, are those who fear the LORD?
He will instruct them in the ways they should choose.[b]
13 They will spend their days in prosperity,
and their descendants will inherit the land.
14 The LORD confides in those who fear him;
he makes his covenant known to them.
15 My eyes are ever on the LORD,
for only he will release my feet from the snare.
16 Turn to me and be gracious to me,
for I am lonely and afflicted.
17 Relieve the troubles of my heart
and free me from my anguish.
18 Look on my affliction and my distress
and take away all my sins.
19 See how numerous are my enemies
and how fiercely they hate me!
20 Guard my life and rescue me;
do not let me be put to shame,
for I take refuge in you.
21 May integrity and uprightness protect me,
because my hope, LORD,[c] is in you.
22 Deliver Israel, O God,
from all their troubles!