Tuesday, September 21, 2010

The Montgolfier Floral Celebration

The central round-about in Vire, Calvados, is famous for floral sculptures celebrating famous events in French history. This summer the dedication is to Joseph-Michel Montgolfier (1740-1810), one of the two Montgolfier brothers who invented the hot-air balloon.

Alfred de Musset
Joseph Montgolfier

But why commemorate the year of death? Have we run out of memorable dates? For example, Alfred Musset, the French classic writer was born in 1810.

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