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Quote from: scarface on December 27, 2021, 07:48 AM
We use English.
I don't speak Arabic. There is no evidence that Maher speaks French even if I have a few clues.

I've spoken to Maher about 2-3 times. I also use English.

Quote from: scarface on December 27, 2021, 07:48 AM
And I don't even know if Maher speaks Arabic after all, even if he's in a place where Arabic is usually spoken.

Arabic is Maher's first language. It's pretty much the lingua franca of the Middle East and North Africa. At times he gave me brief classes on reading the Arabic alphabet. His keyboard is a regular English keyboard most of us use, and yet he says he hotkeys to Arabic and types it fast and without looking at the keys. One thing I envy about him isn't so much that he's fluent in 3 languages (Arabic, English, Russian), but that he can read and write in 3 different alphabets. Most of us except maybe Vasudev and Daniil are stuck on the Latin alphabet  :(


Quote from: humbert on December 28, 2021, 03:40 AM
"a regular English keyboard most of us use"
If you are referring to the qwerty keyboard, then don't include me,I use an azerty keyboard.
Quote from: humbert on December 28, 2021, 03:40 AM
maybe Vasudev and Daniil are stuck on the Latin alphabet
As far as Vasudev is concerned, I don't know what kind of keybord is used India but I assume Daniil uses a Cyrillic keyboard.


Quote from: scarface on December 28, 2021, 07:12 AM
If you are referring to the qwerty keyboard, then don't include me,I use an azerty keyboard.

Yes, the qwerty keyboard. I was looking at some pics of the azerty keyboard and I'm seeing that most letters are in the same location as qwerty. In any case, changing keyboards after so many years would be an ordeal.

Do you have the physical azerty keyboard or did you change Windows' keyboard to azerty in the settings?

Quote from: scarface on December 28, 2021, 07:12 AM[
maybe Vasudev and Daniil are stuck on the Latin alphabet
As far as Vasudev is concerned, I don't know what kind of keybord is used India but I assume Daniil uses a Cyrillic keyboard.

Once Daniil sent a pic of his keyboard. It's the same qwerty keyboard you know except that cyrillic letters are written in yellow in the lower left corner of each key. You switch back and forth with Winkey-Space.

With respect to India, I remember posting that question to an Indian guy on our forum a while ago (I can't recall his name). He explained that in India 100% of all computing is done in English. There is no such thing as a Hindi keyboard and, even if a store had them for sale, nobody would buy it. I'd guess that people who need to type in Hindi would simply download that keyboard language and use Winkey-Space when needed. I just checked on the lower right of the taskbar - Hindi is available for download.



Today, a few photos are available on the forum.
I'll give some comments later.

The Place des Victoires is a circular place in Paris, located a short distance northeast from the Palais Royal and straddling the border between the 1st and the 2nd arrondissements.
At the center of the Place des Victoires is an equestrian monument in honor of King Louis XIV, celebrating the Treaties of Nijmegen concluded in 1678.

This photo was taken on the banks of the Seine. You can see the pont du Carrousel, a bridge in Paris.

Here you can see a bateau mouche. I was sure this photo would arouse humbert and usman's curiosity. You are certainly wondering why this boat is called mouche (fly in French), since this boat looks pretty big. Acually, the word mouche doesn't refer to the insect. The first “Bateaux-Mouches” of Paris were actually built in Lyon in the district of “La Mouche”. They were ordered for the Universal Exhibition in 1867.

On the right, you can see the Louvre museum.
Apparently, a tramp is sleeping on the floor on the left.

The Louvre Pyramid is a large glass structure designed by the Chinese-American architect Ieoh Ming Pei. The pyramid is in the main courtyard of the Louvre Palace in Paris, surrounded by three smaller pyramids. The large pyramid serves as the main entrance to the Louvre Museum.

In the rue Pasquier, in the 8th arrondissement of Paris. On the right you can see the Chapelle expiatoire.

Here you can see The Chapelle expiatoire ("Expiatory Chapel") is a chapel located in the 8th arrondissement of Paris. The chapel was constructed on the grounds where King Louis XVI and Queen Marie Antoinette had been buried after they had been guillotined, and it is therefore dedicated to them.


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Note that I may submit new sets of pictures on the forum since I'm planning to visit the house of Chateaubriand, in Châtenay-Malabry.
Humbert, Maher or Daniil have probably read some of the books written by Chateaubriand.

Chateaubriand was a French writer and historian who had a notable influence on French literature of the nineteenth century. Descended from an old aristocratic family from Brittany, Chateaubriand was a royalist by political disposition. In an age when large numbers of intellectuals turned against the Church, he authored the Génie du christianisme in defense of the Catholic faith. His works include the autobiography Mémoires d'Outre-Tombe ("Memoirs from Beyond the Grave"), published posthumously in 1849–1850.

At the age of seventeen, Chateaubriand decided on a military career and gained a commission as a second lieutenant in the French Army based at Navarre. Within two years, he had been promoted to the rank of captain. He visited Paris in 1788 where he made the acquaintance of leading writers of the time. When the French Revolution broke out and as events in Paris - and throughout the countryside - became more violent he wisely decided to journey to North America in 1791. He was given the idea to leave Europe by Guillaume-Chrétien de Lamoignon de Malesherbes, who also encouraged him to do some botanical studies.
In Voyage en Amérique, published in 1826, Chateaubriand writes that he arrived in Philadelphia on 10 July 1791. He visited New York, Boston and Lexington, before leaving by boat on the Hudson River to reach Albany. He then followed the Mohawk Trail up the Niagara Falls where he broke his arm and spent a month in recovery in the company of a Native American tribe. Chateaubriand then describes Native American tribes' customs, as well as zoological, political and economic consideration. He then says that a raid along the Ohio River, the Mississippi River, Louisiana and Florida took him back to Philadelphia, where he embarked on the Molly in November to go back to France.
This experience provided the setting for his exotic novels Les Natchez (written between 1793 and 1799 but published only in 1826), Atala (1801) and René (1802). His vivid, captivating descriptions of nature in the sparsely settled American Deep South were written in a style that was very innovative for the time and spearheaded what later became the Romantic movement in France. As early as 1916, some scholars have cast doubt on Chateaubriand's claims that he was granted an interview with George Washington and that he actually lived for a time with the Native Americans he wrote about. Critics have questioned the veracity of entire sections of Chateaubriand's claimed travels, notably his passage through the Mississippi Valley, Louisiana and Florida.
Chateaubriand returned to France in 1792 and subsequently joined the army of Royalist émigrés in Koblenz under the leadership of Louis Joseph de Bourbon, Prince of Condé. His military career came to an end when he was wounded at the Siege of Thionville, a major clash between Royalist troops (of which Chateaubriand was a member) and the French Revolutionary Army. Half-dead, he was taken to Jersey and exiled to England, leaving his wife behind.
On his return to France at the end of 1806, he published a severe criticism of Napoleon, comparing him to Nero and predicting the emergence of a new Tacitus. Napoleon famously threatened to have Chateaubriand sabred on the steps of the Tuileries Palace for it, but settled for merely banishing him from the city. Chateaubriand therefore retired, in 1807, to a modest estate he called Vallée-aux-Loups ("Wolf Valley"), in Châtenay-Malabry, 11 km south of central Paris, near Sceaux, where he lived until 1817. Here he finished Les Martyrs, which appeared in 1809, and began the first drafts of his Mémoires d'Outre-Tombe. He was elected to the Académie française in 1811, but, given his plan to infuse his acceptance speech with criticism of the Revolution, he could not occupy his seat until after the Bourbon Restoration.


Today, I'm going to show you some photos of the arboretum and the house of Chateaubriand, located in Chatenay Malabry.

you can see the entrance of the Arboretum de la Vallée-aux-Loups, a park located in Châtenay-Malabry, Hauts-de-Seine.

Here you can see a beautiful mansion and some trees.

The park is hosting a collection of Bonsaïs. Here you can the superb foliage of a Japanese maple, also known as Acer palmatum.

Here you can see a white pine of Japan, also known as Pinus parviflora.

The tree that you see here is unique: 150 years ago, a nurseryman planted a blue cedar from the Atlas, endemic to Morocco and Algeria, but the tree mutated and became a weeping cedar: its foliage extends over 700 square meters. It is the biggest weeping blue cedar in the world.
In 2015, It was voted the most beautiful tree in France during a competition organized by the magazine Terre sauvage and the National Forestry Office. It is a unique specimen since the other trees present in the world all come from cuttings or grafts made from this one.

And a video of the tree here:

Under the weeping blue cedar.

Next to the weeping blue cedar, you can also find another exceptional tree: a sequoia. Most of them are located in California.
The biggest sequoias measure up to 87 meters high and can weigh up to 6000 tons. This one measures roughly 33 meters.

Here you can see a Mint Julep Juniper, a dwarf conifer. It is a beautiful spreading shrub with thick wavy foliage.

Here you can see some photos taken in the house of Chateaubriand.
In 1807 a house adjacent to the Arboretum de la Vallée-aux-Loups was purchased by François-René de Chateaubriand.


Quote from: scarface on April 10, 2022, 09:23 AMToday, I'm going to show you some photos of the arboretum and the house of Chateaubriand, located in Chatenay Malabry. More comments will be added later.
Love places like this. Been looking forward to go to the botanical gardens here, will likely do it next month. If I can get my thumb out my ***.