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Zorba's Brother. A plain jane diner style eatery on Nassau Street in Princeton.

Zorba’s Brother—-a plain Jane diner style Greek restaurant on Nassau Street in Princeton. April, 2015. Paul Goldfinger photo ©.

By Paul Goldfinger, Editor at Blogfinger.  Re-posted from  2015.

In Princeton, you expect eateries that reflect the Ivy League pedigree of the place. The fancy Nassau Inn is on Palmer Square in addition to a trendy coffee shop, a fine chocolate store and an ice cream parlor  that serves their goods on the soft side.  There also is a lacrosse store and a Barbour shop that carries high brow sporty clothes from England.

But  right across from that amazing opulent campus is Zorba’s Brother. It wasn’t crowded, but it was very appealing because of its simplicity. Music from the show Zorba played in the background.  We had Greek lemon soup and the lunch special—fish and chips. The coffee was so-so.  Have the Greeks forgotten how to make coffee?

Carl, my “date”  from Mt. Tabor Way, went with me to see a photography exhibit at the Princeton University Art Museum. We walked on the magnificent campus and took some photographs. It was a glorious morning.   Those old buildings were accompanied by newly flowering trees, and it was all very lovely.  Everyone there seemed well behaved and most walked on the pathways instead of on the grass. No one smoked cigarettes and no one swore.

Small clumps of visitors were taking tours, and some high school kids got to sit on the tigers in front of Nassau Hall.

I saw a student with a violin and one with a cello.  So that’s how those two got in, thought I.  Two students came by on skateboards. Do they have a skateboard team at Princeton?  All those kids must have gold-plated extracurricular activites in their resumes.

Inside the museum, a guard warned us not to take pictures of the traveling exhibits.  Then he wanted to discuses race relations in America because I was looking at videos of the 1968 Chicago riots at the Democratic convention.

Carl and I stared at the naked gorgeous Diana who was up on a pedestal shooting a bow and arrow. She was hunting. I did a 360 around her, but didn’t dwell on it.  After all, this is Princeton!   But the Greeks did have naughty goddesses, and Diana’s SAT’s must have been quite good, and how many applicants can hit a rabbit at 50 yards with a bow and arrow while standing on one leg?

Diana at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. At this time she was shooting for NYU. Internet photo.

Diana at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. She has excellent form shooting on one leg. . Internet photo.

We  picked up a copy of the school newspaper which had a headline that said “U. appoints Graduate dean of diversity.” I’m not sure why only some words were capitalized.  Another headline said, “Associate dean of the college for programs of access and inclusion appointed by U.”

It seems that political correctness is in the limelight at U.  If any parents are planning to spend about 1/4 million bucks for their kid to go to Princeton, they might want to read that newspaper first.

Carl and I decided not to apply to the U.  Naked Diana is in the museum—-outrageous!

MIKIS THEODORAKIS      “Zorba the Greek”

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Paris. By Paul Goldfinger. ©

Paris. By Paul Goldfinger. ©  Last posted in 2013 on Blogfinger.net

The Marais District in Paris is a historic part of town. Victor Hugo used to live there, but we didn’t bump into Victor when we visited. I guess I was busy trying to figure out how to go down the stairs without having to go up the stairs.  French royalty liked that neighborhood including King Charles V who built his house there in 1361.  Do you think he had to submit the plans to the Paris HPC?

The Rue de Rosiers in the Marais is the Jewish district.  I can imagine King Charles or Victor Hugo strolling over to that neighborhood for a superior knish.   After eating there, Victor probably felt less miserable than before.

There was a deli (Goldenbergs) on the Rue de Rosiers where there were a couple of bullet holes still enshrined in the front window after some terrorists shot up the area in 1981.

We had  really great falafel  at the Rue de R. purchased out the window of a hole-in-the-wall eatery.  Sometimes, when you travel, it is the small moments that you recall most fondly.

–Paul Goldfinger, Editor @Blogfinger

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MARY BETH PEIL  From  Follies New Broadway Cast Album.  By Stephen Sondheim

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Eileen. New York City.  Paul Goldfinger ©  Tri-X series. Undated

 

CAST OF “A CHORUS LINE”

 

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The Brook Farm Inn. Lenox, Massachusetts. Undated. Paul Goldfinger photograph. Silver gelatin darkroom print © From our “Girls in their summer clothes series”

“Girls – they want to have fun
Oh girls just want to have fun”

—Cyndi Lauper

 

O SANCTISSIMA   (sacred music from the 18th century)  from A String Quartet Christmas:

 

 

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West side apartment building.  1970’s. Paul Goldfinger ©. Tri-X Collection

 

Guys and  Dolls was the  story of a bunch of New York characters—-gangsters and gamblers and the babes who hung out with them, including Adelaide,  based on the stories of Damon Runyon in the ’20’s and ’30’s.  The first production was on Broadway in 1950.   Later, in 1955,  there was a movie with, believe it or not, Marlon Brando singing and dancing, along with Frank Sinatra.  There were 14 marvelous songs by Frank Loesser.

This one, “The Oldest Established,” is performed early in the first act featuring Nathan, Nicely, Benny and the guys trying to organize a crap game. It’s going to be in the Biltmore Garage, because the back of the police station and the local school were out. But they needed to pay $1,000.00 for the venue.

“If we only had a lousy little grand, we would be a millionaire.”

 

 

 

 

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Along the River Arno. Florence is the center of the Tuscany region and home of the Italian Renaissance.  Paul Goldfinger ©.  Tri-X collection.

 

LUCIO DALLA:   “4 Marzo 1943”

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Paul Goldfinger ©     Pont du Gard in southern France. Click to enlarge. Tri-X collection.

 

Roman engineers designed this 3 tier aqueduct in the first century to provide water to the Roman colony of Nimes.  It was used for centuries, but now it is mainly a tourist attraction. We posted a closeup of its structure on Blogfinger .  The link is below.

Closeup Pont de Gard

After the Roman slaves finished building the aqueduct, they had a big party, and the band played this song with Annie Siegel:

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In the Village, NYC. Springtime.  2015  ©  Paul Goldfinger. Tri-X collection.

 

MILES DAVIS     “Springsville”   is from his famous album Miles Ahead.  The album was arranged by Gil Evans. There were 20 musicians on the album, and Miles played flugelhorn throughout.  Springsville is the #1 track.

 

 

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Paul Goldfinger © Preservation Hall, New Orleans.

 

LOUIS ARMSTRONG.   He was a New Orleans great and a jazz innovator and pioneer.

 

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Paul Goldfinger ©  Paris, 1984. 40th anniversary of D-Day. Click to enlarge.

 

ALTENBURG BOYS CHOIR.   Mozart’s Ave Verum K618.  Soundtrack of the movie Lorenzo’s Oil (1992)

 

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