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February 14, 2009

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Belle

As a historian, one of the treasured aspects of my research is the isolation of the archives, the being there. For me, that's Paris and the Quai d'Orsay. The whole entry process is now part and parcel of my experience, making those hours over the documents all the more precious. The reading room is bright, full of natural light and other scholars - yet the researches still blink and stumble once we re-enter the busy Paris street. Still the knowledge of being there makes the whole prospect real, worthy and deeply satisfying.

Not to mention the excellent wine, cheese and bread over which one rereads notes, ponders leads and ideas.

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