Monday, January 16, 2012

Nelson Mandela Street

I was really surprised when I saw this street name while stopping for gas in Vulaines sur Seine the other day. Usually, streets in France are named for people who are deceased.

At 93-years-old, Nelson Mandela has earned more than 250 awards, including the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993 and more recently and honorary doctorate of law from Brown University in Rhode Island.

So apparently, an exception has been made... and I think, a well-deserved one.

To my American readers who are on holiday today, Happy Martin Luther King Day! And yes, I've seen many, many streets named for MLK here, as well as schools and other buildings... If we'd ended up moving to the other side of Paris, the kids likely would have ended up at the Collège Martin Luther King, an international junior high school...

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