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    2017 US Pastry Championships- Winners

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    2017 US Pastry Championships- Winning Chocolate Sculpture

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    2017 US Pastry Championships- Judges Meeting

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    2017 US Pastry Championships- Winning Mini Pastry Display

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    2017 US Pastry Championships- Finalists at Medal Ceremony

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    2017 US Pastry Championships- Mini Pastry Display

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    2017 US Pastry Championships- Judges with Winning Entry

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    2017 US Pastry Championships- Mini Pasteries

I Love Touring Paris - the Eleventh Arrondissement

The eleventh arrondissement of eastern Paris sits on the Right Bank of the Seine River. With its one hundred fifty thousand residents jammed into slightly more than 1.4 square miles (less than 3.7 square kilometers) this is the most densely populated district of Paris and in fact the most densely populated urban district in Europe. The area hosts over seventy thousand jobs.

This district has become bohemian and trendy, perhaps because other bohemian, trendy districts have priced themselves outside the stratosphere. The eleventh arrondissement is home to a lot of nightlife. And there is a lot of day life as well, restaurants, cafes, boutiques, and galleries.

The Cirque d'hiver (Winter Circus) has been around for more than 150 years. It's a unique looking building with twenty sides festooned with large columns at the angles. This building has long been a circus. It has also been a concert hall and even one of the first Parisian cinemas. The owners rent it out for almost any purpose. There is a single stage-circus ring and happily no pillars or other obstructions to ruin the view of well over fifteen hundred spectators. In the old days there were a lot more seats but the fire marshals intervened and voila. A swimming pool under the circus ring makes for some very fine water shows. The Cirque d'Hiver was highlighted in a famous Seurat painting, and featured in a celebrated Avedon fashion photograph, and the 1950s movie "Trapeze", starring Gina Lollobrigida, Tony Curtis, and Kirk Douglas.

The ESCP-EAP European School of Management is a top ranking international business school. It has campuses in Paris and four other major European cities. It offers advanced degrees in Management, European Business, specialized masters degrees, and a PhD in Management Science. This institution was founded in 2000 in the merger of the Ecole Superieure de Commerce de Paris and the Ecole Europeenne des Affaires. The former establishment was founded in 1819. It is the world's oldest institution dedicated to business and finance teaching. The latter establishment was founded in 1973 as a trans-national elite business school. The goal of the merged institution is to train managers who can adapt to any culture and work in any country, as summed up in its slogan "Learn everywhere, Manage anywhere".

Of course you don't want to be in Paris without sampling fine French wine and food. In my article I Love French Wine and Food - A Languedoc-Roussillon Pinot Noir I reviewed such a wine and suggested a sample menu: Start with Gambas (Prawns). For your second course savor Loup en Papillote (Sea Bass cooked in Foil). For dessert indulge yourself with Peches a la Minervoise (White Peaches with Muscat Wine and Raisins). Your Parisian sommelier (wine steward) will be happy to suggest appropriate wines to accompany each course.

Levi Reiss has authored alone or with a co-author ten computer and Internet books, but to tell the truth, he would really rather just drink fine French, German, or other wine, accompanied by the right foods. He knows what dieting is, and is glad that for the time being he can eat and drink what he wants, in moderation. He teaches classes in computers at an Ontario French-language community college. Visit his Italian travel, wine, and food website www.travelitalytravel.com and his global wine website www.theworldwidewine.com.