I am from California, and currently live in France.
I served as a diplomat in Paris, and it's my favorite city. I write often about the history, parks, gardens and fountains of Paris. I began the article on Paris during the Second Empire and contributed recently to the articles about Paris, History of Paris, Napoleon III and the Paris Commune.
I have contributed to many articles on the major colors; I like to explore the history, art, culture, science, and symbolism belonging to every color.
I like to write about gardens, because they're a form of art which expresses beautifully the culture and aesthetics of their place and time, and because they're very pleasant to visit and write about. I've learned a great deal about Japanese history, literature, art and philosophy by studying and writing about Japanese gardens. I visited Kyoto many years ago and came back with a very strong impression from the serenity and careful composition of the gardens.
I also like to write about Provence, because it reminds me of Southern California, where I grew up, and because I love the medieval monasteries and cathedrals (none of those in Southern California), the Roman ruins, the clarity of the light there, the sound of the Mistral wind, and the changing blue color of the Mediterranean in the early morning and after sunset.
I like to write about the fountains, because they're beautiful, serene, musical, and they're full of history.
I write sometimes about Russia, because I lived in St. Petersburg (Europe's most beautiful city) and Moscow, and there are many connections with the United States. How many people realize that many of the treasures of the National Gallery in Washinigton used to be in the Hermitage, until Stalin sold them?
I sometimes write about San Francisco, because I used to live there too. I wrote three books about San Francisco history, and it's the most beautiful city in the United States.
I'm interested in the computer game about Carmen Sandiego, because I played an early part in its creation in 1985, and invented Carmen's name.
Current and recent projects
- History of Parks and Gardens of Paris
- History of Paris
- Paris during the Second Empire
- Paris (new text on the history of Paris and on parks and gardens))
- Paris Commune
- Napoleon III
- Ultramarine, adding images and history to a very good article on the pigment and color.
- Vermilion, adding additional history to a article on the color and pigment.
- Villa di Castello, in Florence, a early Italian Renaissance garden.
- Jean-Pierre Barillet-Deschamps, the first chief gardener of Paris
- Parc Montsouris, Paris
- Parc des Buttes-Chaumont
- Bois de Boulogne
- Bois de Vincennes
- Complementary colors
- Brown, cultural history of the color brown.
- Purple, the cultural history of the color purple
- Orange (colour), the cultural history of the color orange
- Grey, the cultural history of the color gray
- Violet, the cultural history of the color violet
- White, the cultural history of the color white
- Black, the cultural history of the color black
- Yellow, the cultural history of the color yellow
- Green, the cultural history of the color green
- Red, the cultural history of the color red
- Blue, the cultural history of the color blue
- Venus with a Mirror, by Titian
- The Japanese rock garden, also known as a zen garden
- The Japanese garden, the history, meaning, and styles of the Japanese garden
- Ryoan-ji, a classic Japanese zen garden in Kyoto
- Murin-an, a beautiful 19th century garden in Kyoto
- Daisen-in, another classic zen garden in Kyoto
- Chinese Garden, the history of the classical Chinese garden
- Kubla Khan, the poem by Samuel Taylor Colerdige
- Xanadu, the summer palace of Kublai Khan
- Tchaikovsky House-Museum in Klin, the country estate of Pyotr Tchaikovsky
- Melikhovo, the country estate of Anton Chekhov, near Moscow
- Milia Gataullina, contemporary Russian painter and graphic artist
- François-Xavier Lalanne, a contemporary French artist and sculptor
- The History of Provence
- Terra Amata, archaeological site in Nice
- Grotte du Vallonnet, archaeological site near Menton
- Yasnaya Polyana, the estate of Leo Tolstoy, near Tula, Russia
- Pavlovsk Palace near St. Petersburg, Russia
- Spaso House, the residence of the U.S. Ambassador to Russia
- The Fontaines de la Concorde, in Place de la Concorde, Paris
- The Tuileries Garden in Paris
- The Fontaine de Léda, a Paris fountain hidden behind the Medici Fountain
- The Fontaine du Fellah in Paris
- Jardin Atlantique in Paris
- Fountains in Paris
- François-Jean Bralle, a French engineer who built fifteen fountains in Paris under Napoleon Bonaparte.
- Fountains in Moscow
- Alexander Bourganov, Russian sculptor
- Medici Fountain in Paris
- Fontaine des Innocents in Paris
- Stravinsky Fountain in Paris
- Fontaine de l'Observatoire in Paris
- Fontaine Saint-Michel in Paris
- Fontana della Pigna in Rome
- Fountain - the history of fountains (in progress)
- Italian Renaissance garden
- Kuskovo, an 18th century palace outside Moscow
- Notable Gardens of France
- French landscape garden
- Garden à la française
- Gardens of the French Renaissance
- English Garden
- Château de Sauvan
- Château de la Napoule
- The House of George Sand at Nohant
- Olivier Voutier, the discover of the Venus de Milo
- The French Riviera
- The architecture of Provence
- Le Train Bleu (passenger train)
- The Winds of Provence
- The Mistral, the Tramontane, Marin (wind) and the Levant (wind)
- The Mas (Provencal Farmhouse).
- The Bastide (Provencal Manor).
- Le Thoronet Abbey
- Silvacane Abbey
- Montmajour Abbey
- Var (department)
- Gulf of Lion
- Toulon Cathedral
- The bagne of Toulon
- Fréjus Cathedral
- Church of St. Trophime in Arles
- Aix Cathedral in Aix-en-Provence
- French literature of the 18th century
- Evariste de Parny (French 18th century poet)
- Notable Gardens of France
- The Soviet sale of Hermitage paintings
- Adriaen Hanneman, a 17th century Dutch painter
- Painted Ladies, San Francisco Victorian Houses
- St. Francis Hotel in San Francisco
- Januarius MacGahan, an American journalist in Bulgaria in the 19th century
- Eugene Schuyler, an American diplomat in Constantinople in the 19th century
- Bulgarian-American relations
- The April Uprising in Bulgarian history
- Russian Church, Sofia
- Carmen Sandiego (computer game)
- Sociology about Abbe Seiyes, who coined the word 'sociology'
|Napoleón III (not Editor SiefkinDR)|
|Editor of the Week
for the week beginning February 9, 2014
|Adds "color" to an amazing array of Wikipedia articles. A jaw-dropping 98% of his 18000 edits are to article space.|
|Editor of the Week|
|Your ongoing efforts to improve the encyclopedia have not gone unnoticed: You have been selected as Editor of the Week, for extensive article work, specifically relating to history and colors. Thank you for the great contributions! (courtesy of the Wikipedia Editor Retention Project)|
|The Original Barnstar|
|For your 60+ edits to and large reworking of the article...Have a star. — Reatlas (talk) 12:05, 1 October 2013 (UTC)|
|French Barnstar of National Merit|
|In recognition of your remarkable contributions on French subjects. Keep up with the great work! Phg (talk) 06:01, 19 August 2009 (UTC)|