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King's Highway 402, Ontario, Canada

King's Highway 402 is a 400-series highway in the Canadian province of Ontario and a vital trade link with the Midwestern United States, connecting the Blue Water Bridge international crossing near Sarnia to Highway 401 in London. The controlled access freeway is four-laned for nearly its entire length, widening at the approach to the Blue Water Bridge. It originally ended within the Sarnia city limits, merging into Highway 7 near the present Highway 40 interchange. Although it was one of the original 400-series highways, it was not completed until 1982; construction extending it to London began in 1972 and was completed with the final link between Highway 81 and Highway 2. The entire route became a controlled-access highway with the removal of an intersection at Front Street in Sarnia. Highway 402 offers access to Interstate 69 (I-69) and I-94 into Port Huron, Michigan, as well as Toronto via Highway 401, and onwards to Montreal via A-20 in Quebec. The only town along Highway 402 between Sarnia and London is Strathroy. (Full article...)

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La Mousmé

La Mousmé is an oil painting on canvas completed by Vincent van Gogh in 1888. Inspired by Pierre Loti's novel Madame Chrysanthème and Japanese artwork, it depicts what van Gogh called "a Japanese girl—Provençal in this case—twelve to fourteen years old." She wears an outfit from the Arles region of southern France, and her coloration is that of a girl from the region, but with a Japanese influence. The painting is now held by the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.

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