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Wikimedia image by Valerii Tkachenko
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The photo used in the Diorama Viewer above is a Wikimedia image taken by Valerii Tkachenko on a rainy, gusty Sunday afternoon in November of 2012, on the corner of Rue Louis Boilly and Avenue Raphaël, on the west side of Paris, France. (“rue” is French for “street”.) The photographer is looking east at the triangular-shaped, English-style Garden of Ranelagh (“Jardin du Ranelagh” in French) on the other side of Avenue Raphaël. The Jardin du Ranelagh opened in 1860, and today is considered “one of the more fashionable parks in Paris.”

Here is the photographer’s approximate location on a Google map. You must “zoom-in” on the map most of the way to get a close-up view of the photographer’s location. The red marker on the Google map linked-to above is at the same location as is the red marker on this Google map web page, if the red marker on this Google map web page has not already been moved.

Here is a Google map “Street View” of the corner of Rue Louis Boilly and Avenue Raphaël, looking east. If you drag the Google map “Street View” to the right on your screen, using your cursor, the landscape moves to the left, and you are soon looking north, up Avenue Raphaël. On the northwest corner of the intersection you will see the world famous Marmottan Monet Museum (“Musée Marmottan Monet” in French). The museum holds the world’s largest collection of Claude Monet paintings, as well as paintings by other famous artists.

Painting by Claude Monet

Above: A Wikiart.com image of Autumn Effect at Argenteuil (“Autumn Effect à Argenteuil” in French) by French Impressionist painter Claude Monet (1840 – 1926). The painting is on exhibit at The Courtauld Gallery in London, England.

Autumn Effect à Argenteuil was painted in 1873 from a houseboat owned by Claude Monet, out on a small branch of the River Seine called “Petit Bras” (“petit bras” means “small arm” in English) near the small town of Argenteuil, 5.74 miles (9.24 kilometers) north of the present-day Musée Marmottan Monet.

The present-day museum was once used as a hunting lodge in the early 1800s by the French military commander and statesman, the “Duke of Valmy.” The Duke’s hunting took place a couple-of-minute walk to the west of the lodge (behind the photographer, up what is now Rue Louis Boilly) in what is now the Bois de Boulogne (“bois” is French for “wood”)—the second largest park in Paris, forming the western side of Paris, completed in 1858.

The area of the park, that was a long-time hunting ground for the Kings of France, is now known as one of Paris’s “lungs.” You can sense the meaning of this inference by looking at this city map of Paris. The Bois de Boulogne is the large green area on the left side of Paris on the map.


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Nat King Cole

Above: A 1947 photo of American jazz pianist and singer Nat King Cole taken in New York City by portrait photographer William P. Gottlieb.

You are listening to the 1947 (English version) song Autumn Leaves that Nat King Cole sang to accompany the opening credits of the 1956 American film, Autumn Leaves, that got its title from the song. The film-drama stars Joan Crawford, Cliff Robertson, and Lorne Greene.

The song “Autumn Leaves” was originally a 1945 French song written at the end of World War II. The song was entitled “Les feuilles mortes” (which means “The Dead Leaves” in English).

This frenchmoments.eu website article has a Youtube video of an old black-and-white French version of the song. The lyrics of the French version are shown, and they are completely different from the English version that Nat King Cole sang. The English lyrics are also shown.

The popular song “Autumn Leaves” has been recorded countless times over the decades by a variety of artists. This in-depth website article will tell you everything you ever wanted to know about the song “Autumn Leaves.”

Nat King Cole began performing in his teens as a jazz pianist, and had three likewise talented brothers. He began his singing career when he was about 24, and over three decades performed constantly on network television shows, and hosted his own network variety show, “The Nat King Cole Show,” on NBC. Cole had a long list of popular songs that he recorded, selling 50 million records during his career. He sang at the 1956 Republican National Convention and at the 1960 Democratic National Convention.

Nat King Cole, who was born in Mobile, Alabama in 1919, and then grew up in Chicago, Illinois, died in 1965 at the age of 45, after a brief illness. His funeral in Los Angeles, California attracted thousands of fans, including many stars and dignitaries of the day, such as United States Senator Robert F. Kennedy, Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., and the Governor of California, Pat Brown.

Nat King Cole and his wife of 17 years, Maria, had five children (two adopted). Their oldest daughter, Natalie Cole, had a successful musical career as a singer-songwriter.

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It’s Mini Map!

Mini Map is a mini Google map that is displayed within an Info Window that sits atop a draggable red marker positioned on a full-size, mobile-friendly Google map. The full-size Google map comprises the entire web page.

The minimum recommended screen-size for viewing these maps is “320x480-pixels.”

The Mini Map sports a red marker identical to the main Google map’s red marker, positioned at the very same “latitude” and “longitude” as the marker on the main map. The Mini Map is “zoomed in,” showing a closer view of what is seen on the main Google map.

With this combination of large and small Google maps set at different “zoom levels,” you can traverse large swaths of terrain on the main Google map (by dragging the red marker along the main map) and observe the main map’s red marker’s course in fine detail on the Mini Map.

No more having to “zoom-in” most of the way on a regular, full-size Google map, then slowly “drag” the Google map in a given direction using your cursor, going a short distance each time, waiting for all of the Google map’s “display tiles” to fill in before you can get a good look-see at the map’s new location.

Instead, you can search for a particular point of interest on the main Google map using the Mini Map as a “zoomed-in” helper, saving you search time and freeing you up for other pursuits.

Hours of fun for the entire family. It’s Mini Map!

Here is a list of the various controls used to navigate the two Google maps:

Main map controls

Upper-right-corner yellow buttons:

“Reset map after moving/zooming”

Clicking this button will return the main map to the original “zoom level” as when the page was first opened (zoom level 10) and will center the main map’s red marker/Info Window at your current search location.

TER/RDM (Terrain view/Roadmap view)

SAT/HYB (Satellite view/Hybrid view) “Hybrid view” is a mixture of “Satellite view” and “Roadmap view.”

CMM (Center main map) Click this button to center the main map’s red marker if you have “dragged” the marker with your cursor and wish to return the marker/Info Window to the center of the main map.

HM/SM ((Hide marker/Info Window)/(Show marker/Info Window))

3 through 20 (Main map zoom levels three through twenty)

OV/GV (Optimized view/General view) Click the “Optimized view” button (OV) to zoom both the main map and Mini Map close into your particular location of interest. Dragging the main map’s red marker along the main map at these zoom levels will optimize your viewing experience.

Click the “General view” button (GV) to return to a more general view of the area, from higher above the earth, from where you can easily drag the main map’s red marker over great distances to a new location of interest.

Lower-right yellow buttons:

Hide Search Form/Show Search Form (Click this button to open and close the Search Form)

The Search Form contains the following items, from top to bottom:

1) A search box entitled [Type, then choose from dropdown menu...]. Start typing just about anything you can think of in this search box, and then choose a related listing from the ensuing “dropdown menu” you will see. You can type “Paris, France” or your street address or the word “hot dog” into the search box. Whatever you choose to type, there is sure to be an associated listing on the dropdown menu to choose from!

2) A second search box, below the first search box, entitled [Type a name, place, or lat-lng...click Submit]. In this search box, you can type whatever your imagination can muster, and then click the “Submit” button directly below the search box.

There are no “hints” to choose from on the second search box, as you get from the dropdown menu on the first search box. But in the second search box you can enter “latitude, longitude” coordinates (in Decimal degrees (DD) format), such as these “latitude, longitude” coordinates for the Chicken Creek Saloon in Chicken, Alaska:

64.070942, -141.942291

Chicken, Alaska is an old gold mining town in southeastern Alaska, settled in the late 1800s...that still has active gold mines today!

3) A “Submit” button specifically meant for the second search box directly above it. (The first search box at the top of the Search Form does not require a “Submit” button.)

Note: Submitted “latitude, longitude” coordinates entered into the second search box will gravitate the red markers of the main map and Mini Map to the nearest “street” or “location” address stored in the Google Maps database—which might not necessarily be located at the exact “latitude, longitude” coordinates you have submitted.

4) A musical-note/right arrow icon that when clicked starts a song playing, and reveals an “i” information icon, that when clicked displays a section with information about the song being played.

5) A display of the current “latitude, longitude” coordinates (in Decimal degrees) for both the main map and Mini Map red markers (which share the same “latitude, longitude” coordinates) under the title [Current marker lat-lng].

6) A location name and address associated with the current “latitude, longitude” coordinates, under the title [Marker location while stationary].

7) A display of the main map’s current “zoom level.” At initial page load, the display shows “Z: 10” (zoom level 10)—the default zoom level of the main map for this web page.

8) There is other information at the bottom of the Search Form, including a “Important Browser Information / Other Links” text-link.

OI/CI (Open Info/Close Info)

Click this button to open and close the Info section that describes how the two maps on the web page work, and lists the Controls for both maps.

Note: Clicking on the main map’s red marker without “dragging” the main map’s red marker, with your cursor, will return the Mini Map above it to its default settings.

Mini map controls

First row below the Mini Map, from left-to-right:

1) Z (Zoom menu) Hover over this drop-up menu to choose from “zoom levels” 14 through 21.

2) C (Center Mini Map) Click the “C” to center the Mini Map if you have “dragged” the Mini Map with your cursor, and wish to return the Mini Map’s red marker to the center of the Mini Map.

3) Four “map type” buttons, from left to right:

Note: In some areas, “Hybrid” and “Satellite” map types may not “zoom-in” past zoom level 19.

4) Four “map size” choices—“1” through “4”:

Second row below the Mini Map, from left-to-right:

1) The area with the “dragging lat, lng” text will display the second-by-second location of the main map’s red marker as you drag the red marker along the main map. This “latitude, longitude” display is the same display seen on the Search Form under the title [Current marker lat-lng].

2) A display of the Mini Map’s current “zoom level.” At initial page load, the display shows “14” (representing zoom level 14)—the default zoom level of the Mini Map for this web page.

3) ZO (Zoom out) and ZI (Zoom in)

Click these text controls to zoom the Mini Map in or out one zoom level at a time.

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