Lady Liberty of the FR RevolutionDuring the French Revolution of the late 1700s, as the populace rose up in anger over the shortage of bread and the ongoing famine occurring nationwide, Queen Marie Antoinette, the wife of King Louis XVI, supposedly reacted with an arrogant reply, Qu’ils mangent de la BRIOCHE! (Let them eat CAKE!).

Marie-Antoinette,_1775_-_Musée_Antoine_LécuyerMost scholars of note dispute the attribution, writing that the quote from the Queen’s lips was just a fabrication born out of frustration by the majority of the French who were vehemently opposed to the incompetent No. 16 and the decadent aristocracy.

In short, they — radicals on the left, protesting masses in the city streets and peasants out in the countryside — wanted the King and his court to close up shop at Versailles.

Perhaps it was CAKE — or the lack of it — that rallied the French to rise up and form the Republic, similar to those bags of TEA that sparked the other revolution across The Pond.

CAKE of a different stripe is the real main course of this post, while the French Revolution footnote is but an hors d’oeuvre.

Remember that certain little four-legged friend that I was so smitten by last summer? Tiramisu?

Puppy Love 2 | ©Tom Palladio ImagesWell, Misu, for short, named after the Italian pick-me-up dessert CAKE, posed for the camera while she was my “house guest,” and one of her photos has just been entered in the 6th RodPosse Challenge (RPC). The theme this time around is Animals in Our Life.

Rather than cast your vote for an “old buccaneer in a puffy shirt,” perhaps you’ll do the same for this animal-less animal lover.

If you’d like to vote, just click HERE and it’ll take you to my entry page. Once there, just click the LIKE button. Merci beaucoup.

If you’d care to join in the fun and showcase a photo of your own pet, just click HERE to enter. It’s easy. It’s simple. What are you waiting for?

It’s debatable whether or not Marie Antoinette told the peasants to eat CAKE during the French Revolution, but if Tiramisu’s photo-shoot pose is the winning entry in the 6th RPC, then I guess I’ll be able to report back that you can have your CAKE and eat it, too.

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TPT Borsalino on Cobblestone | ©Tom Palladio Images


Written by The Palladian Traveler

Tom traded his hometown St. Louis Cardinals' baseball cap in the United States for a Borsalino and he now hangs his "capello" in the Veneto region of northeastern Italy. A veteran print and broadcast journalist, with well-worn passports that have got him in and out of 49 countries and counting, Tom fell in love with the "Bel Paese" years ago. As he notes, "I'm inspired by the beauty I find in all things that are very, very old, and reliving history, or at least meandering along cobblestone streets that were laid down over a thousand years ago and just looking up and marveling at what occupies the space still today, really gets my 'Vespa' running." Tom has a good eye behind the lens and is a graphic storyteller, but he'll let you decide as he keeps his camera batteries fully charged and the posts flowing from his creative hideaway somewhere in the Veneto. You can also follow his dispatches from the cobblestone at and


    1. Thanks for nom and the kind gesture. Of course I accept. Curious, when I clicked on your icon the system reported that you’ve pulled the plug on your blog. It’s no longer there other than the home page for Sea Play Photography. True? TPT

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