Chasing Chagall’s legacy in France

From the Centre Pompidou’s rooftop terrace,
there’s a clear view of Notre Dame. One of two female figures on the façade, Synagoga,
represents Judaism as symbolized by the broken tablets with the Ten
Commandments. Behind Notre Dame, where the Ile de la Cite comes to a point in
the Seine River, the moving Memorial de la Deportation is dedicated to the
200,000 deported during World War Two.

To see more art, I traveled to Nice by train,
taking the high-speed TGV that glides between metropolitan areas at about 200
miles per hour, and stopped at Lyon and Marseille.

I explored Marseille—European Capital of Culture
2013 and home to a large Jewish community—by bus, before heading 19 miles north
to Aix-en-Provence to see the Atelier Cezanne, Musée Granet and Fondation
Vasarely. From Marseille’s new Gare St Charles, the TGV to Nice takes
two-and-a-half hours along the scenic coast (reserved seats on the upper

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