No Amount of Rain Could Dampen the Joie de Vivre

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No Amount of Rain Could Dampen the Joie de Vivre

Black sedans, caught in a rat-tat-a-tat rain, decorated the sides of the small road heading to Saturday night's Bastille Day bash at Seoul's French Embassy. A red, white and blue awning that led to a garden for dancing under the stars, sagged in the downpour. No dancing, no stars. Inside, the expatriate French community mingled: women in brightly colored cocktail dresses and men in dark suits with stripes the width of toothpicks. The crowd munched plates of pate de foie gras and washed it down with liters of cabernet. In the background, Edith Piaf's voice helped partygoers forget the temps mauvais.

by Inēs Cho

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