This is a special web edition of the book. The physical item is 4.25"x5.5", costs $5, and makes a swell gift for people with taste, style, and wit.

This Is Me in Europe

image: belgian back yard

Photographs by Jean Sirius

© Copyright 2003 by Jean Sirius
Published by Sirius Books
PO Box 9665, Oakland CA 94613 USA
1.510.595.5570 siriusbooks(at)jeansirius(dot)com

This Is Me in Europe, an adventure

When a girl from Kansas gets to Europe, there's going to be dawdling, and there's going to be gawking, and there's not a thing you can do about it. Brush my hair as I might, I was never quite sure I got all the hayseeds out.

From May Day until the Summer Solstice I was nothing but a tourist in England, Holland, Belgium and France. This was enough time to take 9000 digital photographs. Here are fourteen of them.

image: Spiegelkwartier
Spiegelkwartier, Amsterdam

Thalys, Amsterdam to Antwerp
Gare du Nord, Paris
Thalys, Amsterdam to Antwerp
Gare du Nord, Paris
Paris 2012 poster
quartier Montorgueil, Paris
Paris 2012 poster, rue du Louvre
quartier Montogueil, Paris
le Louvre
Musée d'Orsay
le Louvre, Paris
Musée d'Orsay, Paris
near les Halles
quai des Grands Augustins
near les Halles, Paris
quai des Grands Augustins, Paris
le Marais
Carousel, les Halles
le Marais, Paris
Carousel, les Halles, Paris

This book is a shout-out to Tee A. Corinne, who will not be happy until every living lesbian artist has written her biography. She hates when we're invisibilized, and loves when she can pick us out.

Mad props to the women in Europe who showed me around, fed me, gave me a bed, made the trip possible: Marian Bakker, Lieve Snellings, Michelle Campbell, Rosy Martin, Sharon Whittington, Jill Posener, and Mara Hartwig (whose people, as it happens, are from Kansas).

And finally, to Sarah Carroll and Lisa Kahaleole Hall: you rock my world.

Eurostar, Paris to London

This book was made possible by generous grants from

The Darling Daughter Charitable Trust
The Pirate Queen Fund for Wayward Girls

The travel on which the book is based was funded by the late Dotcom Bubble.
Sic transit gloria mundi.

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