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and a nicely decorated bridge at that - however, my french is rather rusty, eh, none existant...

however what a European Guillaume was:

Guillaume Apollinaris de Kostrowitzky kept his origin secret, but he was probably born in Rome as the illegitimate son of a Polish adventurer called Angelica de Kostrowitzky, a rebellious Polish girl. His father was possibly a Swiss-Italian aristocrat, Francesco Flugi d'Aspermont. He disappeared early from Apollinaire's life, and the future poet was raised by his gambling mother in Italy, in Monaco, on the French Riviera, and in Paris. In his youth Apollinaire assumed the identity of a Russian prince. He received a French education at the Collège Saint-Charles in Monaco, and afterwards in schools in Cannes and Nice. During the summer of 1899 he traveled in the Ardennes region of Belgium.
then he lived in Germany and then he moved to France from here
by PeWi on Fri Oct 28th, 2005 at 11:05:32 AM EST
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