"La belle américaine" translates to "American beauty" in English. Yet, it does not exclusively apply to women as it is often used to describe old vintage American cars in French. In the case of this picture, I guess that both definitions equally work.
Since our return from the trip, I have been shooting mainly with the M9 and the 24mm Elmarit. Trying to learn something new with a very challenging focal (click on picture for high res)
Leica M9 with 24mm Elmarit at F5.6, 1/180, ISO160