Friday, July 29, 2005

Do you like the new look?

I decided yesterday that I really disliked the layout of my blog. So I got into changing it. It is a bit too sober and does not reflect my somewhat colourful personality - but I guess I could live with this serious look for a while. I have yet to figure out how to add links without changing the font size to something that makes you feel you are looking through powerful binoculars. Please help if any of you wise people know.

How are things in Paris?

Paris is calm, Paris is quiet, Paris is bright and beautiful at the moment.
I do miss the buzz of people who live here - though I really cannot complain because it is simply fantastic to drive around at the moment and park with relative ease.
One downside is that you do find way too many tourists on the streets and the pace is naturally much slower.
Paris is warm, Paris is peaceful, Paris is Paris......

(Lovely M of http://cestchic.blogspot.com/ who writes beautifully would sadly faint reading my rubbish...)

Have a lovely day!

Wednesday, July 27, 2005

Caption time for all you wonderful visitors - five photos taken by this blogger.....


Created by Manolo Valdes

Your caption is.....


Reinas Marianas by the wonderful Monolo Valdes in my favourite Palais Royal...


I guess Laura Ashley had to go....

Anna Chromy's creations...


Your caption please....


http://www.annachromy.com/en/mythos_europa/die_musik.shtml


http://www.annachromy.com/

Anna Chromy's Sisyphus...



For more information please check:

http://www.annachromy.com/en/mythos_europa/sisyphus.shtml


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Monday, July 25, 2005

When I seek peace I turn to Marcus Aurelius...

Marcus Aurelius Antoninus. (121–180). The Meditations of Marcus Aurelius.
The Harvard Classics. 1909–14.

II


1. BEGIN the morning by saying to thyself, I shall meet with the busybody, the ungrateful, arrogant, deceitful, envious, unsocial. All these things happen to them by reason of their ignorance of what is good and evil. But I who have seen the nature of the good that it is beautiful and of the bad that it is ugly, and the nature of him who does wrong, that it is akin to me, not [only] of the same blood or seed, but that it participates in [the same] intelligence and [the same] portion of the divinity, I can neither be injured by any of them, for no one can fix on me what is ugly, nor can I be angry with my kinsman, nor hate him. For we are made for co-operation, like feet, like hands, like eyelids, like the rows of the upper and lower teeth. To act against one another then is contrary to nature; and it is acting against one another to be vexed and to turn away.

Monday, July 18, 2005

I am not a conservative but I am saddened to know that the former UK Prime Minister, Sir Edward Heath has passed away.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/politics/4691797.stm

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/443009.stm

Honfleur, Normandy...


A view of Honfleur's le Vieux Bassin.


http://www.ville-honfleur.fr/


Honfleur...


A short visit to cool down in Honfleur, Normandy this past weekend made the summer of 2005 so far ----- rather enjoyable.

Basilique St. Denis..


A view of this very important Basilique just north of Paris. Not easy to get to but worth a visit on a Sunday where there is an extremely crowded, colourful and affordable market where some fruits and veg go for less than half price of my local rue Poncelet or rue Bayen market :(

It is a must-see for any visitors or people who live here - if one wishes to see entombed French royalty of the past centuries...


Basilique St. Denis exterior...


Basilique St. Denis...

Temporary exhibition in Place Vendome, Paris


some amazing sculptures...

Bastille Day 2005 flypast....



Bastille Day flypast...


Flypast with the Brazilian flag at the Bastille Day celebrations...

Friday, July 15, 2005

Bastille Day 2005 in Paris was celebrated in style to utter perfection.

As with most things French, the defile (parade and flypast) was done to rhythmic perfection.
Last year, my husband and I even went to the Champs Elysees to see this. However, the attacks in London last week, made us think it may be best to watch the flypast from our apartment as we do live close to the champs and watch the rest on telly. The whole programme was held on time and the uniforms had their innate French chic styles. It was all rather colourful, wonderful and patriotic stuff and I am not even French! The Brazilian head of state
was here hence we got to see the flypast at the end with the colours of the Brailian flag which was rather nice.

Late last evening, we saw the fireworks by the Eiffel tower from home and my oh my, this year's was utterly brilliant and better than most years. We think that the French were preparing to win the the Olympic bid and the Eiffel tower was made into a giant flame with fireworks. My camera decided not to cooperate so I do not have any photos of the evening show which is rather disappointing. They had fireworks coming out of the Eiffel tower and it was simply gorgeous. I am in total child-like awe at how these superb fireworks are designed. Does anyone know any fireworks designer? Must be a cool job to see your work go up in flames!! Poor joke I know!

Anyways - the heatwave has decided to stay till the beginning of next week so I am going to be suffering as I detest heat.

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, July 14, 2005

strange font size on this blog - it has been taken over ...

by martians.....

:D

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