Not quite high tea, but good enough. I met a friend, who is a very good designer and photographer, for tea this morning. It ended up being lunch at Kusmi Tea on the Champs-Elysées. I’ve walked passed the Kusmi Tea store a few times but only recently learnt that this is their flagship store in Paris, and en plus, that there is a tea house with a terrace beyond the colourful tea canisters displayed in the store.
“A wealth of history can enrich us”
This trip was an entire history lesson wrapped up in a holiday. A visit to the Normandy D-day Beaches was long overdue, and as much as we did not see even a fraction of the numerous historial sites that commemorate the Second World War around this area – we saw enough to come out of it more knowledgable than we had been.
When Wanderlust – that is the venue – opened in Paris two years ago, a friend was quick to let me know that: “They’ve taken your blog name!” Not quite, but my photoblog Wanderlust in PARIS is very similar to Wanderlust’s site name: Wanderlust Paris, so a lot of traffic gets directed to that blog. Good for me I suppose, not so much if you’re searching for the hippest, coolest place to dance the night away in Paris and you land on a photoblog.
The Spring school holidays are almost upon us, and I just got around to organising all the pictures taken during the last school break. Better late than never.
It was Normandy, once again, with a visit to Le Mont St. Michel and a few days spent in Bayeux. This felt like an entirely new trip for me – if you recall the last trip to Normandy passed in a bit of a haze.
A couple of weekends ago, looking for a bit of inspiration on what to get up to on a Sunday afternoon, I thought a walk and lunch along the banks of the Seine would do it. Les Berges are deemed the coolest place to hang out and a definite hot area for the young and old alike. Following on the advice of Hip Paris blog and others I plied my children out of the house with promises of some really cool places along the Seine, and great places to have lunch. Let’s just say the marketing exercise by the city of Paris has been a wondrous success.
The Economist recently published an article on a study about the worth of a foreign language. To briefly summarize: the overwhelming negative listed against the better decision-making and cognitive development positives was an underwhelming 2% premium on earnings to Americans – with French, Spanish and English earning different premiums.This had me thinking about my experience with speaking a foreign language in a foreign country.
These days the words flow easier. I no longer phrase, re-phrase and edit my sentences, silently trying them out in my head before I blurt them out. I am not yet dreaming in French, but I am at least thinking in it – there is less mangling of my articles and verbs, and an easier switching from English to French. On some days I do not have the energy to conjugate the conditionnel and on others the plus-que-parfait just stumps me.
|Out with the old, in with the new. Photo: www.dw.de|
After his Socialist Party’s crushing defeat at the polls this past weekend, The Hexagon’s President, François Holande was quick to make like other past Presidents of the Republic: fire the right hand man. So Jean-Marc Ayrault is out, and Manuel Valls is in as the new Prime Minister.
Zeng Fanzhi’s first French retrospective is currently on at the Museum of Modern Art in Paris until this Sunday, 16 February.
It covers the painter’s career in reverse-order presentation, from 2013 back to 1990 – arranged across themes in five rooms for Landscapes, “The Form Chosen is of no Importance”, Masks, The Individual and the Masses, and Hospitals.
Within each theme, and depending on the period of time the painter was working in, there is a pervasive image that you see over and over again until you move to the next room.
The Swiss voted in a referendum on Sunday to curb immigration from the EU. Granted it was a close vote, with 50.3% voting for this move, it is however an Anti-EU stance by this quaint country of chocolate and snow-capped picturesque mountains. For the average non-EU traveller – it means no real change – perhaps a more arduous visa application process. The impact of this vote though is a lot more hard-hitting for future employment trends and foreign investment
Title: Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother
Author: Amy Chua
When Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother was published two years ago; the furore and debates that followed over the methods used by Amy Chua in her pursuit to mould her daughters; Sophia and Lulu into the perfect little pianists and violinists piqued my interest. Every other article on parenting seemed to link back to Chua’s book and that controversial Wall Street Journal article on “Why Chinese Mothers Are Superior”.