Simone de Beauvoir.. An Enigma

I will always be seduced by Paris and its most famous French writer, intellectual, existentialist “philosophe”, feminist icon, Simone de Beauvoir.

It would have been thrilling to have existed in the dazzling decade of the 1940’s, when Paris reclaimed its status as the capital of philosophy, art and joie de vivre, after enduring a debilitating humiliating Second World War.

Having lived and loved in Paris for many years, particularly in its most artistic, literary “quartier” of Saint-Germain-des-Prés, I’ve been delighted to have become an habitué of the legendary Parisian café frequented and made famous by de Beauvoir and her lover, the writer and philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre”…

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Japon.. Mon Amour

Something about Japan hypnotises me. It is a country, a culture that is mesmeric. From exotic Tokyo to the dazzling Kyoto.
Japan, the land of the rising sun.
It is in one’s soul.

I have been told that I existed in Japan many lifetimes ago, that may be the reason for my great fascination with the country, my longing.. that does not dwindle nor abate…

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Jean-Christophe Maillot’s.. Le Lac

A warm feeling, a mood, an exhilaration enveloped me while watching enthralled.. Les Ballets de Monte Carlo’s “Le Lac”, brilliantly choreographed by Jean-Christophe Maillot.

It has been so long since that charming feeling, uplifting sensation, that devours the soul, when one’s senses are allowed to celebrate, instead of denigrate.

Maillot and his dramatist collaborator, Jean Rouaud, forged a superb contemporary version of the legendary “Swan Lake” ballet by Tchaïkovski…

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London.. on the Eurostar…

Excitement was in the air, as we embarked on our trip to London over Christmas..

Upon boarding the amazing Eurostar at the Gare du Nord in Paris, two hours and fifteen minutes later we arrived at St. Pancras station in the great city. We then jumped into the black London cab, which we adore, while the driver chatted and joked with us all the way.. “c’est normal pour les anglais”…

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Paris Sizzling..

Overwhelmed by the sizzling.. sozzling.. unrelenting waves of heat we’ve been experiencing, we hurriedly.. gratefully took refuge in “Le Patron’s” delightful cool café which happens to be “juste à côté” to the flat where we live.

Paris.. is in the clutches of a scorching inferno..

We’re in the grip of a hot.. hot.. summer..

It’s “La Canicule”.. a monstrous heat wave…

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