International Women’s Day: Bérangère de Pontac’s Servigny D-Day Fund

On this 2017 International Women’s Day, my thoughts are with women of the world, and most particularly mothers.. who throughout their lives must balance their most important responsibility – that of nurturing and supporting their children – with achieving in the outer world, in order to reach their full potential and realise their dreams. Not an easy feat…

One such mother I met recently is Bérangère de Pontac.. wife of “Comte” Arnaud de Pontac, the owner of the historic 17th century Château de Servigny in Normandy. The fact that she’s a Countess did not seem to deter her from wanting to leave a mark by starting the “Servigny D-Day Fund, Jeunes artisans de paix”, or Young Peacemakers, a charity supporting efforts in educating children for the promotion and fostering of peace. It’s goal: providing Peace Education for all children, whose mission statement is to “spread peace, develop global citizenship, to remember to build better”…

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André Malraux.. My Inspiration…

André Malraux…

French… author…

Social… critic…

Flamboyant… statesman…

Captivates… me…

My total admiration for everything French in general.. Paris.. in particular.. and mostly for the enigmatic and powerful intellect of…

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La Rotonde de la Muette.. Venue “de Jour”…

La… Rotonde…

de… la Muette…

Is… fashionable…

Elegant…

It’s the latest “IT” venue “de jour” in the 16th arrondissement’s quartier in Passy.

Romantic white flurries of snow are falling all around us… when we arrived at the newly refurbished brasserie…

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Emmanuel Macron.. Président..?

Emmanuel… Macron…

“France’s… young meteor…

Blazes Trail to Élysée”…

Headlined Michael Sheridan’s article in The Sunday Times…

Watching the man give a speech yesterday night on the French channel TF1… pledging to implement the most famous three words in French history “Liberté, Égalité, Fraternité” mesmerised and enthralled an audience of 16,000 at the stadium in Lyon…

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Baryshnikov as Nijinsky: Letter to a Man…

The… night…

Was… dark…

Chilly… monstrous…

When… we shivered…

Our… way to…

Théâtre de… la Ville…

Watching the legendary Mikhail Baryshnikov.. metamorphose into the iconic Vaslav Nijinski… he literally became him by completely inhabiting the awesome.. frightening.. fragmented mind of the great.. prodigious most celebrated former virtuoso artist.. who performed with his mentor Sergei Diaghilev’s renowned Ballets Russes…

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Lettre de Paris Interview: Michael Hewett…

I first encountered Michael Hewett on a warm Sunday in October at Le Tigre Yoga Club in Paris.. he was the instructor leading the two-hour “Shamatha Meditation Atelier” I had signed up for.

I was looking forward to starting my formal initiation into Meditation, a discipline which I had long yearned to start practising. The workshop promised to take us “step by step through the Buddha’s stages of meditation”. Having long been fascinated by everything spiritual and read extensively about the subject over the years, I knew that I finally needed to put the theoretical into practice. Meditation seemed to be the natural next step into a brave new world and a practical, more attainable entry into a sublime state of being that I had so far touched for only brief moments.. I wanted to access that state far more frequently. I knew it was the right path to follow, long ago convinced that we are indeed all spiritual beings having a human experience…

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The Wolseley.. We’re Besotted…

Upon entering the tall imposing doors and stepping onto the handsome black and white marble flooring of The Wolseley… one is stunned by its opulent allure…

The ambiance… ravishing…

The lighting… flattering…

Discreet…

The banquettes in soft plush black leather…

Stylish…

Comfortable…

The tables… with their “intime” corners and the voluptuous round ones… make for…

A… romantic setting…

A… rendezvous…

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A Short Trip to London…

On a short pre-Christmas trip to London.. we were invited for a business breakfast at The Wolseley. The architect William Curtis Green was influenced by Venetian and Florentine architecture with an Eastern exotic touch thrown in.

The Wolseley is grand… atmospheric.. with towering pillars.. arches… stairways.. and a dramatic black and white diamond marble flooring. It’s hard to believe that in 1921 it was a prestigious car showroom.. later evolving into Barclays Bank. Chris Corbin and Jeremy King acquired the site in 2003. Its restoration and renovation was realised by David Collins Architects. The Wolseley opened that same year. We were more than impressed by the ambiance.. the charm.. and the beauty of the place…

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There is something extraordinary happening in the world…

Oct 14, 2015 – by Gustavo Tanaka

Most of us haven’t quite realized there is something extraordinary happening…

A few months ago I freed myself from standard-procedure society, I broke the chains of fear that kept me locked up into the system. Since then, I see the world from a different perspective: the one that everything is going through change and that most of us are unaware of that.

Why is the world changing? In this post I’ll point out the 8 reasons that lead me to believe it…

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