Sunday, July 29, 2012

Partager AHAE Exhibition "Out of my Window"

Almost hidden amongst the trees in the Jardin des Tuileries, behind L’Orangerie in a specially built gallery, is the photography exposition “Da Ma FenĂȘtre’  by the Korean photographer Ahae.

Entirely free and open to the public from 10am until 10pm, this exposition allows each of us to appreciate the photos that the photographer took from out the window of his studio during a two year period.  These photos were taken without any artificial light, or manipulation of any kind, different from most photo exhibitions of today where original, no post processing,  photos are hard to find.  

When I first walked through the door, I felt like I was still outside ... I felt like I was in my backyard in Florida.  I went to the exposition twice, and will probably return at least once more before its finished.  

These photographs reminded  me that nature is a state of beauty available to each of us and that this "pure state" should be respected in our interactions in our daily lives.   We all have a tendency to rush past things, in a hurry to get to the next place, the next task, the next ... fill in the blank.  

“Open your eyes, look at the nature all around you, and do your best to protect it while there is still time”  
Take a walk thru ... 

Jardin des Tuileries
until 19 August 2012
10 until 10 everyday


Sunday, July 22, 2012

Partager Paris Apartments

Salle de Douche aka Shower Room
photo by Collard Greens

Paris Apartments !  I have spent hours looking for the perfect one to buy.  I have walked all over Paris visiting one after another. 
I have set "alerts" on Seloger and PAP (on-line real estate agencies) for each arrondisement with the criteria I dream of ... 

... a double salon with an "american kitchen", salle de bain, separate toilet (preferable with a window and sink, two bedrooms (or I will settle for a bedroom and a small bureau), and a "cave".  The "nice-to-haves" would include a parking and an east-facing balcony off of the salon.  
Now is that asking for too much?
Trust me, it is.  

Maybe I should keep renting?  Over 50% of Parisians are renters.  Finding a better, bigger apartment to rent is a sport here.

Why do I feel this need to have my own Paris Apartment?

Presently, after two years of discussion, we are having our salle de douche redone.  You wouldn't think that such a small room could cause such havoc!  Just keeping up with our toothbrushes has been a challenge. We were told 3 days max ... and now ... 
5 days in, we are still looking at quite a mess, ... a real mess that is half done.  One little problem leads to another, and more materials, and more and more EUROS!  The workers, and our landlord,  come in and out all during the day.  They are now members of our little family.   Will we ever have our apartment back?

So, now I'm re-thinking this ...
Do I really want my own Paris apartment?

Thank goodness its a rental!

Mot du jour 
fuite = leak

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Partager a bit of Florida ...

With all the rain we have been having in Paris, I decided to take a trip to Sunny Florida for some time with the family.  And as always, it was great, but a bit too short.

My folks live on a small lake, which is my favorite place to sit at sunset.  All the birds come home to roost, the herons, cranes, egrets, the alligators ( yes, they live there, too) swim slowly by with their snouts sniffing for small dogs to serve as an evening aperitif,  and the sunset paints a different picture every night.  Monet didn't have it any better than this.     
Its the most relaxing place in my world.

There are also plenty of ants and lizards to keep me company while I am there, too.

But now its back to the rainy, romantic days in  ... will we ever get some 
all-day-long sunshine ?   We can dream ....