Today, Brigitte Anne-Marie Bardot, better known as Brigitte Bardot, celebrates her 77th anniversaire.
Bardot is the epitome of French femininity and beauty. With her tousled blonde tresses, pouty lips and come-hither, doe eyes, the Parisian model, actress and singer is considered of the most beautiful women of all time.
She became a legend at just 21 years old, when she starred in “Et Dieu… créa la femme” (1956). She would remain one of the best-known sex symbols, not only in France but around the world, during the 50’s and 60’s.
Bardot starred in close to 50 films but retired from the entertainment industry in 1973 to become an avid animal rights activist. Since then, she is entirely devoted to her foundation– Brigitte Bardot Foundation for the Welfare and Protection of Animals.
Bardot has often admitted that her beauty opened doors for her early in her career but has always made it a point to remind people that physical beauty is ephemeral, and that there are other characteristics that are truly meaningful. I love that about her. Here is one of my favorite quotes from her. I absolutely agree:
La beauté, c’est quelque chose qui peut être séduisant un temps, çapeut être un moment de séduction. Mais l’intelligence, la profondeur, le talent, la tendresse, c’est bien plus important et ça dure beaucoup plus longtemps…
Or, in my translation to English:
Beauty is something that can seduce for some time, during what can perhaps be called a moment of seduction. But it is certainly intelligence, depth, talent and tenderness that are much more important and that can last for a much longer time…
And so I accompany the French today in saying: Bon anniversaire, Brigitte!
What a deception! The technician from France Telecomm (the equivalent of AT&T) came today to finally install Internet and guess what? He wasn’t able to do so because apparently, there is some problem with the phone connection. No phone, no Internet, nothing! Have I mentioned that I don’t have a cell phone either? (Well, THAT is another story…)
And to make matters worse- we don’t have hot water! The electrician also came to fix that to no avail. Seems like I will have to continue taking freezing-water-showers. Brrrr! 😦
le technicien= the technicien
l’électricien= the electrical guy
I’m really sad because I can’t post updates as often as I would like to because we have no Internet at our apartment. No Internet! How could this possibly be??? Apparently, in France, it takes weeks for a technician to come by and install the service 😥
*Réseau Internet: Internet network
So my laptop’s cable exploded today, which means I can’t write a fancy post. But because I want to try do do my best and keep my promise to post something everyday, I leave you with an image of the first meal I had once I arrived to Paris– a Salade Niçoise.
The first time I actually tried this traditional French salad was in Nice. Best salad I have ever had hands down. Traditionally, it contains tuna, lettuce, tomatoes and mayonnaise as its main ingredients. Funny thing is, it also contains anchovies and capers, which I actually hate on their own. But somehow, when added to this particular salad, they make for one delicious dish.
I don’t know why I had a craving for this salad as soon as I arrived. It was actually chilly too, so it wasn’t the best time to have it. Still, it was absolutely yum.
“Ciel de Paris” is an old song by French-Caribbean singer Henri Salvador that talks about the beauty of the Parisian sky. Inspired by this ballad, I shot this little video of my arrival to Paris:
I’m actually used to arriving at Charles de Gaulle ( Paris’ main airport). Instead, this time I arrived at Paris-Orly airport . Still, I couldn’t contain my excitement as the plane started descending amongst the clouds, leaving a beautiful view of the land below…
And again, as you can see in the video’s description, the views aren’t of the center of Paris itself, but of smaller communes of Orly and Paris. I hope they give you a feeling of how awesome it was to see them from above.
And upon my arrival at the airport, the signs of Bienvenue, that made me feel oh so welcome 🙂
Bonjour! I’m a Spanish/Mexican/American girl who is beginning a new life in the City of Light. The idea for this personal blog started as a simple way to share with friends around the world all the adventures I may encounter as I become a parisienne, if only for a year. That’s how long my study abroad program will last, and I plan on enjoy every moment that I’m here, trying to find the secret treasures of “The City of Love” and sharing them with everyone who loves this beautiful place as much as I do.
I will tell you what exactly makes this ville so special– its people, its culture, its delicious cuisine, la mode that you see on the streets, and all the other fun, unique things that I may come across. Also, I hope to help anyone who wants to come to France to understand a bit of what it takes to actually live in Paris, hoping to make your life easier through the lessons that I learn. I will also pepper my entries with a few French expressions every once in a while to help you learn a little français 🙂
It is my goal to post something every day, and I plan on keeping that promise. Even if it’s just a photo or a simple thought, I will share that with you. I hope you enjoy reading this blog as much as I enjoy writing it.