Nuit Blanche Paris 2011

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Last night was the 10th edition of Nuit Blanche, or “White Night” in Paris and of course, I couldn’t miss it!

Nuit Blanche is a cultural event organized by the city that involves art exhibitions around Paris. It’s a lot of fun because it is a sort of nocturnal artistic adventure that not only allows visitors to encounter great displays of contemporary and interactive art, but also, it allows them to discover the Paris’ streets underneath the moonlight.

The expression nuit blanche is very suiting because it refers to the expression “all-nighter” and you indeed stay up all night–the event takes place from about 7 p.m. to 7 a.m.! We actually only stayed up until 3 a.m. and had the chance to see the best art installations. Below, some of the pictures from the night:

Accueil Nuit Blanche Paris 2011

I got this neon light thingie for free.

This interactive installation allowed participants to become part of a video game! It was so much fun!

At the "Purple Rain" installation, you would enter a purple space with an umbrella that you were given at the entrance. Inside, there was indeed, "purple rain" created by hoses and purple light. In the background, Prince's song played while you walked under the rain.

It was great to see such a contemporary piece against such a beautiful building in the background.

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Aujourd’hui

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Aujourd’hui was the perfect Saturday! My roommate said it was probably the last day of the year where it would be this sunny and warm so we decided to go near the Eiffel Tower to just relax. But we weren’t the only ones with the same idea. Many Parisians, and of course, many tourists as well, were laying out in the grass, enjoying the view…

Auhourd’hui=Today

Brigitte Bardot

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La belle Brigitte Bardot

La belle Brigitte Bardot

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.

Brigitte Bardot starred in 48 films

Because of her beauty, Brigitte Bardot became the fantasy of French men and the envy of French women.

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.

The French gave Brigitte Bardot the nickname of "BB"

The French gave Brigitte Bardot the nickname of "BB"

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!

Le technicien et l’électricien

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…) 

The "technicien"

L'électricien

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 

Niçoise

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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.

Salade Niçoise

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.

Arrivée à Paris

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“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 🙂

Welcome to Paris!

Bonjour mes amis!

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Première fois à Paris-- This picture was taken the first time I came to Paris, during the Summer of 2009. I fell in love with this city ever since...

Première fois à Paris-- This picture was taken the first time I came to Paris, during the Summer of 2009. I fell in love with this city ever since...

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 streetsand 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.

Bisous,

-Natalia