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Parutions web de mars 2007

Voyager à l’île Maurice
Dans les coulisses de Rouge-blanc, Winepassion
L’île aux Aigrettes à L’île Maurice
Diaporama sur le Paris d’Edith Piaf
Défilé du Salon international de la lingerie
Le salon de l’agriculture 2007
Brentano’s : le café-tricot
Les passages couverts de Paris
La ménagerie du Jardin des plantes
Customiser une paire de baskets

More tales of the City

I’ve just finished the tome 2, so I begin Further Tales of the City – 1982.

Chroniques de San Francisco

Today I finished the tome 1 of Tales of the City – 1978 (Chroniques de San Fancisco, in French) by Armistead Maupin. And I began the tome 2 : More Tales of the City – 1980.

The series opens with the arrival of Mary Ann Singleton, a naive young woman from Cleveland, Ohio. She finds an apartment at 28 Barbary Lane, the domain of the eccentric marijuana-growing landlady Anna Madrigal. Mary Ann becomes friends with the other tenants of the building: the hippyish bisexual Mona Ramsey (who, though a central character, is not in all of the books); straight lothario Brian Hawkins (later Mary Ann’s husband); the sinister and cagey roof tenant Norman Neal Williams; and Michael Tolliver, a sweet and personable gay man known to friends as Mouse (as in Mickey Mouse), who becomes central to the series. Beyond the house, lovers and friends guide Mary Ann through her San Franciscan adventures. Mona’s ex-lover D’orothea Wilson, returns from a modelling assignment in New York, while Michael’s lover and DeDe’s gynecologist Jon Fielding graduates into the social circle. Edgar Halcyon, Mary Ann’s and Mona’s boss, Edgar’s socialite daughter DeDe Halcyon-Day, and her scheming bisexual husband Beauchamp Day all provide a glimpse into a more affluent Californian class, while Mrs. Madrigal’s mother and owner of the Blue Moon Lodge brothel, Mother Mucca, brings mystery and comic relief. In the last two books, Thack Sweeney becomes Michael’s lover. Real life people such as Jim Jones and a thinly veiled Elizabeth Taylor make appearances in the story lines.

VIP of San Francisco

Many celebrities come from or live in San Francisco. We can quote the photographers Ansel Adams and Dorothea Lange ; the dancer Isadora Duncan, often seen as the founder of the modern dance ; the contemporary writer Armistead Maupin or the novelist Robert Louis Stevenson. San Francisco is also the den of many film directors and actors, among whom Robin Williams and Sean Penn. Clint Eastwood was born there. He even shot in SF, remember the saga of Dirty Harry? Francis Ford Coppola used to live and set up his production company American Zoetrope in The City. George Lucas, who lives in the north of SF, recently moved the headquarters of Lucasfilm Ltd., Industrial Light & Magic and LucasArts in the Presidio park.

“Tales of the city”, ou “Chroniques de San Francisco”

This morning, I began the tome 1 of Tales of the city by Armistead Maupin.
No time to read a lot in the subway but I think I could stay at home all the day long reading this novel fastly… unfortunately I have to be resonable and go to work.
“C’est étrange, mais on raconte que toute personne qui disparaît est aperçue à San Francisco.” Oscar Wilde
Sorry, I bought the French translation!
It is an odd thing, but every one who disappears is said to be seen at San Francisco. It must be a delightful city, and possess all the attractions of the next world. ” thanks to my friend Google

San Francisco Chinatown

As everybody knows the world biggest Chinatown is in San Francisco. I traveled in China in 2000 with my art school and I think I could never have again the same feelings I had over there. In particular I remember chinese people taking pictures of me because my blond hair and my european height make me look like a monster. They laught at me. I was the freak of the Forbidden City
Fortunately Chinese people living in the Paris’Chinatown are use to meet freaks like me!
First resolution of the blog : Spend more time in Paris’Chinatown (taking pictures, drawing…). See you in 1 month for a report.

Just a little song, for dreaming

If you’re going to San Francisco
Be sure to wear some flowers in your hair
If you’re going to San Francisco
You’re gonna meet some gentle people there
For those who come to San Francisco
Summertime will be a love-in there
In the streets of San Francisco
Gentle people with flowers in their hair
All across the nation such a strange vibration
People in motion
There’s a whole generation with a new explanation
People in motion people in motion
For those who come to San Francisco
Be sure to wear some flowers in your hair
If you come to San Francisco
Summertime will be a love-in there
If you come to San Francisco
Summertime will be a love-in there


When a nasty neighbor tries to have her dog put to sleep, Dorothy takes her dog Toto, to run away. A cyclone arrives, and picks her, her house, and her dog up and deposits them in the magical land of Oz. Things in Oz are strange and beautiful, but Dorothy just wants to get back home. Wishing to return, she begins to travel to the Emerald City in order to meat a great wizard who can help her. On her way she meets a Scarecrow who needs a brain, a Tin Man who wants a heart, and a Cowardly Lion who desperately needs courage. She’s helped by the Good Witch of the North, but she’s also in trouble with the Wicked Witch of the West, who seeks revenge for the death of the Wicked Witch of the East, for which she blames Dorothy. Dorothy will could come back home when she’ll realize that : “There’s no place like Home!”
I close my eyes and I become Dorothy. I have my love, my boy and my dog and I’m going to leave land. I’m going to the magical land of San Francisco! The big difference is that for me Home can be everywhere if I have my family.
This travel will be my initiatory course!
Then close your eyes…
…and tap your heels together three times…
…and think to yourself
“There’s no place like home”

There’s no place like Home


Pour se préparer à un voyage faut-il toujours savoir où l’on va ? Est-il nécessaire de se préparer au voyage ?
Pour ma part, en ce début d’aventure je me sens prête au voyage sans avoir envie de me préparer à ce voyage.
En toute honnêteté, la création de ce blog ainsi que la volonté d’en faire un carnet de bord ne sont-ils pas les prémices d’une préparation?