A flowery surprise

The teargas had us coughing and crying. Our path was sprinkled with protesters about to engage in a streetfight. When we finally put some distance between us and the angry mob, the fresh air of the empty park was a very good reason to smile. Still, we did not linger, we wanted to feel the city’s pavement and cobblestones beneath our feet. 

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A Book and An Angel – #weeklysmile

I have been a bit absent from blogging over the last few days. I was traveling over the weekend, this means that I will be doing some travel posts soon.

Book Selfie, The Monster's Daughter by Deborah BryanYesterday morning, I opened my letter box and found a marvellous surprise, a small parcel. Without opening it I already knew what was inside and could not stop smiling. Deborah Bryant had send me her book The Monster’s Daughter. She dedicated it to me with such sweet words, authors’ inscriptions are the best. Currently I am reading a different book, but I will probably pick up hers after that. Today, Deborah made me smile again. She had written a post about who she is, entitled I aminspired by my post Who am I? Up to now, 4 bloggers have linked back to my initial post, I think that’s worth quite a few smiles… I hope that more and more people will join.  Continue reading “A Book and An Angel – #weeklysmile”

My Colette Surprise 

If you have traveled to Paris, you might have come across the concept store Colette located in Rue Saint Honoré. If you are a fashionista, then it is rather probable that you know Colette even if you have never been to Paris. Since 1997, the store with the two blue dots had been a place for “it” products. Fashion, music, electronics, books, iPhone cases, gimmicks, really a bit of everything. And there are regular expositions of contemporary art.  Often it seems that products get introduced to the market via Colette. Remember my swimming penguin paper clips, they were from there. Continue reading “My Colette Surprise “

Advent Calendar Day 7: A Christmas Kodak Moment By Tara Paray

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A Christmas Kodak Moment By Tara Paray

Ever have a Christmas ugly cry? I have, and, yay for me, it was caught on camera!

Picture it: sometime in the 80s. Cabbage Patch Kids are all the rage, and that means they can’t be found anywhere! Once a toy store got them in stock, they were gone in mere minutes! The news of their arrival spread, not like wildfire as this was pre-Internet. But quickly, by word of mouth (oh, how I miss old school things sometimes…).

I didn’t care. I was little and I wanted that doll! They were soooooo cute! And everybody had one! And… and… I don’t understand supply and demand. I’m a kid! Continue reading “Advent Calendar Day 7: A Christmas Kodak Moment By Tara Paray”

Advent Calendar Day 1: Opening the first door

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Opening the first door

As far back as my memory reaches, there has been a nice Advent Calendar to make the wait before Christmas more bearable. When I was very young, my grandmother was the person who filled up the little bags of the handcrafted advent calendar, that had been used by her children in the past. We still make use of that very Advent Calendar today. Continue reading “Advent Calendar Day 1: Opening the first door”