Happy Halloween!
Monday October 31st 2005, 2:47 pm
Filed under: events

since today is halloween, here’s my macabre “treat” – the dying words of a famous french grammarian:

“I am about to — or I am going to — die:
either expression is correct.”

-Dominique Bouhours, died 1702.

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Lulu Lundi* – Vence France
Monday October 31st 2005, 5:21 am
Filed under: lulu/dogs/cats,nature,sports,travel and places

vence, the medieval hilltop village and former roman market town in the south of france is a great day trip escape from the nearby coastal towns of nice, cagnes-sur-mer and antibes. in addition to some of the most breathtaking views of the mountains, the most visited place in vence is probably the rosary chapel (chapelle du rosaire) made famous by the artist, henri matisse who oversaw the interior and exterior design of it from top to bottom, including the floors, windows, chairs and even the vestments of the priests.

vence is a perfect place for hikers and if you’re there in the summer, you’ll find delicious fruit growing all over the mountains. when we lived in vence, we hiked quite a bit and would bring back baskets of cherries, figs, grapes, apricots, apples and peaches. there are also fragrant bay leaf trees, rosemary and lavender growing wildly everywhere! pick up hiking maps at the tourism office. walking tours are also available.

the old village is worth a visit and i highly recommend the creperie there called, CREPERIE BRETONNE HERVE, 6 PLACE SURIAN, 06140 VENCE, Tel: 04 93 24 08 20 it’s where i took this photo of crepes.

another cool thing about vence is that there are fountains all over the village with spring water coming from the mountains. you will see these all over the place and even queus of people waiting to fill up their bottles. my little vence tip would be to find the highest fountain to find the purest water (it’s on rue de la fontaine veille). (i’ve seen people bathing in some of the fountains! washing their feet, armpits, ETC…)

some vence trivia: writer, DH Lawrence died on March 2, 1930 in vence. first he was buried there, but later his body was exhumed, cremated, and shipped to new mexico, where his ashes now presumably are interred at his former ranch, now part of the university of new mexico campus.

WDB#7 hosted by Sweetnicks!

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Jean Pierre Jeunet’s Life of Pi
Monday October 31st 2005, 4:03 am
Filed under: tv and movies

french filmmaker, jean pierre jeunet, probably best known recently for “amelie,” (my personal favorite from him is the city of lost children) has accepted a new project. he will be directing a film, which is based on the best-selling novel, life of pi by yann martel.

life of pi is a story about precocious 16-year old pi patel, whose family is moving from india to canada in a freighter carrying his zookeeper father’s animals. the freighter sinks and left bobbing on a 26-foot lifeboat in the middle of the ocean are: pi patel, an orangatuan, a hyena, a zebra and a bengal tiger named richard parker. it is a tale of hope and survival.

originally set to direct life of pi was m night shyamalan (director of the 6th sense and the excellent breakable) but withdrew due to conflicting schedules. m night shyamalan is currently shooting lady in the water.

life of pi is scheduled to be released in 2006.

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Benefit Concert for New Orleans – November 7, 2005 Paris
Sunday October 30th 2005, 1:08 pm
Filed under: events,music,people

on november 7, 2005, at the palais de congres in paris, there will be a concert to help new orleans musicians affected by the recent hurricane katrina.

the concert is organized by the newly created, not-for-profit organization, “L�association SOS Musiciens de la Nouvelle-Orléans” founded by francis cabrel. with the help of zachary richard, and with the cooperation of the Community Foundation of Acadiana” based in Lafayette, Louisiana, the evening will include 2 and a half hours of music by performing musicians: francis cabrel, zachary richard, véronique sanson, garou, alain souchon, laurent voulzy, gérald de palmas, sanseverino and paris combo.

proceeds from the concert will be donated to the musicians in new orleans needing aid.

buy tickets online now (website of the palais de congres, paris)

more information about the concert (in french – a PDF document file to download)

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New Computer Game: Fairies
Sunday October 30th 2005, 7:38 am
Filed under: games/software/tech,products

our friend, emmanuel, who is a game developer and who is based near montpellier, france, has just released a new game called, “fairies.” it is sure to be a big success in the world of casual gaming, much like his last hit called, “atlantis,” which was insanely popular a few months back.

fairies is a beautiful, whimsical-themed game where you slide rows of fairies trapped inside jars. match 3 or more same colored fairy jars together to free them from their jailed state.

there are pretty images of fairies imbedded in the game. after solving a level, the player removes a partial fragment of a covered image. once all fragments are removed, the entire image is revealed. when the player reveals these images, he can then view them in a “photo album of fairies” included in the game.

the soundtrack sort of reminds me of the music from cirque du soleil, and seems to fit nicely with the theme: phantasmagorical fairies and elfin lore. (if you don’t like the music, though, you can still play the game and turn off the music. good for people playing at work ;-))

below i’ve included links so you can download the demos of fairies and play it. i think it’s fun. at first i thought it was a bit too easy, but once you advance into higher levels, it progressively becomes harder and harder. it’s good to play when you need a short break from things and decompress.

Download Fairies (Mac)

Download Fairies (PC)

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