Just a few things...

Trip Start Jan 17, 2010
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Trip End May 18, 2010


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Tuesday, February 23, 2010

My home stay family has been on vacation since Saturday morning. Therefore, I have taken advantage of all this new-found freedom in the apartment: taking long, hot baths, watching t.v. while drinking my morning cup of coffee and eating my toast (a usual 'mal eleve' choice), this morning I cooked some eggs for breakfast and later this week I'm going to have a few friends over for some crepe making!!

And now that I can watch the t.v. in peace, I've watched the Olympics (which is only replays of events, since the current events don't come on until 1h30am my time). I've also watched some Scooby-Doo on Saturday morning, as their Saturday morning cartoon line-up. (Different theme song though, since it would be hard to probably sing and rhyme the French words to the original tune...however still absolutely funny! Ou est Scooby-Doo? haha) Last night they had Sense and Sensibility on (dubbed-over of course). However in French, it's titled "Raison et Sentiments." Seeing as I've seen the movie too many times, it was extremely easy to follow.

This past Thursday, I had a field trip with all IES students to see a documentary called "Les Plages de Agnes." It's an auto-portrait of a famous French director, producer, photographer, etc. named Agnes Varda. She was actually there at the screening and while watching the film, I realized why she was at our screening: her office is on the Rue Daguerre! I have to say she was very interesting and her auto-portrait was extremely bizarre, but if you know anything about this director, she is one of few directors who has taken new, visionary directions in the film industry.
 
This past Saturday, I saw my first, regular cinema film! "Valentine's Day" It was extremely good (I cried) and it was in English, with French subtitles. In France, it is very common for major foreign films (aka American) to be shown first in their original language, before being dubbed over into French. Upon leaving the theater, I had a mini-revelation that I was still in Paris: it felt just like being at home again. Afterwords, my friends and I found the longest stretch of creperies in Paris, right outside the theater. (Belgians immigrated to France in the early 20th century and many lived on this street and opened creperies for the public...therefore today, a street lined with crepes!) I had a banana and nutella, unbelievable. I wonder if a banana, peanut butter and nutella would be any good? Good thing I found crepe paddles at a cookstore! Now I can make crepes just like the professionals and my friend Jaime's hostmother is supposed to be giving her, their family's recipe for crepes! I'll be able to re-create one of my favorite things about Paris.

This past weekend, I also visited the Sacre-Coeur. At the highest point in Paris, this basilica is one of the most beautiful buildings I have ever seen! And the views from up-top were amazing. You could see the National Assembly, the Eiffel Tower and pretty much all of Paris! Sunday, I visited the Musee de l'Orangerie, which houses Monet's famous "Waterlilies" paintings. Unbelievable. This building was created for these paintings in particular and Monet painted these huge pieces inside the Musee. Some history: Monet was nearly blind when painting the pieces and it took him several years to complete, because he was never satisfied with his work. Upon completion, his pieces were at first rejected by the public because they were not of the "taste of the time." Days would go by and only 40 people would visit the Musee (38 of which were couples who needed some "private" time). Hard to believe since today, everyone adores his art! In April, I will get to visit Giverny, the town in which Monet drew his inspiration from, for these pieces. Can't Wait!

Bisous,
Alyssa

p.s. I just finished my first French roman (novel) "Les belles images" by Simone de Beauvoir. Feels good to be able to read litterature of a higher level than children's books or short stories. haha
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bjglawe
bjglawe on

Add this street of Creperies to our agenda! I think we'll need to visit several times to enjoy several different flavors! Yum!

Auntie Karen on

Ohhhhhhh . . . a fresh, steaming, warm crepe would taste sooooo good right now!! Will you share your crepes recipe when you get home? I tried Betty Crocker's version, but not the same as in Paris!!

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