The crisp taste of the wine


My colleagues offered me a birthday present for my 40th spring: one whole day at the school of wine in Paris. So I set my alarm to wake up early on a Sunday morning and studiously dragged my feet to school … to get drunk!

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Seriously speaking, the wine class was really interesting. I was taught stuff like what type of wine I should serve with what type of food. Actually, marrying savours is mathematics, chemistry, natural sciences and geography combined. Knowing this would surely not make your life any easier when it comes to preparing meals from now on.

While testing our capacity to put a name to a smell, I got it right for “Cannelle” (cinnamon). I will never forget the smell of that spicy tea from Starbucks I once tried to smuggle into the cinema and that spilled into my handbag. Sometimes, hitches like this one can be useful for developing the senses. Certainly, my senses will never forget the Ecole du Vin experience … hiccup !!

*Pictures taken at Village de Bercy.

As I ate the oysters with their strong taste of the sea and their faint metallic taste that the cold white wine washed away, leaving only the sea taste and the succulent texture, and as I drank their cold liquid from each shell and washed it down with the crisp taste of the wine, I lost the empty feeling and began to be happy and to make plans.”
— Ernest Hemingway (A Moveable Feast)


Memorabilia or phobia?

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People drive from all over Europe each year to this garage sale in Crevecoeur. The “Brocante” gathers more than 2000 exhibitors, many of whom are professional dealers hoping to attract a crazy collector ready to pay a fortune for the stuff Continue reading “Memorabilia or phobia?”

La Rosa de Alejandria (Barcelona)

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Barcelona is in the north of Spain and in the south of Europe. North and South have been more than just points of the compass ever since the technocratic language of the United Nations and UNESCO euphemised international relations by expressing inequality between rich and poor countries in these geographical terms. Barcelona is a northern capital Continue reading “La Rosa de Alejandria (Barcelona)”

As soon as a true thought has entered our mind…

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… it gives a light which makes us see a crowd of other objects which we have never perceived before.

Quote bu François-René de Chateaubriand

*Pictures taken in Saint-Malo (Brittany) Continue reading “As soon as a true thought has entered our mind…”

Crepuscule on Palais Royal

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People wonder why so many writers come to live in Paris. I’ve been living ten years in Paris and the answer seems simple to me: because it’s the best place to pick ideas. Just like Italy, Spain…. or Iran are the best places to pick saffron. If you want to pick opium poppies you go to Burma or South-East Asia. And if you want to pick novel ideas, you go to Paris. Continue reading “Crepuscule on Palais Royal”