It all started with this :
Focused on this, and thinking to myself- What are the upcoming movies and projects?
hmm..2013- American Hustle. Alright, something to look forward to. Interesting plot. Actors…
Wait. BRADLEY COOPER? (Silver Lining Playbook Costar…again?)
I say to myself, they must be really compatible with each other due to all the high demands of Hollywood.
hmm..what else? Serena? Why haven’t I heard of that?
Oh…it WILL come out.
Susanne Bier is the director, love her. Her movies are so real, touching and down-to-earth.
Talks about a couple….Jennifer and.. BRADLEY??
Wow! I am amazed at how many films they are doing together!!
Whereas, in just 2-3 years, Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence will/have co-acted together.
Just Some knowledge
Fascinating , huh? Who’s excited about what they have more to offer on-screen!?
This weekend was Mother’s Day! My family and I decided to spend it at a little city located in Sonoma County called Healdsburg. The area is known for producing wine (:
We were blessed with a beautiful day too! Mother enjoyed her gift with the family!
Healdsburg is a sweet town with lots of cute/chic boutiques and wonderful restaurants! At the end of the day, we bought a couple plates, and two pieces of jewelry, oh. and we had such a delicious lunch!
We hope to visit it once more during the Summer
Here are a few pictures of the mini-outing!
Enjoy! and WELCOME TO CALIFORNIA LIVING!
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I’m hoping that this post will hopefully enlighten those who are inspired to visit or..to re-visit France for a longer period.
1. French toilets are erroneous
…TRUTH! Public restrooms are usually unsanitary, however, there are quite a few which are decent.
If you are in Paris and are in need of a toilet badly, try to find the nearest shopping mall or hotel that will accept you to use their service. Nowadays Paris has become pretty money-minded due to all the tourism; it charges for public toilets. I swear, there is such a thing as ‘French tourism toilet income’, and it’s no guarantee that the priced ones are ‘clean’.
Good luck! SIT AT YOUR OWN RISK
2. The French are absolutely rude
MYTH! This has got to be the biggest/most common stereotype about the French (at least from my conversations with Americans). They are not rude. Sure, they may come off slightly reserved at first, but it’s just a matter of you making the first ‘leap of faith’.
It will most certainly take courage but it will be worth the 10 seconds you’ll spend introducing yourself and starting the journey of a new friendship.
In my opinion, the French are not like a majority of Californians who will suddenly jump at you trying to get to know you, and then that will be the first and last time you’ll ever see them.
The French are strong in the area of Friendship Bonding. It takes time and patience, but definitely rewarding.
3. Be fluent in French before visiting the country
MYTH! You don’t need to have spent 5 years of your life learning French..to only let yourself travel there. Wouldn’t that be too strict with yourself? I suggest people who go there to buy a petit livre of conversational French on your trip.
In order to avoid making a bad impression to the French, begin the conversation with a few French words. Don’t worry about your mistakes. Show that you are putting an effort in speaking the foreign language instead of ‘Hello. I come from *name of country*’
See my point?
4. They hate Americans
MYTH! haha, you may breathe now!
French don’t hate Americans, however, they do have a ‘low view’ on them ..in general..and I agree with the French.
I’ll be talking about my personal point of view on this one, so don’t get angry if you think differently. As an example, my classmate has asked me : “Which countries is Chinese or whatever Chinese language is, is spoken?” I just stared at him.
Also, there were quite a few of my friends who had no idea, whatsoever, of whom Andrea Bocelli is.
I don’t listen to Opera music…but at least I know who he is; It’s like someone who does not have a clue of whom Mozart is because he doesn’t play the piano.
For many Californians (I think), their nation is a superpower and that is all that counts. IGNORANCE.
5. La Gastronomie Francaise!
TRUTH! French food is definitely varied.
it is superrr delicious that I can’t even explain using words. French cuisine is extremely authentic and exotic- it varies from chicken to intestines. (Not only do the Latin Americans and Chinese eat those stuff…)
One of my favorite dishes is called ‘Steak Tartare’. In short words for this exquisite dish- it is just raw meat. Unfortunately, I’ve never prepared it in the States due to the use of unknown amounts of hormones in the meat…
6. The culture is sophisticated and perfect!
TRUTH! but..with an exception.
I know this is sooo general but they are really chic from the areas of fashion to culinary arts. If you’ve heard of so many praises of France throughout your life, it’s not false, and neither is it an exaggeration! It is true!
People who visit France for the first time are completely blown away by the French aspects of the rich culture.
There is an exception to this statement though… In my opinion, there are not many talented French singers; French music is pretty weak. In vocals, they are in need of improvement.
AND THAT’S MARION COTILLARD! <3
7. They Stink
MYTH! What is with this stereotype??
The French are not stinky and therefore don’t smell bad. I’ve met and kissed lots of them but I’ve never had an instance where I thought to myself : “When was the last time he took a shower?”
Also, French perfumes are extraordinary! Most people use those expensive, good-smelling products. THEY SMELL FRESH.
8. Women don’t shave
TRU-MYTH! I’m not too sure about this one…
I can’t say that all women don’t shave..but I did meet this French madame who showed her underarms…and it was bushy (period)
9. Nude French Beaches!
TRUTH! Yesss! There are nude beaches!
Don’t be mislead though- Not all French beaches allow nudity; Only a few beaches do…so tourists, don’t be disappointed if you happen to make a spontaneous drop by a French beach during your vacation and not find a topless woman…:)
So many smoke….a lot! It’s a habit of the French people. They know it’s bad, but they’ve become addicted.
Many begin smoking at 16…It’s part of the culture…
When visiting Paris, you’ll be exposed to all the Tobacco smoke, so be ready
I believe that when the French smoke, it’s more a fashion statement than a liking for it.
He’s Jean Baptiste Maunier