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A Nice June Day

Published Monday, 16 July 2012 by Sydney Sunny

Liberty Flame in Paris is the same size as the Statue of Liberty’s Flame in New York.

I exited the Alma-Marceau metro and was facing the Liberty Flame in Paris. The flame was shimmering gold. I thought of my home and that June is my last full month in France. But I couldn’t stay on this thought, my friends, Marine, Yumi, and Nicolas, soon join me, and we were off on another adventure.

Oh!  The rich part of Paris!

We walked to Bois de Boulogne, which is on the west side of Paris. We head to the Vicor Hugo Place to reach the “bois”. As we walked I admired the buildings. The architecture reminded me of  Inception. The buildings were not just richly decorated, they were expensive. My friends explained to me that this is the nice neighborhood. But, because Paris is Paris the rich are richer then the people I am use to. For example, the rich in Paris make most of the rich people I know look middle class.

My friends walking under the trees in the Bois de Boulogne.

Apon reaching Bois de Boulogne, I felt like I was in a forest, not Paris. The trees were huge and thick. The paths were dirt. The only touch of reality was the few joggers, bikers, and one yoga class.

We walked and walked along the twisty paths till we were hungry. We had brought a picnic, and we need a place to sit.  Marine took me to a park called Jardin d’Acclimatation.

Jardin d’Acclimatation is a park with everything. There are rides, games, paths, foreign worlds to visits, animals, candy, mirrors, and picnic tables. And by the time we entered, all that mattered was the picnic tables. We sat down and ate.

After our tummies were full, we explore! My friend Karima joined too! We found some mirrors that lied. They made use short or tall, fat or skinny. We pet the animals and watched the rides.

The doors to 피세문?

I love the colors!

 

One of my favorite pictures with my friends under the words 죽우정! A quick trip to Korea!

I think my favorite part was the Korean garden. I have been to many gardens but never a Korean garden! I love Korean dramas, music, and language. I love learning how to read the characters, but I am not very good. Anyways, the garden had many colorful buildings! I loved it so much!

St Micheal is close to Notre Dame de Paris.

Afterward, we took the metro to the center of Paris. We went to the St. Micheal bookstore to look for English books. Karima studies English, and she is very good. She needed a few books. Then she had to go.  Later at 7pm, Marine, Nicolas, Yumi, and I had a early dinner. The French think 7pm is early for dinner. However, it is not uncommon for people to eat at 5pm for a early  dinner where I live. We ate at a 50’s dinner. Paris is loaded with 50’s dinners with burger galore. I had a salad because I was craving veggies. But we didn’t leave without a dessert. We each got a milk shake. I got a Speculoos milkshake. This is not in the USA! It was delicious.

Milkshakes!

I had to say a rushed goodbye to everyone because my train! I was lucky and mad my train just in time! Back to Amiens.

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My Favorite [French] Things

Published Wednesday, 4 April 2012 by Sydney Sunny

I have been living in France for 7 months. It has been a long time for me, for others I’m just a baby. However, I have explored the life here in France and have found somethings I really enjoy! These are things that are easy to find in France and may be over looked, but hard to find where I live in the USA.

Food:

Speculoos:

Speculoos a Tartiner by Lotus

Speculoos by Lotus

I fell love with Speculoos cookies. It is the (almost) perfect cookie! It has warm spices- like cinnamon, which is my favorite. They are just wonderful cookies, but to make it worst the brand Lotus made a spread. It is heaven. And, the surprising element about the Speculoos is – dah dah- IT IS VEGAN. Yes, Speculoos is the easy to find junk food for vegans in France.

Salade de Carottes Râpées:

salade de carottes râpées (french carrot salad)

On one of my first adventures for food, I was looking for good, safe prepared food because I didn’t have anyway to cook. Suddenly bright orange “Salade de carottes râpées” stood out. I studied it and put it in my bag. Once I had it, I was hooked. I can eat a large box for a meal, all the time. The salad is raw carrots and a dressing of oil and mustard. My friends know I love carrots and mustard together. So, right, this is perfection – vegan, raw. I think, I will miss this the most when I leave.

Brie:

Brie - Fromage

I have bought cheese after cheese in France. I have had Camembert, Blue, Green, Munster and you name it. But, nothing is better to me then Brie. I do not think it is very popular with the French. It is just a common cheese. It is my favorite cheese that cannot ever be vegan. I’m in France- forgive me!

Confiture de châtaignes à la vanille:

Confiture de châtaignes à la vanille

In the jam section I found the normal things, strawberry, blackberry, red berry, blueberry, orange, chestnut…? WHAT?! Chestnuts, the wonderful warm “nuts” they roast on the street, can be a jam? I decide to take the advice of Beauty and the Beast’s famous song and tried the gray stuff. And, it was delicious.

Entertainment:

B-D: Elinor Jones:

Elinor Jones, Tome 1 : Le Bal d'hiver

In France they have a ton of comics or in French “Bande-Dessinée”! Tintin is a famous example. I picked up a few at the library. It was interesting to large hard back books with pictures. I felt like a little kid, but some of these comic were NOT for kids. The one that sticks out as my favorite is Elinor Jones. I loved the story, fashion, and colors. I also found out that I follow the artist online! The trilogy is unfinished.

Harry Potter:

Harry Potter Tome 1

So, Harry Potter is not, très pas, French. However, I have collected 1-6 of 7 on my shelf, and I am currently reading the 3rd! I love to read the comforting stories that I grew up on, and learn a bit of French! It is really entertaining, and educational.

Movies:

The Illusionist

French movies are a hit or miss for me. Most of the time, it is a miss. I just cannot follow the plot well or the ending is dull. I have found French movies that I do love before I came to France: Les Triplettes de BellevilleLes Choristes, and Le Fabuleux Destin d’Amélie Poulain. They were all popular for the French lovers in my French classes. During my stay I have tried a few. I do not remember the titles of the misses, but only the hits. Hands down the L’illusionniste wins as the best! It is a moving piece of artwork with a quiet story.
Other movies I liked:  Le Chat du Rabbin and Bienvenue chez les Ch’tis

This is just a small list. My larger and ever growing list is on Pinterest.

Hope you had fun!