Friday, July 31, 2009

Moving Forward To A Greener and Grand Paris for 2030

I read an interesting piece today on the Website Worldchanging, about French President Sarkozy ambitious ideals of transforming Paris and it's suburbs. His dream is to transform Paris into a model “Post-Kyoto Metropolis of the 21st Century.” The results of these ambitious proposals are on display now as part of an exhibition “Le Grand Pari de L’agglomération Parisienne shown at the Cité de l'architecture until November 2009. I thought it was interesting and worth passing on. You can read the full article by clicking on the photo below:

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Quote of the Week

Photo by Denise Dion-Sullivan
Solitude is the voice of Nature that speaks to us. George Sand

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Friday, July 17, 2009

French Chocolate Mousse Cake

French Chocolate Mousse Cake
1 cup white sugar
1 cup butter
1 cup water
1 teaspoon instant coffee granules
16 (1 ounce) squares semisweet chocolate
8 eggs
1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
1 tablespoon confectioners' sugar

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease one 9 inch springform pan. Heat white sugar, butter, water, coffee and chocolate in a 3-quart saucepan over low heat, stirring constantly, until chocolate is melted and mixture is smooth; remove from heat. Beat in the eggs and pour into the prepared pan. Batter is very thin. If side and bottom of pan do not fit tightly, line the pan with foil. Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean, about 45 to 50 minutes. Cool completely. Remove sides of pan. Cover cake with plastic wrap and refrigerate until chilled, at least 4 hours. Remove plastic wrap. Beat whipping cream and confectioners' sugar in a chilled 1 1/2 quart bowl until stiff. Garnish top of cake with whipped cream and, if desired, whole almonds. Refrigerate any remaining cake.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Bastille Day ~ Vive la France!

July 14th is the French national holiday, la Fête Nationale, du 14 Juillet. Bastille Day commemorates the storming of the Bastille prison in 1789. Bastille Day has a strong significance to the French as Independence Day has to Americans. As in the US, where the signing of the Declaration of Independence initiated the start of the American Revolution, the storming of the Bastille began the French Revolution. In both countries, the national holiday thus symbolizes the beginning of a new form of government that brought Liberty to the people. Shortly after the storming of the Bastille, the king officially recognized the French tricolor flag-the blue, white and red said to symbolize liberty, equality and fraternity.

Here is a video with music of the French National Anthem

" La Marseillaise",

Friday, July 10, 2009

An iceberg in the Seine

Interesting photo. Not sure who the photographer is but it is a good shot of the "Iceberg in the Seine". This sculpture of sorts was installed Tuesday morning by Greenpeace to draw the attention of President Sarkozy and other world leaders at the G8 summit in Italy, to consider the serious problem of climate change. Let's hope something truly productive and lasting comes of this particular summit.

Friday, July 3, 2009

Edith Piaf - The Little Sparrow

"For me, singing is a way of escaping. It's another world. I'm no longer on earth." Edith Piaf

Edith Piaf was one of the greatest French singers of all time with her voice extending beyond the boundaries of language and culture. Legend has it that Edith was born on a cold winter night in the streets of Paris to a young teenage mother who performed as a café singer and a father who was performed in theater and as a street acrobat. Her mother abandoned her as a young child, and she was sent to live with her grandmother, who was supposedly the madam of a brothel in Normandy. She was allegedly blind from the age of 3-7 as a result of an inflammation of the cornea and was to have been miraculously cured when the prostitutes prayed for her on a religious pilgrimage honoring Sainte Thérèse de Lisieux.

In 1929, Edith Piaf left the brothel and joined her father in Paris as a street performer. It was in 1935 that Luis Leplee, the owner of a popular Paris nightclub, discovered Piaf and invited her to perform in his club. It was Leplee who gave Edith her nickname, (which later became her stage name) "La Môme Piaf" ~ The Little Sparrow, in reference to her height of 4'8". It was after WWII that Edith began touring the world and then achieved international fame and popularity.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009