Monday February 27th, 2012

Today was a premier in French cinema: a French actor won an Oscar! Several were nominated before, but this is the first time and actor takes the golden statue home; an actress did a few years back, but never an actor. So on TV, in the newspapers, everywhere today they were talking about this guy: … Continue reading

Sunday February 26th, 2012

People usually think that in “democratic countries” (i.e. the countries that have more money than others and that have more power over smaller countries) corruption does not exist, everybody is treated the same way, there is no distinction between the civilians and the people in the power. But the truth is totally different. For example, … Continue reading

Saturday February 25th, 2012

Another Saturday and another day in the market. Since it’s been a long time I haven’t visited my friends the salesmen, and since this is one of the few things I will be missing when we go back to Lebanon, and finally because I’m trying to learn to take good pictures, I have prepared a … Continue reading

Thursday February 23rd, 2012

It’s been three days that I haven’t written. In these three days the cold disappeared and thus on the news they can go back to concentrate on the presidential campaign. Also in these three days we have discovered that in 2011 the French watched the television in average 3 hours and 47 minutes, which means a … Continue reading

Monday February 20th, 2012

When you’re visiting a country, have you ever visited the back side of the country? You know when you leave the center of the capital with all its beautiful buildings, its architecture worthy of a post card, and its rich and happy citizens, and go visit the part of the city with its big buildings, … Continue reading

Sunday February 19th, 2012

Have you ever been robbed in France? You go to the police station (called “Hotel de Police” when it’s the initial station, maybe to make people feel more comfortable), and the first thing they ask is how you are and if you’re feeling fine; there is even a shrink that you can visit without an … Continue reading

Thursday February 16th, 2012

There was a very nice show on TV yesterday celebrating the UNESCO World Heritage 40 years. It showed several of the amazing natural or human-built places we have in the wonderful world. It was two hours of pure delight. A quick look on the website once the show is done, taught me that among the … Continue reading

Tuesday February 14th, 2012

Happy Valentine! I always thought that only in Lebanon people celebrate Valentine, and they take the opportunity of this holiday to make extra money (or spend it, depends on which side you are). But it turned out it’s also the case here in France. In here also couples offer each other roses, cards, teddy bears … Continue reading

Sunday February 12th, 2012

One thing they are talking about a lot on the news in France lately, in addition to the cold, is the subject of the homeless people. Where are they hiding from the cold? Who’s helping them? How they are surviving? Etc… Each day we hear the story of a new homeless person in Paris or … Continue reading

Friday February 10th, 2012

One thing is sure: my blog is as boring as the news in France It’s been so cold that all they are talking about on the news is the snow and the cold: people freezing and dying, electricity cutting off, people stuck in their cars, etc… It’s been so cold that we haven’t been out … Continue reading