Fall Trend: Leather and Animal Prints5:31 PM
Camel Run7:05 PM
Happy Weekend4:23 PM
I'm currently recovering from a minor outpatient surgery. My blog posts in the next few days will be erratic since I'm unable to use my left arm and am dealing with post surgical pain. I'll try to read your blogs from time to time whenever I am physically able to and will most probably keep me company along with books and movies to watch in bed as I recuperate.
I wish you all a happy weekend!
Carpe Diem: Gift of the Present12:16 PM
I found the shop sign during a stroll in Auvergne, France. I stopped. I took the words in, thinking that this was exactly how I envisioned 2012 teaching me. The value of the present.
"Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever." -Mahatma Gandhi. I was given the gift of the first phrase during a near death encounter in a car accident a few years ago. Since then, I have been conscious that in any given moment, life can be taken away. I spent the next few years chasing my dreams and learning as many things as I can master. I was held short of not being able to appreciate the places I've seen, the things I have accomplished. I felt empty.
A Morning Walk in Saint Jacques des Blats11:01 AM
We parked across the street and walked to the village of Saint-Jacques des Blats. The sun was bright. I watched my husband and his parents headed for the hills as I remained glued staring up at the church tower standing prominently above the sleepy atmosphere. Everything seemed closed at 11AM on a Friday. The sound of a tractor crossing this square surprised me. I stepped out of its way to let it pass as the driver greeted me, "Bonjour" with a nod. I answered back, smiling. I'm always touched by the genuine politeness in the countryside.
I Love Chateaux # 4 : Chateau de Rochebrune3:12 PM
A Walk in a Medieval Town: Murat2:36 PM
One rainy day, we drove to a medieval town named Murat. The clouds descended on the volcanic cones surrounding the city. Resting at the heart of the Auvergne mountains, France, this magnificent gem drew us in for an architectural walk under a drizzle reminiscing the life during the middle ages.
Pretty & Toxic11:27 PM
I came across this lovely plant in the mountains. Still carrying and spreading the Hunger Games fever , I convinced my mother-in-law to read the french version of the series. Now, my husband is very much glued to it. We spent our days hiking in the forests talking about Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark.
The Horse4:45 PM
I still remember when I said, "J'ai essayé de monter un chameau, un elephant, mais jamais un cheval." (I tried to ride a camel, an elephant but never a horse). That sent my in-laws in loud guffaws. I was born in the Year of the Horse. I even designed a glass etched horse partition but I've never been on one until recently.
La Rochelle12:53 PM
A drive to La Rochelle is a splendid treat. A lively city and a beautiful seaport by the Atlantic Ocean in the western part of France.
My First Peak: Puy Griou9:46 PM
I would like to share one of the many special moments during our vacation. One of my ''firsts''. I happened to be married to a very adventurous man who loves to push himself to his limits. He loves extreme sports. I, on the other hand, am an indoor artsy ambivert with a love for traveling but has always been afraid of heights.
Through him, I have discovered my adventurous side. He often gets me into some adrenaline pumping activities and I always end up having fun.
Throughout our years together, he made me discover my love for hiking. May it be in a tropical forest, a cacti cladded island in a salt desert or a deep green community of pine trees. I have crossed steep paths (almost fell at one time) but have never reached a summit of a mountain.
There's always a first.
Puy Griou is a sharp volcanic chimney in the department of Cantal, Auvergne region in France. 1,690 meters altitude, located between the valleys of Cere and Jordanne. It is accessible from both valleys.
Herd of Cows12:12 PM
One freezy afternoon, a bell chimed as we were hiking. A valley was suddenly visible through the trees. I wanted to get close to the herd of cows lazily resting while munching on the grass. A long trek at 4 degrees Celsius barely wearing much, watching the cows cheered me up. The leader of the herd continued to gaze at me as I got a little closer. I didn't want to frighten them away.