Blue Flower

Well basically I decided to write my last article about my desperate need and desire to get a dog for Christmas.

 

I had a dog years ago, a small dog, his name was Apollon, he was the coolest and the cutest dog in the world of course. But, unfortunately he died from a cancer at age 8, which still, is quite young for a dog.

Since then, I've been begging my parents to get another dog. I just miss it so much, I mean having a dog is just something  amazing, you can pretty much do anything with him. From cuddling, to walks, play, eat.. I mean, the list goes endlessly...

Very unfortunately as well, my parents don't really share my opinion. They say I wouldn't be able to fully take care of a dog because I am barely at home, and they're not wrong about that, but still.

I keep wanting one, so I repeat it, everyday, all the time and at all times, I just keep telling g them I want a dog. But I guess my strategy is not really efficient because I still have no dog and my parents seem to not have it in sight :(

Very sad. A dog can bring you so much joy and happiness, I really wish I had one.

 

I am now going to include a few pictures of very cute dogs in here, just to remind myself that dogs are the best thing in the world, for their loyalty, their friendship and their endless love.

 

 

 

 

Cuteness overload I can't deal with that ! Hope I'll be able to get one one day soon ! I am not giving up!

 

Charlene

Noël approche à grands pas. Et quoi de mieux qu'un marathon de bons films de Noël pour se mettre dans l'ambiance des fêtes de fin d'année ? Voici une série de films culte, mes favoris, dont quelques pépites plutôt kitsch, à voir et revoir en comptant les jours de l'Avent !

1/3 - Love Actually de Richard Curtis (2003)

Un Premier Ministre anglais amoureux de sa collaboratrice, un couple en proie à l'infidélité, un enfant face à ses premiers émois, un témoin de mariage secrètement épris de la mariée, un auteur déprimé entiché d'une employée de maison portugaise... Love Actually est cette comédie culte qui croise les histoires d'amour et d'amitié avec humour et bienveillance. Pourquoi on aime le voir à Noël ? Londres sous la neige, la bande-son pop et délicieusement kitsch, ses rues illuminées, l'happy end réconfortante... De son charme british, Love Actually met du baume au cœur et comble tous les désirs des romantiques assumés.

 

2/3 - Maman, j'ai raté l'avion de Chris Columbus (1990)

Film de Noël par excellence, Maman, j'ai raté l'avion révèle le jeune Macaulay Culkin, qui deviendra l'enfant star des années 90 avec ses rôles de gamins futés. L'histoire tendre et tordante d'un petit garçon oublié par sa famille durant les fêtes de Noël, qui doit mène la vie dure à une bande de cambrioleurs pas très malins.

 

 

3/3 - The Holiday de Nancy Meyers (2006)

Pour oublier leurs peines de cœur, la Britannique Iris (Kate Winslet), amoureuse d'un homme (bientôt) marié, et l'Américaine Amanda (Cameron Diaz), qui vient tout juste de quitter son copain volage, échangent leur maison à quelques jours des fêtes de fin d'année. Dans un cottage cosy perdu dans la campagne anglaise enneigée, la blonde Amanda, habituée au soleil californien et aux soirées mondaines, s'apprête, à peine quelques heures après son arrivée, à sauter dans un avion pour revenir chez elle, quand un charmant inconnu sonne à la porte, complètement ivre. Ce n'est autre que le frère d'Iris, Graham (Jude Law). Outre Atlantique, Iris jouit des plaisirs made in LA et tombe sous le charme d'un ami d'Amanda, le facétieux Miles (Jack Black), qui l'aide à s'émanciper de son ex pervers narcissique. Une rom com tendre et moderne portée par un quatuor irrésistible.

 

 

Je vous conseille un bon thé ou un chocolat chaud pour accompagner ces délicieux films ! Passez du bon temps ! 

 

Charlene

 

The festival of lights of Lyon

During 4 evenings the city of Lyon puts itself in its best light. The city sparkles with a thousand fires thanks to its lights. Different artists present their works to you in the streets of the city, on the walls and monuments so that you can spend a magical moment.

But where did this event come from?

In 1850, religious authorities launched a competition for the creation of a statue, with the aim of sending a religious signal to the top of the Fourvière hill. The sculptor Joseph-Hugues Fabisch made this sculpture in his workshop on the banks of the Saône.

The inauguration scheduled for September 8, 1852 was postponed to December 8 due to a flood on the Saône. But on D-Day the bad weather was not there again. The religious authorities about to cancel the inauguration the sky suddenly clears. Spontaneously the people of Lyon have candles on their windows, at nightfall the whole city is illuminated. The religious authorities followed the movement and the chapel of Fourvière appeared during the night.

A celebration was born!

From now on, every 8th December, the people of Lyon put lights in their windows and walk the streets of the city to admire exceptional lighting installations.

 

The monuments to see absolutely this year 2019:

- The ephemeral meadow of Place Bellecour.

- Cloud pickers on Fourvière Hill.

- A very small story of light on Place des Terreaux.

- The giant of light Quais de Saône.

- And especially the river of lights on the banks of the Saône but be careful you can only see it on Sunday December 8 at 7pm!

 

But the festival of lights will come back next year for more events if you haven't had the opportunity to come.

Pour ceux qui n'auraient pas la patience d'attendre l'ouverture de l'immense patinoire du Grand Palais, direction le toit des Galeries Lafayette où une patinoire éphémère, moins ambitieuse mais tout aussi fédératrice, est inaugurée ce 20 novembre.

Une patinoire perchée sur les hauteurs de Paris

À l'occasion des fêtes de fin d'année, les Galeries Lafayette ouvrent sur leur rooftop une patinoire à ciel ouvert qui fera le bonheur des amateurs de glisse et autres amoureux de l'esprit de Noël, le tout avec une vue imprenable sur les toits de l'Opéra de Paris et la Tour Eiffel en ligne de mire. Une patinoire de 160m² de glace perchée sur les hauteurs de Paris qui se veut accessible puisque l'entrée est gratuite. Un arrêt obligatoire, donc, après s'être émerveillé devant les célèbres vitrines thématisées et le spectaculaire sapin de Noël installé au cœur du grand magasin parisien.

La patinoire des Galeries Lafayette

 

 
Charlene 

Five series that are in a 20-minute format for busy people that still need to get work and other things done once they get home. After a long day, everyone will agree that there is nothing better than just chilling. You get home, it’s late, you’re hungry and you just want to relax. I managed to rank the 5-top series to watch, in my opinion, after a long, stressful day.

1. Rick and Morty – 3 seasons (and still running)
The only adult animated sci-fi series of this list. If you’re looking for something funny and different then this is the right series for you. You follow the life of Morty, a young teenage boy, and his grandfather an always drunk genius, traveling through different dimension and other worlds. Over the past years it became a must see and it will definitely take your mind off of your problems.

2. New Girl – 6 seasons (and still running)
Did everyone at work (or school) annoy you today? Do you just want to hang out with your best friends, but you can’t? Then, New Girl will offer you a virtual group of friends and will give you the comfort that you need. Jessica Day and her bright attitude will guide you through her and her friend’s adventures. This series will definitely cheer you up!

3. The Big Bang Theory – 11 seasons (and still running)
Probably my favorite go-to series if I need something easy to watch after a bad day. You follow the life of Penny, a free-spirited actress who moves across the hall from a couple of self-professed nerds. Chaos ensues as the roommates attempt to make space for her in their lives and the friends she brings along for the ride. This is definitely a funny series that is always up to date when it concerns the geek community.

4. Lovesick – 3 seasons (and still running)
Netflix is your best friend when it’s about finding new shows to watch. Lovesick is about Dylan, who after being diagnosed with an S.T.D., does the responsible thing and contacts all his former lovers. However, when he starts tangling with the past, it unearths romances that have long been dormant. The actor’s British accent is a plus and we get attached easily to the 3 main characters : Evie, Luke and Dylan.

5. Awkward – 5 seasons (Ended)
This is the only show on the list that isn’t still running, but as I am talking about easy going series I couldn’t leave aside MTV’s series Awkward. The story is about an unpopular 15-year-old, Jenna Hamilton, who gains immediate, yet unwanted notoriety at her high school when the student body mistakes an inadvertent accident as a tragic suicide attempt. Narrated in the first-person voice of Jenna’s blog posts, the series captures the teen’s embarrassing struggles as she copes with her new-found popularity and chronic clumsiness.

(you can also find all of the series above on Netflix, and I’m not paid to say this)