Thursday, April 29, 2010
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My friend and former colleague, Arn Lewis, recommended that I consider a translation of Madame Grandin’s account. Arn is a specialist in
When you investigated her life how did you know where to start?
Since she had published her book under her married name, I started by searching for information about her husband, the French sculptor Léon Grandin. He had attended the prestigious École des beaux-arts in
Madame Grandin was born and lived in the
Did you have any of the same feelings Madame Grandin portrayed in her book…about France,
Reading Madame Grandin’s criticisms of American women’s neglect of their domestic duties made me smile and think of some of my French women friends today. How do they find time to look fashionable, create a stylish home with that certain “je ne sais quoi,” read interesting books, and still manage to get a nice roasted chicken on the table for dinner? It seems that French women today just like Madame Grandin in the late nineteenth century, take pride in achieving a balanced life and along with that comes a well-organized home.
In terms of city life, although
How did traveling help you relate to her story?
Going back and forth between the
Our society travels so easily today between Europe and the
Madame Grandin’s lengthy description of the transatlantic crossing from
After landing in
Do you think today’s young French women would travel with such open eyes and curiosity as Madame Grandin traveled?
I think that both French women and men are, in general, very enthusiastic and open-minded travelers. They are genuinely curious about other cultures and when they vacation, always enjoy plunging into the native culture and learning as much as possible.
Do you think today’s young American women would travel to
Similarly, I think that American travelers are open-minded but probably not as curious. We often seem to arrive in foreign places with certain stereotypes in mind and it is a challenge for us to push past those.
Madame Grandin writes much as a travel writer experiencing a new place would write. As a travel writer I find that amazing. Did she have any prior writing experience?
I agree. Though a number of French women published accounts of their visits to
Do you know what her purpose was in writing this account?
Do you know what her purpose was in writing this account?
In the preface, Madame Grandin explains why she wrote this account. First, she emphasizes how important it is for French people to travel and learn about other cultures. She then acknowledges that certain constraints prevent people from taking trips so her goal was to convey information about her experiences in
Read it for yourself...you'll be glad you did.
Friday, April 16, 2010
Thursday, April 15, 2010
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Saturday, April 10, 2010
Head to Half Moon Bay April 25...
For a remarkable and singular experience, there's nothing that matches up to the Pacific Coast Dream Machines Show, Half Moon Bay's massive celebration of mechanical ingenuity, power and style. It's a whimsical, fascinating, amusing, curious and absolutely unique show and tell spectacle featuring 2,000 magnificent driving, flying and working machines from the 20th and 21st centuries. The world's coolest cars of every era and style, model-T fire engines, vintage busses, custom motorcycles, tricked out trucks, sleek streamliners, one-of-a-kind antique engines and tractors and historic military aircraft will be among the mesmerizing displays. The spectacular 20th annual show takes place on Sunday, April 25 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Half Moon Bay Airport, located in the picturesque seaside town of Half Moon Bay about 20 miles south of San Francisco..
Proud owners show up in cars that come in all shapes, colors and sizes. Spectators will get a rare up-close look at antique horseless carriages and Ford Model T’s, fanciful touring and luxury cars, powerful sports cars, custom cars and street rods, muscle cars, vintage and modern era high-performance race cars, quirky art and pedal cars, modified street machines with cutting edge styles, exotic high-performance cars, stylish European cars, ultra cool low-riders, sporty compacts, modified imports with flashy graphics, fashionable hip-hop urban show cars, homebuilt kit cars, super-charged turbo cars and trucks, “green” technology/alternative fuel vehicles, streamliners, dragsters, funny cars, gassers, and jet cars.
Spectator admission is $20 for adults, $10 for age 11-17 and 65+, and free for kids age 10 and under. Tickets are available at the gate only. Half Moon Bay Airport (9850 N. Cabrillo Highway) is located on Highway 1, 20 miles south of San Francisco and 5 miles north of Highway 92. For information, call 650-726-2328.
Friday, April 9, 2010
Wednesday, April 7, 2010
Tuesday, April 6, 2010
Have a long flight ahead of you? Want to look somewhat refreshed when you land? You don’t want to back all your skin essentials yet you need to pack to keep your skin healthy and refreshed.
Maybe some of these tips will help…
We’ve all heard to drink lots of water when flying…but did you know to avoid alcohol, caffeine and asparagus? They are all diuretics that will rob your skin of its moisture.
Streamline your routine for an easier trip by paring it down to two essential ingredients. Find a moisturizer that doubles as a sunscreen and a great eye cream.
Don’t apply your makeup before flying. I know it’s hard but on a long trip you will be glad you waited. Pack your moisturizing cream and eye cream in your carry-on bag. Apply your moisturizer when you get settled in your seat and your eye cream right before you land. Keeping your eye cream chilled in a glass of ice does wonders. Also avoid the peanuts, pretzels and chips as they add salt and puffiness to your face.
Since all airplane air is re-circulated and overly dry, try misting your face with mineral water using a water spritzer.
Monday, April 5, 2010
July 1, 2010
Check out the Churchill Downs track on race day where they sell an unlimited number of $40 general-admission tickets. Or buy them in advance on their website. The passes give you standing-room-only access to the track's two hotspots: the grassy, 40-acre infield and the paved paddock area, where socialites in over-the-top hats sip mint juleps. Go to www.kentuckyderby.com
June 21–July 4, 2010
Tickets for England's premier tennis tournament can be found for $13 to $32, slashed after 5 p.m. to $8 to $23. However, if you are looking for better seats, bring a tent and join one of the world's best-organized overnight lines. You'll be in a good position to nab one of the 1,500 or so tickets that organizers set aside each day for Centre Court and Courts 1 and 2 (from $55 to $137, cash only).check out www.wimbledon.org.
June 11–July 11, 2010
Apparently tickets to the first-ever World Cup in Africa aren't easy to come by. However, 64 matches are being televised on giant screens in fan parks spread across South Africa, from coastal Cape Town to Polokwane in the wildlife-rich north. Those festivities will be accompanied by live music, street soccer, and even foosball matches. Go to www.fifa.com/worldcup.
Tour de France
July 3–25, 2010
This year, the 2,200-mile course sweeps through the Netherlands, Belgium, and France, including Reims (July 7) and Bordeaux (July 23). You can wait for the final push along the Champs-Élysées in Paris (July 25). Since it takes longer to pedal up steep stretches than on the flatter surfaces where racers zoom by at over 30 mph, you will have more face time with the cyclists if you grab a spot in the French Alps. There are no tickets or bleachers for spectators, so fanatics pitch tents over-night for the best asphalt with a view. Check out www.letour.fr.