Wednesday, May 18, 2011
Monday, May 16, 2011
Sunday, May 15, 2011
My husband and I went to quite the lovely event last night: La Nuit Européenne des Musées.
It's an annual do, but we hadn't attended it for a few years.
We used to go to the Musée Denys-Puech often with the girls when they were little ones. It was a suitable outing for rainy Sundays, and at the time, was Rodez's only functioning museum. (Musée Fenaille was closed for remodeling for years.)
"Post rock" among the menhirs
The principle of La Nuit des Musées is not only to open for free on a Saturday night, but also to provide various types of entertainment inside the establishments. We got in on the tail end of a concert in the Musée Fenaille's stunning inner courtyard.
We ran into some old friends.
And we finished up with a photo-taking stroll through centre ville.
Friday, May 13, 2011
And not always, but often, I see a sign of Aveyron there.
People say that there are more Aveyronnais living in Paris than in Aveyron, and I suspect that this is true.
Many of them work in the catering industry now, and some are major players.
Poverty forced their ancestors to leave their homeland, al pais.
They started as bougnats and worked their way up through the ranks of deliverymen for drink companies, then café workers, then managers, then owners...
I always feel a little at home when I see posters like this on the wall of a restaurant in la capitale.
Thursday, May 12, 2011
Tuesday, May 10, 2011
Wait! That's not only a dream! I actually do have a teaching blog.
But as you can see, I haven't been there for a long, long time.
Early this year, in fact, I got somewhat involved in the Twitterverse of English Language Teachers.
The talents, creativity, devotion, and sheer online output of this community are astounding...and inspiring.
But as the school year moved on and intensified, the inspiration I was getting from these teaching gods (who must be online 24/7) started to weigh me down more than pump me up.
I've distanced myself from that scene for the time being, but I may get back into it...maybe...
Monday, May 9, 2011
Sunday, May 8, 2011
This is one of my rare "wonders of nature" shots.
Enjoy it while you can.I'm not one for taking lengthy promenades, soaking up outdoorsy solitude, or closely examining flora and fauna.
This is one reason I needed to get away from my former blog, La France Profonde.
I was feeling like a bit of a fake. Sure, I live and work in Aveyron -- and I love the place. But not for the reasons that many do.
When I tell people exactly where our house is, they often wax eloquently about how easy it must be to take great hikes right from my own front door...or to go mountain biking! Right, mountain biking!
Honestly, I just prefer to geek away while enjoying the view...
Saturday, May 7, 2011
Friday, May 6, 2011
Thursday, May 5, 2011
A concept. To get through NaBloPoMo, and possibly even to continue this blog, I need a concept.
As I randomly posted one of the few photos floating around on my new laptop yesterday, a new blogging concept started to take form.
I have a huge backlog of photos, and a huge backlog of things to say. But where to begin?
I decided to start here.
Generating numbers randomly, I whittled my 60-odd photo folders down to this shot from Capital Playhouse's Kids at Play performance of...?
This is going to be fun. Very fun. And that's what blogging should be about.
Wednesday, May 4, 2011
Tuesday, May 3, 2011
Monday, May 2, 2011
View from inside the Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya
So many little trips! So many photos! So much to write about!
But also -- so much to do.
I'll have to spend May catching up.
My busy month of April all started with a one-night school trip to Barcelona with my second-year business school students.
Even though the trip was short, I (finally) actually got a feel for this city that so many of my friends love, as I mentioned in a previous post.
So many little trips...so many photos...so much to write about...it's a good thing I'm doing NaBloPoMo for May.