Thursday, March 26, 2015

52 books in 52 weeks. February

 “Don't you want to be alive before you die?”
― Anthony Doerr, All the light we cannot see

52 books in 52 weeks. February

A Pullitzer Prize winning book
All the light we cannot see by Anthony Doerr / ★★★★ (5)
It has been a while since I found a book that I wanted to read slowly so I can remember every detail with the hope I never make it to the end.
This novel recounts 10 years of the life of Marie-Laure and Werner and how their life changed because of the World War II. Marie-Laure is a blind girl who lives in Paris with her father and Werner is an orphan boy who lives in Germany.
The story is about many things: courage, love, family and the way people touches each other's live during war times.  It is also about the power of knowledge, the magical effects of the radio and the courage of keep living, even in the worst circumstances.
Winner of the Pullitzer Price for fiction.

A book by a female author
The body book: The law of hunger, the science of strength and other ways to love your amazing body by Cameron Diaz with Sandra Bark / ★★★ (4)
This is the first book of our book club at For the glow, a community of empowering woman in the search of health and strength though fitness and whole foods.  The book is divided in 3 sections: nutrition, fitness and mind.  It is really easy to read book that introduce or remind you the best practices to have an overall healthy body.
My favorite chapter was mind, which is about how to be discipline and remain working in our goals.   I wish I can go back in time and give this book to me at 15 years old.

A book written by someone under 30
The diary of young girl by Anne Frank / ★★★★ (4)
I read this book when I was Anna's age, probably 12-13 and I remember felt so close to Anna, probably in the teenager sense of felt not understand by your family.   At this age, I read the book thinking more about the big efforts the parents made to plan and tried to keep their families safe.  In some way, as Anna, I still keep the faith in the world.
"I still belive that people are really good at the heart"
― Anne Frank, The diary of a young girl

Other books I have read this year:

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Friday, March 13, 2015

A weekend in Portland

“Keep Portland weird”

Portland is one of our favorite destination for the weekend, is a 3 hour drive from Seattle.  The city is known for their love for good food, beer, coffee and biking.  It's the perfect place where to go to chill out, relax, eat, drink, shopping without taxes and enjoy life.

There's so much to do besides shopping.   Grab a coffee at  Stumptown and spend some time at the Ace hotel lobby.  Walk throught the stores at Union alley.  Wander all way to Pearl district to the iconic favorite Powell's.  Had the best brunch at Tasty N Alder. Grab some drinks at Barlow or at the Whiskey library

The main reason for this trip was going to the Justin Timberlake concert.  But definitely we need to go back to do a good brewery tour and visit Nob hill.


Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Paris in 5 days

 “We will always have Paris”
― Howard Koch.  Casablanca

For me Paris is a city where there is charm, history and beauty everywhere around from the architecture, the perfectly dress people to the most beautiful pastries. It was a privilege and an absolute pleasure to be there.  I can't wait to go back!

I already told you some things we did during our stay.  In case you wonder, we also went to museums.  We visited  The Louvre, which is a must. We also went to Musee d' Orsay, located where it used to be a train station, now fill with art from the mid 1800 to the 20th century, many famous paintings from Van Gogh, Renoir and Monet.  Sadly it was crowded and the experience was not at all enjoyable.

We went to the Orangerie, where we were able to seat and enjoyed Monet's "Nympheas". We walked through the Tuileries garden and then enjoyed one of the most iconic thing to eat on a trip to Paris: Macaroons from Ladurée at rue Royale.

As many will said Montmartre is not what it used to be but still it was a pleasure to wander in the steeps an cobbled streets of one of the most historic and interesting neighborhood of the city, the place where the great artist and writers of the past century lived.   We visited the Basilica of Sacre-coeurPlace du Tertre, where you can find many artist painting watercolors and portrait sketchers. We found a tiny park where there is wall call "Le mur des je t'aime",  I love you is written in 250 languages.

We strolled in Champes-Élysées, went to the top of the Arc du triomphe, went up to the Eiffel Tower twice, at day and night and wandered around the streets at the Marais, where we found Jewish delis, a nice cafe where we hang out and the best crepes! I definitely agree: "Paris is always a good idea".

More about our trip: Paris

View from window inside the Louvre  Sacré-Coeur facade

Marifer at the fountain at Sacre Coeur

Arc de TriompheLe mur des je t'aime

Panoramic view of Paris

Angelina. Paris

A view from the top of the Eiffel Tower at night