I always admire dancers. Classically trained dancers, street dancers…. people who are alive because they are dancing, even the word “love” seems too weak to describe the extent of their passion. People who choose dance as a profession, knowing how difficult and relentless their journey as dancers are.
Last night, I was looking for SYTYCD clips from YouTube when I stumbled upon Etoiles: Dancers of the Paris Opera Ballet ,Class, Rehearsals and Snapshots. It has 9 parts and I haven’t finished watching them all; however, it gives an intimate look of the Paris Opera Ballet dancers. Very inspiring stories, beautiful people, gorgeous black and white photographs, and stunning snippets of dance performances…. I have to finish them all.
And after watching something so beautiful, I can’t help thinking about my ballet teacher Maureen Janson. Sure I’ve never been a good ballet dancer and my pirouette is horrid, but I always admire her long lines, strength, and effortlessness when doing something as simple as a curtsy.
I hope the moment will come when I put on my dance shoes again,
My EuroTrip is over. And two years from now, I still remember how special the trip was. Even though there are some things that are hard to get over with. It was my first ever EuroTrip, and I surely, sincerely wish it’s not my last. The world is so rich that it’s so easy to forget about it once you settle into your daily routines. God, I wish I’ll never forget to travel from time to time. Because it’s so damn amazing, so rewarding, so rich with experience and goes way, way beyond tourist trips. Good for us who are able to travel around the world, observe and learn things beyond their bubbles. What a privilege to be able to have adventures.
That being said, I left a part of myself in Paris, France. People outside of the university were not the kindest, but the city is just too romantic and beautiful for words. And observing, wandering around Paris is something I’d sorely miss.
Perhaps these pictures can give a glimpse of Paris memories fleeting:
Wandering in Paris - part 2 (September 13)Sep 13, 2007 Photos: 120
Wandering in Paris - part 3Sep 23, 2007 Photos: 95
A Glimpse of Musee d'OrsayNov 5, 2007 Photos: 25
LastPicturesofParisDec 21, 2007Photos: 64
I love you Paris, but I hate you too,
On October 24, I went to EuroDisney just outside of Paris with two friends. There were two big occasions at that time; first was the Halloween week (so there was a halloween parade and the park’s decorations certainly reflected that Halloween spirit); second was the EuroDisney’s 15th birthday celebration (there was a “Candle-o-bration” of lighting the “candles” of the Cinderella castle). The sky was rather cloudy and the overall weather was a bit too cool, but we still had a lotta fun! If there’s anything I wasn’t too fond of, it’s the size of the amusement park. But then again, I’m too used to seeing the-bigger-the-better amusement parks in the United States :)
Here are the pictures:
Here’s the full EuroDisney – Halloween album:
EuroDisney - HalloweenOct 24, 2007Photos: 188
Disney-French flavored Halloween, now that’s a Halloween celebration,
First of all, I realized that I need to edit my photos and update my blogs faster. Seriously. I am falling behind by a week and it's getting worse each day. I need to speed it up.
Okay, in that light, I would like to share :last week's: event in Paris, Journées Européennes du Patrimoine. It's an annual event in which the public can freely discover official monuments and museums such as Palais de l'Elysée, Hotel Matignon, Palais du Luxembourg, Assemblee Nationale, Musee d'Orsay, and Le Louvre. This exciting event was celebrated on September 15 and 16.
I did not have a chance to visit all of them, but I did visit the prison site in which Marie Antoinette was once held, the Techno Parade at Bastille, Hotel de Ville, Place des Vosges, Museé Carnavalet, Notre Dame, the front of La Sorbonne, and Palais du Luxembourg. Below are some of the highlighted pictures:
The full album is below:
Journees Europeennes du PatrimoineSep 15, 2007 Photos: 134
What a fun celebration to be in,
A day after the Fontainebleau Chateau trip, I decided to go to Paris. At first, I only wanted to visit two places: Eiffel Tower and the American Church in Paris (since I think it makes sense to go to an English-speaking priests). However, I found myself wandering around Paris and visited places way more than I originally planned. After Tour Eiffel, I went to Parc Du Champ De Mars (Place Joffre and Ecole Militaire), Musee de L'armee, Palais de La Decouverte (Grand Palais and Petit Palais), Place de La Concorde, and of course, Le Louvre. Oh my God, it felt surreal standing in front of Le Louvre. I could still feel the shivers (by the way, it IS getting colder here). Enjoy the pictures!
Here’s the complete album of my Wandering in Paris (September 8, 2007) set:
Wandering in Paris (September 8)Sep 8, 2007 Photos: 106
Thanks for reading folks,