France is run on Food.

The French: they talk food, they seek food, they cherish food, they live food.

dievca knew that.
It became more clear throughout the week while driving all over Normandy. Many restaurants are/were closed for the August Holidays and finding food became a challenge. Dealing with a “foodie” increased the stress.  It meant that running to a supermarché became imperative.

After a really bad meal at a desperate Chinese restaurant stop,
dievca was all for having food on hand.

That said, dievca and her friend ran into some great food, too.  A Senegalese chicken and rice joint on the edge of the Seine River run by a very elegant and social Lady. A new Japanese Restaurant in the University section of Lille started by a young Chinese girl with her Mom helping.  A local restaurant recommended by the Lady of a chambre d’hotes off  the beaten path, yet, 10 minutes away from the Le Mont-Saint-Michel walk.

And dievca cannot forget the various pâtisserie and salon de thé.

This post was brought to mind when dievca’s friend went into full-blown conversation about the differences between food from Normandy vs. Brittany at the breakfast table for 30 minutes one morning. The stereotypes are there for a reason:
France = Food.

Photos: dievca 08/2018 France

Share a coffee with me?


“Morrn’”


Leavin’ on a Jet Plane

Photo: dievca NYC 07/2018

All my bags are packed
I’m ready to go
I’m standin’ here outside your door
I hate to wake you up to say goodbye
But the dawn is breakin’
It’s early morn
The taxi’s waitin’
He’s blowin’ his horn
Already I’m so lonesome
I could die

So kiss me and smile for me
Tell me that you’ll wait for me
Hold me like you’ll never let me go
‘Cause I’m leavin’ on a jet plane
Don’t know when I’ll be back again
Oh babe, I hate to go

Now the time has come to leave you
One more time
Let me kiss you
Then close your eyes
I’ll be on my way
Dream about the days to come
When I won’t have to leave alone
About the times, I won’t have to say

Oh, kiss me and smile for me
Tell me that you’ll wait for me
Hold me like you’ll never let me go
‘Cause I’m leavin’ on a jet plane
Don’t know when I’ll be back again
Oh babe, I hate to go

Songwriter: John Denver

Leaving on a Jet Plane lyrics © Reservoir One Music, Reservoir Media Management Inc.
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Coffee, heat, Jury Duty, ships~

Good Morning!  It’s going to be warm and humid in NYC the next couple of days.  It looks like the Southwest is going to be REALLY toasty, too. but its a dry heat ~ she whines

dievca has planned a leisurely coffee before working the morning and then a jaunt to Jury Duty….she has to defer, as she is leaving for Europe  later this week. The travel? It’s mostly work and a bit of pleasure.  Master has returned from the West Coast, did a quick hit with dievca, then took off for Europe.  Master and dievca will be ships passing in the night.

Falls of Halladale (ship, 1886) Wrecked off the coast of Victoria, Australia in a fog – 1908.


rapture

Joan Crawford & Douglas Fairbanks Jr

Lay back
Absorb the Sun
Allow the beauty of Summer to seep into your Bones.


Searching for the Key

Master’s drinking beers at a double-header
and dievca is drinking one beer, pondering Life.
Who is having more fun?
Definitely Master…

dievca is just…wandering in her mind.
Trying to decide what she wants.
Enjoying the silence.

The heat is back. Not quite as bad because the humidity is much lower. Still its hot enough to strip down and drink a beer. Modelo in dievca’s case.  The Carlsberg can was too large. dievca has to work in the morning.

dievca is in the “zone” pondering what she wants out of Life.
No answers are coming forth~

Life is rather like a tin of sardines – we’re all of us looking for the key.

Alan Bennett


Constriction

Stephane Graff, Mermaid, UK, 2013

A comprehensive body of work, Graff’s Constriction series began in 1991. Much of the series was photographed over an intensive two-year period (1991-1992), after which the series was revisited in 2013.

In Constriction, we discover nude figures bound with ropes. Their bodies, partially concealed, are meticulously wrapped in a manner reminiscent of the ancient Egyptian mummy wrap technique. Captured in raking light, the bodies appear incomplete, resembling at times heavy stone sculptures.

The eroticism of a rope-tied nude figure has appealed to many artists in the past. Man Ray’s 1936 Venus Restaurée, a precursor to Graff’s work, binds a classical armless female nude with rope. However, Graff’s nude figures are too complex to be interpreted as mere sexual fantasies. Graff’s subject matter stems primarily from his fascination with the ritual of binding body parts found in various indigenous cultures.

Another source of inspiration for Graff is the escapologist and stunt performer Harry “Handcuff” Houdini, who would often volunteer to be bound and chained on stage before performing a miraculous escape. This theatrical element is alluded to in Graff’s studio set, which often incorporates a painted canvas backdrop reminiscent of a Victorian stage or sideshow backdrop.

Graff’s bound nude figures offer many potential interpretations, making the Constriction series a dynamic, dramatic, and timeless body of work. ~ Todd Merrill Gallery

Stephane Graff, Tower, UK 1991

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