8.29.2016 • Travels Beyond Paris
The compensation of growing [older is] that the passions remain as strong as ever,
but one has gained — at last! — the power which adds the supreme flavour to existence,
— the power of taking hold of experience, of turning it around, slowly, in the light. - Virginia Woolf
As part of our summer vacation, my family spent a week with our friends in a beautiful stone house in a rural part of Catalonia, Spain. It was a 25-minute drive to the nearest town, and getting to and from the location required driving long stretches of winding narrow roads and steep hills, but the moment one arrives and settles into this sanctuary at Pinell de Solsonès, every concern falls away...
7.30.2016 • Around Paris
The wondrous thing about Paris during these long awaited summer days is the ribbon of laid back activity that floats around the city... the lingering aperitifs and riverside bbqs, the sunlit evening strolls along empty streets, the music of jazz quartets and solo accordionists in the distance. It's all part of the city's gentle exhale, a city that knows when to play and when to rest...
I hope you enjoy some downtime this summer too!
If you'd like to follow along, I'll be traveling south of the border with my family in August... I'll be on Instagram at @catherinegoron :)
7.18.2016 • Around Paris
To visit the former living space of one of France's most celebrated literary figures and walk where he walked...
Within the splendid 17th century buildings of Place des Vosges is Victor Hugo's apartment turned museum, where he lived for 16 years and where he wrote a great part of Les Miserables. The interior showcases his living space and an extensive display of personal works, including drawings and elaborate furnishings, much of which he designed himself (uncommon pursuits and a fascinating discovery about this great writer, prolific poet and statesman!).
The visit is a wonderful tribute to a man who spent much of his life in contemplation and wonder regarding humanity, in search for understanding, social justice and truth...
Be like the bird who, pausing in her flight awhile on boughs too slight,
feels them give way beneath her, and yet sings, knowing she hath wings - Victor Hugo
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