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Up in the sky

A great family band helped me with the title of this post: thanks! But the title only. The content is, once again, related to the Volvo Ocean Race and its stop in Lorient, France.

 Patrouille de France, Cité de la Voile, Lorient, France

The Alpha Jet of the Patrouille de France (French Acrobatic Patrol) performed an acrobatic demonstration to welcome the teams of the Volvo Ocean Race.

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Saturday the 16th of June 2012, Up in the sky of Lorient over the Cité de la Voile Eric Tabarly, Morbihan, Brittany, France

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Way too early!

On Leg 8 of the Volvo Ocean Race, from Lisbon (Portugal) to Lorient (France) Groupama Sailing Team arrived first and earlier than expected!

The dedicated Race Village of Lorient is not ready yet but will open tomorrow.

Volvo Ocean Race, Lorient, France

The Volvo Ocean Race is  the world’s longest and toughest ocean race!

The 2011-2012 edition started at Alicante (Spain) the 5th of November 2011.

Lyon, ville équitable & durable

lyon, France

Place Bellecour, Lyon, France   

“Rendez-vous sous la queue du cheval !” Un lieu pratique pour se retrouver en plein coeur de Lyon!

Le jour la prise de vue, la statue de Lyon XIV portait un sac rose en bandoulière. Par cette action de street marketing, la ville de Lyon présente un label pour développer la  consommation responsable.

~~~ 800 ~~~

The pictures presented below are not the best ones… but I love this cathedral and I need to share it!

La cathédrale de Reims fête ses 800 ans!

Rheims cathedral turned 800 years old!

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Every evening this summer there is a great show on the cathedral. It helps you to imagine how colorful the cathedral looked like when it was first built and how they built it!

Whenever you have time, please try to spend a week end in Rheims in the summer 2011, you will not regret it!

Paris-Delhi-Bombay

Paris-Delhi-Bombay could stand for the destinations of my planned trip for the next months… but it is also the title of the Current exhibition in Centre Pompidou, Paris

Different artists, either French or Indian contributed to this exhibition. Their works of Art  express what they think or what they perceive about India today.

My favorite piece is the one from Hema UPADHYAY: Think Left, Think Right, Think Low, Think Tight, 2010

It is a colorful representation of the largest slum of Mumbai called Dharavi. Have a look at the pictures and try to imagine a tight corridor. On both side of it, vertically and miniature, full of colors, a reproduction of the slum thanks to recycled materials. It is amazing to pay attention to the details like places of worship or electrical systems!

If you happen to be in Paris anytime from now until the 19th of September 2011, do not hesitate to visit the Centre Pompidou!

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May 9: Europe day

Did you know that the European Union counts 5 symbols? the European day, the 9th of May being one of them! It recalls 1950 and the proposal of Robert Schumann for a peaceful and organized Europe.

But which are the other symbols?

<> The flag <>

On a azure blue background a circle of twelve gold stars, twelve being the traditional symbol for perfection. It represents harmony and solidarity between the Peoples of Europe. Really? Harmony and solidarity. That was meant at the beginning. And today… well it seems like we forgot a bit what was Europe meant for.

<> The anthem <>

The anthem comes from the last movement of the Ninth Symphony composed in 1823 by Ludwig von Beethoven. He actually used the poem “Ode of Joy” written by Friedrich von Schiller in 1785. Through this poem, Schiller expressed his vision -quite idealistic- of the human race becoming brothers.

<> The motto <>

“In varietate concordia”

“United in diversity”  =  “In Vielfalt geeint”  =  “Unis dans la diversité”

It is in 20 other languages translated.

<> the Euro <>

a single currency

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