Peterich tells us a bit about the history of Paris und suggests a few walks that should be nothing new to people who know Paris, but are all still ratPeterich tells us a bit about the history of Paris und suggests a few walks that should be nothing new to people who know Paris, but are all still rather lovely today.
Today, because this book was written, well, I actually don't know, because the second, third or however many hand copy I picked up is so old that it doesn't even say when it was first published, and the internet hasn't been helpful so far. I would estimate that the first edition is from 1955, because Peterich lived in Paris until 1954, if I'm informed correctly.
It's funny reading about Peterich's Paris. So much the same, so different. he loves the city (as do I), and I loved seeing his love in and between the lines.
He has a funny chapter about "nightliving" in Paris, recommending the Bastille area for families ("Good behaviour is a given"), which has obviously changed. I also wouldn't necessarily describe the Place de la Concorde as the most beautiful of Paris' many places (not at all ever OMG why?), but hey, it probably was different 70 years ago.
But walking from the Jardin de Luxembourg down to the Seine, passing by St. Julien-le Pauvre (hellooo Highlander!) up to Blvd. St. Germain and on to the Eiffel tower? Still beautiful.
And the quiet of Ile St. Jacques on a Sunday morning? Hasn't changed. Neither has walking over to Notre Dame from there, stopping by Berthillon to eat your ice cream in the small park behind the cathedral. And then walking up to Pont Neuf to look at the Seine and all its Glory.
Oh, I love Paris. I love love love Paris. I can't wait to go again, which, coincidentally, will be in two or three weeks. :-)...more
Four days into 2015 and I have already finished my first book! Yay for me! :-)
This one was a christmas gift by the only person allowed to give me bookFour days into 2015 and I have already finished my first book! Yay for me! :-)
This one was a christmas gift by the only person allowed to give me books. Usually people completely misjudge my reading preferences and I end up with tons of books that I never want to read, but feel obliged to anyway, because they were a gift, PLUS I can't give them away for fear that the gift-givers will one day check my shelves for the book they gave me, or - worse - ask if they can borrow it.
That said, I would not have bought an autobiography of Ray Cokes, but I used to watch his show (Most Wanted) with this one very special friend, and it certainly made my laugh that she gave this to me.
It's a (very) easy read - straight enough to qualify as an actual account of ones life, not straight enough to be boring, with lots of anecdotes about the people on the show and all sorts of actors and musicians. Since I'm not much into gossip, parts of it were a bit boring to me, but with the way it's written, you can mostly grasp the content of one page in under 20 seconds, to even the boring parts flew by.
I admit that I never knew that Ray Cokes had a famous breakdwon in Hamburg which cost him his job on MTV. I stopped watching regular TV somewhere around 1993/94, and I really couldn't have cared less about who worked on MTV or didn't even before that. Judging by the way he writes about it, he is still not completely over his breakdown, and on many occasions you can read between the lines that he has obviously learned how to deal with things and how to view them from an outside and reasonable perspective, but there's still a stuboorn little hothead hidden inside of him that wants to yell at people and tell them "DAMN you I'm RIGHT!!!".
I have no idea if Cokes intended to come across this way in his book, but to me, it makes him wonderfully human and sympathetic, and I would love to meet him one day for a beer.
(That's just a beer, Mr. Cokes, not an invitation to have sex. I think.)
Books read, fun was had, what more do you want? :-)...more
I mostly buy Lonely Planet or Bradt travel guides when I travel, and I'm rarely disappointed. Since there is no English Lonely Planet on just Réunion,I mostly buy Lonely Planet or Bradt travel guides when I travel, and I'm rarely disappointed. Since there is no English Lonely Planet on just Réunion, I opted for the French version and wasn't disappointed.
The guide contains everything you need to know about Réunion in typical LP style, each chapters with highlights and background info etc.
We stayed in one four star hotel that was recommended by the LP and wre very pleased with it. Our second hotel we found via Tripadvisor, it isn't featured in the LP, but was also very nice.
I can't say much about restaurant reviews, since we mostly just went with what we found, and Réunion is not, even though most people will tell you differently, a culinary highlight.
It's well worth the trip though, if you like hiking and the sea and don't want to spend your vacation in a hotel resort that you never leave. In that case, go to Mauritius....more
This was the most up to date of the few travel guides there are for Madagaskar (my friend had already bought the Lonely Planet, so I needed another onThis was the most up to date of the few travel guides there are for Madagaskar (my friend had already bought the Lonely Planet, so I needed another one). I have never traveled with a DuMont travel guide before, at least not that I can remember. German travel guides, compared to Bradt and LP, tend to be rather intellectual with way less practical things. But since we had the LP for that, the Dumont was fine as a second travel guide.
My only complaint is that it is rather heavy. Most travel guides are too heavy to really take with you. LP and Bradt are okayish, Le Guide Routard is perfect - not pretty, but a real lightweight.
The Dumont is very pretty and printed on high quality paper. Nice to look at, but I could have done without the extra weight.
Still, if you are going to Madagaskar and you want a German travel guide, this one will work fine....more
Things explode, people get shot, people get stabbed, there's some personal drama (and I'm sure we will get lWell, that was rather dramatic, wasn't it?
Things explode, people get shot, people get stabbed, there's some personal drama (and I'm sure we will get lots of lovely repression on that one, which angsty-me surely appreciates).
I won't give too much away, in order not to spoil you. Rest assured that this is yet another fast-paced, heart-felt, funny and thrilling Longmire adventure, which you will love if you loved the other books of the series.
Although there seem to be a view people who think that the dramatic finale didn't work. Hmm. Well, it worked for me, so there.
This book deals with a religious groups (which we would call sects over here in the freeworld), and I loved how Johnson handles it. He lets Walt be very non-judgmental, but he also doesn't turn him into some sort of religious person all of a sudden, which would have been out of line with the previous books. Still, I know that in the US, albeit in the vast middle, it is nearly as much of a sacrilege to NOT believe in God (or to not believe in only ONE god, or to accept other religious world views, or spiritual ones) as it is in some of the US's best friends... So, kudos to Johnson for staying inline with his previous non-religiousness in way that (hopefully) succeeds in not offending the believers among his readers eitehr.
That's all I have to say about this one. On to the next!!!
(To infinity! And beyond!) Muhhahhaha! :-D
(I'm just trying to see if anyone made it this far. And amusing myself.)...more
Do you know the feeling when you don't want to finish a book but at the same time you can't wait to finish it so you can start the next one, because yDo you know the feeling when you don't want to finish a book but at the same time you can't wait to finish it so you can start the next one, because you absolutely NEED to know what's going on RIGHT FUCKING NOW and no matter what you do you can't read fast enough, and then you've finished another one and you find yourselves suddenly running out of books?
That's where I am right now. Yesterday I went through 2,5 Longmire books (#6, 7 and half of #8).
Now I've finished 8 and I only have 9 and 10 lying here. Cause I was stupid enough NOT to buy 11 right away, since it's only available in hardcover and I though I might get bored anyway before I got there.
DO YOU REALIZE HOW WRONG I WAS?
DO YOU REALIZE that by tonight I will have run out of Longmire books? I mean, there are still 12 hours left of today, and there's no way that it will take m 12 hours to read Serpent's Tooth and Spirit of the Steamboat!
That means I will have to do other things ronight? Like, I don't know, read another book, maybe? But how? How can I just leave the world of Longmire when I really really don't want to? I LIKE it here!!! I need more!!!
I'm going to go back to the couch now and stare at the cover of A Serpent's Tooth for a while, trying to savor it before I start, because once I've started, there will be no stopping.
Oh, okay, you might as well keep it. It was never that convincing in the first place.
BooYou stole my feminism, Mr Johnson! Give it back
Oh, okay, you might as well keep it. It was never that convincing in the first place.
Book 8, and I still marvel at the way Johnson brings so much action, well-written, believable, so-real-you-can-feel-the-dust-on-your-face action into a series that is written entirely in first person POV.
It's no wonder that this was turned into a tv show. Just reading it is basically like watching a movie, that's how lifelike the action is.
Plus, it's Walt, the ever observant, reasonable and calm but hearfelt view of the world seen through Walt's eyes. I want to keep seeing the world through Walt's eyes. I'm a little bit in love, with Walt, the his world, with his view of the world, with everything.
(also, Henry, which is NOT funny, because we've had that little fling back when he Edgerton on Numb3rs, which i felt rather bad about, due to my longterm (yet rather troublesome) relationship with Don and his issues, so I don't appreciate him barging in here in yet another incarnation, distracting me from my Walt-love).
You know, I think the reason why I love these books so much is that they are entirely male.
It's a very very male series. It's very, to use the cliché, testosterone-laden. And I happen to like my (fictional) men, (well, ok, thoes in real life too), to be very male and testosterone-laden. In the good way. Which is why it's mostly the fictional ones, haha.
There's the men and the cars and the guns, and the ridiculous bravery, no, not bravery, true to god heroism it is, of it all, and after a day filled with action our hero comes home with a cut lip and a black eye to have a beer and get weak over a woman, because that's how he is, unable to resist the women in his life, the ones he loves (and only those, because he's a good guy!), trying to make the world a better place for them, to protect and to hold them and to keep them save from all harm.
It's so clichéd that it should be funny, but it's perfect, it's absolutely heavenly perfect, and with all my 36 years of feminism, higher education and financial (and otherwise) independency - I'm freely admitting here that this is the kind of guy I would spent the rest of my life with.
I know. I KNOW. (I've also known this before, but seriously, do you know how hard it is to find that kind of guy even in FICTION???)
Wow, I can't believe that it took me 8 books to figure that one out. Guess that's what we call being blind to one's weaknesses, hmm?