29 December 2006

The Atomium

One of the few things in Brussels that I hadn't seen before this Christmas, is the Atomium building. So I went to see it. It was a pretty cold night, but a guy in a café told us that the structure is best after sunset, so we left the warmth of my daddy's house and after 45 mins of bus + subway we were there. And here it is, an impressive structure that symbolizes a molecule of metal. From the atomium website:

Designed by the engineer André Waterkeyn for the International Exhibition of Brussels, that took place here in 1958, the Atomium is a structure that is half way between sculpture and architecture, symbolising a crystal molecule of metal by the scale of its atoms, magnified 165 billion times.

Pretty isn't it? Unfortunately I got there too late, and I couldn't visit the inside of the Atomium, but I found it pretty amazing even from outside. Because it was a foggy that day, there was no belvedere anyway, so not too bad it was closed ;-)
It makes me think about the "Sphere" in Michael Crichton's book!

28 December 2006

27 December 2006

Merry Christmas in Bruxelles


Hello Bruxelles! Here I am with my sister's dog, Valda, visiting the Manneken Pis dressed in Santa Clause for Christmas, how chic! ;-)

We made the typical Brussel tour, there are just three things to see in this lovely city: the manneken pis, the Grand Place (here we are) and the Sablon. We did it all in 2 hours!

After that went to Place St Catherine, where there was a really nice and crowded Christmas Market with an ice rink. Very funny and wintery!


And then we ate a lot of food and like every year played cards!!!!


We had just a few little problems with all the animals together. My two kitties, my sister's dog Valda and my father cat Aspasìa didn't get along very well the first days. Now things are getting better, hopefully! And look at my Pernillona how happy she is in the middle of the presents! ;-)

21 December 2006

Happy Cat + New Window

The scratching post was a success!! yuppie! Guni is enjoying it a lot, even if it's not finished yet! As you can see, she occupied the post and clearly stated that it's hers now! I'll finish it tomorrow, I went short on straw twine :-)

In the meantime, while I was knitting like a crazy old lady, Vincent destroyed and remade a window! Can you believe it? I am amazed. I didn't even know that someone could do something like this on his own! Anyway he did it, and it looks great, inside and outside!

18 December 2006

Making a Cat Scratcher

Since I left California my kitty Gunillina has missed a lot her fantastic wooden cat scratcher, and since then she regularly attacked all the furniture she found on her way destroying all the kitchen chairs in my mother's house. As soon as I got here I bought her and her sister two cardboard cat scratchers with catnip inside. Pernilla, that is a good girl, immediately scratched the cardboard, Guny instead is stubborn and spoiled, no way she'll touch cardboard with her pretty paws. So before all the chairs are gone, I finally decided to make her a new scratcher....


We recycled and old piece of wood, attached two legs, to make it oblique, then starting in an upper corner I covered it with some straw twine, spreading the wood with some glue. After that I put an heavy weight on the scratcher and I'm now waiting that it dries. To finish I'll spray some catnip on it and then cross my fingers hoping that that Guny will like it...

10 December 2006

A walk on the rocks


Despite the typical Brittany crachin (a local kind of light rain, very refreshing and hydrating) was pouring, this afternoon I went out for a nice walk on the rocks around here

Spending time watching the power of natural elements and taking pictures of this marvellous land

Walking, thinking about life and, in the end, watching puddles gather rain (as in one of my favourite songs of my youth, "no rain" by Blind Melon)...

And here I am in the reflection of a puddle full of Chondrus, a very beautiful local alga, used in many beauty cosmetics and puddings and yogurts as natural element for jellification.
Its bright burgundy red leaves takes blue reflections during reproduction season, in springtime. Pretty nice, isn't it?

02 December 2006

The Wild Climbing Cat


This morning my sweet Pernillona discovered the tree in front of the house and decided to take a closer look at it. The result was a great promenade among the branches who amazed her for a while... At least as long as she discovered that she didn't know how to get down! I'm thinking that the long staying in the US made my cat a good climber that doesn't know how to descent. So we had to climb up as well and grab her and put her on the grass. And then she ran away happily like the wilderness furry goddess who just had a great adventure ;-)

30 November 2006

Great November Swell


Lately we had a big swell here in northern Finistere. I went to the route touristique and took this wave pics. I'm not sure you can tell the greatness of these waves but, believe me, they were impressive! Have a look at that!

24 November 2006

Home Makeover


I've been busy lately with writing, knitting and... Glass wool application!
First of all I had to learn what glass wool is, and then I discovered that it stinks, it goes in your eyes and your lungs, and it's heavy!

Besides that apparently is the best insulating material for a house, so I helped my friend Vincent to apply it...

The process took a whole afternoon, and I coughed for two more days, and my face was like burning.

Well it was kind of a nightmare, I think I'm better at knitting and crocheting than at home renovation, but I admit that in the end when the job was done, I was pretty amazed and proud of the job.
For sure, next time I'll wear a mask and I'll cover my face and hair!!

18 November 2006

Happy B-Day

And this year the lucky number is... 34! Yuhu!
To just forget about my b-day I went to visit my dad in Bruxelles. The weather was lovely, I went to T&G for a nice haircut, had some shopping, but mostly window-leaking, had absolutely delicious meals prepared by my gourmet dad, and relax with my daddy.

For my b-day my dad cooked a magnificent "Faisan au raisin", so delicious you cannot imagine. We had a lovely bottle of champagne with fois gras as a starter and then tasted the Beaujolais Nouveau, that comes out every year the third Thursday of November, right on time for my b-day ;-)

It was a very nice and relaxing week end. Loved it and felt better after it. Recharged, and ready to find a "real" job".
Yes all this freelancing is fine, but I need a real job, and everyday job a work-with-a-goal-job, and I've started searching.

In the meanwhile, look at my dad's kitty isn't she pretty? Well, she looks much alike mines, even if I think mines are prettier, but hey everyone prefers his kitties, right?!

13 November 2006

Canoeing in the marais

You know I love canoeing, since I tried on the Adirondacks I wanted MORE! ;-) So last week end I went with Vincent to the Marais Poitevin an absolutely lovely swamp where you can rent a canoe, or a boat, and explore the may channels. It was very very funny. Loved it!

Finding our way thorugh the channels... ...and the lentil soup!

12 November 2006

Old pictures

"'Cause yesterday's got nothin' for me
Old pictures that I'll always see
Time just fades the pages
In my book of memories..." Used to sing "Guns and Roses", but last week end I went to Nantes, to meet some childhood friends, and one of them had those very old pics of my sister, me and my cousins where we were kids, so funny I want to post some here.
In this Picture: our friend Antoine, my sister Loly, my cousin Charlotte, me and a little friend Annouk

Here are my cousins Charlotte and Guillaume and our childhood friend Vincent
Here I am trying to play softball.. Look at the hat, very very 80's

And here's Charlotte with our dog Paco the First (two more came after him)

08 November 2006

What's this all about?

I'm realizing that this Blog became a place where I complain about life, and not a diary about the US or any travel anymore. This is not good.
Ok, I'm not in the States right now, but I can still focus on the country or on travel, at least. And That's what I'll do.
Here some pics of here, just to revitalize the ambience.
Guess where's kitty?!
Blogging Totoro
Waiting for apples?!

07 November 2006

The negative series doesn't end

We've lost a pet. The smartest, cutest, funniest cat in the world. He was killed yesterday. And it's so sad. He was my dad's cat. My dad is so sad he cannot even talk right now. It's just so unfair. We get so attached to our beloved pets.

I'm sick of all this dying! A dear friend of mine lost his mom less than a month ago, too.
What's wrong with 2006? I've never waited new year's eve that much. I think I should have a great party because I want to say farewell to this shitty year!

03 November 2006

Almost 34, and no clue


Many questions pop out of my mind: what the hell am I supposed to do here? How will I live? What kind of job will I be able to find here in nothingland? Why don't I stop fooling around and come back to New York?

Sometimes I guess I'm just lazy. I'm fine here. I have a few money still on the side and I guess I can live another few months like this. But what I'll do after?
I don't know.

I'll be 34 in a few days, I'm unemployed, unmarried, I don't have a family and I guess I don't even want one. I think that finding a proper job, something interesting is the only way out from this impasse I'm stucked in. At the same time I realize that at my age, being an italian-writing journalist, it's not that easy...

Ok I've not been very positive lately, but I'm at a crossroad in my life and I don't know where to go

31 October 2006

I'm still in beautiful Brittany...

24 October 2006

Geneva Pics



Here are the Geneva pics I promised. This is the view of the Lake from the Salève mountain, with the cows as an extra ;-)
And here I am after the nice trekking, fresh as a winter breeze... It was really cool and funny, and fresh and even healty. What to ask more to a week end?????

19 October 2006

Rebirthing

Hello everybody,
I had a very interesting and intense week. I went to Geneva, and had a GREAT time with Luca. We had delightful dinners, walked a LOT, went up to the (I'll post some pics asap)

I finally started relaxing a little bit. Well I must admit that I was pretty scared on the cable car... but, I made it! I guess in a few weeks/months I'll be able to take a plane again... I hope


In the meanwhile, I've decided to take some time for me, with no worries and no pressure just to relax and take it easy :-)