Happy 37th Anniversary, Agape!!
Agape is the International Spiritual Center created by Reverend Michael Bernard Beckwith, and I’ve been a part of this community for 4 years.
If this name is familiar to you, it’s because it’s not the first time I’ve talked about it on this blog (read Meditation again) or on Instagram.
I also made a video in 2021: LINK (+ video at the end of this article).
The magnificent Cynthia James who is one of my mentors and whose Women Awakening podcast I participated in (reread article), is also a member of the Agape community.
If you’ve read my book, you know that Rev. Michael and Agape are mentioned in the acknowledgments.
After My Solo Wedding in Santorini in 2017, and during the healing process, my faith has been very important to me. And I'm not talking about religion here. Agape does not represent any in particular.
For me, it was the light and hope to overcome my past life and become a better version of myself, something I actually promised myself during my solo wedding vows.
I discovered Michael Bernard Beckwith during a personal development program and learned that he was the founder of the Agape International Spiritual Center.
I was immediately attracted to this beautiful community. Little did I know how Reverend Michael's teachings would transform my life.
And because of them, my faith has deepened in ways I couldn’t have imagined.
Every week, I participate online in collective meditation and watch the worship service.
So, going in person was a dream, and last month during my trip to the United States, I attended the Agape Sunday service in Beverly Hills, California for the first time.
My way of thanking God and Agape for all the blessings I’ve received over the last 4 years.
Achieving your dreams requires faith but also actions that create opportunities for yourself.
Like pushing doors. Both figuratively and literally. Who knows what awaits you on the other side?
At the beginning of this year, I added the photo of the Saban Theater to my vision board with the intention of making this dream come true. It was time for me to take action, but not only that, because opening the doors to the Universe requires being true to oneself and surrendering to miracles.
There were many miracles that day!!
First, I had the privilege of speaking with Reverend Michael, but also of praying with him and the practitioners, and of being invited to sit in the front rows.
I was already in heaven, but that was not all, STEVIE WONDER was sitting in front of me, and he has even sung!! (Excerpt from his performance below but you can see the whole thing in the service replay HERE).
You should know that many celebrities are part of Agape, such as the family of Martin Luther King Jr., the family of Mohammed Ali, Hilary Swank, Sterling K. Brown etc.
Agape means “love” in Greek, I must say I certainly received a lot of love during my visit!
I didn’t expect to meet so many beautiful souls, thank you to all the people who made this day remain engraved in my memory, in particular the fantastic Josephine, but also Akili Beckwith (the brother of Rev. Michael).
And a big thank you to my lovely friend Nina Grae, who I also met through Agape a few years ago, and who welcomed me into her beautiful home during my stay in Los Angeles.
Speaking of love, the artist Bettina Hubby created this beautiful heart with the smiles of the Agape community, Rev. Michael is in the center but if you look to the left - middle - inside, you’ll see me too! I’m very proud to be part of this art piece, available for purchase: LINK.
If you’d like to learn more about Agape:
And I invite you to watch the replay of the service I attended! Rev. Michael asked me to get up and you'll see a close-up of me 😉 (22 minutes 15)
Have an amazing week! !
Love & Joy,
I hope you followed me on Instagram and Facebook to see where I was and what I was doing. If not, here is a summary in pictures of my fabulous trip!
Without a doubt, it was an incredible adventure mixed with many challenges (canceled/postponed flights, delays, change of plan, destination, accommodation, etc.) but outweighed by incredible miracles.
Obviously, some of these places/experiences will be the subject of more specific articles, but for the moment, I’ll only share my itinerary.
As a reminder, all photos are mine ©Laëtitia Nguyen.
NEW YORK CITY
If you’ve followed me for a long time, you know that this is not my first time in this city.
3 hours of time difference with France, and 3 days to adapt as best I can, fortunately Central Park is my precious refuge after the tumult of the city, shopping and museums.
SAN FRANCISCO (CA)
6 hours by plane, therefore the equivalent of France-NYC - 16 hours by plane already for me in 4 days - and let’s add 3 more hours of time difference.
The excitement keeps me awake!
I love San Francisco, the last time I was there was 10 years ago, so I was more than happy to spend 2 days here, especially since completely by chance, The Blue Angels (Flight Demonstration Squadron from the US Navy) were giving a show!
SANTA CRUZ (CA)
Having lived in Brisbane, Australia, for 7 years, I really missed the beach, the surfers, and its very special atmosphere, not to mention the Pacific Ocean.
So going down the entire west coast, from San Francisco to San Diego was on the agenda, and all by public transport (train and bus)! Believe me, I’ve developed new travel skills.
First stop: Santa Cruz, the town of Jack O’Neill, the inventor of the surf shop.
PISMO BEACH (CA)
I liked this place so much that I stayed there longer.
It’s been a long time since I felt this inspired as a photographer, I think the last time was when I was living in Crete (2018-2019).
Landscapes like in Australia, fine sandy beaches as far as the eye can see, varied and numerous wildlife.
A place where I landed by chance and certainly a great discovery…
A very large city with different atmospheres depending on the location.
It feels like you're traveling in just a few minutes, it's very surprising and I really liked it.
A very well-maintained historic pedestrian area with its amazing shops, the wild beach and the surfers’ beach…
Definitely a place I could see myself living…
So charming! It reminded me so much of certain areas of Brisbane (Australia).
A small town of hippie chic artists. Music everywhere, cute restaurants, a large park… We feel that the word community has meaning here.
To tell the truth, we don't really know where we are anymore when we enter this city...
I loved it!!
Little secret, this is where the Brothers Koren, my music coaches live 😉
Have a fantastic week!!
Love & Joy,
If this name sounds familiar to you, it's because she’s one of my friends, a soul sister, and I’ve already talked about her in my article: Happy New Year 2022!
Also, if you follow me on Instagram, her name and even her face must be familiar to you, since we interact together a lot.
I was recently invited to Mari’s podcast, The Lighthouse Podcast.
In her mission to help people find well-being, Mari created this podcast this year to be able to share the stories of people who overcame unexpected fates, and thus illuminate this world with a glimmer of hope.
Obviously, this message speaks to me a lot, that's the same reason why I created this blog and wrote my book “My Solo Wedding in Santorini”. So, I was honoured to be her guest.
A simple and honest discussion enriched with the life lessons I learnt after my fiancé broke off our engagement, and after marrying myself.
I encourage you to watch this episode – but also all the others!
But back to Mari and the reasons behind the podcast idea.
Life and well-being coach, she was born and raised in Romania under the communist regime.
She married very young and went to live in her husband's country, Cyprus. Housewife and then mother, she learnt Greek and devoted herself to her son.
But in an abusive marriage , she had the courage to leave and rebuild herself, she resumed her studies and became an accountant for a large firm.
However, she knew that her potential lay elsewhere, so she moved to London, became a fitness coach and created Bodysome.
However, life had not finished testing her and in 2019, she was discovered with a brain tumour. Three operations followed over a period of one year, during the COVID pandemic!
Mari is much more than a survivor, she’s the very embodiment of resilience and “surrendering” - a notion that she’s particularly fond of.
Drawing on her experience, she published her autobiography “The Wisdom of a Willow Tree” in 2022.
I met Mari in 2020 on Instagram, just before she had her 3rd brain surgery.
Our friendship was immediate. Love at first sight!
I believe we know each other from a previous life.
I went to visit her last year in London, not only did I have a wonderful time with her, but I also met her family, all incredibly kind and caring.
Above all, I was able to see and touch this willow tree, which inspired the title of her book…
Since my Solo Wedding in Santorini, I keep saying that I meet extraordinary people, Mari is certainly one of them!
She has been unfailingly supportive in the publication of my book and inviting me to her podcast, once again shows her incredible generosity and kindness.
If you've read the acknowledgments of my book, you know she's mentioned:
Check out my previous Podcasts:
My Solo Wedding in Santorini: previous articles
My Book: LINK
And here's an easy access to all my content: Linkt.ree
I'll be in the United States next month, precisely to see other friends, coaches and mentors, that I've met online these past few years.
Many exciting adventures await me and I'll be sure to tell you all about them when I return (if I return...).
In the meantime follow me on Instagram and Facebook!!
Love & Joy,
While in France we’ve just suffered a big heat wave, I say suffer because it was very difficult to sleep and work from home without air conditioning and fan - besides my American friends don’t understand that we don’t have air conditioning here.
In these cases, nothing better than going to visit museums and precisely that reminded me of this exhibition that I did while it was 40°C in Madrid!
Last month I spent time once again in Madrid, a city that you know has been dear to me since 2018, since I had lived in this capital for the freezing of my eggs.
It's one of the few cities where I feel at home, and there's nothing rational about it, it's just the way I meet the people there, the way I move around in this city, or how I always discover secret passages and incredible places. I don't know, I feel attached and connected to everything in a very deep way.
This time, I'm taking you to the Royal Collections Gallery, a new museum in the Spanish capital which opened its doors this summer.
And after my Barbie article, talking about princess carriages seems very appropriate!
Remember my article on the Royal Mews of London, I know you enjoyed the wonderful photos and this time again you’ll be amazed.
"In motion" is the name of this temporary exhibition which presents coaches and vehicles from Spain's national heritage.
The royal family has always had a great need for means of transport to get around, including after 1561, when King Philip II settled the court permanently in Madrid, since he liked to hunt and enjoy the many other palaces in the Kingdom.
Obviously, everyone followed him on his travels, which required a lot of logistics and vehicles.
Thus, the evolution of these means of transport was in line with the needs of these kings and French craftsmen were among those most in demand. They are also the ones who invented the Berlin carriage, with 2 supporting axles allowing better stability and comfort.
The example below dates from 1790-1800 & 1799.
Obviously, faced with the strong demand from the monarchs of the time, the Spaniards also specialised in the field.
It must also be said that in the 16th and 17th century, the kingdoms were very extensive, the monarchs had to move frequently and over long distances to be able to rule and meet their subjects.
It was also a way to show off their power and wealth, which played a major political role at that time.
In the 18th and 19th centuries, many technical innovations, particularly from England, improved safety and comfort.
And always this taste for detail and refinement...
Another form of transport, the ancestor of the convertible with a sunroof, mainly used for walking in parks on sunny days: the Landau.
But the interiors competed just as much in luxury and precious materials.
Many professions had to be invented to create these magnificent carriages, creating many jobs and thus contributing to the economy of the countries.
Not to mention all the other associated craftsmanship and jobs...
Litter, Sedan chair, sleigh, baby carriage, many invented vehicles, especially for people who couldn’t ride a horse such as women and children or to move more easily in town or on snow.
Art is a fabulous testimony to history and here to the different means of transport through time.
How could I not comment on the planetary phenomenon associated with the Barbie movie?
Especially if you have been following me for a long time, you know that I love this fashion doll.
I’ve talked about her many times on this blog, but also in my book and even more because she’s literally in the acknowledgments of my book!
It's surprising because I mentioned this excerpt from my book in March, when we weren't yet talking about the film.
Excerpt from My Solo Wedding in Santorini:
And of course, I took my book “My Solo Wedding in Santorini” to watch the Barbie movie.
We loved the absolutely incredible sets, the very current story and also which reminded me very well of my emotional bond with her.
All the actresses and actors are perfect and Margot Robbie is FANTASTIC, we couldn’t have hoped for better to embody our favorite doll!
And then, the outfits… I still dream about them! Especially since several of my Barbie are represented in the film.
It reminded me of the magnificent Barbie exhibition in Montreal (Canada), I invite you to check it again, hundreds of photos of Barbie in her most beautiful outfits: LINK!
Read again my previous Fashion articles:
But Barbie Laeti is by far my favourite, a very special edition 😉 and in addition in her favourite environment, the beach...
And no, I didn't do it on purpose to be perfectly matched to the decor, that's what being a perfect Barbie is, we always match!!
However, my dream is very real, I wish to have a Barbie one day in my effigy: the solo bride inspired by my Solo Wedding in Santorini.
May the angels of Barbie and Mattel hear me!
My Solo Wedding articles on the blog: LINK
My Book - extracts and order: HERE
Follow me on Facebook and Instagram for more fun!
And also YouTube, nearly 60 videos where I talk about myself, my Solo Wedding in Santorini and the life lessons I learned.
Happy August everyone!!
Love & Joy,
Happy first birthday to my book - July 25, 2022!!
Yes, it’s been a year already!
So amazing and fascinating.
A decision made in Santorini, my book written in Crete, polished in London and self-published in France in English and French!
I have widely shared about it on this blog during this adventure.
It was definitely a journey which continues! So proud and happy.
My initial intention was first a therapy for me, putting it down on paper and turning the page on my painful past.
And then, sharing my experience became so obvious even before I started writing the book, hence the creation of this blog.
I invite you to read or reread these articles:
Finding the strength to move forward and rebuild myself, reinvent my life, and my book gave me much more than that! I discovered that I had no limit and that I could dream even bigger!!
And of course, I expect my book to become an International Bestseller!😊
So, to celebrate this birthday, here is a gift for my English and American readers. For one week, from August 1 to August 8, 2023, the Kindle version of my book will be 0.99 cents ($ & £) on Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk!
Share with your family, friends, on your social media, and help me spread more joy and love in this world.
And if you have already read my book, remember to leave a review on Amazon, and don’t hesitate to contact me if you don’t know how to do it: LINK.
While many of you will be on vacation, August is shaping up to be a busy and exciting month for me, I have many collaborations underway, including an English podcast!
Access to my previous podcasts at the bottom of the Media page: LINK
My wedding articles on the blog: LINK
My Book - excerpts and order a copy: HERE
Follow me on Facebook and Instagram for more...
Keep going after your dreams! You deserve it!
Love & Joy,
I'm always very excited for my birthday because it's a great opportunity to share my joy and celebrate myself even more!
For those who have been following me for a long time, you know that this is my specialty, my Solo Wedding in Santorini is living proof: 25,000 euros for 8 guests with Greek buffet, DJ and fireworks! I could hardly do better...
Read my Articles: My Solo Wedding in Santorini
Another year, and the same light, grace and joy that floods me!
People say I look younger and younger every year. I agree!!
To be genuinely happy by loving me deeply is certainly the main reason.
No doubt being married to myself has impacted my whole life, my environment, my daily habits, I changed my career, I listen to my soul, I follow my dreams and my passion, and yes, peace, harmony and joy are my usual emotions. I love my life!!
JOY, a very special word for me because it’s the meaning of my first name "Laëtitia" and here is an extract from my book "My Solo Wedding in Santorini" which says more about me:
“I was so excited, my heart literally exploded with joy. Joy is precisely the meaning of my name that comes from Latin. Laetitia is the Roman goddess of joy and happiness, but also the minor goddess of fertility.
Joy, I have it in spades since I just received an incredible press review!! I couldn't have had a better gift...
‘A truly inspiring story of a woman determined to find herself. Highly recommended!’
What comes up the most in readers' opinions is my honesty and authenticity, it is true that I described my experience without filter, sharing my true emotions was just as important as the message of hope and love for myself that I give.
And above all, I invite people to think positively and to accept the immense courage we all have.
Add colours in your life. You create your own happiness. Paint it as you wish.
And another excerpt for you – My Solo Wedding in Santorini:
"I refused to cut this expense, this show was vital to me, like a magic wand that would erase my pain and my sadness. Like Cinderella, miserable in her rags and her good fairy godmother who in a few seconds turns her into a beautiful princess. I was tired of my life in black and white, I needed sparks and light.
I'm working on a very exciting project that demands a lot of my time and energy, so I regret not being able to blog more frequently.
But don't hesitate to follow me on my social media which are still active:
Happy month of July!!
Love & Joy,
Celebrated on May 30, the Canary Islands come alive on this special occasion to celebrate the anniversary of the first session of the Parliament of the Canary Islands (1983).
I was lucky enough to be able to take part in certain festivities in Las Palmas (on Gran Canaria Island), and in particular the parade with dance and traditional music.
You know how much I like to discover local customs; I’ve already shared the Carnival with you in my article Las Palmas.
This time it's a different register, people are much more dressed, hahaha but it's just as interesting!
I’m fascinated to see that certain cultural customs are not lost, quite the contrary, and that they continue to be transmitted from generation to generation.
My godchildren also had to dress up at school for this event, nothing like to develop curiosity and opening their minds to other cultures.
All ages are represented and they honour their traditions in costumes, women as well as men!
And all this with surprising musicians and instruments…
Obviously, it makes you want to dance and move your body. And it's good for the mood!
A real burst of joy and enthusiasm.
But a parade would be nothing without its floats, here they are all pulled by animals like in the old days.
You will notice the fruits and vegetables displayed on the floats, of course those found on the island, and which made it famous, especially at the time of Christopher Columbus (but I’ll talk to you more about them in a future article).
Last year I was talking about publishing my book, it's now done, in English and French.
Not to mention the fact that I'm a finalist of a British book award, it's really amazing!
The reviews and rating go well beyond my expectations, I’m incredibly touched and proud.
Not only did my Solo Wedding in Santorini changed my life, but it also inspires people to change theirs, it's a wonderful reward for me.
But today my book also inspires, I’m talking here about the process itself, the writing phase and the publication.
Many people confided in me, ask me for advice. I give them the courage to take the plunge and express themselves freely with their own voice and to tell their story.
Moreover, several of them will publish their book this year, and in particular one of my American friends!
I’m very proud to witness their liberation.
Being yourself in all its authenticity is the message I’ve been sharing for the past 6 years. And to achieve this, of course: self-love!
After the international press and TV (see MEDIA page), being able to participate and tell my story on American podcasts is a huge opportunity.
with a passage below
If 6 years ago, during my solo wedding, one's had told me everything I was going to do afterwards, I'd have thought they were crazy.
And yet I realised so many dreams:
I still have plenty of dreams and I add more every day!
Besides, I’m working on some very exciting projects which I will not fail to tell you about soon.
For those who follow me for a long time, you know that I always celebrate my solo wedding anniversary.
Well, I was planning to dress up, go out on my own to a nice restaurant, and have cocktails and churros all afternoon, but I caught a cold.
I had some fever last night, and the whole point of my message around self-love and self-marriage is listening to my body, mind, and soul. And today, they were asking for some rest!
I’ll definitely have some wine and cake tonight, and I’ll do my celebration out as soon as I’m feeling better.
Nevertheless, thank you everybody for your loving messages! I woke up with many of them and usually people don’t celebrate the wedding anniversary of their friends and family, but somehow you never miss mine!
I’m amazed how my Solo Wedding in Santorini had and still has an impact on people.
I’m happier, wiser, and prouder day after day, none of this would happen without my solo wedding and without you.
Drink for me tonight and/or eat some cake!
Read my previous articles:
My book My Solo Wedding in Santorini: LINK
Blog articles to read or reread: My Solo Wedding in Santorini
I love you!
I love me!!!
Love & Joy,
Since February 2018, I haven’t stopped feeding this blog for my greatest pleasure and yours!
However, I now allow myself some well-deserved holidays.
It must be said that last year was very busy, with the publication of my book in English and French.
But also, several podcasts: see MEDIA page (links at the bottom of the Media page) and a brand new one that I'm talking about at the end of this article.
Every day I wake up proud and amazed by everything that happens to me.
I never thought I’d live all my dreams with so much passion and determination.
Not to mention all the support and love you give me.
I FINALLY realise that many admire my courage to accomplish what I enjoy, and to live the life I want, without societal pressure or other of any kind.
If being an example can change lives, then I accept this challenge with great enthusiasm and humility.
But hey, my creativity also exists through rest, and it's about time I sunbath on a dreamy island!
And for those who follow me on my social media, you already know where I am:
Drum roll, an island I’ve already mentioned in the past: Gran Canaria, and more precisely Las Palmas!
Don’t hesitate to read my article again: LAS PALMAS.
Or the TRAVEL category: here
And of course, all the articles of My Solo Wedding in Santorini: HERE
My book with excerpts: LINK
I remain active on my social media where you can discover photos of my daily vacation (and I put some more at the end of this article 😉).
And above all, go listen to the new podcast I participated, Every Day Peace hosted by Dr. Dravon James that I've already mentioned on many occasions (Articles Merry Christmas 2021 and also Christmas gifts)
Podcast: LINK – Left at the altar, Laetitia Nguyen shares her Solo Wedding in Santorini
Next article in May.
Love & Joy,
You know my passion for churches and my words seem appropriate on this Easter weekend!
If you’ve visited Paris, it’s unlikely that you missed this emblematic and absolutely incredible monument, but if you don’t know it, then follow me, you won’t be disappointed…
Located on the Ile de la Cité in Paris, next to the Conciergerie, where Marie-Antoinette was imprisoned, the Sainte-Chapelle or Sainte-Chapelle du Palais, as it was originally part of a palace, was built between 1241 and 1248 at the request of Saint Louis.
Abandoning the Romanesque bell tower for a remarkable Gothic spire with an openwork structure covered in lead, this chapel has fascinated since the Middle Ages, however it has had to be renovated several times over time.
Moreover, destroyed at the time of the Revolution (1793), it was rebuilt in 1856 under Louis-Philippe, this is this version that we still admire today.
At a height of 75m (246ft) from the ground, the spire weighs 232 tons (including 64 tons of lead).
Today, this is the only surviving medieval spire along with that of Amiens Cathedral.
But if I chose this monument this week, it’s for a very particular reason.
Until the Revolution, the Sainte-Chapelle housed several Passion relics, including the Holy Crown of Thorns and a piece of the True Cross.
Hence a flamboyant richness in its decoration, with great reinforcements of colours, gilding, and the use of all arts and crafts.
With a height of twice its width (20.5m high, 10.7m wide, 33m long), one is immediately dazzled by its elegance and grandeur.
The absence of walls voluntarily chosen by the architect, allows the 15 glass walls of 15m height (49ft) to run the show.
With 615m2 of windows, 1113 small scenes tell the Old and the New Testament, from Creation to the Apocalypse which is represented on the incredible rose window, but also the history of the world until the arrival of the relics in Paris.
Largely dominated by red and blue, these stained glass windows help to make this chapel very harmonious.
Everything is admirable in these decors, I could spend hours admiring the smallest details of this chapel.
This is what attracts visitors so much, even though the relics are no longer there, this monument is one of the most visited in France.
But that's not all, because there’s a second chapel just below.
Called the Lower Chapel, it’s the same size but with a 6m (19ft) ceiling, and it’s nonetheless sumptuous.
Moreover, without the daylight entering, I find the place even more mystical.
Six years ago, I left Australia, this beautiful country where I lived for 7 years, and where I’ve collected so many great memories.
I have widely shared my photos and my adventures (list of the articles at the end), but believe me I still have a lot to tell you.
This time I wanted to talk about another island in the Great Barrier Reef: Hamilton Island!
(As always, all photos are mine!)
With 1,200 inhabitants, this is the largest inhabited island of the Whitsundays (archipelago of islands), the infrastructures are therefore more developed, unlike very small islands such as Heron Island (read article again).
It’s located 887 km (551 mi) north of Brisbane and 512 km (318 mi) south of Cairns.
Also easy to access because it has an airport, this island is very popular all year round.
That’s also how I got there, and we already have a good feeling of vacation!!
And then I take possession of my apartments, an apartment in this case and I discover a breathtaking view...
Heaven on earth exists, and right now, I’d like to live here forever.
Follow me! I take you for a little walk, especially since the island is perfect for that, since private cars are not allowed on the island!
As a result, it’s very calm, you can hear the surrounding nature, the vegetation is very present.
Sometimes we come across small golf carts, which can circulate.
Be clear, Hamilton is a rich island where you can find luxury residences and yachts.
But also, beautiful shops and restaurants, mainly centralised around the marina.
Besides, let's have lunch at the beach after this pretty walk, we’ll have the opportunity to take a nap afterwards and swim.
Relaxing and enjoying is the goal of successful holidays, isn't it?
Either way, it's mine!
For those who don’t like lazing on a white sandy beach, the island is famous for its many trails, so you can walk through its forest and discover many species of trees and shrubs, but also birds.
You’ll see in the pics, a kookaburra and a white parrot, emblematic of the island.
Obviously, all these efforts are not in vain when you discover the incredible view from the top.
You can also venture out and enjoy a completely deserted cove.
To be honest, I’ve only met a few people, which really gives us the impression of being alone with nature, a real moment of serenity.
Another activity and one of my favourites: the boat!
From Hamilton you can easily visit the Great Barrier Reef but above all you have access to Whitehaven beach, one of the most famous beaches in Australia, and also Hill Inlet (read my article again).
Diving, snorkelling, and fishing, here we go…
Impossible to get bored on this island.
With such busy days, we have to end up the day with some drinks!
But this time let's take the free island bus to take us to the heights of the island, which gives the opportunity to have another viewpoint.
Atmosphere assured with an improvised bar and many people who come here to meet and especially for the sunset!
Honestly a great idea, and definitely something to replicate elsewhere.
And no, I don't mind travelling alone, or eating out alone (or with a bird).
Being single, and in my case married to myself - although my Solo Wedding in Santorini came a few years after that trip - doesn't mean moping around at home!
I talked about it in my article Single.
Well, I must admit that Hamilton was a little more complicated than my other trips, because the restaurants did not accept one person per table. Incredible but true.
Fortunately, some places made an exception, and I thoroughly enjoyed my stay.
And yes, I always make myself pretty when I invite me to the restaurant!
We’ve just celebrated International Women's Day, let’s continue to honour them every day, but also, all the little girls we were before.
Without them, we wouldn’t be the incredible women we are today.
We sometimes forget that these little girls gave us the courage and the strength to become who we are.
My little me gave me imagination, creativity, curiosity, and tenacity.
I give her today my gratitude, my forgiveness, and my unconditional love.
Let’s be kind and compassionate with our past versions of ourselves, and let’s embrace our true fabulous selves!
This week I posted a video on my social media with an excerpt from my book, I put it below for you.
“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” -Eleanor Roosevelt
Be true to yourself and expect the very best to come!
I am a dreamer, a feminist and an activist.
I never fail to share my opinion, especially when I'm invited to Podcasts.
In fact, during the Women Awakening Podcast with Cynthia James, I talked about my childhood, my Solo Wedding in Santorini and my book.
During the Spinster Life Podcast with Amie Kolbing, I mentioned the self-publishing of my book but also single life, as well as parenthood for all, having frozen my eggs myself.
Topics I've mentioned many times on this Blog.
My little me passed on a lot of values and qualities to me, and I'm very proud of her, as much as I'm proud of my current self!
Read my previous posts:
Read my previous posts from the Superwomen Series:
And of course my Solo Wedding in Santorini, all the articles: HERE
My book, finalist of the Wishing Shelf Book Awards in the UK: HERE
I can't wait to discover the woman I'm going to become in the next few years, but also all the women I'm going to meet!
Love & Joy,
The article I wanted to publish this week will wait because I am way too excited to announce some incredible news!!
If you follow me on social media and especially Instagram, you are already aware, but here are all the details of my current happiness!
My book My Solo Wedding in Santorini is a FINALIST for an independant book award in the UK, the Wishing Shelf Book Awards!
So proud, excited and moved too.
A year ago, I decided to self-publish after 115 literary agents rejected my book, quite honestly I had no idea that I could receive any award one day.
Once again, I show you how important it is to believe in your dreams and never give up.
Message from the founder:
Many congratulations on being a FINALIST! Our readers very much enjoyed your book.
The readers of this book awards, more than 150, are only authors, which means that I’ve been awarded by my peers, something to be even more proud of.
My 1st book, my 1st contest and I'm a finalist.
I even received a certificate!
The winners will be announced on April 1, 2023, let’s dream bigger!
And a video at the end of this article where I talk about the contest and my book!
Additionally, I was interviewed by the Mail on Sunday, one of the British best-selling newspapers, to talk about my story and my book My Solo Wedding in Santorini.
I don’t know the date of publication of the article, but of course I’ll keep you informed.
Finally, I want you to know that I also participate in an independent book awards in the US, the 2023 Next Generation Indie Book Awards.
I hope that my story will please as much on the other side of the Atlantic!
Check out my previous articles:
All the articles about my Solo Wedding in Santorini: HERE
Order my book: HERE (available in paperback and Kindle on Amazon)
And excerpts from my book: HERE
Have a fantastic week!
Love & Joy,
Already 5 years since this blog was created to share my life, my dreams, my inspiration.
An adventure that made me discover so many incredible people, but also encouraged me to find you the best exhibitions, and interesting, unusual topics.
I learned to open up more and share my life more genuinely.
But also, to stretch my potential and my creativity! My book is proof of that!
It was hard to choose, but here are my 10 favourite blog posts:
Reread my Valentine's Day articles or those that correspond very well to this day:
“I love pink and Barbie! », this sentence coming from my book and in which a whole chapter is devoted to it, represents quite well my mood for Valentine's Day, which inspired me the following photo.
And to celebrate my blog's anniversary and Valentine's Day, 2 of my books will be given away to show you all the love and gratitude I have for you.
Giveaway contest on Facebook and Instagram (@blogaboutl), you can still participate!
For my part, this year I asked my sister to be my Valentine, on the program a date with several naked men… on the big screen hahaha
And yes, Magic Mike Last Dance in theaters now, and that’s the perfect opportunity, especially since the film takes place at the London show, which I attended and which I talk about in my Article My Birthday in London!!
Believe me despite the zero degrees outside, we're going to be hot in the room!
Trailer at the end of this article…
It doesn't matter if you're single, in a relationship, if you have plans or not, let's celebrate love in all its forms, our family, our friends, our pets!
And if you're brave enough, tell yourself “I love you” in the mirror 😉
Very Happy Valentine's Day!!
Lots of Love & Joy,
You know that I never tire of talking about my Solo Wedding in Santorini, and that it has even become my mission to share it to give courage and hope to people in search of self-love and happiness!
Well, this week, you discovered a new discussion about my experience and my book “My Solo Wedding in Santorini: or How I Saved my Life”.
For those who haven’t read my book yet, you can order it here: LINK
A fabulous conversation with the incredible Cynthia James!
I must say that this is the most interesting interview I’ve ever had. Cynthia's wisdom and compassion made this discussion profound and joyful.
I highly recommend you listen to it.
Available on all streaming platforms: Women Awakening Podcast
But I put 2 easy access links here:
To listen to all the episodes: HERE
Cynthia James is an American bestselling author, coach, speaker, spiritual guide and artist (her latest album Chosen was released last year).
She’s a great source of inspiration and advice in my life, and I’m so honoured to have been her guest.
And see the title of her podcast: Women Awakening.
She also says and I quote “they are examples, not exceptions." I love that!
You know this is a subject that is dear to me, as evidenced by my Superwomen Series on this blog. This article will be part of this series by the way.
I encourage you every day to shine more and come out of your chrysalis because you can do it!!
I invite you to visit Cynthia James' website for more information and inspiration!
Thank you again, Cynthia, for your wonderful support and love!!
Exclusively, I announce that a contest will take place on Instagram from February, 2 of my books will be giveaway and the results will be announced on Valentine's Day, February 14.
This is my way of declaring my love to you and encouraging you to love yourself!
Follow me on Instagram to participate and know the rules.
Read my previous articles:
Find other interviews and podcasts: MEDIA
Articles from my blog on My Solo Wedding in Santorini: LINK
Excerpts from my book: HERE
Have a fantastic week!
Love & Joy,
MY SOLO WEDDING IN SANTORINI: OR HOW I SAVED MY LIFE
Get your copy now!
Last year at this time I was in Paris for a long stay, I’ve already shared many moments with you, including another cemetery, Montparnasse.
But this one is very personal…
And there you wonder what a Parisian cemetery has to do with me.
After the breakup and before my Solo Wedding in Santorini, I spent a week in Vietnam, I talk about this trip in my book.
Reconnecting with my roots and learning more about my history is important to me. We can’t know ourselves and project ourselves into the future without being aware of our past.
"Nguyễn" my family name, which is of Vietnamese origin, is the name of a dynasty that reigned in Vietnam from 1802 to 1945.
The last emperor Bảo Đại had to abdicate in 1945 against the communists and the Vietminh party.
Born Prince Nguyễn Phúc Vĩnh Thụy in the city of Hue in 1913, he went into exile in France in the 1950s - and now you are beginning to understand - died in the Val-de-Grâce military hospital in Paris in 1997, and he’s buried in the Passy cemetery in Paris!
I’ll tell you more about the history of this dynasty in a future article.
In the meantime, I must say that he has chosen a beautiful place, on the hill, overlooking the Seine and Chaillot Palace.
And above all, a view on the Eiffel Tower!!
There are many cemeteries in Paris, and as many legends are buried there.
That of Passy is certainly no exception to the rule.
Édouard Manet, Tristan Bernard, Claude Debussy, Fernandel, the Givenchy family, Pasteur…
It's not always easy to find specific tombs in this maze, but sometimes it's more fun to discover them by chance...
In winter, the place is solemn, peaceful but not morbid, especially when the blue sky is there.
It's like going to a museum, you find art, architecture, and history.
All these great names, characters and for sure incredible adventures that could be told by these deceased...
What a year!! I know I keep telling you every year that I'm making my dreams come true and I'm so proud and amazed by everything that happens to me.
You know me well enough now to know that this is my way of life!
And no sooner have I accomplished a dream, a project, than I already invent new ones and set off on an adventure.
2022 has been special on so many levels and I thank you again for your support, love and loyalty, being able to share all these achievements with you is my greatest achievement!
Although I’ve published little on the blog this year, we’re still talking about 28 articles (complete list and access at the end of this article).
On Instagram: 118 posts and reels, 2158 stories!
I made you travel again, discover many exhibitions, share my experiences.
More and more people following me from all over the world: Greece, the US, the UK, France, Australia, India, Nigeria…
My book "My Solo Wedding in Santorini: or How I Saved My Life" has won your favour on my social media and in the top 10 of your favourite posts, there are 4 about it!
However, the others that made you dream concern Santorini, Heron Island in Australia, the musical Frozen in London and the exhibition Thierry Mugler, as well as Yves Saint Laurent exhibition at the Musée d'Orsay in Paris.
Obviously, the self-publishing of my book in English in July 2022 and in French in November 2022, is my greatest pride!
With 2 particularly interesting interviews with The Spinster Life Podcast:
Reread my article: 5th Wedding Anniversary
But also, my first public signing session: LINK.
In addition, this week I received messages telling me that Santa had placed several of my books under the tree. I’m so happy.
But I also helped him since I donated one of my books in French to a free street library in France.
I thought this would be a nice Christmas present for someone who needed to hear my message, because I believe in the Laws of the Universe, and that everyone gets the answer they need at the exact moment they need it.
I went back a week later, and my book was gone!
This makes me so happy ,and I’m confident that this action produced a ripple effect...
My greatest joy in 2022 was to have been chosen to be in the video presentation of the Global Joy Summit in which the Dalai Lama is an integral part.
Being able to actively contribute to sharing the values and teaching of His Holiness is an immense privilege, and I hope to do even more in 2023!
No article next week, I'm already working on many projects, and then everyone will be busy getting back to normal.
Happy New Year 2023! Keep shining and being inspired!
Love & Joy,
You know how much I love this time of year!
And of course, you wonder what I do for the holidays.
My life is always very original, I rarely do things like everyone else, and I'm certainly not going to break that rule again.
And for some reason beyond my control, I'm going to celebrate Christmas a total of 5 times.
And yes, when your family can't be there at the same time, we have even more fun!!
It’s true that I often travel in December, as my previous articles attest:
And although initially I wanted to travel, this year has been particularly busy for me – especially with the release of my book in 2 different languages "My Solo Wedding in Santorini" - so I wanted to rest with the irresistible desire to watch TV all day under the duvet, eating chocolate!
(Reread my article Chocolate, Sweetheart)
To tell the truth, it lasted less than half a day, since this is in these moments of pause that creativity calls me, and in this case, I’m talking about my 2nd book in progress.
In any case, it’s important to rest, to take care of yourself despite all the people you’re going to see in a very short time.
And the universe takes good care of me since the circumstances mean that I’ll be alone on Christmas Eve, I’m going to wait for Santa in my pyjamas, pure happiness!
Last year, I was sick and lying in the guest room because of the 3rd dose of vaccine. Fortunately, the years follow each other and are not alike...
This year I also realised a lifelong dream, having a tree in my bedroom!
To tell the truth, I haven't had a tree since 2016, traveling a lot, and although I lived almost a year in Crete, I hadn't bothered to have one even if that had crossed my mind.
As I spend my days working in my bedroom, it creates a very festive atmosphere.
And I can hug a tree when I get up in the morning, I love it!
Read my previous articles:
No matter where you are and what you are celebrating, I'm thinking of you!
Have fabulous Holidays!!
Love & Joy,
As the holiday season has begun and the trees, houses, streets are adorned with their most beautiful lights and decorations, of course I can't help but think of festive outfits!
Which reminded me of the wonderful creations of Yves Saint Laurent that I discovered at the beginning of the year during a special exhibition “Yves Saint Laurent at the Museums”, in collaboration with many museums in Paris.
Dresses, jackets and suits were presented associated with artists, paintings, texts, which had inspired the designer.
And it’s with great admiration that I present these photos to you this week.
As a reminder, all the photos are mine – Laëtitia Nguyen
To start, let’s go back to the time of Proust at the magnificent Orsay Museum.
These outfits, inspired by In Search of Lost Time by Marcel Proust, of which Yves Saint Laurent was passionate, represent on the one hand the "world in transition" (those are his words) and on the other hand this duality of genders (masculine- feminine).
Thus, the 2 dresses, which borrow from the fashion of the end of the 19th century, were created for the Proust Ball, celebrating the centenary of the birth of Marcel Proust, and organised in 1971 by the Baron and Baroness de Rothschild.
The dress in the background is the dress created for the Baroness and the one in the foreground for Jane Birkin.
As for the tuxedo, which appeared in the 19th century in England, it was in 1966 that the designer adapted them to women to expand their wardrobe. Those presented here come from collections between 1966 and 2001.
Essential clothing and centerpiece of this genius of fashion.
Just like Yves Saint Laurent, Proust is one of my favourite authors, and I actually quoted him in my solo wedding vows in Santorini.
I can perfectly see myself wearing one of his magnificent creations, made of delicate fabrics and materials but offering so much personality!
Change of era and decor at the National Picasso Museum.
This time it’s Cubism that influences YSL and several of its collections. Creations that pay homage to Pablo Picasso and his works.
In the Fall-Winter 1979 collection, this is impossible not to recognise this allusion.
And he goes even further, by drawing inspiration from the Portrait of Nusch Eluard, he creates a jacket based on the model of Elsa Schiaparelli worn on the painting. A way for the designer to honour the painter but also the fashion designer.
For the Spring-Summer 1988 collection “homage to artists”, he chose to “putting static objects into motion on a woman's body”.
He applies here the same approach as Picasso with assemblage, representation, and details.
So much genius and elegance.
I had the chance to also visit the Yves Saint Laurent Museum and of course I’ll do an article about it!
I hope I made you dream and that it inspired you, in my case, nothing like art and beauty to increase my creativity!
And for your greatest pleasure and mine, an article will be published on Saturday December 24 and Saturday December 31, so that you have something to read by the fire (northern hemisphere) or at the beach (southern hemisphere).
Feel free to read my previous articles:
Happy Holidays everyone!!
Love & Joy,
I know I haven't published much on the blog in recent months, and I haven't forgotten you, but I didn’t have enough time to be able to offer you more articles.
My priorities were different this year 2022 and I’m so proud to announce that my book “My Solo Wedding in Santorini: or How I Saved my Life…” is now available in French on Amazon (Paperback and Kindle)!!
Less than 4 months after the release of its big sister in English!
Get your copy in French: HERE
or your copy in English: HERE
I must admit that deciding to self-publish my book in 2 different languages in the same year was ambitious! But I’m so proud and happy to have succeeded!
Again, it wasn’t without pitfalls and challenges, but I’m full of resources and patience, and I overcame them one after another.
After its release, I returned to Annecy Lake to recharge my batteries and you’ll notice the change in season and outfit, between my English book published on July 25, 2022, and the French one on November 12!
I’ve already received several reviews and I’m delighted to see that you like my book as much in French as in English!
As a reminder, I wrote this book in the 2 languages myself, no translator, it's the same thing with this blog, and I'm in charge of everything from A to Z, including website design.
My book has been sold in the UK, Australia, the US, Spain and France, so I can say unequivocally that I’m an international bilingual author!
Last week, I published a video to thank you, in French please (translation below):
"I wanted to thank all the people who have already bought or even read my latest book 'My Solo Wedding in Santorini: or How I Saved My Life'.
Some have already given me their opinion and loved it. Obviously, this means a lot to me.
Thank you for all your congratulatory messages. It touches me deeply!
I wanted my book to be easy to read, so that as many people as possible could discover my story, how I transformed the darkest day of my life – my fiancé left me before our wedding – into a bright and positive event.
Many emotions in this book, I show myself authentic and vulnerable but never forgetting that joy is part of me, of my life and that happiness belongs only to oneself.
Some of you have asked me for signed copies, especially for Christmas gifts, I'm delighted to be able to do that, send me your requests/messages on Instagram @blogaboutl or on my website www.blogaboutl.com"
Life is a Gift & we must Honour it!
This weekend I also organised a private book signing in France, I invited my family and my friends, as well as several people who were impatiently awaiting my book.
A moment of exchange and sharing, a lot of joy and love, and being able to collect your impressions in person is pure happiness, and I can't wait to do it again!
And exclusively, I announce that Annecy will be the next city where I’ll sign my book. Of course, I’ll keep you informed.
I’d like to thank all the people who came but also the café "Le Mug's", which received us with such kindness.
My guests and I have wonderful memories. A place that I highly recommend! LINK
And for the occasion, I was wearing accessories from My Solo Wedding in Santorini : earrings, lipstick, clutch, jacket, and of course my ring!
Which are all mentioned in my book...
And then as I wasn’t excited enough, I’ve just been selected for a Book Awards contest in the UK!!
Wish me luck!
In the meantime, you can always read my articles on my Solo Wedding in Santorini: HERE.
Excerpts from my book in French: LINK
Excerpts from my book in English: LINK
I'm waiting for your reviews, comments and photos of my book now!
And above all, don't hesitate to share...
Love & Joy,
You know how much I love water and boats, and going through my photo archive this week, I came across those taken during a memorable sailing trip.
It was in 2010, suffice to say that it goes back and yet I remember it as if it were yesterday.
I had just lived a year in Morocco, and I was about to move to the other side of the planet in Australia!
Also, when one of my best friends asked me to join him in the Mediterranean, I booked my flight in a few minutes.
Departure: Cagliari in Sardinia!!
Colombine - that was the name of my friend's sailboat - was going to make us sail from Italy to Corsica... Well, for me, because my friend would continue his journey.
And when I say "we", I'm talking about 4 people, 2 girls and 2 boys, with the only common denominator being the captain. Yes, we didn’t know each other and we were going to spend 10 days on a few square metres of space 24/7. That would have made a good TV-reality show lol
And no, I wasn't worried, because I embarked with a calm sea and a magnificent blue sky, nothing could have altered my good mood and my thirst for discovery!
With a limited space, it was a small sailboat, no doubt that promiscuity was a challenge, but you discover people more quickly too. Fortunately, they were great and no incidents to deplore.
Obviously, it’d not have been fun without a major issue: no bathroom and even no toilets!
There was a technical problem and it couldn’t be repaired immediately.
We were in October and the sea was far too cold for me. I was washing myself with micellar water, I had long hair at the time and I didn't take a shower for 10 days, imagine!
For the toilets, it was quite an exercise to do that overboard, especially when the sea was rough. Which shows that we get used to everything, we are far more capable to do without modern comfort than we think.
Fortunately, we had enough chocolate, saucisson and other food to make us forget these inconveniences.
We went along the coast without ever stopping in a port.
It was beautiful, wild and us with it!
We had a very good weather most of the trip but 2 days of big storms too, including seasickness.
We explored the land according to our desires, we only met a few people, some of them welcomed us (even rescued I’d say) on their luxurious spacious sailboat and let us use their toilets, a blessing lol
The immensity of nature to regenerate me, me a sign of water (Cancer), a magnificent moment of meditation to rediscover myself, stop time and enjoy the moment.
The Strait of Bonifacio is a 11km (6.8mi) international strait that separates Sardinia from the French island of Corsica, and I had the honour of steering this part.
For those who know about sea navigation, this area is known to be dangerous to sail because of the rocks and strong currents.
Luckily, the sea was very calm that day and I had an incredible pleasure, a memory that will remain etched in my memory. I still feel the breeze on my face, the sun above me and Bonifacio looming in the distance...
Arriving by sea is absolutely magical, a feeling that I relived in Santorini, after my Solo Wedding during my Honeymoon.
Some islands are nothing but beauty and splendour…
Bonifacio, a fortified town in the southernmost of Corsica, rests on a limestone cliff of 1,600m long by 100m wide.
Inhabited since the Neolithic, it crossed all the times not without difficulty, numerous massacres and battles annihilated it on several occasions.
It took its current name in 832, thanks to Boniface II of Tuscany, who rebuilt and fortified it.
Later, the Genoese added a citadel.
A strategic military place due to its commercial port and its geographical location, it has been disputed, destroyed and repopulated.
Today, it has about 3,200 inhabitants.
We laughed, we cried, we changed the world, we also decided on my new haircut: short this time!
The kind of friends who stay in our lives forever despite the distance and the years without seeing each other.
A magnificent nautical adventure, human and personal, confronted with nature and the elements, technical hazards, to finally realise that we are one with the universe...😉
Have a fantastic week everyone!
Love & Joy,
For those who have been following me for a long time, you know that when I created this blog, talking about my dreams was one of the priorities (see page About Me), and I remain very attached to showing you that it’s never too late to achieve them.
And precisely this year 2022 have seen the birth of incredible achievements including my book "My Solo Wedding in Santorini"!
A few days ago, my horoscope said that someone from the past would come back into my life this week…
I wasn’t expecting it to be my best girl friend from junior high school!!
She said, “It reminds me of so many memories from school together. I’m so happy for you, you did it, you wrote THE book!”
I had forgotten how publishing a book was a dream for me for a very long time…
I’ve been writing since I was 8 years old, but thought it was a hobby, it took me 30 years to understand that it was my true nature, my divine essence.
I had to lose everything (my job, my home, my fiancé) to put me back on the right path, but it was so worth it!
And soon my book will be available in French! Another accomplishment that I am very excited about.
Knowing that I self-publish and must manage all aspects of publishing including editing/proofreading but also artistic direction (cover, layout, marketing…), I can be proud.
Less than a year ago, I didn't know any of this. It took me a lot of determination and discipline, but they are nothing without the right motivation.
Mine: to give hope and courage to people so that they discover self-love and become free to finally be themselves!
But obviously all the support I receive is a huge strength and just this week, one of my favourite authors quoted in chapter 22 of my book, Steven Pressfield, sent me words of encouragement that really touched me.
I never thought I’d meet so many exceptional people during this journey, every day a new miracle happens, I am extremely grateful.
My life is a constant series of dreams and I promise to keep following this way!
Exactly! Speaking of which, last month while I was in London, I had the opportunity to realise a dream that I had been waiting for 3 years!!
Yes, at the end of 2019, I left the London capital after having lived there for several months (check my articles), promising myself to come back to see a certain musical…
Some probably have guessed, I talked about it many times on this blog… Frozen!!
And I was certainly not disappointed, the most incredible show I have attended, and it even dethroned number 1 on my Top 10: Singing in the rain.
Remember that I’ve seen a hundred shows in my life, so I highly recommend this little tour to Arendelle (the village where Queen Elsa lives).
I had goosebumps for 2 hours, the sets and costumes are breathtaking, the actors / singers / dancers are amazing, and the special effects add even more magic.
No doubt I will go again!
And the trailer at the end of this article.
My previous articles:
Never give up on your dreams, that’s how we change the world.
Have a magical week everyone!
Love & Joy,
While this week I attended online a very interesting class about the history of Mary Magdalene, I remembered that last year at this time I had just returned from Paris and was preparing to go to the south of France to discover the Sainte-Baume Cave where Mary Magdalene spent the last years of her life.
So, the idea of telling you about the famous Parisian church was obvious!
Located in the 8th, not far from Place Vendôme, located at one end of Rue Royale, with Place de la Concorde on the other side, as a tourist, impossible to miss it!
Commissioned by Napoleon I, it was however not finished until 1842 (85 years later) because of the political troubles at this period.
From Greek neoclassical style, this Catholic church surrounded by 52 Corinthian columns, measures 354ft (108m) long and 141ft (43m) wide, and its height is 98ft (30m).
I didn't take pictures of the exterior because the facade has been under renovation for many years, and it’s hidden by large panels.
However, I got revenge inside and all the following photos are mine.
The work of the craftsmen here is impressive, gilding, wood and marble, you don't know where to look, everything is so sumptuous.
Obviously, our attention is on the Choir created by Charles Marochetti and the Rapture of Saint Mary Magdalene. An exceptional work that required 12 years of work on the part of the sculptor.
So much detail, you could spend hours looking at it all.
Above all, a lot of tenderness and poetry in this piece, so real, that one would expect the characters to wake up at any moment.
Behind the Choir, the Lameire mosaic, highlighting the Resurrection of Christ and his first disciples, including Mary Magdalene of course.
And above the painted fresco by Ziegler telling the story of Christianity. We see Mary Magdalene supported by 3 angels just like in the Choir, but also many outstanding characters: Saint Louis, Clovis, Charlemagne, Joan of Arc, Louis XIII with Richelieu, Napoleon but also Raphaël, Michel-Ange and Dante to represent the Renaissance.
And even more sculptures, all as incredible as each other...
Including the carved bronze front door!
I end with an element that you’ve certainly noticed in the previous photos, the great organ!
Restored several times, it was originally built by Aristide Cavaillé-Coll in 1846.
n the Corinthian style to harmonise with the rest of the architecture, the woodwork by unknown author is a work of art in itself!
Many personalities have had their funerals organised in this magnificent church:
Chopin, Offenbach, Mistinguett, Coco Chanel, Joséphine Baker, Tino Rossi, Dalida, Marlène Dietrich, Henri Salvador, Johnny Hallyday and this year the Bogdanoff brothers to name but a few...
No article next week, I’m working intensely on the publication of my book in French: Mon Mariage Solo à Santorin!
I'm back! It's been a month since I posted on the blog, I admit that it wasn’t planned but life is full of unexpected events and surprises, and if there’s something I know, it’s accepting everything that happens with adaptability and positivity.
First, I went to London for a week, and no I wasn’t there for the Queen's funeral, I left just before, but I had a great time seeing my friends and meeting new ones, but also to sign my book “My Solo Wedding in Santorini”, no doubt that I really feel like an author now.
Of course, I’ll tell you all about it in future articles, especially since I discovered some very interesting new places!
Then my return to France was eventful, my parents and I moved to a new city, which comes with its share of challenges – you know that I don’t use the word “problem” anymore (read Kind Words and Be Positive) - like, for example, not having internet, which makes it very difficult for me to publish on the blog or on my social media.
It was the first time I witnessed a moving in from the balcony, certainly an experience!
And apparently the universe wanted to make sure I took some time off from my digital activities, my mobile phone slowly abandoned me, it had even started in London, hence my silence on Instagram and Facebook – but I promise I will catch up soon.
Above all, it allowed me to breathe, enjoy the moment, completely disconnect, something that has never really happened in the last 4 years since the creation of the blog in 2018.
It was interesting to no longer think in hashtags and stories, to contemplate life and nature without distraction.
Despite this, not everyone was in detox like me, and it’s of course during that time that you are asked to do interviews, including 2 for Netflix!
And yes, we're going to start talking about us more widely, the sologamists/self-married people, which makes me very happy.
Self-love is the way to true happiness, a message that I’ve been sharing for 5 years, since My Solo Wedding in Santorini; the more of us talk about it, the more people will be inspired…
And I’ll keep you updated about the shows I’ll participate in.