We celebrated on March 20, the International Day of Happiness, which I told you about in my Article Happiness.
The arrival of nice weather and spring certainly puts me in a good mood.
However, these days, what really makes me happy is to work on the publication of my book "My Solo Wedding in Santorini", by the way don't forget that you can help me by sharing the link below but also by becoming a contributor: LINK.
Choosing to self-publish allows me to keep control over the creative process but it has a price, and for this reason every euro counts and your participation is precious to me!
Of a joyful and optimistic nature, I’ve told you already about my experience and my tips on several occasions to see life on the bright side:
I am happy because I choose to be happy
I explained this concept extensively in my Article Be Positive, but if there’s one aspect that prevails, it’s the importance of gratitude in my life and my daily life.
I’ve also made several videos on the subject, remember:
But read also my article Thank you!
And in recent weeks, I’m very happy to have seen the snow, having lived a long time in Australia enjoying the fine sandy beaches, but this time it was the white snowy beach (hahaha)!
Reconnecting with nature and its beautiful landscapes has been pure happiness.
“It is not happiness that makes us grateful. It is gratefulness that makes us happy. "
I highly recommend you read The Book of Joy, a conversation between the Dalai Lama and the late Archbishop Desmond Tutu.
Their wisdom, experience, and incredible joie de vivre despite the terrible hardships they’ve overcome, provide us with a tremendous opportunity to grow and elevate ourselves.
When I see the pictures of conflict or natural disasters, when many see sadness, desolation and horror, I see the courage, compassion and generosity of millions of people who overcome the unthinkable or help each other.
You perceive what you are
I choose to see the beauty of our world and our humanity.
It is learned, maintained and it is also grown!
This doesn’t mean denying reality, but on the contrary accepting it to highlight what deserves to be.
No article next week, my book "My Solo Wedding in Santorini" deserves all my attention...
But I give you more videos on happiness at the end of this article 😉
Have a happy week!!
Love & Joy,
You know how much I love art, and being able to spend the past 2 months in Paris has given me countless opportunities to satisfy my curiosity.
And there’s a place that I adore and that I never tire of visiting, the Petit Palais.
Inaugurated in 1900 for the Universal Exhibition, in the same way as the Grand Palais and the Pont Alexandre III, it became from 1901 the Museum of Fine Arts of the city of Paris.
Located next to the Seine, and between the Champs Elysées and the Jardin des Tuileries, this is the perfect place to take a break during a long walk, to protect yourself from the rain or the heat wave, depending on the season.
In addition to its absolutely magnificent architecture, what I like about this museum is the variety of its collections, whether they are eras, artists or genres: sculptures, paintings, furniture and objects…
First of all, the sculpture gallery, located immediately to the left of the main entrance, welcomes the visitor in a masterful way.
Whether in plaster or bronze, they all testify to the creativity and inventiveness of the artists: Ernest Barrias, Charles Valton, Auguste Bartholdi, Paul Roussel (former student of Barrias), Alexandre Falguière, Jules Desbois...
Some of these plaster statues were the models of bronze sculptures, many of which were melted down during the Second World War, such as the dancer Sacha-Lyo by Serge Youriévich.
You’ll notice the height of the ceilings with their splendid paintings.
But many sculptures are scattered throughout the museum, with among others a large space dedicated to the sculptor Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux.
There’s also a bronze by Renoir, but also marbles: Rodin with "Amour et Psyché" or Auguste Clésinger's "Bacchante".
What beauty and poetry in this museum…
Flemish, French, Italian painters, and from all eras, this is what makes the richness of this museum, we go through history through these artistic discoveries.
Rubens, Poussin, Sisley, Pissarro, Géricault, Cézanne, Delacroix, Monet and many others… To name but a few.
And then some figures that we recognise on the paintings, such as Sarah Bernhardt, the great French actress of the 19th century-early 20th century, painted by Georges Clairin in 1876.
If the city of Paris has acquired many pieces from this museum, in particular the sculptures, it should be noted that generous donors have enriched the collection.
Thus, most of the furniture, objects and decoration come from private collections bequeathed over time.
The following photos will certainly remind you of my articles Cretan Pottery or Rainy Day in Athens.
Greece, my adopted country since my Solo Wedding in Santorini, and I admit I love learning more about its history and culture.
Here too a very beautiful collection, rich and varied.
Since 2017, a new room has exhibited an incredible collection of Eastern Christian arts (Russia, Bulgaria, Turkey, Greece...), from two private collections and bequeathed to the museum.
Its café nestled in the middle of the garden is my favourite place!
So calm and peaceful to forget for a moment that we are in the heart of Paris.
The chirping of the birds, the vegetation and the gardens are conducive to daydreaming, and when the sun is out, it's like being transported to some exotic destination, or even to another era!
This Petit Palais has everything of a great museum, but with fewer people, I strongly encourage you to visit it.
Note that the permanent collection is free for all!
The Museum also regularly hosts magnificent temporary exhibitions (with fee).
My Favourite Articles about Paris:
No article next week, I'm working on the publication of my book "My Solo Wedding in Santorini, or how I saved my life. "
Next post: March 26, 2022
Have a fantastic week everyone!!
Love & Joy,
International Women's Day is in a few days, on March 8, and like every year, I’m writing a special article for the occasion.
This week, I choose to pay tribute to all these women, whose names we don't necessarily know, but who every day elevate, inspire, support someone...
Whether they are the muses of great artists, the wives of influential people, or the mothers of great people.
We owe them a lot! So, thank you!
There are no great men without great women behind them
I'm sure a lot of names come to your mind, or even you know someone in your life who makes this world a better place just by being there.
Many women have helped me build my personality and many more continue to guide me to become a better person. I wouldn't be who I am today without them.
And the list is far too long to name them.
Obviously, my Solo Wedding in Santorini wouldn’t have happened without their influence on my life.
Not to mention the valuable guidance I currently have for my book!
Every day, they live in me and emanate the light that I share...
And in these troubled times, I’d like to pray for all those women who are fighting for their freedom or for others'.
Freedom, is precisely symbolised by a woman in the magnificent painting by Delacroix, "Liberty leading the people" and which is exhibited at the Louvre Museum in Paris (read my article Louvre 2 to find out more).
This magnificent painting, repeatedly censored and sidelined, is nonetheless one of the most reused and visited artworks in the world.
Because we can’t silence freedom, hide it or destroy it, it is our essence, our divine birthright!
My 8-year-old goddaughter gave me a white rose for Valentine's Day, and I'd like to give it virtually to all women around the world, as a symbol of love, peace, communion and hope.
You are not alone...
Read my previous posts from the Superwomen Series:
Happy International Women's Day!
Love & Joy