Thursday, 28 July 2011
Wednesday, 27 July 2011
Today I write the review of my 4 day stay there.
This was not my first time in Paris. I don't like that much cities (I prefer the villages' peaceful life) but because of one thing or another I had to go there.
This time I knew it was going to be different. First because it was going to be the final stage of the Tour and second because I was going without a car (and I prefer to discover a city by walking).
And it was different. All I can say is that I had a really nice experience.
On Sunday I woke up really early and went to Creteil (14 kms from Paris but with tube connection) to see the start of the final stage. I had time to meet some staff from the Garmin-Cervelo Cycling Team, to take pictures of the Team Buses, the bikes and some riders. The start was crowded but many people were local.
Then just after the start of the race I just had time to grab a baguette and went to Paris. Wow it was crowded! The streets were full of people but I felt all that joy and enthusiasm atmosphere. I had to find a good spot to watch the laps on the Champs-Elysee and the final sprint and I did.
After the finish I went to the Team Buses where I waited for the riders to come. I had the opportunity to see famous riders so close to me like Cancellara and the Shlecks (now I know how many bubbles Andy has got in his face). I even waited for the last one and saw him in front of me - Cadel Evans - the winner of this year's Tour. More or less like this: Stage End
On Saturday and Monday I had time to take pics of the monuments like the Louvre, Eiffel tower, etc. to eat the croissants, the cheese, the baguettes (I'm a bit bored of eating white bread).
This time I felt a bit disappointed of Paris like a city. Because I had time to take the tube and walk in many parts of the city I felt like it continues to have an enormous disparity between the luxurious and the poor life. I see more and more Africans (not a bad thing but just saying it's growing the migration from the former French colonies) and more Chinese tourists.
Most of all it was a well spent mini-holiday. It will certainly be a trip to remember - mainly from Sunday.
Now time to get back to my dissertation work!
Tuesday, 26 July 2011
Thursday, 21 July 2011
Monday, 18 July 2011
and I didnt really see that happen.
When I was 11 years old a nurse wrote on my vaccine book that 10 years later - 2011 - I needed to take a vaccine. I laughed and said that's ages away.
Now 10 years have gone. Today came to the same place 10 years older. I feel different, more experinced but so much still to learn and to live.
Today I didnt laugh. But the nurse wrote in my vaccine book July 2021 - ages away.
Thursday, 14 July 2011
Monday, 11 July 2011
I only see the status quo around me. This means people want to keep the things the way they presently are.
To make this simple for example people eat things that harm them or do things that are bad for themselves and don't want it other way.
Saturday, 9 July 2011
Friday, 8 July 2011
Andrew Stroehlein, a 43-year-old from Morristown, New Jersey, is trying to become the first person in the world to try all of Belgium’s 800-some beers. In doing so, he’s put together one of the handiest Belgian beer references in English on the web.
Thursday, 7 July 2011
The arrogance of willful ignorance
Wednesday, 6 July 2011
Tuesday, 5 July 2011
Now he has a new short film coming soon. It's called "Uma Rosa no Deserto" (A rose in the desert). The link for the Facebook page with everything from pics to videos and interviews: Uma Rosa no Deserto
Therefore a big crew of photographers, actors, film directors and producers and assistants went to Alentejo. We went to Nisa for the film shooting and slept in a familiar house in Alpalhão.
I had the pleasure to take part of the film as a supporting actor. Some friends and me had to dress as warriors because this part of the film was a fighting with warriors against men riding horses.
I really enjoyed being filmed but for those of you that think actors (directors, etc.) have an easy life you are wrong. Many plans of shooting can take ages to film and with hot temperatures it's even worse.
By the way everyone said I was smiling during the shooting when I was supposed to put a face of angriness and fear but I guess that's my face!
I also enjoyed meeting some new people (really friendly), eating local products like cheese, black pork and chorizo, walking through some peaceful villages, taking a bath in a dam and running 16k on Sunday morning watching shepherds walking with their sheep.
These are some pics of my weekend. I'll post the making-off and some other pics when available.
|Friends waiting for the breakfast in a typical coffee house|
|The coffee house with people drinking alcoholic beverages at 8am|
while we were taking breakfast
|The monument of Alpalhão representing a dolmen|
|We were getting the clothes for the shooting dirty to make|
it look more realistic
|The view from the house we slept|
|The historic part of Nisa|
|A man taking water from a fountain in Alpalhão|
Friday, 1 July 2011
The students used the project as a graduate film, which was awarded with three Young Directors Awards in Cannes.