Wordless Wednesday – Bali Blues

Posted by on April 23, 2014 2:13 am in My work | 0 comments

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Pics 1 &2 in Kuta; Pics  3 & 4 in Sanur, Bali, April 2014

So we are back from Bali and it was an amazing, amazing trip! To tell you the truth, we wish we could have stayed there at least another two weeks (we’ve been experiencing some form of travel-blues we had never experienced before, but it’s still good to reunite with the cat, the books, and all that!) There will be more pictures to follow and stories to keep them company, but for now, I thought a sample of my Instagram pics would be a nice touch.
See you around soon dearies!
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Review : When the Cypress Whispers by Yvette Manessis Corporon

Posted by on April 16, 2014 2:22 am in 3 stars reads | 1 comment

when the cypress whispersWhen the Cypress Whispers by Yvette Manessis Corporon
Pages : 368
Genre :  Contemporary fiction
Stand alone
My Rating : 3/5

About the Book  :

The daughter of Greek immigrants, Daphne aspires to the American Dream, yet feels as if she’s been sleepwalking through life. Caught between her family’s old-world traditions and the demands of a modern career, she cannot seem to find her place.

Only her beloved grandmother on Erikousa, a magical island off the coast of Greece, knows her heart. Daphne’s fondest memories are of times spent in the kitchen with Yia-yia, cooking and learning about the ancient myths. It was the thought of Yia-yia that consoled Daphne in the wake of her husband’s unexpected death.

After years of struggling to raise her child and pay the bills, Daphne now has a successful restaurant, a growing reputation as a chef, and a wealthy fianc?-everything she’s ever wanted. But across the ocean, Yia-yia can see through the storybook perfection of Daphne’s new life- and now she is calling her back to Erikousa. She has secrets about the past to share with her granddaughter- stories from the war, of loyalty and bravery in the face of death. She also has one last lesson to teach her: that security is not love, and that her life can be filled with meaning again.

My Thoughts :

If you’ve got travel on your mind, When the Cypress Whispers is one gorgeous occasion to evade the daily routine for the time of a few pages. From the start, we get transported to beautiful Greece with Daphne and her daughter, and soon with her whole family. The novel is filled with landscapes, food and colorful characters.

One thing I really enjoyed from the story was the inclusion of mythology. The myths definitely inhabit Daphne’s mind, as well as her whole family’s lives. I loved how they linked it to the story, in their conversations, getting real lessons from them.

There were a lot of characters to love and root for – Yia-yia, Popi, Yianni, Evie. But one of my main gripe with the story was Daphne. I found her hard to relate with, a tad on the verge of judgmental – and while this was part of her journey, it still made it difficult for me to appreciate her. Combine with the author’s insistence on Daphne and Popi’s weight, or Daphne’s rich american husband, there was something that felt superficial about it; a huge contrast to the setting and her family, that’s for sure!

Overall though, I quite enjoyed the book. It felt entertaining and quite light considering the secrets and the past events they all kept to themselves. It’s definitely a perfect summer book for readers wanting to escape to a beautiful, mystical place with a group of loving characters!

When the Cypress Whispers is available for sale now! Thanks to TLC Book Tour for generously inviting me to participate to this book tour!

Wordless Wednesday – The Architecture of Marseille’s Palais Longchamp

Posted by on April 9, 2014 12:20 am in My work | 4 comments

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Marseille’s gorgeous Palais Longchamp, where we visited the Museum of Narural History; August 2013.
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Bali, here we come!

Posted by on April 3, 2014 5:24 pm in other | 8 comments

This photo of Kuta is courtesy of TripAdvisor

This is it!

Tomorrow, this very Friday, the Man and I are leaving for a much, much needed two weeks vacation in Indonesia – more precisely, to Bali!

Unlike our trip to France, which had been planned for over a year, this one took life very quickly in early December, when a friend of ours left to explore Asia on her own for a few months. It will be exciting to meet with her there and have our own adventure in this beautiful, gorgeous place!

We have a lot on our menu for these two weeks – which feels incredibly short when you are going halfway around the world (all planes and connections together, this is 30 hours to go, 30 hours to come back!) We will stay in Kuta, Ubud and Sanur, and will be visiting temples, walking along beaches, swimming in the ocean, eating, drinking, dancing, exploring, taking pictures, reading… a very exciting time for sure!

Unlike when we left for Paris, I haven’t planned much for The Infinite Curio while we are away. There will be a few things, but not much. Our goal over there is to disconnect as much as we can, but I will probably add a ton of pictures on my Instagram – so follow me (@infinitecurio) if you want a small dose of our Bali adventure!

See you soon, my lovely readers!