Thursday, July 15, 2010

What I’m grateful for in Paris



Hello again, I had a whirlwind four days in Paris celebrating NAIDOC Week and researching a travel story for Women’s Health magazine (will let you know when it runs). Here’s a very short list of what I was grateful for while there July 7-11.
1. OLD FRIENDS: It was wonderful to find myself amongst old friends (while making new ones) while in Paris for four days. David and Sue travelled down from Norwich to catch up, Aline was there to help me do more ‘research’ for Paris Dreaming, and Catherine whom I first met at a writers salon in New Caledonia is taking one year sabbatical to write in Paris. We all managed to have dinner at one of my favourite restaurants Nomad’s- with Ania a colleague from Australia - who arrived in Paris the night before I left. There’s something to be said for breaking bread with friends from around the world at the one time in a wonderful city like Paris.
2. THE AUSTRALIAN EMBASSY: I am grateful for the Australian Ambassador to France, David Ritchie. A man with a fab sense of humour, David hosted a NAIDOC event in his residence where I addressed the intimate crowd on how Aboriginal writers and writing closes the gap in literacy and ignorance. It was a memorable evening as I spoke with the Eiffel Tower as a backdrop. Stunning, as you can imagine!
3. MACAROONS: I was excited but a little nervous that the hotel I was booked into – Cadran -had its own chocolate bar with the most delicious macaroons. Do I need to explain? If so, you’ll have to keep your eye on Women’s Health magazine for the story I am writing.
4. THE SEINE: Cruising the Seine was a perfect Saturday morning thing to do to calm my nerves after the chaos of the past three weeks.
5. BREAD: Every time I go to Paris I swear I will never eat bread back home again. I had a carb overload with the wonderful French breads... and butter (it really does taste better), cheeses and of course foie gras! As I have always said: at least if we had been colonised by the French we would’ve had better food and better fashion than what the English imposed upon us.

4 comments:

Agabelle said...

I can't believe it's been a week already since we were listening to your inspiring and uplifting presentation at the Australian Embassy, and also enjoying the French and Caribbean way of life. Vivid memories for a lifetime!

vinoth said...

Hi anita charming paris girl....you have a wonderful blog...apart from visiting your blog.. i feel to drop a comment for you here at your blog...since you have a wonderful contents,,,really ..for a non native english speaking person like me...this blog helps to improve communication by reading the contents....

I would like to keep in touch with u as a blogger and also as a friend...

thank u...nice blog

Anita Heiss' Blog said...

Agabelle - it was so fabulous to spend time with you and share moments that I will always treasure. Time goes fast indeed, which means we'll probably be doing it again soon enough!

Anita Heiss' Blog said...

Vinoth - thank you for dropping my the blog, and I'm glad you appreciate the words I share here. Much peace, Anita