French markets – best ones I know, everything from great fresh cheese to flowers to shoes, clothes, so many beautiful fruits and vegetables. Even if I don’t want to buy anything, it’s just great to hang around, meet people, have a coffee and later a beer and look at the whole “quartier” passing by – that’s what we did last sunday with my friend in Vincennes!
Second day in Paris – I’m visiting an old friend who lives a little outside the city, but still inside the metro circle. I’ve been living at her place when in Paris for almost twenty years now, it just feels like my Paris home. Little streets, trees, roses, Cafés and shops and a huge street market three times a week.
Every day I go to the city, to see exhibitions, shop, have a coffee every now and then, walk the streets or do some bicycle sightseeing.. Today it was the great street market in Vincennes and then Fondation Cartier (a great Bruce Nauman show), then the Grand Magasin “Au Bon Marché”, now collapsed at a nearby Café. Salut de Montparnasse! (Sorry, photos are just made with the iPad, as my photo battery has mysteriously vanished, again, at the very best moment..)
♥ Perfume of lilac and linden trees everywhere. German late spring is really something. Such green and abundance of bloom. At work, we keep the window open all day, to have the smells and the birdsongs as near as possible!
♥ Some great work (and life!) opportunity (if it proves true) in Tuskany – just for some days a month, but that’s exactly what I would love to do: Spend more time at different places I love (and where I have friends that are almost family). Include a little more travelling and freedom and time with fareaway friends in everyday life.
♥ Berlin rocking – I am, as you may have realized by now, a great lover of dance and ballet, and the Berlin dance scene is getting better and better after some years of (relative) lull. New festival and theater directors have taken over, invite great companies and invent interesting festivals. For examples, just check HAU, Berliner Festspiele, Akademie der Künste, and, of course, Tanz im August. From 2016 on, Volksbühne, too!
Maya Plisetskaya, one of the great ballerinas of the 20th century, has died this weekend – in this video she is still dancing, up to perfection in Maurice Béjarts Bolero. (Youtube, for the dance world, is just great. All those testimonials of an art that is passing by and gone after every performance – its rare recordings sleeping and hidden in some archives till 10 years ago!)
♥ Relax after a great weekend – we spent most of it at a 30-hours-concert at Kraftwerk Berlin, an incredible place in a huge old power house (see photo above). Contemporary music from Morton Feldman to electronic sounds, beginning Saturday afternoon and going on till Sunday at midnight (+ after-party). You could even sleep there if you wanted, you could listen to the music on camp beds, on the floor, walking through the halls that look like a cathedral of 20th century technique. It was an unforgettable experience. Best of: Morton Feldman, of whom we were offered the 5-hour-long String Quartet No. 2.
♥ Going to Italy for easter! After canadian winter, this is what I’m looking forward to since January. I’ll see my friends there and their little daughters, we’ll go to the beach and to the parents in the countryside and to Florence (theater, museums, gelato, maybe some shopping), drink many coffees in the sun and walk through the streets and places of Pisa that are part of our entwined stories for so many years now.
♥ Easter chocolats! And italian pastrie in Pisa and Florence.
♥ Beginning of April, kind of „my“ month of the year (an april child), month of new beginnings and spring.