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Thursday, April 23 2009

French Wine : Bordeaux !

Glass of white wine I guess you all have, at least once, heard the reputation of French wine but how many of you know anything more than "it's supposed to be good" ?...Don't answer ;) Let me make something clear before : it's a legend that in France everybody's a wine expert. Most of my friends barely can make the difference between a good wine and grape juice ;) ! (that's okay now, you can confess you know nothing about french wines)

So today I'm gonna teach you some little things :) (yeah, I forgot to tell you : I know some little things about wine ... I've been in a club :) ). First of all you must know that there are three (let's say four...) types of wine :

  • Red
  • White
  • White
  • Rosé (<= hey, that's a french word :) It means "pinked")

I know I typed "White" twice, that's because it's very common to distinguish sweet white from dry white. And I know I initially wrote that there were only 3 types of whine : that's because I don't consider Rosé as worth drinking so for me there are only Red, Sweet White, and Dry White :)

What's the difference between the three ? Easy : red wines are...red :) ! White wines are...white :) And Rosé wines are.... (let me remind you that it's a french word meaning "pinked") ....pink :) !! Therefore I'll let you guess where's the red, white, and rosé in the picture above :

Wines

Oh yeah, the other difference is : they do not taste the same, at all (see the end of the article for more about that)

Now, we finally arrive at the explanation of the title of this article : What the f*ck is "Bordeaux" ???...Little suspens here....it's a region of France. It's the region producing the more wine in France to be precise (and it's the region which produces my favorites wines too ;) ). In the region of Bordeaux there are :

  • many red wines
  • quite some sweet white wines
  • a few dry white wines
  • ...oh....yeah....they also produce quite a lot of Rosé (but I don't care about those ;) )

Knowing this you have much more knowledge than you had at the beginning of the article I bet, but nothing very useful yet. So I'll conclude this first article about wines with some useful tips :

  • if you see a sweet white bordeaux you can buy it :) I've almost never found an untasty sweet white bordeaux !!! That's the kind of wine you can drink with ladies at the apéritif and be sure everybody'll enjoy it.
  • if you find a red bordeaux (even if bordeaux are the best at quality/price) just do not buy it if it's way cheaper than 9€ (9€ in France, which should be about...way higher in others countries as the prices of French wines skyrockets when the bottle cross the borders :( ). Unless you know what you are doing you should not drink red bordeaux at the apéritif, and not with ladies (they usually don't like it this way). You should drink red bordeaux with meat, or (even better) cheese (I mean real cheese, not those weird plastic things labeled "cheese" you may find in the US)
  • And finally dry white wines : drink those during the aperitif if the weather's hot, or even better you can drink it while eating seafood whatever the weather is ;)

Wednesday, April 15 2009

Well...same player shot again ?

MazzeYou know the law project I was talking about last week ?...Thanks to some weird tricky legislative procedure it's been rejected at the house of representatives by a vote at the last moment ! Great isn't it :) ? When I learned it I was fucking glad ^^ !...but d'you know what ? The government decided the representatives willl have to vote again (because they were not pleased with the result of the vote)...

So that's official, they postponed a vote for a more severe law against incest so they can, instead, vote this f*cking piece of sh*t again. It's planned for the end of this month. And you know what ? For the first time of my entire life I'm seriously considering the opportunity to demonstrate ! A demonstration is planned 3 days before the vote, in front of the house of representatives and I'm quite sure I'll go !

Anyhow, I'll let you know so keep tuned, and even I don't go (as it's planned on a Saturday evening) I might still hang out around the house of representatives just to take some pictures with my "still new" camera (the area is quite gorgeous). So even if the only thing you care about is planning a touristic trip in Paris (which I understand ^^) you'd better keep tuned here ;) !

Tuesday, April 7 2009

Ludicrous !

shadockI apologize for this post, because it will certainly not be very interesting to you, but I do feel the need to write it ! Last Thursday the parliement voted a new french law called HADOPI, and this law sux

To summarize the thing : this law says that private firms will have the right to track down french people who illegally download musics and films, those firms will have the right to demand the name behind any IP address which they suspect of illegal download (as long as it's a French IP, don't worry foreign friends ;) ). Then, those private firms will have the right to send a warning e-mail to the concerned person. If this person's caught again it's a paper letter that is sent, and if they are caught again they have their internet access shut down for a year (or so)...Yes, it is fucking stupid.

  • Cracking a WEP protected wifi network can be done by my 7 months old nephew...hard luck for his neighbors, they might have their internet connection doomed by the law (and let's not even talk about open wifi networks...)
  • To track down p2p traffic the firms providing internet connection will have to invest in their infrastructure for better performances, therefore they'll raise their prices (yeahh, I love the idea of paying more for my internet connection in order to finance this whole shit)
  • What will they do if we just crypt our downloads :) ?...maybe some magic trick I guess...or maybe they are just to damn stupid for having thought about ir !
  • How the hell will they track down non-p2p download ? Oh yeah : either they can't, or they'll ask for the listing of every website we visit...man we're not China for god sake !
  • In France it is legal to make a private backup of any film or music you legally buy. But how will they know, seeing me downloading a song, if I have legally bought the CD or not ? Because if I have bought it, it's legal for me to download a backup of it you know...Answer : they don't give a shit about it, we will now be presumed guilty (nice isn't it ?)

And do you know the more frustrating about all this ? The thing that really pisses me off ? It's that the population knows, since the beginning, that this law is a piece of shit, and there've been demonstrations, petitions, and associations created just to denounce it...but the big firms who want this law to pass were stronger (well, at least they pay more) so this law was finally voted at the parliement.....at 11pm, by the 16 deputies which were not in there bed at that time (they are supposed to be more than 500 in this parliement !!!...They just were not warned that the vote was planned this day by the government..... at 11pm......bastards !)

Well, it's time for me to apologise for this borring article...but I really needed to write it down :) It cools me down ^^ ...Time to go to bed now (I hope they'll not vote allegiance to Russia while I'm in bed ;) )

Sunday, March 22 2009

Spring's coming in Paris !

Spring in parisWinter's gone ! The sun's been shinning for a whole week now in Paris, and even if it's just the beginning of spring and if some gloomy days are still to come : it's already great to have such a weather :)

It all started a week ago : the sun was shinning when I woke up...weird. I had my breakfast as usual, got a shower as usual, suited up as usual, and got out of my flat to go to work as usual...I noticed the second weird thing as soon as I had one foot outside the building : the temperature was nothing close to cold, watching a digital pharmacy sign I learned it was higher than 10°C (50°F)...nice :) ! Temperature

The day after that, same scenario...and one additional great spring features : skirts :) !!! I saw ladies wearing skirts from time to time as I walked in the town...smells like summer's coming :) ! To tell you the truth I even started again to lunch outside, in a little park, just to enjoy the sun and the pleasant show of people passing by with a smile on their face. Maybe I may even start again to take pictures of my beloved town and post them here ;) ...I guess I surely will :) (so keep tuned ;) ).

Seine river

Tuesday, December 9 2008

Preview

I don't have a lot of free time those days, but here what's incoming in the next days/weeks on my blog :

  • Christmas decorations
  • Christmas temporary things you may encounter in Paris (such as huge Christmas trees, fake Santa, etc.)
  • Christmas villages
  • photos showing how cold it is in Paris (I mean it's not that cold, but still a little bit...well, you'll see ;))

Any other ideas are more than welcome of course :) !

Sunday, November 23 2008

My new camera

Been a very long time without new articles ! Well, high time for a new one, don't you think ? So here is one, short but sweet :D In fact I recently had a brand new camera (to be honest my old "camera" was my phone, Sony Ericsson w810i, which makes very good pictures..but which is a phone ^^). So I had this brand new camera, and went for a walk (or two :p ) in Paris just to test it, and checking my blog I realized that it's been ages since I posted anything so I decided to make a new article just to show you some of the pics I took.

First one : a garden i really like in Paris (and I must confess it's weird I had not talked about it in my post about spots for a pick-nick) : The "Montsouris garden", in the South of Paris : Montsouris Parc Pretty nice isn't it ? I also have some really good photos of ducks there, but I'll spare you ;)

Second (and Third) picture : The Louvre Museum (once again : weird I had not talked about it in my "must see" article...) Louvre (please notice the moon, I'm pretty proud of it ;) )

Louvre (I guess the kings who lived there at the time liked to see themselves a glamorous way ;) )

Well, that's it for now. I'll try to add new articles very soon (that's a great excuse to use my new camera :) ! I love it, really...Note for myself : make a nice video to post on this blog too ), by the way : sorry for the quality of the pictures, I know they're not as sharp as they should be, I'm just starting to learn how to use my new camera, the next ones will be much better (I hope ;) )

See you soon, and if you would like to have a picture of something in particular in Paris : just ask, I'll be glad to hear :) !

Friday, October 10 2008

Ice cream anybody ?

Ice Cream I know winter's coming but, at least in Paris, the weather's still warm enough for me to eat an ice cream while walking around the town. But where do I buy ice cream in Paris ;) ? I guess some spots are the same worldwide, but maybe not all of them so I'll tell you my spots :D

To start with something you may know (so you don't feel too lost ;) ) let's name a worldwide brand : McDonald's ! I already told you there where a lot of McDonald's in Paris, and that's all spots where you can have a little McFlurry :) (my favorite one's with crunch :D ) Mc Flurry

Second tip about where to find ice cream : Ben&Jerry !! There are quite a few shops in Paris, but it's worth seeking them. I simply do love their ice creams ^^ ! Ben & Jerry

Third tip : Häagen-Dazs :) It's the most famous ice cream brand in France, it's fucking tasty, you'll find shops easily, but it's a bit expensive :( Anyway if you want to eat a good ice cream (especially if you want to seat at a table while eating) ask for the nearest Häagen-Dazs. Haagen Dazs

Fourth tip : Amorino. It's relatively new, but it's definitely the rising brand for ice cream. There's always a huge queue in those shops, I guess that's because the ice creams very good there (at least, that's why my friends say). And bonus point : there are many shops, so just like for Häagen-Dazs you can ask anybody in the street for the nearest Amorino you'll certainly end up with the good direction and a shop close to you :) Amorino Shop

Fifth tip : Well...no fifth tip. There are no more places I know where you can buy good ice creams...but I does not matter : with the four first, you have way enough to become fat ;) !

If you have any other spots tell me I'll had them :) But for now this post's over as you have enough tips to know how you'll conclude your little pick nick : with a nice ice cream :D !

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