November 17- Wine tasting in Paris

Hello November,

how was your day? I tell you how I finished mine: with a wine-tasting experience! A good friend of mine, invited me to a wine cellar, or to a restaurant that organized a wine tasting experience, with different varieties from … Greece!

You might say, wait a second here, with all this French wine of excellent quality, why bother?

Because we always look for new experiences in life! Isn’t this enough?

So I accepted the invitation to the “cave Mavromatis“, at the 5th arrondissement, and found myself tasting red and white wine from different regions, as well as some interesting “petit fours salés”, or “meze” with cheese, olives and spinach 🙂

My favorite, wines from Nemea, from the Skouras wine house (http://www.wine-searcher.com/find/skouras+grand+cuvee+peloponnese+nemea+greece); why? because there was something I found original, compared to French wines and easy to drink; but I am far from being an expert; but there was an expert around who also liked it and could say everything about the way it was made and all the flavors you could find…

Probably the best wine is the one we drink in good company, reminding us of gathering around the table with dear ones 🙂

http://www.tripadvisor.fr/Restaurant_Review-g187147-d4582810-Reviews-La_cave_Mavrommatis-Paris_Ile_de_France.html

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May 11- tranformation and self-love

Dear Sunday May,

I was to have tea with a Chinese friend, but canceled it because there were things I needed to work on this afternoon. He was so kind to say: never mind April, another time!

I couldn’t have finished in the morning, for the simple reason that I woke up late, after having been out last night. So my Sunday started practically after 12.00 when I decided to take my computer and go out in one of my usual Sunday headquarters. Just a parenthesis to specify that certain cafés are closed on Sundays in Paris, so for a café-lover as me, I need a Sunday hangout.

The first step, is usually a café where I meet up with a group of friends who leave at about 13.00 to have lunch elsewhere. So, I skipped this step and went directly to the second. It is a place where I often have lunch, tiny, with good prices and friendly waiters. Great cocktails at night.

I worked a lot, talked to a friend who joined me at some point. Chatted with the guy next table who wanted to know if he looked fine in his jeans.

I answered yes. This triggered a thought about liking, or loving oneself and self-transformation. Being liked, loved by others, is so important, we are ready to do almost anything to assure this love. Write a blog, become a rock star, sacrifice for others:

But how do we like ourselves? We can choose nice-cut jeans. We can eat well, buy ourselves beautiful things, or things that others consider valuable. We can become very accomplished, beautiful, rich, famous, helpful, powerful.

But is this liking or loving oneself? How about the desire for change? Is it based on self-love or self-hate?

In my case, I think self-love is to accept I have valuable things to offer and not feel diminished every time I ask others to join a project, an idea or even a date. If they yes, fine. If they say no, it is fine also.

If I ask for an approval I risk liking myself less every time I get a negative answer.

If I concentrate in co-creating, I am conscious of having something valuable to offer, but so do others. It is just different, that is why we are complementary.

Finding the right partner-s is necessary to love, grow, transform and create.

PS. Thank you Kimberly for the post on liking yourself! http://kimberlyharding.wordpress.com/

http://www.leclairparis.com/