Talking About Death for Better Living – The Salon de la Mort (Part 2)

April 12, 2011 Parc des Buttes Chaumont

Have you ever thought about how even within a season like Spring, there is a birth-death-rebirth cycle?

When I was in the Parc des Buttes Chaumont with lovely blogger Linda Mathieu of Frenchless in France a couple of weeks ago, I noticed how a lot of the spring flowers which were at their peak a week or so earlier were starting to look past-their-prime and beginning to fall off the trees, making petal confetti on the walkways. (In fact, Linda has some photos of that day, too. She shows the petal confetti perfectly!) It made me think about how those spring flowers die to make way for richer, more verdant summer leaves and ripe fruit. Later, of course, these things fall to the ground, too, and summer makes way for fall, and then we do it all again, at least in climates that have this kind of four-seasons pattern.

What with Easter just around the corner as I begin to write this (and just beyond us as I finish), the idea of birth-death-rebirth resonates. It is a good time to post my report on the Salon de la Mort, the Death Expo,which was held in Paris on April 8, 9, and 10th.

(If this is feeling familiar, it’s because I wrote the Part 1 post here, introducing the salon just as it was happening.)

To learn more about my impressions of the opening night for the press and other advance visitors, please continue reading.

Fallen petals make confetti on the walkways.

(Short attention span? Like me as a person, but hate my long posts? Check out this under-300 word summary on my Posterous site! )

Paul and I arrived at the Carrousel du Louvre a little before 5 pm on April 7. I had never been down to the underground shopping area before, and one reason was because I had wondered about how people get inside**. I learned that there is an entrance at 99 rue de Rivoli (which is here — the Google Maps street view).  One goes in the entrance, down the escalators, et voilà, there you are. Easy peasy, right? Well, now I know, and so do you.

(** I understand how this should be a no-brainer. Obviously, you have not been inside of *my* brain lately, have you. 😉 )

Le Carrousel du Louvre

One of the features of this underground shopping mall, which also connects with the entrance to the Louvre, is the “inverted pyramid” mirroring the one above it in the Louvre courtyard.

The inverted pyramid is down the hallway.

Here is the inverted pyramid, a little closer.

According to GoParis at About.com,  “open 7 days a week, the Carrousel du Louvre features dozens of shops, a gourmet food court with 14 restaurants, and an elegant and airy setting.” One of the big and popular stores we passed going to the exhibition hall was the Apple Store.  You can see a smidgen of it on the opening page photo at the Carrousel du Louvre website. We didn’t go in.

Another interesting thing on the way to the exhibit space were the vestiges of the Medieval palace walls.

"Escarpment" walls -- like those surrounding a moat.

There is a nice photo and some explanation in French — I used Google Translate to get the gist — at this link here: Paris –> Musée du Louvre –> château du Louvre médiéval et enceinte de Paris.

The Salon de la Mort

At the entrance to the exhibition halls.

There I am at the entrance to the exhibition halls. I decided to be a little humorous, and dress with a little bit of death in mind. (Get it? The skull and crossbones?):

"I may be a pirate wench, but I ain't yo ho!"

It’s a little (*ahem*, a LOT) blurry as point-and-shoot cameras don’t do very well in low light. It’s a t-shirt designed by my long-time blogger friend, Kate, from The Radula. You can buy one at her Zazzle.com store, Dorid Designs. Here’s a better view, and the link where it can be found: PIRATE WENCH t-shirt

© Dorid Designs

Cute, huh! I have done a little bit of t-shirt surgery on mine, but I won’t get into that here. (Already I’m a bit off-topic, huh, but I have wanted to write about Kate/Dorid’s shirts for a while now. She has some other good ones at her site. Check them out! Even better: BUY ONE. Kate will appreciate it mucho.)

The Bar on the second level of the exhibition hall.

After getting our press passes, we were told to go up to the bar area where the presentation of the Salon would happen by its creators, Jean-Pierre Jouët and Jessie Westenholz. These are the same folks who have brought to Paris FIAC, the Salon du Livre, the Salon Nautique, the Salon Marjolaine, and the Salon du Patrimoine Culturel.

Jessie Westenholz and Jean-Pierre Jouët

Why was the Salon created?

Mme Westenholz, in her introductory speech, which, bien sûr, was in French, expressed how and why the salon was created. Here’s a paraphrase of a couple of key thoughts which jumped out at me, and which I (think I) understood:

Death exists in all domains, in all areas of our life. It’s taboo to talk about, but key to our life. We have to prepare for the eventuality of our death just like we might for our children’s wedding. We have a choice in how things can end for us, and for our family and responsibility’s sake, we ought to plan for the eventuality of death in our life. 

I hope that is a fair representation of some of the important things that Mme Westenholz wanted to express to the press about the Salon and its purpose.

Later on, I had a chance to read the press packet (also in French, bien sûr — my weak French got a workout!), and these other notions about the purpose of the Salon were expressed:

There are medical, economic, legal, cultural, and philosophical aspects of death, and the Salon intends to inform in each of these areas. The Salon hopes to encourage people and help them try to overcome the taboos about speaking of death, and also hopes to inform participants about their choices and options, preparatory steps, and help them to anticipate necessary decisions when it comes to death. The Salon also hopes equally to encourage thought, reflection, exchange, and sharing about the topic of death.

What was at the Salon?

In addition to meetings, round-table discussions, and debates on the topic of La Mort, nearly 100 exhibitors were present in the following categories:

  • Associations
  • Internet Companies/Organizations
  • La mort autrement — including things like urns, coffin art, memorial trees and memory gardens
  • Insurers
  • Funeral Service Operators
  • Other categories — including notaries (French Notaires), the Musée du Funeraire (who knew?!), something called “Sismo” (more on that later)
  • Press and media — such as Psychologies magazine, which had a feature in its April 2011 issue entitled «Pourquoi est-il si difficile de parler de la mort?» (“Why is it Difficult to Speak About Death?”) Their web article about the Salon is here. There is a second article with touching words given to the magazine about why a few participants went to the Salon here.
  • Expositions — art displays and other special features prepared by exhibitors
One of the interesting things Paul and I saw was this huge exhibit of caskets, a sample “preparation room” of a mortuary, displays of coffins, and other funeral needs such as headstones, and other memorials.

Chambre Syndicale Nationale de l'Art Funéraire (CSNAF)

The exhibit was from one of the largest funerary associations: CSNAF, a “union of manufacturers intended to bring together all types of funerary monuments, caskets, ceremonies, care of the dead and embalming, services, marble and granite, machinery and tools, flowers, etc. … and so lead a large community of funeral goods and services” (from the website About page, paraphrased with the help of Google Translate).

Paul and I giggled at some of these, especially the one on the left.

We also learned about Internet services such as this one: La Vie d’Après.

La vie d'après

La Vie d’Après at laviedapres.com, is a service that helps you organize your online life and gives solutions about how your family and friends can access your important accounts in the event of your death. As it states on the site’s Servicespage:

A dashboard allows you to easily write messages to each of your relatives. It is a way sure to give them support when they need it most, but it is also for them to access your memories and your online life. You can organize and plan your messages and be assured that their contents will be issued no matter what.

Think about it — how many of you who have Facebook, Flickr, blogs, email, and other accounts for which you would want there to be closure for family and friends? Wouldn’t you like these things to be organized and available (or perhaps NOT available!) to family and friends in the event that you died? I know this exhibitor made me think about this in my own life.

Extra-Céleste unique urns, reliquaries, and commemorative plates.

One of the exhibitors I really was taken with was Extra-Céleste urns.

Sandra Piat, pictured in the center of the photo collage with Paul, is the creator of these artistic urns. On the website, it explains that Mme Piat “wishes to fight the taboo with which society surrounds Death,” and she has used her “creativity, professionalism, and sensitivity” to create these beautiful works of art.

I loved the colors, shapes, and various styles that were presented, and also the creativity with the materials chosen. For example, the urn in the first column and third row is made of Egyptian salt (it’s also pictured in the upper-right photo). Called the “Siwa,” it is designed to dissolve in water. Other urns are made of environmentally-friendly and biodegradable materials, too, such as the ones in the bottom right-hand corner. Called the “Cocoon,” these urns are made of hand-woven cotton and are intended to biodegrade in earth. My favorite of all, though, is the center photo of the urn decorated with shells. The “Nacre” has such an ethereal beauty. My photo does not do it justice, but trust me, it was really pretty.

My only wish was that my French could be better: I would have loved learning more about Mme Piat’s story of how she came to channel her artistic vision into such beautiful objects for such a necessary purpose. If you are decent at reading French, Extra-Céleste uploaded in PDF format the article from the Psychologies magazine in which they are featured.

Alternita urns and necklace, ABCréation biodegradable coffins

Just when you think you have seen it all, something like the Alternita necklace for cremains or cardboard coffins from ABCréations (cercueils-en-carton.com) comes along. This stuff made me grin, but only because not only are these things interesting and fairly “hippie chic,” they are downright intelligent. Here’s another unique idea…

"Ahoy, matey!"

The above is a nice segue into the artistic side of the Salon.  Several artists displayed paintings, sculpture, and photographs relating in some way to death.

1 ) Artist unknown — I realized on posting this one that I forgot to note who created this mural. It was a part of the Art+2/Exposition «Pas de visa pour l’au-dela» exhibition. [Later: A little research in the press packet and on Google leads me to believe this is a work by Philippe Cognée. There are others very similar online in a series called «Vanitée». In fact, I just found this blog post online which makes believe this is «Vanitée 4».]

2 ) Hervé Di RosaLa Procession, 2002

3 ) Top: Xavier McPake, Untitled (this particular work is displayed at the Galerie Premier Regard in Paris, where McPake is a featured artist); Bottom: Jean-Pierre Raynaud 11 September 2001. (His official site is here: Jean-Pierre Raynaud.)

4 ) Fabien Verschaere, The Fantasy, 2011. See also the interesting links at Art Statements (dot) com, and PinkWork (dot) com.

5 ) Ben, Que penser de la mort? 2009; La mort tue, 1999; La vie est inutile, 2009. You may remember his mural in Belleville on this post of mine here from May of 2010.

6 ) Gérard Garouste, Vanité au singe, 2010.

7 ) Mark Brus, Profile of the Mountain, 1995.

8 ) Mark Brus, Flores para los muertos, 2006. (Note: I can turn up nothing about this artist online. He’s beyond my Internet magic skills, I guess!)

9 ) Joel-Peter Witkin, Still Life with Mirror, 1999. More of his work is shown here at the Edelman Gallery site. Caution: some of it is pretty bizarre, and probably not safe for work. It’s interesting, though, in a strange, dark way (if you are into that, which I can be when in a certain mood).

Sophie Zénon - In Case We Die, Palerme

Photographer Sophie Zénon displayed photographs of the mummies in the catacombs of the Capucins de Palerme**, in Sicily, Italy in her series entitled In Case We Die.

(**Okay, you gotta check this out — it is some trippy sh*t. I don’t know why I have never heard of the Capuchin Catacombs of Palermo before, but I haven’t. It’s WILD. The Paris Catacombs cannot hold a candle to this creepy/cool place! Okay, so maybe they are both super-creepy, but I’ve already seen the Paris Catacombs. Now I want to see the Palermo ones!)

L'Emaux Zaïque de Dawa and Heliostèle by Repose in Light

Some of the artists were not strictly related to the funeral industry, but their artwork has applications to memorializing loved ones who’ve passed on.

The creators at L’Emaux Zaïque de Dawa (this is supposed to be a jeu de mots that I am sure is puntastically wonderful, but all I can figure out is that l’emaux is “enamel.” All together, the pun sounds like le mozaïque, which is the crux of the pun) were busy replicating the Salon de la Mort logo in mosaic tiles (and drinking wine, haha — “Welcome to France” [WTF] as DL would put it).

For example, here’s how I have seen mosaics used in Père Lachaise Cemetery (not this company’s work as far as I know, but for illustrative purposes I wanted to give an example. Check out their site for their specific work):

Mosaic at Père Lachaise Cemetary - August 2010

The Heliostèle is another interesting idea for memorializing someone. They can be seen at the site Repose in Light (dot) com. The company representative spoke to Paul and I in English and said that they are solar-powered, and are things that can be placed in gardens or in homes as memorials in addition to cemeteries.

One of the most unique things we saw at the Salon de la Mort was this, by Sismo Design.

Sismo Design -- Vanités High Tech

Their website, sismodesign.com, is a little hinky (very Flash-heavy), but here is the essence of what is going on. A person has their head scanned. A full-3D model of his or her skull is created via that machine in the picture. It’s very CSI, very 21st century, eh?

Here’s a photo from the exhibit showing the results:

Sismo Design -- Vanités High Tech


In conclusion…

Paul and I saw much, much more at the Salon within these categories, but what’s represented here were the highlights to me (and my camera).

A significant portion of the Salon was made up of the talks, debates, and discussions going on during the actual event from April 8-10. Since we were just at the press opening, we did not get a sense of all the information communicated in those forms.  However, the website for the Salon de la Mort has more information, including videos of newscasts and the press dossier that can give people a better idea of what all was there in terms of content.

In addition, I found these sites reporting on the event:

  • MSNBC Photo Blog, April 7, 2011 (English)
  • The Salon de la Mort SCOOP (dot) It web article curated topic (mostly French, but some English articles)
  • FOLEFFET.com’s report about the Salon de la Mort (French)
  • Global Action on Aging’s report on the Salon de la Mort (the site itself is in English, but the article is in French, on the French-language portal of the site)
What did I think of the whole thing?
I thought it was terrific! The last article I cited up there (the one from the Global Action on Aging) quotes Jessie Westenholz as saying the following:

…il n’a pas été facile de monter cette première édition… Les médias ont répondu aussi présents, la couverture presse est très bonne. Des journalistes ont pu être gênés de couvrir un tel évènement, mais après échanges, discussion sur les enjeux, ils sont repartis avec la sensation d’aider les vivants, concrètement! … [N]ous espérions 25 000 entrées, [mais] nous ne devrions pas dépasser les 15 000. La première édition de ce salon ne sera pas rentable. Nous pensons que nous devrons attendre sa troisième édition pour atteindre un résultat positif. Rendez-vous en avril prochain pour le prochain salon de la mort!

…it has not been easy getting this first edition… The media responded and were also present, the press coverage is very good. Journalists have been embarrassed to cover such an event, but after exchange, discussion on issues, they are left with the feeling of helping the living, actually! [W]e had hoped for 25 000 entries, [but] we won’t exceed 15 000. The first edition of this show will not be profitable. We think we will have to wait for its third edition to reach a positive outcome. See you in April for the next show of the dead!

I really respect what the founders of the Salon de la Mort have tried to achieve. I think it is a great idea, I think it is something that is very-much needed, and I wish the Salon better success next year.  Go next year! Learn all you can about this very necessary aspect of life: preparing for death.

Over and out.

Paris Karin

(an alien parisienne)

P.S. Because, you know, I didn’t reach 3,000 words, yet. 😉 This post would have come to you sooner if it had not been for THE ROYAL WEDDING, which I somehow got sucked into watching today, April 29. I became obsessed, tweeting like mad! Really, it was the most I have tweeted in a day, and now (probably) represents about 1/4 of my total tweets.

Anyway, there are some remarkable photos from The British Monarchy’s Flickr site:

I have not had so much fun in a long, long time, nor have I cried as much having that kind of fun! I didn’t expect myself to be so emotional, but it stands to reason, since I woke up at Wee Hours o’clock on July 29, 1981 to watch Prince William’s mother and father wed.

But, I also wanted to send much love and light to those who have lost much, including their lives, in the southern United States.  Peace be with them.

(Now it’s really good-bye until I post next. See you again soon!)

UPDATE: May 5, 2011

I take the above back. I’m here today to link in Paul’s post about the Salon de la Mort over at Bonjour Paris. He’s very punny, as usual (love the one about “carrying a torch for cremation,” haha!), and he added in a couple of things we saw together about which I didn’t write, so check it out. Thank you!

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29 thoughts on “Talking About Death for Better Living – The Salon de la Mort (Part 2)

  1. The long version is definitely worth the read. And what gorgeous pictures. The only thing more fun than this article was being there with you!

    • Hey sweetie — it was really fun to be there with you, too! It was fun to laugh at the event — so much was kind of strange and morbid, it was hard not to, huh. It was interesting to see how another culture approaches some of the issue of memorializing their loved ones. I’m glad you liked the long version of the post as well. Thanks for tweeting and putting it on FB. It’s appreciated! ♥ K

  2. Karin,

    This article is superb! I feel as though I was with you there. The subject of the salon is quite a necessary one. I have just a little bit of experience with dealing with cemeteries and tombstones in France because of my involvement with the Beauford Delaney Gravesite Project. Everybody should make preparations for their passing long before the event arrives, and the salon is a perfect way to begin doing so in an atmosphere that does not seem morbid (at least not from your photos).

    BTW, I did not watch “the Wedding,” but I did enjoy your tweets about it!

    Hope to see you soon,
    Monique

    • Hello, Monique!

      I’m glad that you liked reading! I’m glad it could give you the sensation of being there. I hope that getting the word out about this first Salon de la Mort will lead people to go to subsequent ones in following years. Yes, I imagine you did get quite a lot of experience in this arena with the Beauford Delany Gravesite Project. <—- I've linked in the blog/site about the project, and the article cited in Wikipedia about the gravesite ceremony. I hope some folks reading this comment will go check out those two links!

      It’s true that the Salon is a great way to introduce the concept of, as the motto says, “Talk about death for better living.” I know it made me think about my own plans (or lack thereof!). As I commented back to Paul, I walked around fascinated by the things there, laughed at a lot of others, and was thoughtful at many more.

      LOL re: The Wedding. I had a blast tweeting about it, for sure. 🙂 I cannot believe I got into it as much as I did. I really did not even intend to watch. I was really glad I did, though. 🙂

      I’d like to see you again soon, too, Monique. If we don’t run into one another at a Tweet-Up or something soon, we’ll have to be proactive and set something up, won’t we.

      Take care!

  3. Criiiikey, that was a long and superbly interesting post!

    I have to be a total girl here, and say that although I loved your t (I even read it out to my boyfriend and pretended it was my own joke) I LOVED your skirt! I will be checking out your friend’s other designs, can you get her to sell copies of the skirt though?

    Lovely blog by the way 🙂

    • Well, hello, Holiday Villas in France. 🙂

      I’m glad that the post could hold your interest in spite of its length. It was such an interesting event. I hope that next year my French will be better; I’d like to go and catch some of the speakers and discussions.

      My friend did not make the skirt. Actually, it is the bottom half of a full-length slip I had bought at a shop called April Cornell back in Denver in 2000. April Cornell is no longer in business as a retail shop, but heeeyyyyyy, I just found out they are online! Cool! http://www.aprilcornell.com/.

      Anyway, last year when I visited my best friend, we chopped the slip in half, and made a camisole top and a drawstring skirt from the bottom. So, it’s a one-of-a-kind at this point, and a re-purposed item to boot! The other day I walked past Naf Naf here in Paris, I think it was, and they had similar skirts in the store as a part of their Collection Ballarine — limited for this Spring. Maybe you could check online to see what they have.

      Thanks, and take care!

  4. That was a great walk with you. I’m not sure if I would have enjoyed the salon de la mort or not. I’m sure my husband wouldn’t have. He hates to talk about death and dying. I don’t even know where he wants to be buried so I guess I will just do what I want to.

    • Hi Linda! Nice to see you here. 🙂 Well, according to the creators of the Salon, your husband is not an unusual French person, then. That was definitely one of the points of the Salon’s existence — to try to insert it into some conversation.

      I personally find it interesting that people have such a phobia about it… I mean, of course I get why, but there is also something so inevitable about death, I just don’t understand how some can be so avoidant.

      As a cross-cultural experience, it was pretty terrific! If you want to go next year, let me know. 😉

  5. Awesome post (I am going to include it in next week’s Saturday Six). I love the Carousel primarily for one thing – there awesome Le Point WC bathroom – so clean! Whenever I am in the Jardin or anywhere in there area and nature call’s I know exactly where to run too!

    What a fascinating show, I think I would have really liked it. And it so true about the circle of life, things die for others to live. I love the online service, I love the artsy urns…so cool!

    • Thank you, Andi! And heeeyyyyy, I did not know about the Le Point WC! Is that the one that costs a full euro to get into? Sounds worth it, though! 😀 Good to know, good to know. I have a mental list of potties around Paris, too, lol. I’ll add that one to it!

      The Salon was truly was a fascinating experience, and probably one of my Top 10 in Paris in the past nearly-three years I’ve been here in terms of “Interest Factor.” Well, with that Père Lachaise is in my Top 3 of favorite Paris places, it is probably no surprise, heh! 😉 I can be a little dark, lol.

      I think I want to be cremated and placed in that shell urn — so, so pretty! Really lovely works of art.

      I’m glad to know that you feel this would be something interesting. 🙂 I have to say, now I am really curious about the topic, especially for expats living in Paris. We can find a lot about how to get to Paris, what to see, where to go, how to get a visa to live here, how to get married here — but nothing I have really seen has been about, “What if someone dies while in Paris or France?” I mean, I can understand why not: what a painful topic, and a sad one. No one wants to think about it. But I knew a South American kid who died in a skiing accident when I was a teacher back in the States, and had to find out how a parent from another country goes about “repatriating” their child. Really sad. But something necessary to know. Anyway, I think it is something we could all use a little more information about, and the Salon accomplished that to some degree, for French speakers. Makes me want to do some more investigation about how an expat would deal with this, though.

      Thanks again, Andi. Have a good week!

  6. very interesting indeed. definitely gave me some food for thought & I’d be curious to go to one myself.

    • Hey Forest — Thanks for checking the post out. 🙂

      Yeah, it was extra-cool that I had just finished all the seasons of “Six Feet Under” the same week Paul & I went to this. It made the experience that much more interesting/relevant/fun! Sure, there is a little bit of a Creep-Out Factor with it, but the Salon was very tastefully-done and informative. Go next year!

  7. Hi! We met up yesterday with a NY associate of M’s who is here on vacation. She mentioned that she hadn’t seen any funeral homes here, so I told her that you reported on this Salon. She became a widow 5 years ago and told us about all her husband’s NY Italian family’s stipulations for the funeral arrangements. The family was scandalized when she decided to have him cremated and scattered his ashes in LI Sound 6 months after the funeral, but it’s what she and her children decided was the best way to say goodbye. Death can be complicated, so it is good to prepare, I guess!

    • Death can be complicated, so it is good to prepare, I guess!

      This is true! One lesson I learned from watching “Six Feet Under” is that everyone has expectations that can be in conflict with one another. But if a person has stipulated his or her wishes beforehand, then those take the priority.

      I guess my view of it is that the dead are dead, so that one is not going to care what happens. These preparations are definitely for the living, and I think that if a person cares about his or her family and friends — their loved ones — then they would do good to spare the living potential stress and conflict about what to do in the event that someone dies. Simply leaving written and signed wishes can be enough — notarized — at the very least!

      There is one funeral home outlet just up by the Buttes Chaumont park and this group: http://www.pfg.fr/, the largest in France, has over 2,000 locations in the country, I am pretty sure I heard one guy with whom we spoke say. Paris has over a dozen locations of just this funeral home chain alone.

      Thanks for sharing your friend’s experience with this & for mentioning the post. It’s kind of a strange thing to report on, but a necessary part of life, right?

      See you later, Susan! 🙂

  8. Dianne

    Thank you for the excellent commentary!!! on the exhibit. Yes, I too got up at 1AM to watch the wedding and then later on over the weekend watched it again and Sunday on Spanish TV for a different viewpoint. It was emotional and I thought about the late Princess..silly but I felt we had to be there for her, also. Take care and loved the pictures also..Dianne

    • Hi Dianne!

      Thanks for coming by and reading. 🙂 I’m glad you enjoyed the photos and so on.

      Re: The Wedding — yes, super emotional, wasn’t it? Speaking of funerals, as well: the thing I kept thinking was about how Westminster Abbey is where Princess Diana’s funeral was, too. I am so glad they had the wedding there. It made a happy occasion in the place where such a sad one had been in their family history. I was glad Elton John was at the wedding, also. Talk about full circle** (I cried buckets back in ’97 when he sang at the funeral).

      Take care, Dianne!

      ** Now I have “The Circle of Life” going ’round in my head, haha. 😀

  9. Excuse my short attention span, but I kind of got caught up in that pirate wench T-shirt. Funny!

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  11. What a fantastic post! First of all, I love your pirate shirt. I would get one for myself. Second of all the atmosphere of Paris makes me really nostalgic. I think that tonight, with a cup of jasmine tea, I will re-read this post.

    • Thank you so much, Olga. 🙂 I know my friend Kate would *love* it if you got a shirt! And oh man, you got me with the jasmine tea! I can smell it now. Lovely stuff that is! I welcome you back later today & hope you re-enjoy the post. I have another one brewing right now, too, so hope you check back soon — probably by the end of the week (I hope!).

      Thanks for reading. 🙂

  12. Really interesting post Karin!! I like to think that birth, death, rebirth cycle means that during rebirth, good things will come our way. life reflects nature in almost every way, don’t you think?

    • Hi Lindsey! 🙂 Thank you so much for taking time to come by and read, and I’m glad the post was interesting for you. I agree wholeheartedly about that life cycle in nature being a reflection of our life process, our creative process, too. In fact, I am coming to the end of an exceptionally good week in which I felt that sense of “rebirth” in so many ways. It was nice to see your comment and think about how much this week I felt a kind of regeneration of my own creativity and prosperity. Seeing Owen Wilson at Shakespeare and Company kind of helped, too, lol! 😀 More on that later, here, I do hope!

      You take care, Lindsey. I hope to catch up on some reading on your blog soon, too (the good part about not reading is that I have been away from the computer & out *living life*, but I really like reading your posts and have missed it! Finding that balance is a bit of a trick, isn’t it. 🙂 ).

  13. Beautiful! What a cool exhibit in the most recent post!

    • Thank you, Kelleyn! I peeked in on your blog, too. 🙂 Good luck with your pregnancy, and I hope you win that trip to Paris!! Thank you for stopping by and commenting.
      Take care!
      Karin

  14. Ah les Buttes Chaumont ! One of my favorite place in paris 🙂
    Lovely photos…

    • Hi Audrey! Thanks for reading the post and I am so glad you enjoyed the photos. 🙂 I was just at the Buttes Chaumont today, showing around a guest (fellow blogger from The Armchair Parisian and her niece). It was a cool, quiet and wet afternoon, though — not as pretty as in the springtime, but also not without its charms. We had a good time there.

      Thank you for commenting, and I’m checking on your blog now, too! 🙂 Oh, wait!!! I just looked in on it now, and I have visited yours before, I’m sure of it! I love the walks and places you have posted — and yes, I “Liked” your Facebook page some time ago, too. 😉 I remember now. I really hope to take some more promenades in Paris, especially in spring and summertime, which already can’t come soon enough for me, lol. Again, winter has its charms, but I have to say that rain is not one of them for me, haha. But, it’s still Paris. She’s even pretty in the rain, isn’t she.

      Be well, and thanks again!
      Karin

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