We’re all like Olivia Pope when it comes to wine

Vine Art ... from the palate of first vine wine online

I'm not sure what the medal on the bottom is all about, but this is a good and interesting wine book. I’m not sure what the medal on the bottle is all about, but this is a good and interesting wine book.

A couple of months ago I was asked to review a book about wine. Not even an e-book like I usually get, but a genuine soft-cover copy. Tom Stevenson’s Buy the Right Wine Every Time — The No-Fuss No-Vintage Wine Guide is an interesting read and presents a lot of good information and wine reviews in an easily understandable format.

But first you have to get past the very loud front and back cover. The cutesy copy on the back (more about that here) proclaims that it’s for people who “drink wine but don’t think wine,” and who “prefer to stick to the types of wine [they] know.” With Stevenson’s help, they’ll get “instant professional guidance so [they’ll] buy the right wine every time.”

Fortunately, the contents…

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Paris, France – streets near the Eiffel Tower

I am moving to Paris.

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Paris street Eiffel

NIKON D300, Nikon 18-200 VR

This past year while in Paris I was in search of some street shots with the Eiffel Tower in the background.  It wasn’t as easy as it sounds.  I was walking on the back left side of the tower (if you are looking at it from the front).  I walked for about 45 minutes and wanted the perfect angle and shot…I found this one about 1 km away.   These look like apartments…and I can be certain they are not cheap!  It looked like a nice neighborhood…on every corner you can find a small shop or bakery.   Just beautiful!

It was fun just walking around trying to get this shot.  At this time, HDR was not in my mind….but this shot might have been perfect for HDR.  One day I hope to walk these streets again.  I can go for a crepe right now…

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Interiors: Bohemian Parisian Studio

I want this flat. I want to live in it in Paris.

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If you were curious enough to read the About Me section of this blog, you might have noticed a small mention of Russian being among the languages I speak or pretend to understand a little, the latter being the case here. I love to read anything in cyrillic, even if I only understand less than half, but I belive the exercise is welcomed anytime. So, when I discovered The Village.ru website, that features some very beautiful interiors, especially from Moscow, Sankt Petersburg or Kiev, I couldn’t stop perusing every room on the site. And then I fell in love: A Parisian studio with candles instead of wiring and antique furniture. It appeals to my bohemian side that miraculously awakens during summer and allows me to enjoy a stylishly cluttered room 🙂


Doesn’t all of this this look like the decor of a play?

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