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It’s a French thing

This month is the French Film Festival in Sydney.

I endeavor to attend at least one film at this festival each year. I like the way that French films weave a story beneath a story between many characters that are connected in surprising ways; and the fact that they don’t sugar coat an ending.

I am a fan of the beautiful Audrey Tautou, particularly in the comedy Priceless and The Spanish Apartment and the talented Alice Taglioni as seen in Cash and Paris- Manhattan. I also like the setting in France of places I may or may not have been.

This year I am looking forward to watching Barbeque, The Last Diamond and Sex, Love and Therapy.

Paris is also one of my favourite cities in the world and I have been known to become obsessed with all things French.

I went to a French restaurant last month, own a cliché miniature Eiffel Tower (hey- it was the only souvenir I could afford and fit in my back pack, and I love it- ok?) and dream- perhaps naively- of living in a French Château for a month or more.

I drink my tea out of my French mug set, enjoy a long French style lunch with French wine and one of my best friends is French (of course, that’s not the only reason we are friends Frenchie!).

I like the sound of the French language, polite French people (yes you can find some of these in Paris despite popular opinion) and am currently toting a Paris handbag purchased in the city itself.

I watch French cooking shows, enjoy French supermarkets and would love to go to the Cannes Film Festival one May.

I have the entire OPI French collection- La Collection De France, enjoy eating crème brulee and my current blog profile picture is of me in Paris.

I have Eiffel Tower earrings, like reading books set in France and have a box of a lady at the Paris opera house which was the inspiration for my wedding dress.

If I knew anything about home decorating, I’m sure my place would be fitted out and filled with all things French country.

I have seen the view from the Eiffel Tower, walked along the Champs Elysee and lunched in Place des Voges.

I have seen the magnificent gardens of Versailles, walked along the Promenade des Anglais in Nice and tasted wine in Bordeaux.

But still I hunger for more.

I want to see the canals of Colmar or Annecy, stroll around a castle at Mont Saint- Michel or in the Loire Valley and sip Champagne in Champagne.

I want to see the French quarter in New Orleans, walk around Montreal in French Canada and drink from coconuts in Bora Bora in French Polynesia.

Who’s with me?

Related posts: Europe, 2003, France, 1997, Part 2: The South of France, France, 1997, Part 1: Paris, O-P-I don’t mind if I do, TV replays and Movie Marathons

O-P-I don’t mind if I do!

I’m just going to say it- I am addicted to OPI nail polish.

Their clever marketing has sucked me in and now I can stop despite the fact that I have over 30 bottles of nail polish that I have no hope of ever using in my lifetime.

I discovered OPI nail polish when my bestie took me to my first manicure. Shortly afterwards, I purchased Ali’s Big Break as red is my favourite colour.

Next I bought Princesses Rule following a manicure session for my cousins wedding. A pale pink colour that was recommended as it could go with everything.

And with that- I was hooked!

Next came Purple with a Purpose and Austin-tatious Turquoise as my next two favourite colours. And I thought, ok let’s stop there.

But, then I found Grand Canyon Sunset and the obsession really began. They make nail polish after places in the world?! I must have all of the ones from my favourite places in the world that I have been to.

I started with the Coleccion de España- the Spanish collection- and once I obtained all eight colours in that collection I moved onto the six colours of La Collection De France- the French collection. By now it didn’t matter what the colours were or if they suited me as long as they belonged to the right collection.

I was dismayed to find that the London collection had been discontinued and New York only had a collection for the ballet company- not the city. There was also no Vancouver collection, so I settled with a bottle of Chocolate Moose from the Canadian collection.

When the San Francisco collection came out in 2013, I was majorly excited and bought the mini collection as soon as it hit the shops in Australia. I had realised that buying full bottles was not a viable option for me anymore as my bathroom cabinet was full to the brim.

As a preview of some places that are covered/are to come on the travel side of my blog, below are some other bottles of OPI nail polish that I own as places I have travelled to:

  • Vampsterdam (Holland)
  • You’re a Pisa work (Italy)
  • Euro Centrale mini collection (Hungary, Czech Republic).
  • Berlin there done that (Germany)
  • Big Apple Red (New York)
  • Diva of Geneva (Switzerland)
  • My address is Hollywood (USA)
  • Royal Flush Blush (Las Vegas)
  • Cozumelted in the sun (Mexico).

I wonder what they will come out with next?!

Related posts: Italy, 1997, Part 2: Bella ItaliaItaly, 1997, Part 1: From Rome to FlorenceSpain, 1997, Part 2: Beyond Barcelona,  Spain, 1997, Part 1: Barcelona,  France, 1997, Part 2: The South of France, France, 1997, Part 1: Paris, Holland, 1997England, 1997, Canada, 1997, USA, 1990