Extraordinary Women: Celebrating Dr.Joann Fletcher & Queen Nefertiti

  I watched the incredible documentary called “Nefertiti Resurrected” based on Egyptian Queen Nefertiti and I discovered the female Egyptologist who was responsible for uncovering the controversial mystery surrounding Queen Nefertiti’s body and remains in the year 2003. Her name is Dr.Joann Fletcher and I was completely blown away.   First I had to admire…

Extraordinary Women: Celebrating Iris Apfel

Iris Apfel is actually the one person who inspired me to embark upon the Extraordinary Women series. I got the idea after watching her unique documentary on Netflix. While watching Iris, I realised that there were a lot of unique women out there that people have never heard about and I thought that that was a darn shame….

Extraordinary Women: Celebrating Sheetal ‘Strong’ Kotak

Her first name is Sheetal and her alias is “Strong” Sheetal Kotak really brings a whole new definition to the word – “Strong.” When I was introduced to this extraordinary  lady, I was totally blown away…and humbled. She is certainly NOT your every day person. One part of her is a loving mother, fiancé and career…

THE SPECTACULAR AVIGNON ARTS FESTIVAL

Every year the city of Avignon lights up for an entire 3 weeks as all genres of creative people and observers fill the streets with artistic festivities. Dozens of theatre shows, dances and cinematic projections can be seen per day. Musicians, performers and dancers from all corners of the world line the streets to entertain the…

LAISSAC Fete de Tour de France

WELCOME TO LAISSAC Christian Prudhomme’s comment Hard to tell in what state or shape the peloton will be at the end of this stage. It won’t be mountains but the journey through the Aubrac Plateau will be covered at an altitude of over 1000 metres during around fifty kilometres. Further away, the climb up to…

TOUR DE FRANCE – WELCOME TO RODEZ

Tour de France arrival in Rodez – the beautiful city on a mountain… Saturday July 15th The tour de France cyclists will end their day in Rodez – Midi-Pyrénées – and commence the tour de France once again the next day in the village of Laissaic.   Why not visit the glorious Notre-Dame cathedral while stopping over…

A short story about a city of knives

I never ever heard of a knife city before until I visited Laguiole with my husband recently. Okay I think Laguiole deserves a brief history of knives in France before you go thinking they like to murder people here. Not the case!!! So, in France, knives are taken very seriously. Every grown man owns a couple of…

Extraordinary Women: Celebrating Tokunbo ‘Tornado’ Nasamu.

There are some people you come into contact with and you can tell almost instantly that this person is definitely going places. They have so much energy and fire in them that’s enough to light up the world. Everywhere they go they shine, add colour to the place, lift the mood, inspire and they shed a whole new shade…

Secrets of the Paris Bateau mouche

  Psst…lean closer. Here’s a secret you might not know about the sights and sounds of  Paris as a first time tourist. An exciting trick I learnt was that you can tour most of the interesting places in Paris France, simply by taking a relaxing and cosy ride on the Paris Bateau mouche! Yes it’s comfortable,…

Did you know? Australian berries may have a cure for cancer

A chemical isolated from an obscure Australian berry has shown potential as a tumor-killing agent, and clinical trials are underway for its use in animals and humans. Scientists have isolated a chemical from the berry of a Australian plant endemic only to one region of Australia and have demonstrated promising early results regarding the compound’s…

Did you know? Plants have feelings…and are intelligent.

Bad news for vegetarians! Plants can ‘hear’ themselves being eaten – and become defensive when attacked Researchers from the University of Missouri found plants respond to attack They discovered the sound of caterpillars eating made them more defensive Plants that heard caterpillar sounds released more mustard oils, which are unappealing to caterpillars and thus ward…