8.12.12

Part 2 of my French Summer Vacation 2012

We went to visit the place where Leonardo Da Vinci spent his final years. I think that pretty much sums it up.

JG

8.08.12

Part 1 of my French Summer Vacation 2012

This is a small commune called Liré with a population of 2,000. This is where my mother and uncle grew up and where my grandparents currently live. Its quite a small simple town, inhabited by few but loved by many. The famous Joachim du Bellay lived here in the XVIth century. He wrote the famous poem “Heureux qui comme Ulysse, a fait un beau voyage”. The lines go by:

Heureux qui, comme Ulysse, a fait un beau voyage,
Ou comme cestuy-là qui conquit la toison,
Et puis est retourné, plein d’usage et raison,
Vivre entre ses parents le reste de son âge !

Quand reverrai-je, hélas, de mon petit village
Fumer la cheminée, et en quelle saison
Reverrai-je le clos de ma pauvre maison,
Qui m’est une province, et beaucoup davantage ?

Plus me plaît le séjour qu’ont bâti mes aïeux,
Que des palais Romains le front audacieux,
Plus que le marbre dur me plaît l’ardoise fine :

Plus mon Loir gaulois, que le Tibre latin,
Plus mon petit Liré, que le mont Palatin,
Et plus que l’air marin la doulceur angevine.

The English translation would be (and keep in mind this is from the internet and not a literal translation):

Happy who, like Ulysses, had a good voyage
Or who, like the man who conquered the fleece,
And then came home filled with usefulness and reason
Lived out the rest of his life with his parents!

When, alas, I think of my little village
With the smoke coming out of the chimney in all seasons
I think of the little garden in my lowly house
Which is to me, a province, and much more

Nothing pleases me like the little house, built by my ancestors
Not the Roman palaces, with their ostentatious entrances 
Hard marble does not please me as much as gray slate

I prefer the Gallic Loire, to the Latin Tiber,
I prefer the little  Liré to Palatine Hill
And not the sea air but the soft atmosphere of Anjou.

He certainly is a classic and definitely a lover of this little commune (just like my mother) of his which has since modernized and adapted to the modern world. This place is so old fashioned and seems far from the United States and far from developing into an internet-worthy town, but that’s just how it is.


More photos coming next with more stories.


JG

7.04.12

7.4.12

Happy 4th of July, everybody. Usually every 4th of July, I jump on a plane and head to France. This year, I’m heading there on the 8th, and shall be back the 28th (hopefully). Who knows? With the shitty mood I’m in, I might just stay there and not come back. So I decided to post a few photos I took of my wonderful summer last year (2011) spent in Oceanside, California, Brussels, Belgium and Liré, France. Awesome. Hoping to take better pictures this summer while I’m in France. 

JG

6.28.12

5.28.12

A bit late on these photos, but these are from Washington DC. Arlington, Virginia, actually, but the main reason I went was to go to DC to visit American University. I ended up not taking photos at AU because there was a lot of construction and no good angles to take photos at. Though, I know I should have. Things turned out to be great and AU is my #1 choice of school. Problem is: finance. I’m not the child of a pilot or a government leader or anything like that, so I don’t have the money, which kind of sucks, but I’m hoping to get a scholarship. To be honest, I’m going a) because they have a good psychology program and I can always change my major if I feel and b) this boy, this boy. He’s not the main main reason, but I have a good feeling about him. I really do. Will I get the money or the scholarship to go? Hopefully I will. I’m praying.

JG

6.21.12

6.21.12

Two months ago today, I made a fantastic decision: to go to prom with this amazing guy. Two months ago today, I kissed this guy. His lips were soft, the kisses were slowly and meaningful. Two months ago today, I made myself vulnerable to a very sweet boy. Two months ago today, I called myself “girlfriend” to one of my best friends at that moment. I love this boy. I know that bit. And I miss him so much, and I can’t wait until he comes back home. :*

I love you, Livio

Happy two months, baby

JG

6.20.12

6.20.12

So I am heading out to DC on Sunday and I thought I would look up some photos that I had taken tack in 2009. So here they are. These are from February 2009 (Valentine’s Day to be exact). I remember a lot from this trip. I stayed at my mom’s friend’s house, Marina, who prepared great Italian dinners for us. I met her son Chris who I had an enormous crush on at the time. We (my cousin, Mom, Dad and I) visited an art museum and the Ford Theater the day after we visited the White House, the World War Memorial, the Washington Monument and the Lincoln Memorial with Marina. Everything was splendid.

This time when I head back, Chris will not be there (not quite sure how I feel about that (but leaning more towards relieved since I don’t have to worry about being hit on because I have such an awesome boyfriend)) and I will be staying at Marina’s house with her and her husband and their lovely dog, Jet, who is absolutely adorable. I will be posting “update” photos when I get back from the trip on Monday night.

JG

6.17.12

6.17.12

My last day in California before heading back to the 305. It is Father’s Day and we had a great Father’s Day brunch at some breakfast place, sort of like Denny’s only the portions were huge. Kind of glad I spent today like I did, minus the whole having to climb back up the mountain to get home, almost throwing up all the food I previously ate and having a stuffy nose (I may have a cold (BOO)). Hope you all are having a good summer as well!

JG

6.16.12
6.16.12
This is me at Robert E. Frazier beach in Carlsbad, California, about a 10 minute drive from where I am staying until Monday. It was hot, despite the cool breeze in the morning. I guess I should have worn lighter clothes and maybe a tank top instead of long sleeves. I did a good job at hiding my sweat stains before the picture though ;)
JG

6.16.12

This is me at Robert E. Frazier beach in Carlsbad, California, about a 10 minute drive from where I am staying until Monday. It was hot, despite the cool breeze in the morning. I guess I should have worn lighter clothes and maybe a tank top instead of long sleeves. I did a good job at hiding my sweat stains before the picture though ;)

JG

6.16.12

6.15.12

San Diego State University

I went to visit San Diego State University on Friday for a walking tour of about an hour. There was this really snobby dude there who kept looking and walking with me. He is probably a transfer student because he looked way old than I. In fact, most of the people on the walking tour looked taller than me. They probably thought my mom was the new student or whatever. Anyway, our tour guide, Carla, would call out majors asking the people on the walking tour whether they would be participating in that major. She’d look around at the puzzled and sleepless group (who all were holding coffees except me (east coast bitch)) and shout “WOOHOO”. So imagine… “Arts and Letters………… WOOHOOO”!, “Health and Medicine…………… WOOHOO”! ect… ect…

Do I see myself here in the future? … Probably not, but it was a good first experience…

Woohoo? :)

JG

6.16.12

juliegee:

There is something about San Diego that makes me want to go shopping for clothes, shoes and beauty supplies.

6.13.12
6.10.12
This is me
Welcome
I’m not sure what it is that I like about this picture. Maybe the fact that I have beach hair or I got a tan that day. But I’m almost positive that its the red flowering on the left-hand side. The only brightness in the room at that moment.
JG

6.10.12

This is me

Welcome

I’m not sure what it is that I like about this picture. Maybe the fact that I have beach hair or I got a tan that day. But I’m almost positive that its the red flowering on the left-hand side. The only brightness in the room at that moment.

JG