So far, you could see that we ate our way around Paris. What can I say, we like our food and has Paris has the most fantastic food. Well, we didn’t just eat our way around Paris, we enjoyed many cultural pursuits as well. This City Girl turned Country Gal really enjoyed the city, once again!
My daughter and I love ballet and especially the Paris Opera Ballet :
We also enjoyed some great exhibits in some of the museums in Paris:
Just some of our favorites:
My daughter especially loves the bookshops in Paris. She speaks and reads French fluently so the bookshops are a delight for her. I enjoy them also, even though I don’t speak French:
Shops and Holiday decorations in Paris:
Sorry I forgot some food photos:
No trip to Paris would be complete with out a trip to Notre Dame:
We were able to book seats for the Messiah at the Theatre des Champs-Élysées- what a wonderful experience:
This next video I took from our seats way up at the top, over heads, while standing and leaning. Honestly, it’s mainly for listening to not really viewing because of my view. Sorry. Maybe you can start the video and then close your eyes and just listen. I hope you can still enjoy this beautiful encore:
My goats had a real treat this morning. They heard one of my all time favorite singers from way back, Sammy Davis Jr. What a crooner he was. I had the great opportunity of seeing him in concert many times during the late 60’s and 70’s in Las Vegas. Mom and I would dress to kill and walk down to the lobby of our hotel and into the show room at Caesar’s or any other large beautiful luxury hotel of the day. I remember my father handing the maître d’ some cash and we were escorted down front to the seats very close to the stage. Sammy Davis Jr. always gave 110% at his performances and the audiences always went wild. What a memory… I feel so fortunate for those days to have been able to enjoy , up close and personal one of the all time great stars of the stage .
Sammy Davis Jr. was born Dec. 8, 1925 which meant that he grew up during a most difficult time for the country, especially Afro Americans. He was literally born back stage at a theater and lived in a suitcase when a baby, as his parents were show folk. He started his vaudeville life at the age of 3 . He was singing and dancing and performing all of his young life. It was not easy for him as an Afro-American. He was a victim of racism most of his life.
This is what Wikipedia had to say about that:
Davis was a headliner at The Frontier Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, but he was required (as were all black performers in the 1950s) to lodge in a rooming house on the west side of the city, instead of in the hotels as his white colleagues did. No dressing rooms were provided for black performers, and they had to wait outside by the swimming pool between acts. Davis and other black artists could entertain, but could not stay at the hotels where they performed, gamble in the casinos, or dine or drink in the hotel restaurants and bars. Davis later refused to work at places which practiced racial segregation. (Wikipedia)
They say that he became an “overnight success” after a performance at Ciro’s nightclub in 1951. Overnight?? That was a success (recognition) after so many years of playing dives and waiting for the “big break”.
He became a member of the famous Rat Pack and toured and performed with Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, Joey Bishop and Peter Lawford. He was also a star of several Broadway musicals and even had his own TV show.
Sammy Davis Jr. was a real fighter. He survived a horrible car crash on the way back from Las Vegas and lost an eye. He was a “trooper” and continued his performing life. Very ironically and so sadly died of throat cancer on May 16, 1990 at the age of 64. Way too young and what a star we all have lost.
These are just a few of my favorites:
The beginning of the New Year has been very busy here at Gullringstorp and at Li’l Sis Goat Milk Soap. After all the fun of the holidays, it is time to set down some plans for the new year and to start putting those plans into action. I have been trying to get up to date with my blog after the holiday absence. I still have much to share about the goings on in my stable.
Before it’s too late, I would like to share a bit of our annual Holiday trip to Paris. This is our 11th year, just my daughter and I we stay at the same family run hotel, visit our favorite restaurants , book stores, churches and museums. We have been lucky to be able to attend wonderful ballet while in Paris for the week before Christmas.
I would like to share some Paris moments with you:
Delicious food and treats of Paris:
Welcome back for Part 2, museums, ballet and Holiday sights in Paris.
It’s cold outside but it’s nice and warm and cozy in the stable. This is what I was met with when we went in this morning:
We are expecting more snow here at Gullringstorp. Burrrr……..
This morning started with memories from my past. Some made me cry and others made me laugh. I stayed in bed a bit longer to enjoy my memories and try to make sense of events in my past. Events that gave no clue whatsoever that I would one day be in the Swedish countryside raising a herd of goats nor have a business of my own. For some reason it made me a bit teary this morning so my visit with my goats was accompanied by the one and only Bette Midler. I really fell in love with her during the 70’s . I can not say that those were her prime vocal years because she still continues to move hearts as she sings today, those were just important years for me because I was introduced to her.
Of course my goats were treated to a duet this morning, me and Bette Midler. My singing has a real effect on my goats. The girls stand very still as if listening, then come forward for a snuggle and rub. My boys become enchanted with me. They come for their rub downs and hugs. Music is wonderful for all living creatures.
This is one of my favorites from an appearance in 1977. it’s a bit grainy but you can hear it just fine, enjoy. If tears come, that’s ok:
This morning I greeted my lovely happy goats with a trip down memory lane. Today they enjoyed with me, a wonderful sound from a group whose stardom spanned from 1928-1982. Most of their most famous songs were from the 30’s and 40’s. As a young girl and well into my teens, I was attracted to the sounds of the 30’s and 40’s. I was a bit of an oddity singing songs from that era when other young teens were enjoying Motown artists along with other artist of the day.
One of my favorite groups was The Mills Brothers. I never had the great opportunity of seeing them in person, but my husband has. He saw them in a night club in Gothenburg, Sweden during the 1960’s. He even had a chat with one of the members of the group. Wow ! What I would have given for that experience!
As my goats got fresh hay, straw and clean water and were milked, they enjoyed the following:
I know all the words of all their tunes so my goats got me singing also. Poor goats, they were my captive audience.
This post is a thank you to my daughter.
Last evening I got a tip from my daughter to listen to something on Spotify (I am trying to keep up to date with all the neat stuff out there). She is a classical music enthusiast to say the least and is the kind of person that has the same opera but by different performers or conductors. She knows her stuff, so I listened when she said look for Maria Callas singing my favorite opera La Traviata. The recording was a digitally remastered recording of a live performance given at La Scala Opera House in 1955. Maria Callas and Giuseppe Di Stefano are just magnificent.
My goats get music in the stable all the time and they really enjoy it, even my singing. This morning they were treated with Maria Callas in La Traviata.
I was fortunate to find this video on-line this morning.
We had a beyond chilly day yesterday at Gullringstorp. We all kept warm and cozy, including the goats. My pasta sauce was wonderful and I just love my new crock pot.
During the night our temperature dropped even more to a crispy -19 c. The morning view from every angle here at Gullringstorp was just spectacular.
I just love looking at all the ice crystals on the trees and bushes and hedges.
How is winter looking in your neck of the woods?
It’s a cold day here at Gullringstorp. The goats are fat and happy and warm in the stable. I am warm in my home as the temperatures drop throughout the day from -5c to -15c. We are expecting even lower temperatures through the weekend.
So, what does one do with such chilly temperatures?
Today seemed like just the day to fire-up my new crock pot which I have been sorely missing since arriving in Sweden nearly 12 yrs ago. As a single parent before my second marriage that brought me to Sweden, I used a crock pot very often to have dinner waiting for my daughter and I after a long day at work.
What to put in my new crock pot? I know, a yummy warm pot of pasta sauce.
Want a closer look????? Ok…
A 50-year-old British man has dragged a piano up a mountain in Thailand – so he could play Beethoven for blind elephants. Paul Barton achieved a long-held ambition as he sat behind his piano, just a few metres away for the graceful giants, calmly playing his instrument. He decided to do the challenge to help fund raising for the blind elephants, which live in a sanctuary on the mountains of Kanchanaburi, north-east of Bangkok.