BOOK REVIEW: THE SMALLEST KISS

Let me begin by saying that Mathis Malzieu is one of my favorite authors. He has such a way with words that you can’t help but fall in love with his stories.

The first book I read by him was The Boy With the Cuckoo Clock Heart (you can read about it here.) and I just fell in love with it. That is why, when I saw The Smallest Kiss in the library I had to buy it and read it, and let me just tell you, it did not disappoint.

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Five Travel Movies You Should See

By know you should know I’m obsessed with movies and travel so one of my favorite kind of movies are the ones about travelling. That’s why I decided to share with you, five of my all time favorite travel-movies.

1. Midnight in Paris

I already talked about why I love this movie here.

2. Letters to Juliet

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Not only an amazing travel movie, but also a beautiful love story. That’s why this one is of my all time favorite movies.

3. Mamma Mia

A musical taking place in Greece. With Meryl Streep. Need I say more?

4. Vicki Cristina Barcelona

Summer adventure in Barcelona. What more could you want? Also, Penelope Cruz is phenomenal in this movie.

5. A Good Year

All I have to say is this: Provence, vineyard and some good wine. This is what this movie is about. Definitely, a must see!

Which is your favorite travel-movie?

Alex D.

Taizé – Where Earth Meets Heaven

I’ve been wanting to write about this place for so long, but I just couldn’t find the right words to describe this place. I’m still not sure if now I’ll be able to, but here we go…

Little Waterfall
Little Waterfall

Taizé is a little religious community in Burgundy, France, that every year, gathers thousands of people for all around the world who go there to pray, to find themselves, to meet new people or try something new.

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The Church’s Altar

The high school that I studied at, organised (and still organises) a two week trip all around Europe every summer. One week we would spend here, in Taizé. The first time I was there, I was a little skeptical about the place. I am not an extremely religious person and naturally, when I heard “religious community” I got a little scared, but my desire to travel was stronger so I went anyway. And it was the best decision I had ever taken!

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The Church
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The Entrance

We would always get there Sunday afternoon so we would have time to settle in and get ready for the week. You can either stay in tents (personal or provided by the community) or little houses with 4, 6, 8 or 12 beds. The rooms don’t have keys, but nothing was ever stolen from anyone’s luggage and you can also leave the more expensive items at “La Morada” and get them whenever you want.

The Houses
The Houses

On Monday the week starts and it goes as it follows: (Yes I still have my schedule)

8:15 – Morning Prayer (then breakfast)

10:00 – Meetings (This means that you would gather around with young people from other countries and talk about whatever you want and get to know each other)

12:20 – Middle Day Prayer (then lunch)

14:00 – Meetings again or volunteer work (which is quite essential in this community)

17:15 – Snacks

19:00 – Dinner

20:30 – Evening Prayer (On Saturday is a little different because everyone lights candles as they pray together).

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People waiting to get food
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People waiting to get food
Lunch in Taize
Lunch in Taize

After that you aren’t really allowed to make noise around the houses, but you could go to Oyak, a place where young people would go and sing and get to know each other.

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People at the Oyak
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People at the Oyak

And  this would be our whole week. I know it might sound boring for some of you, but I guarantee you that by the end of the week you would get so attached to the place and to the people you met that you wouldn’t want to leave.

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Song Book

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What I liked the most about it is the fact that Taizé is a place where no one judges anyone, we’re all friends, ready to help and understand each other. Also, when you go and, pray you get this feeling of belonging and unity and peace.

Saturday Night Prayer
Saturday Night Prayer

Taizé is such a wonderful experience. You meet so many great people, you make friendships that last a lifetime and if you’re lucky you get to know yourself a little bit better.

I feel that I could go on and on about this place, but I’ll stop. For now…

Alex D. 

The Hundred-Foot Journey

I love food, I love to travel and, of course, I love to watch movies. So what better way to spend a Sunday than watch a movie that is about food and a little about travel?

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The Hundred-Foot Journey gives us the story of two very different restaurants that happen to be only 100 foot away from each other. One of them is a Michelin Star French Restaurant, owned my Madame Mallory (played by Helen Mirren) and the other one is an Indian family restaurant, that brings new flavour to the little village in France. A war is waged between the two establishments until Madame Mallory recognizes the incredible talent that Hassan (the Indian’s restaurant chef) has, despite him being a self-taught novice. She takes him “under her wing” and he becomes one of the best chefs in France.

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Personally, I believe this is a story that any food enthusiast would love to assist to. The way it combines the elegance of French cuisine with the color and magic of Indian cuisine is quite impressive. And by the end of the movie you will be terribly hungry and wishing you could try all those fantastic dishes.

Alex D.