Pretty French mountain pass for indoor biking

Bookmarked Col de Larche – The Forbidden Climb (France) – Indoor Cycling Training (YouTube)

Col de Larche is a beautiful and very popular mountain pass, which is normally only climbed from the Italian side (Colle della Maddalena). The climb from Fra…

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Read Eileen Gray: A House Under the Sun

Read Eileen Gray

In 1924, work began in earnest on a small villa by the sea in the south of France. Nearly a century later, this structure is a design milestone. Meet Eileen Gray, the woman behind the E-1027 house and a pioneer of the Modern Movement in architecture. Like so many gifted female artists and designers of her time, Eileen Gray’s story has been eclipsed by the men with whom she collaborated. Dzierzawska’s exquisite visuals bring to life the tale of a young Irish designer whose work and life came to bloom during the ‘Annees Folles’ of early 20th century Paris.

I liked the art but didn’t understand why the house is so special or why it was so offensive to have Le Corbusier’s murals added. Though the book is titled after the house, it’s more of a general biography.

Her Bibendum chair is cool looking.

“The poverty of modern architecture stems from a lack of sensuality.”

Read The Forest Feast Mediterranean

Read The Forest Feast Mediterranean

For years, Forest Feast readers have been transported to Erin Gleesonโ€™s picturesque cabin in the woods through her stunning photography of magical gatherings and vibrant vegetarian cooking. Now, Gleeson transports readers to Europe, with recipes inspired by her exploration of the cultures and cuisines of France, Portugal, Spain, and Italy during an extended family trip. Reimagining the flavors and signature dishes of this part of the Mediterranean, Gleeson presents 100 vegetarian recipes for creating effortless, unforgettable meals. Filled with atmospheric images of coastal villages, charming watercolor illustrations, and mouthwatering food photography, The Forest Feast Mediterranean is an irresistible escape from the everyday, no matter where you might live.

Lemons and sprigs of dill and votive candles in glass decorate a dinner table in a strip down the center between the plates
Lemons as centerpiece – probably cheaper than flowers and you can eat them or give them as party favors ๐Ÿ˜‰

Very much a vibes cookbook, with a good number of simple vegetarian recipes inspired by the Mediterranean lifestyle and flavor palate. Complexity ranged from a crudite platter to homemade pasta. Very colorful and dynamic, each page different, with a blend of photos and paintings. The recipes are brief and casual, reading like a friend’s told you what to do.

The author created recipes, painted illustrations, took photos, and designed the book! That’s a lot of skills at work, and creative control, for a decisively bold look and relaxed feel.

It’s as much inspirational and aspirational as it is useful; it brings you the flavor of the Med in taste and imagery. Many of the recipes are photographed on location, meaning she developed the recipe while traveling! ๐Ÿ‘


Re-Read The Spymaster’s Lady

Read The Spymaster’s Lady (Spymasters, #1) by Joanna Bourne

She’s braved battlefields, stolen dispatches, played roles from worldly to naive, lady to boy. But Annique Villiers, elusive spy Fox Cub, is thrown in prison with British spymaster Robert Grey, ordered to enter France and bring her back. Their uneasy alliance holds, but passion builds as they flee.

Third read.

There is a lot about this book that I enjoy, and also a few things that are on the edge of iffy. I think it handles them well for the most part, with the situation between two enemy spies somewhat inherently troublesome. The iffy things are mostly two-sided, so I’ve come down on the side of it’s OK for me. They end up working together, supporting each other, and trusting and valuing the other.

The characters do use a slur for the Rom, but speak respectfully about the culture, and make use of a campsite with appreciation, and the character who lived with them calls them the Rom (though not always).