Welcome in my Cabinet of Curiosities, you will discover a part of me: things that I like and are important in my life. Some of my passions that made the person I am. And in some ways it helped me to find interest in Journalism.
The first image of my Cabinet is a photo that was taken two years ago when I spend a weekend in Normandy with my mother in France in Givenchy (Normandy). It is the mecca of impressionism: Some painters were highly inspired by the marvellous Normand landscape such as Monet, Renoir, Degas or Caillebotte.
We visited many of the cradles of this artistic movement. This was in the garden of Claude Monet a French impressionist painter. This sunflower is one of the several sunflowers that inspired the famous painting Sunflowers.
I am keen on art, I relish painting my favourite movement is impressionism.
An other reason why I particularly like this picture is because it reminds me good memories I had with my mother and I think that this garden was one of the most wonderful place I’ve ever seen on earth.
When I visit a place, what I really appreciate is lush vegetation and this was the perfect example.
I think I have it since two years and I can say that he has been following me since then.
It participates to my organization: I write down all my appointments, my homework, I watch the weather everyday before going out so I know how to dress. I can’t begin my day without it.
In order to avoid spoiling paper, I prefer reading news on my iPhone that in the newspaper so I don’t throw it away after and it avoids pollution as well. Thanks to it I can read every kind of media: news, entertainment, newspaper, culture or sports news.
I am also a keen music lover and a pianist so my iPhone is a way for me to carry my music and my podcasts wherever I go. I know I can’t get bored. I have more that a thousands songs, I have every genre on my iPhone. When I’m playing the piano it is very useful: there is a metronome integrated in it and before playing a piece I can listen to it so I know how to interpret it in a more personal way.
They remind me of the fashion trends in France in the 50’s. I can wear them with anything: a dress, a skirt, a short, and jeans.
It is a treasured possession also because it’s a present from my grandmother that I don’t see very often.
They are really characteristic of the French style and the sophisticated style of most of French women.
Cooking is also one of my all-consuming passion; on this pictures you can see a little part of my pastry stuff.
Cooking taught me different qualities I will need this year while studying journalism: organization, creativity, commitment and perseverance.
I began to cook two years ago and as I began to cook I acquired some pastry stuff, at first I didn’t have a lot of accessories but now I have quite a lot. Unfortunately I couldn’t take it all with me , my kitchen is way too little to cook everything I want because I need a lot of space.
I used to suffer from a lack of creativity until one day where I discovered cooking, and I needed to be inventive to find new recipes and decorations. It was a real relief to find out that I was capable of a lot of imagination.
I will end up my Cabinet by presenting you my favourite novel: La Princesse de Clèves written by Madame de la Fayette. The story is about the princess of Chartre who gets married to a husband she doesn’t love but falls in the forbidden love of a lover. Her husband is aware of the affair of her wife, he can’t stand it: he is so jealous that he commits suicide. Though the princess is in love with the Duke of Nemmour she chooses to go away forever, she chose to step down from love. This novel is considered as the first psychological novel, for the very first time we know exactly the thought of the character, what they think inside us in each moment, in every single situation.
The first time I discovered this book was in my grandmother book shelve. That is also why this novel is precious to me. I find that is essential in life to convey knowledge from the ancient generations to the contemporary ones. Actually I find that it is the most precious asset humankind has to offer.