Amalfi Cost with the Talented Mr. Ripley
The famous and beautiful Amalfi coast, in the south of Italy only 70km from Naples. A top vacation destination, especially in the 1920s and 1930s if you were an upper class or aristocratic British person. Although today Amalfi still attracts many celebrities because of its beautiful scenery. Many movies have been shot there, and one which I always thought to enjoy was the Talented Mr. Ripley. Why do I say thought to have enjoyed? Today I re-watched it and noticed that it made me slightly uncomfortable, especially because of Tom Ripley the main character. In each movie you try to sympathize with the main actor, yet in this movie the main character is turns out to be the psycho. The first time I watched it I didn't feel as uncomfortable, maybe because I didn't know how it would end.
I once heard in a movie or read that, rereading books is a good idea because each time you get something new and different out of it, depending on the life situation you are in at the moment. Could it be the same with movies?
Still I believe it is a great movie, the Amalfi coast, the dresses which Gwyneth Paltrow is wearing, the sea and as usual the music - Jazz music - make it a unique thriller. Bonus - boys prefer this movie over chick flicks :)
2 Days in Paris with Julie Delpy
The reason why I dream so much about Paris may be the result of falling in love with Julie Delpy and her movie 2 Days in Paris. A comedy based on her life in which she visits her parents (played by her real parents) in Paris with her American boyfriend. The culture differences are the part that make the movie so unique and humorous. Delpy directed, wrote, edited, and co-produced 2 Days in Paris. In the movie her father is my favorite character, very French and stubborn man. Delpy often makes fun of her family saying they are the French white trash. This is another reason why I like her so much, she is an artist with a distance to herself and doesn't take life too seriously.
I am not a big fan of exploring a new city by going to museums and seeing monuments. That said I agree it's worth seeing them - I promise I will wait in line one day to go on top of the Eiffel Tower. However, when in a new city I focus more on eating local food, drinking local wine and enjoying sitting in cafes while people watching. People watching in new cities is a great way to observe silently differences between cultures. Often when I speak to people who have not traveled much or never lived abroad, do not even notice what people around them are doing. One example: In the Netherlands, specifically in Hilversum I noticed that many people have Buddah statues in their windows. When I had the chance to speak to a local, I asked what the reason for it was. The responded to me that it isn't true - in other words they never noticed it. This happens all the time to me and my boyfriend, whenever we point out something that in our eyes is their national habit. Back to Paris. If you ever go, please don't avoid the tourist places, because that would be most of Paris. My favorite neighborhood to feel like a local will always be the 9th arrondissement. My last movie that makes me love Paris so much is the sequel of Before Sunrise, which is called Before Sunset-also with Julie Delpy.
What Country or City Will You Visit This Summer?
Who doesn't love to travel and with the summer approaching I thought of a campaign about my favorite cities. Since I also love way too many movies which happened to be shot in many of these cities, I will combine the two topics. In the past, whenever I was about to visit a new city I used to watch movies with the same location in order to help me associate the streets and monuments with it and feel a sense of familiarity. The first time I did this was in 1999 when I traveled for the first time to New York City with my parents. I decided to watch Home Alone 2: Lost in New York over and over again. Many years later I did it again before travelling to Paris watching Amélie, Breathless with Jean Seberg and many other movies.
If you decide to travel to Paris this summer and even if you are not, I recommend this great classic with Jean-Paul Belmondo.
Yesterday I discovered an interesting celebration, the World Pillow Fight Day. The tradition exists already since 2008.
The goal of it is to remember the importance of playfulness in public spaces. The event took place in more than 50 cities all over the world, New York, Milan, Paris, London.
Anybody who has ever heard of macarons knows most likely also Ladurée. Until recently I even believed only Ladurée was able to make these heavenly tasting pastries. Obviously I was wrong, but I did not know until I tried Pierre Hermé macarons. What makes Pierre's macarons so special? He offers over 250 different tastes. He is a true artist and very particular about his macarons: ‘The outside must be a very thin, crisp layer with an inside that is moist and tender. The flavours are very precise. The texture is very physical – sometimes I put small pieces into the filling so you can see, feel and taste. The macaron Celeste has two fillings.'