A whirlwind tour of Place de la Victoire
Hey y'all! How you doing? Fancy, I hope.
Since you haven't visited me in Bordeaux, I figured I would bring Bordeaux to you!
Check out the video of Place de la Victoire. It's quite exotic. It has mixture of French, Egyptian, and turtles! Never you mind the killer track by Nicki Minaj in the background, I feel it provides more to the exotic ambiance.
I was coming home from the gym this particular evening, and thunderstorms were moving in on the city.
It was windy, and city litter danced it's way across my feet the entire evening. When I eventually made it home, it had already begun to rain. It was the kind of rain you'd expect on an autumn evening, but here we are still in the center of summer.
I was waiting for the tram to take me home, the video starts there, then does a 360 degree turn where you'll see the Aquitaine gate, then a 16 meter high helical obelisk.
The obelisk weighs in at more than 50 tons, and made up of six blocks of red Languedoc and bronze marble. At the base of that are two bronze turtles, adorned with bunches of grapes.
The video may not have captured that, but trust me it's there.
Guess you will have to come out for a visit to verify! I'd be happy to welcome you!
Place de la Victorie is a cool area, sometimes holding concerts or shows. Mostly I see vendors selling sunglasses, and other touristy things like purses and t-shirts. It's a busy place, always packed with people of all ages. It's a good place to people watch.
There are a lot of open terrace bars, restaurants, and cafes around, plus cool little thrift stores, beauty salons, cell phone and computer repair shops. Rue St. Catherine, one of the longest shopping pedestrian streets in Europe, ends at Place de la Victorie.
It has a cool vibe. I shall be traveling through there more, as my gym is located in this area. It's quite a trek, but I shall look at it as an excursion, and it'll be a pleasure.
After a summer filled with travel, laziness, and joy, I can only wish the same for you.
When was the last time you went on a proper vacation?
I recently read an article about how taking a mini vacation helps set your life right again.
From my experience, I can tell you I feel more in control despite things being out of my control. Allow me to explain.
I have adopted 'vacation mode' to the organization of my business life, and I can tell you, I'm being productive.
I'm relaxed, I feel happy to go on a 'work excursion,' as if I'm meeting old friends, best part, I'm getting paid for it! I have slowly started working again, I accepted two new clients, who are beyond charming and kind. Hence, work is a pleasure.
"But, with the sweet, comes the sour." Practical Magic.
I recently had a life annoyance, problem at the bank, and instead of being angry and losing sleep about it, I decided and adopted the attitude, everything will work out eventually. I also did what needed to be done to avoid being burnt, twice. Damn banks. It was a clerical error of timing, but who pays the fine? ME!
It's cool though, bosses do what they gotta do, even if they don't like or agree with it, it's just business. Hence, productiveness pays off, eventually.
Hence, the husband. That man gets my goat. Does anyone know where that expression come from? I should look that up.
Ugh. That man. What can I say? Other than, please pray for me! I need patience and more charm, please. Thanks!
Hence, go on a vacation! Not only does it improves mental health, heart health, reduces stress, and improves relationships... According to Forbes, the workplace benefits of employees taking vacation time include: higher productivity, stronger workplace morale, greater employee retention, and significant health benefits, listed above.
I went on one vacation last summer, of which, I am very grateful. This year, I have taken five vacations, because I deserve them.
My year was so jammed packed, and I felt overwhelmed more than I would have liked, so THIS YEAR, I have decided and have executed a new routine. I will make my exercise and eating routine a priority over business to see what the results are. This is huge for me because I feel I am battling the old expression: business before pleasure.
France is on a different timetable. The year really begins in September and ends in June, with July and August reserved for vacation. It's just like that.
I have decided to put pleasure before business. Since we already know the health benefits, plus Forbes lists the benefits of vacation for work place productivity, ummm, doesn't it just seem like a no-brainer?!
Why not? What could happen? Me.... having a banging body, clarity, and precision in my future?!! Me? Gotta stay positive and test the hypothesis, you know!
Taking a vacation is essential. Be bigger than your excuses and just travel, even if for a couple of days. Don't think, just do. Give yourself no choice. Go on.
During my vacation, I did have some negative feelings which cropped up: sadness, loss, anger, loneliness, and fear. But I'm glad it happened on vacation because I was able to leave those emotions in a place that was not my home. I feel if I was home and received the news of my beloved aunt's passing, my home would be the resting place of those emotions making my home heavier, and darker.
This year, I went to London, England. It was great! London showed me love, and I loved her right back.
Then I went to Lorient, in the northern region of France to visit with family.
We were there during Bastille Day, and watched the fireworks with the locals. We took a long seaside walk along the beach. It was here when I received the news of my aunt Aurora's passing. She would have liked Lorient, but I'm sure she would have said Corpus Christi, Texas was better. And, I would have agreed. Texas is my home state, and Tex-Mex food is unequivocally the best, ever. France has wine, but it's really American, look up phylloxera.
Then, I was off to Scotland for two weeks. (At first, I typed years. Hmmmm, Freudian slip/typo there?) I was in Edinburgh and Glasgow, and it was awesome. The people were so kind, and friendly, and open, and cool. Had Scottish whisky, ate haggis, went to the Highland Games, kayaked Loch Lomand, saw Mamma Mia, went shopping, and ate well! I could live there, despite the bipolar weather conditions, IT WAS COLD, but only for two years, tops.
The Man and I then jetted off to the French coast. We went to Lacanau, about a 45 minute drive from Bordeaux. We visited friends, chilled out in hammocks, went swimming, ate well, took in fresh air, and met new friends. It was just what the doctor ordered.
My final vacation will be headed to my country honky tonk for some rest and relaxation, pool side!
Then, back to the routine of putting pleasure before business to tackle the new year.
Before I leave you, I found some information on 'to get your goat.'
A commonly repeated story which purports to explain the phrase's origin is that goats were placed with racehorses to keep them calm. When ne'er-do-wells who wanted the horse to race badly removed it, that is, they 'got someone's goat', the horse became unsettled and ran badly. That's just the sort of tale that gets the folk etymology juices running. Let's just say that there's no evidence to support that story.
I wish you nothing but the very best, be fabulous, be positive, be you.
Thank you for reading.
Take care and until next time, safety first.
PS. Have you decided where you will go on vacation yet?
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