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The blue sky …. the powder snow which covers the white slopes of Mont Grand-Fonds which is a station settled in the city Malbaie in Quebec. In the distance, a myriad of trees hangs on to the massif of Charlevoix, adding a harmony of purple and gold to this already so majestic whole. As soon as winter is coming, this region is regularly rewarded by a white gold bed which is a treasure offered by the nature and so often aspired by ski enthusiasts. Today, on the station located on the black mountain, the Collectionist puts his ski on in order to slither down some of the 18 slopes
Our skier uses a descent to notice in the distance the mythical river Saint-Laurent. For a while, this natural wonder, which is called Hochelaga – « The walking way » – by Amerindians people, was used by fantastic characters. Famous explorers stopped there such as Jacques Cartier who took possession of the river on behalf of the King of France François 1er and to whom this official discovery is attributed.
While zigzagging on the slope «of birches» our slalom skier joins a delightful wooden chalet to find his friends there. The gourganes soup with braised pork on rices and vegetables is a good reason to enjoy the splendor of the snowy landscapes for an hour. But we must unfortunately go. "The mountainside of the Lynx", laid out in an opened forest, receives it in a thick snow-covered topcoat, alloying pleasure of eyes and at the same time pleasure of gliding. We shove not at all in snowy and lighted paths. It is only under the declining sun that Collectionist decides to join the Orignal chalet, hidden in the middle of a dense forest of conifers. His day ends while he is coiling up in a couch next to the fireplace and savoring plates and this delicious “ice wine” with his friends.
By raising the head, the Collectionist’s look clings to the huge foliation of “renalias” such as roots which are rising to 40 meters towards cerulean sky. This specimen of baobab – "l’Adansonia grandidieri”- is settled in Madagascar, which is called “Red Island”. Bewitched by this exceptional natural diversity of this island, our explorer decides to do a stopover in order to visit Maramba, “Malgasy Along bay”. A long journey is in perspective. After landing in Nosy Be, he boards with a private jet, on a sailing boat during two navigated days to this magical bay.
During this crossing, the coast shows an unique decor where everything seems precious: mysterious limestone formations gush out clear waters; a series of wild beaches compare with preserved coves for beauty, copper-coloured and luminous baobabs as well as pachypodiums come up majestically from strange coral formations. Facing the beauty of landscapes such as the bay of the Russians, Radama islands, formed by four islets and the island of NosyLava, the yachtsmen are silent and moved silence invades the sailing boat. Only the birds’ songs and the noise of Lemurs, jumping from tree to tree, disturb this unique moment. While the boeat is cleaving the waves, the multicolor Moramba bay shows off under the sunset. “Many” who is the places guardian welcomes them with a huge grin and a Meal based on fish of the day – white tuna, mérou, shrimps – on manioc, on rices coke, on yams and chips of plantain cooked around the fire. In the soft light of fire, the cheerful team organises three next days which will be dedicated to the discovery of a big diversity of landscapes.
Our Collectionist discovers, the days following, humid and sandy mangroves which alternate with a dry vegetation, a forest of baobabs, of palms or a forest of ravenalas called "tree of the passenger». Exceptional sanctuary of an endemic fauna and of a flora, the malagasy land gives him its natural resources such as white sandy beaches edged with a cameo of turquoise waters which are the nicest finery. The stay ends by an exceptional diving in a roofless aquarium which the outstanding decor is reanimated by one farandole of multicoloured fish.. Lute turtles, roguish fishs, worrying sharks of reefs, and Mantas and mobulas fish come to twirl around Collectionist. So, he will extend his stay in the home Volana which rises at the edge of a private beach, on the bay of Moramba.
Light is shining on the vineyards, olive trees’ and rosemary’ fields, letting us foresee various nuances which are scattered over the Provencal landscapes. Besides those views enthralled several painters such as Cézanne or Van Gogh. Le Collectionist cuts across Provencal streets in order to discover those typical landscapes as an olive grove interspersed with colored flowers, huge limestone white rocks in which a small oscillated lizards shelter, and finally green valleys swept by a hot wind. Dazzling panoramas pass through our traveler’s eyes. The natural park of the Alpilles, which is the backdrop of Daudet’s tasty stories, still has and always will carry magic legends …
Le Collectionist becomes imbued with this geological splendor, such as some artists did with small villages in mountains. Hanging out on one of the Europe oldest archeological site called Glanum, the town of Saint-Rémy-de-Provence is plunged into magical atmosphere. While our explorer is going for a walk in the typical streets of the Alpilles’ little capital Provencal city, he turns the pages of a history which comes to life at every monument he meets: at the church Saint-Martin with his Gothic bell tower; at the fountain of Michel de Nostredame – Nostradamus was a doctor and astrologer born in Saint-Rémy at the beginning of the 16th century – at the Romance Saint-Paul-De-Mausole monastery where the artistic madness of Van Gogh was sheltered at Jules's mausoleum or at the triumphal arch of Glanum.
Puzzled with those pictures, Le Collectionist is going to seat down under a hundred-year-old plane tree in the luminous sun shade. Considering the multicolored expanse which is crowned by a crest of grey rock, he starts thinking of Frédéric Mistral, who described the Alpilles as “a belvedere of glory and legends”. This is how he ends his day, by allow going to an insidious languor in which all the surprising tale of aged myths is focused.
An elegant stride in Megève // 22-25 January 2015
For its 20th edition, the BMW Polo masters in Megève comes back with an exceptional event mixing elegance, traditional sport and winter magic. It is the only one French snow polo competition, and this tournament, as usual, promises a lot of beauty and shivers to finally offer an addictive show. An opportunity to go to warm up, between two Matches, at the restaurant Fermes de Marie and discover their delicious pumpkin soup as well as a traditional and very tasty Beaufort cheese from Savoie.
BMW Polo Masters, 22 -25 January 2015.
In the mood for fashion // 21-30 Janyary2015
Between singular and sophisticated styles, the cobbled streets full of fashion addicts, January in Paris will be or won’t be Fashion. Indeed, from January 21st to 25th the upcoming men collections will be highlighted and the Collectionist fashion addicts will have the opportunity to appreciate the Raf Simons’ revisited minimalism and then to getting acquainted with the nonchalant elegance of Melinda Gloss. The following Fashion week dedicated to Haute couture will prolong the festivities until January 30th, where the Alexis Marilee’s creations are expected (on January 26th), the extraordinary Chanel show in the Grand Palais (on January 27th) as well as Libanese designer Zuhair Murad and his glamorous embroideries in the well-known Palais de Tokyo on January 29th.
Men Fashion week : 21 - 25 January 2015
Women fashion week : 25- 30 January 2015
Salsa & Sambrono // 13-18 February 2015
A swirl of colorful feathers and twinkling flakes shake in the air, influenced by the galvanic sounds of samba. During 5 days, Rio’s streets will resonate under bandas’ heady percussions that will cross the city starting on February 13th, with joy and warmth, impatiently waiting for the final show at the Sambodrono stadium. The most skilled Collectionists will try the Choro dance (well known under the name chorinho), a Brazilian typical popular dance, while Beauty’s lovers will enjoy the final parade, with its extravagant floats and its grandiose costumes.
Rio Carnaval : 13 - 18 February 2015
Walking through Paris, Le Collectionist decides to visit again the Picasso Museum that updated its collection with a new exceptional exhibition about the artistic genesis of this artist, creator of more than 5000 works of art. In the master’s studio, reconstituted for the occasion, our artist tries to imagine all the works that the famous painter could have created. He was able to draw and paint in so many different styles, this is what makes his originality: an inexhaustible inventiveness. He used to say «if you know exactly what you are going to do, what’s the point of doing it ? ».
By leaving the museum, our aesthete chooses to stroll on the Seine’s rivers, where are strung out a lot of mythical bridges: each one is registered on the UNESCO world heritage and telling its own story. By looking up, Le Collectionist glimpses on the Mirabeau Bridge and its graceful statues’s figures that symbolize the Abundance, the Trade or the Navigation. At this moment, he remembers the first verses of the Apollinaire’s poem (already put to music by Leo Ferré French singer) that color the end of the day with a sweet and pleasurable sleepiness:
« The days the weeks pass by beyond our ken
Neither time past
Nor love comes back again
Under the Mirabeau Bridge there flows the Seine ».
Finally, it’s seated on a Gatti chair on a famous Parisian Bistro’s terrace that Le Collectionist finishes his day, surrounded by the warm and shimmering Christmas lights.
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