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“Ending A Bad Date, Tactfully”

Emergency Escape

“I was on a date with a handsome guy and it was going well until he started getting very handsy and I think maybe even tried to slip something in my drink—though this detail is a bit unclear in my memory—but needless to say, his behavior made me uncomfortable. I told him I was going to the bathroom and instead got a cab home. 20 minutes later, he called and asked if I was OK because I’d been in the bathroom for awhile. I replied, “Ohhhhh, you thought I meant the bathroom at the bar? I meant the one in my apartment.’” –Mary, 26, Manhattan



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Heaven Have Mercy (Misericorde) Lyrics

Heaven Have Mercy (Misericorde) a song by Édith Piaf

At age 17 Piaf had a daughter, Marcelle, who died aged two. Piaf neither wanted nor had other children.

The love of Piaf’s life, the married boxer Marcel Cerdan, died in a plane crash in October 1949, while flying from Paris to New York City to meet her. Cerdan’s Air France flight, on a Lockheed Constellation, crashed in the Azores, killing everyone on board, including noted violinist Ginette Neveu.[31] Piaf and Cerdan’s affair made international headlines,[5] as Cerdan was the former middleweight world champion and a legend in France in his own right.

In 1951, Piaf was seriously injured in a car crash along with Charles Aznavour, breaking her arm and two ribs, and thereafter had serious difficulties arising from morphine and alcohol addictions.[1] Two more near-fatal car crashes exacerbated the situation.[7] Jacques Pills, a singer, took her into rehabilitation on three different occasions to no avail.[1]

Piaf married Jacques Pills (real name René Ducos), her first husband, in 1952 (her matron of honour was Marlene Dietrich) and divorced him in 1957. In 1962, she wed Théo Sarapo (Theophanis Lamboukas), a Greek hairdresser-turned-singer and actor[1] who was 20 years her junior. The couple sang together in some of her last engagements.

Piaf lived mainly in Belleville, Paris, with her father from 1915 to 1931. From 1934 to 1941, she lived at 45 rue de Chézy in Neuilly-sur-Seine; she lived alone from 1941 to 1952 and with Jacques Pills from 1952 to 1956. She continued to live there alone from 1956 to 1959. In her final years she lived at 23 rue Édouard Nortier in Neuilly-sur-Seine – alone from 1959 to 1962 and with Théo Sarapo from 1962 until her death in 1963.

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After living in France for a few years, I’ve become quite familiar with their way of doing things and little quirks that make them both adorable and infuriating, depending on the situation.

And while I do think France is a wonderful country to visit – between the châteaux, the wineries, the quaint villages, and the mountains, it’s hard to complain, really – it’s a strange place to live in for a North American.

What is it like being an expat in France? Well, it’s pretty nice. But nothing’s perfect… not even France.

What I Like About Living in France
That’s an easy one! I will never get tired of paying 2 euros for a huge piece of Cantal cheese and 1.50 euros for a glass of Riesling.

It’s amazing to have so many different destinations within a two-hour flight radius. Morocco, Portugal, Poland, England are all within reach. The diversity within France alone is mindboggling, with the chilly sea of Normandy, the sun-kissed mountains of the south or even the volcanoes of Auvergne being just a few hours’ drive away.

They are so much cheaper in France than in Canada! For less than 40 euros per month, I have cable TV, unlimited wireless internet at home, unlimited texting on my mobile, and free overseas calls!

Sometimes I wonder how anything gets done in this country! French people get a mandatory minimum 5-week holiday every year in addition to the 13 bank holidays. They also have a “bridge” (that’s literally what they call it, le pont) that they can use if the bank holiday happens to be on a Thursday or a Tuesday, by which they can also take the Monday or the Friday off to have an extra long weekend free of charge.

What I Don’t Like About Living in France
Now, I know we’ve been over this before but call me old-fashioned but a simple thank you a smile goes a long way for me. In my experience, French people won’t go out of their way to make you feel welcome and be friendly simply because it’s not how they’re used to doing things, not because they’re all profoundly rude.

And this applies to language as well – with French being my first language, you’d think it would be easy for me to communicate with locals, right? It’s not. I have this slight Québécois accent that I can’t get rid of and while some people are utterly fascinated by it and will start telling me how they dream of visiting Canada, some people, on the other hand, will feign to not understand what I’m saying and be openly annoyed by my choice of words and enunciation.

They are not a myth. Just a month ago, public transportation workers went on an unannounced strike that lasted for 6 days – and which resulted in my missing my flight from Lyon. It’s nothing like in Montreal, where a basic service is obligatory during a strike because it’s considered to be an essential public service, much like the police or the hospitals.

In France, a strike means 0 service.

Nothing is simple when it comes to French documents. Whether it’s about renting an apartment, getting a cell phone, being hired for a new job, settling your legal status, etc., it’s always so complicated. Anyone a fan of Asterix’s 12 tasks? You know The Place That Sends You Mad? It’s actually not that far-fetched from reality.

The deal about being an expat in France
As much as I like being an expat for the moment, sometimes I wonder if I wouldn’t be better off elsewhere. I think every expat asks himself that question every once in a while, right? In overall I’m a little bit disappointed of my life in France, because I thought that being French Canadian would actually help me fit better within the French society. On the contrary, not only does it not help me at all, I find it actually makes it harder.

France has kind of crushed my dreams of being an expat in Europe. I don’t want to feel like an outsider for the rest of my life – but I also want to pursue my European gallivantings. What’s a girl to do?

What are your thoughts on living in France?

Have you ever considering moving to France?



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Cozy Railway-Themed Coffee Spots

In the U.S.A., trains date back to the old west and cowboy era, However, during these modern times, wagon trains and railway have inspired many innovations about trails and railways. We can attribute these makeovers to: time, technology and trends. Mass transportation has transitioned from horsepower, locomotion to being propelled by various modern energy sources. Passengers, waiters, cooks, porters and conductors, have all been impacted and/or displaced.

What are some of the changes that have taken place? Railways and trains are being modified into unique structures. Some of the most popular modifications have been stationary museums. Others are used solely for public accommodations. And many are utilized in full or part, for transportation.

As people, places and needs for accommodations keep transitioning, more railway concepts are coming forth. Keep in mind that whichever innovative train adventure you choose to journey, it will be fun, nostalgic and very scenic.

….AOC Commentary

Railroads have been an integral part of our country’s history, connecting east to west, shipping supply to demand, and connecting farm to hungry city table. It’s a rich history tied to – and driving – major events, and it’s a history worth seeing, smelling and feeling up close. The following museums let visitors hear the steam-whistle blow, smell the grease on the axels and step back in time. source

The Exterior of Starbucks’ Railway Coffee Coach – image #1

Learn more about Starbucks’ Railway Service

The Service Style Inside A Starbucks’ Railway Coffee Coach – image #2

Starbucks’ Railway Coffee Coach seatings – image#3

Featherbed Railrod Bed and Breakfast Resort. image#1 Learn more

Casablanca Caboose At Featherbed Railroad In Northern California’s Throughout Bed And Breakfast Wine Country CaliforniaFeatherbed#2

Featherbed. A Bed and Breakfast – image #3

Featherbed Bed and Breakfast(exterior) – image #4

Featherbed Railroad Caboose themed Bed and Breakfast – Exterior (located on California) – image#5

Featherbed Railroad Caboose-themed Bed and Breakfast – Different Exterior Angle – image#6

Featherbed Railroad Caboose-themed Bed and Breakfast – Interior – image #7

Featherbed Railroad Caboose-themed Bed and Breakfast – Interior – image #8

Nederland Buffalo Bills Coffee Shop ( located Boulder Colorado) learn more…

TWhistle Stop Bed and Breakfast – (NY Mills, MN) – Image#1

Whistle Stop Bed and Breakfast – (NY Mills, MN) – Image#2

Whistle Stop Bed and Breakfast – (NY Mills, MN) – Image#3

Whistle Stop Bed and Breakfast – (NY Mills, MN) – Image#4

The Train Carriage Coffee Shop (located Colorado)

“… a great coffee shop built out of three old railcars which I couldn’t resist photographing while sipping on my cappuchino.” – image#1 Learn more. Visit site.

The Train Carriage Coffee Shop (located Colorado) – image#2

The Train Carriage Coffee Shop (located Colorado) – image#3

Railroad and Old West themed joint – Picture of Wagon Train (located California) – image#1…

Railroad and Old West themed joint – Picture of Wagon Train – image #2…

Railroad and Old West themed joint – Picture of Wagon Train – image #3…

Railroad Coffee Shop – O’Gauge Railroading read more at source

The Rail Coffee Room – Exterior (AMTK Station, Centralia Ilinois) – image#1 source

The Rail Coffee Room – Interior (AMTK Station, Centralia Ilinois) – image #2

The Rail Coffee Room – Interior (AMTK Station, Centralia Ilinois) – image#3

Enjoy Your Coffee Today!!


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Black Bean Spinach Enchiladas

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There Are Times When We All Need Compassion

There Are Times When We All Need Compassion
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The Terrifying Slingshot!

The Terrifying Slingshot!

“Jordan and Chase”

“Dimetrius & KaSandra”

The Terrifying Moment The Cable Snaps On A Slingshot Ride

Two passengers were trapped for an hour before being rescued

By Ed Mazza

A woman was injured in an accident on a slingshot-style ride at a French amusement park when the cable snapped.

Two people were inside the ride capsule during the accident, which took place last week at Luna Park in Cap d’Agde, southern France.

The young woman suffered a broken leg, according to The Independent, while UPI reports that the other rider was bruised.

A slingshot ride, also known as a reverse bungee, features a capsule attached to two poles by bungee-style cables. The capsule is launched into the air, with the cables controlling the height and descent.

However, in this case, one cord snapped as the capsule was coming down. The capsule then swung to the side and hit one of the poles, knocking out some of the lights that run along its side.

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