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Jul 27, 2008
So back on the road again... at last!
After several weeks spent in paris, we eventually made it back in our travels. Of course the parisian time was not that bad since it gave me the opportunity to go to several events such as the gay, lesbian, bisexual & transexual pride parade, a die in against death penalty in the usa, an anti G8 in japan & an anti nuclear gathering, plus some walks in the botanical garden. But well, leaving paris is a delight & on saturday night, christophe & i (yes, still partners in traveling ) took a train to biarritz where his parents have an apartment. Does it sound like we're always traveling by night? lol! i don't have much to say about the trip because i slept the whole time... Just heard the call to join the party inside the train, like a whole wagon dedicated to music (a DJ in there, yeah!) & an other wagon for people to hang out & play games... not very appealing!
Anyway, we arrived in biarritz around 5.30 am, the rain was falling like crazy! (it is supposed to only rain 45 days/ year...) & the first bus was coming around 6.30, so we decided to walk to the apartment. It was about 30mn walking, not that bad. As we got there, we put our bags, then went for a walk. christophe made me discover the coast, the beaches & some gorgeous rocks all along the coast. Since the weather was not nice, nobody was in the city, which was pretty cool for us
We stopped by the sunday market & found some delicious strawberries, delicious raw, fresh pickles, & some mushrooms. We then stopped by the tourism office & found out about a concert of the
in the evening.
When we got back to the apartment, we slept a bit (christophe hadn't slept in the train), then after an evening meal, we went to the concert. The first part was an american singer, my brightest diamond. The sound was aweful, but the singer had a terrific voice! The
started performing around 10.30pm. They were really good, but the beach was really crowded!
on the 16th, i went for a walk through the city, i pictured all that i found appealing i walked along the coast & saw the 2 haunted houses. i walked by the most famous one & pictured it a lot lol! On the way back i walked more intown, & saw some pretty buildings. In the afternoon, i went to the beach to lay in the sun for a little while. AMazing how quickly i tanned lol! The main beach is always crowded, weither in the morning, afternoon or evening, so i went to the one where local people go... but it was pretty busy too! Anyway, i enjoyed the time there, it was good to be in the sun after such a long time of ugly weather. On the 17th, i went for another walk in the morning, but this time, it was the beach. i made some nice shots of the sand & some shells, but since there are so many people walking around there, it's pretty difficult to find any In the afternoon, christophe & i went to the lighthouse. Well, such as all lighthouses, nothing very thrilling there, yet the surrounding was amazing. Rocks, the sea crashing on the rocks, really beautiful sea, turquoise! The sun was shining, but it was not too hot. We stayed a little bit in the sun, the wind was blowing, a cool, refreshing wind. The next morning was the same: by the sea. More waves, stronger then the previous day. But the night of the 18th was the full moon, which could explain the strength of the sea.
The next days were pretty much the same, beach, morning, afternoon, to picture, to tan...
i eventually found out about some tags in anglet, a city next to biarritz, so i went there to picture. But i started the day picturing a church behind where we were staying. Then on the next day, i pictured some more tags in biarritz, around the highschool of the city. In the afternoon, we went to a pine forest in anglet. We walked a long way to get there & chilled out in the woods. Nice place, just a bit too close to the highway
Eventually, we made it back to paris on the night of the 24th. Christophe has to work, so we cancelled all the wonderful plans to go to spain & portugal... to my greatest despair
So i'm back in paris, for a long time it seems, for this is the end of the travels for this year. Not much exciting. i have to admit i'm a bit frustrated & disappointed. So i'll have to figure out what to do here.
So you'll find all the pix here.
Thank you for reading me. i hope you're enjoying the summer.
Have all fun guys, & once again, please be patient if you sent me emails... i'll be slowly catching up.

Be well & in peace.
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Nov 27, 2007
So still in the "pyrennées orientales"!

Sunday the 18th was very sunny, & no wind!! ahah, that was a warm winter day. We drove to st hippolyte, where we were supposed to find a castle... hmm... we saw something like that, but being renovated, & no way to see anything interesting. So we decided to get to the pond... actually a huge one. Similar to a lake. It is the pond of salses. It reaches the sea on one side. We found a lovely place to stop, for the dogs to run & me to make pix We didn't find any path to walk, & the surroundings were quite wet & full of seaplants. So we decided to look for a spot to walk, & turned around the lake... we found out about hundred little houses all around, hidden in the grass. Amazing to find such a huge community, all living in peace & by the water. Unfortunately, all the surroundings were gardens, so no chance for us to walk at all. So next, we went to the fortress of salses. Amazing spot! Nice surroundings. Rocks covered with grass, & a pine forest. i got out of the woods really smelly due to the tree, but a lovely smell. gyzmo left us for over an hour & didn't mean to come back, we were a bit mad at him for we wanted to go to other places, but he refused to come back. So after about 2 hours at the fortress, laurent got him & we went to the sea. We found a castle in fitou (aude) but they turned it into half visiting castle then the other half being a restaurant! The castle wasn't pretty at all, but i got crazy when i saw all the cactus So we went to the line of land between the pond & the sea & stopped by a lovely place with a lake. The sky was gorgeous, the water awesome! nanny got for a swim, she was in heaven there. Then we got to leucate, a big city for both tourism & fishing You have all those "sea fruit" restaurants all along. The weird thing is they have the building, & right behind, the boat that goes to get their "meals".
On the 19th, we went on the beach again. We found on, in a national park. There was a river, falling in the sea. It was really windy & the waves were going crazy. It was a wonderful sight. We sat sometime in the sand to enjoy the view & breathe some fresh air. We then walked to a field of cacti & guess what: they had fruit, perfectly ripe. We picked many. How delicious. All dark, very dark pink. i'm usually not a big fan of those fruit, but i have to say that this time, it was a delight In the evening i mixed them in a salad: baby tomatoes, orange, olives, mushrooms & cactus fruit. i really enjoyed it!
The next 2 days, we went in the direction of the spanish border. We wanted to visit the church of marcevol & the hotsprings. It was rainning when we left perpignan & it rained on a big part of the way. We first stopped in prade to see an organic coop. It was actually a huge healthfood store & we didn't find anyone interesting to talk to. Then we visited an organic fruit farmer in los masos. She had apples, juices, sorbets. Then we waited for the tourism office in prade to open & ask them about the hot springs, but we found out they are on private properties, so no that good. But i didn't feel like getting in the water anyway, since the weather was quite grey.
Out of prade, we found a lovely abbaye. So we drove to mont louis, then odeillo, where there are solar ovens. The first one is really small, just a touristic attraction. The 2nd is the biggest on earth, yeah! just that ahah!! Amazing building. It is 30 years old & is now used by the army. i pictured it just too bad the sun was not around. It was getting close to the end of the day, so we looked for a place to stay. We went up the mountains, to a lake. We stayed in the woods, & did not reach the lake for the weather was getting worse as we were going up. The road we took was completely empty, we didn't see any car. We even found a camping ground that was closed but the gate was open... we didn't stay there though & found a lovely spot right behind some trees. There was snow, so i had my first walk in the snow this year When we woke up, we went to the lake "les angles". We saw this amazing hotel (close at the moment) that so much reminded me of the one in "shinning"! That was really cool. The weather was cloudy, there was almost no light. A very gloomy atmosphere. We walked a bit around the lake, that was covered with cold. We got back to the solar oven in odeillo, it was sunny this time, but not much. Then we went to "themis", the spot to find a solar central... Unfortunately, the weather there was the same as up in th mountains, so that was quite weird to see this central surrounded by smoke & with no sun at all!
On the way back to perpignan, we stopped in marcevol, to see the "prieuré". That was a magical place. The weather was warm & very sunny! i walked up the little village with nanny & we met some of the people living there: dogs, horses, all free, walking through the village with no human around. Only the donkies were locked up in a field. a horse & a dog followed us to the parking lot. Then we stopped in "illes sur têt" where you have a formation of orgues in the mountains. We walked a bit in the woods there & found some lovely mushrooms that looked like stones & a nice cherry apple tree. We met a wild turkey. At the same time, there was a wild pig hunt, so we heard the guns... & met the hunters on our way back... they all looked so happy of their hunt, that was disgusting!
We got back to perpignan. In the evening, laurent got a call from his mother telling she was coming back the next night, so i thought it would be better to leave. The next morning, laurent was not ready to leave, so we stayed one more day to my greatest despair. Anyhow, when i woke up the next morning, she was not back, laurent told me later she had a problem with the car. So we left in the afternoon, to go south, in the mountains, we wanted to visit "douceur & harmony", an ecovillage, vegan & selfsustained. We got there by the end of the afternoon. 6 people living there at the moment, 4 permanently, 2 visitors. The permanent visitors are between 60 & 87. They are spiritual vegans... with is not much my cup of tea. It was really weird for me to be there. i couldn't find anything to tell them. Many writtings on the walls, explaining why not consumming non humans & why it is ok to eat plants, even though they admit they are sentient, but not the same as animals... which is the perfect excuse to eat them.
They grow their food, or as much as they can, live with the money taken to visitors & sometimes during the summer, they sell their veggies to tourists. They own a huge land. The land is the one of the eldest woman, she got it in 1964. She was the nicest person there. Hey philippe, she mentionned you, saying hello
Laurent wanted to spend the night there, but i didn't. i couldn't imagine sharing a meal with those people. Especially since there was no raw fruit for me. Laurent (who still eats cooked fruit) could have eaten some pumpkins, talking away the veggies mixed with them, but i really didn't want to get into the discussion of why not eating plants, they were too closed minded on that topic. To the question "why not eating plants", the answer was quick: "what would we eaat otherwise?!!" Also, the man there was terribly sexist. In his attitude & words. So we left, looking for a place to stay for the night. We actually crossed the border (we were very close to spain, & i thought it'd be better to got there). We found a road with no custom, that was awesome since gyzmo has no papers, laurent couldn't find them when we left! So we got on the other side with  no problems We drove a little bit, then found a lovely church for dinner! We ate there, then drove some more & found a lovely path, half in the woods, lightened by the full moon. We spent a good night & woke up refreshed. It was good for me to be in spain. The night wasn't cold at all.
The next day, we drove to the sea. We actually first stopped in girona to find a healthfoodstore. We found one, but not much to eat there. Once on the coast, we found another one, but still not much choice when it comes to raw fruits. Oh well, we found some oranges, clementines & avocados. We didn't stop much, just in tossa de mar, a lovely city with a beautiful old town. We walked on the beach, then in the old town. i really enjoyed picturing this place. The first one in spain. After driving some more, we got in the mountain to find a place to sleep. i was really tired of being in the car all day. We found a national park & parked in a tiny path in there. The moon was still very bright. The next morning, on the 25th, we left quite early to go to barcelona. Hey foxy, i thought of you when you got there for iggy's concert There, everything started to mess up! ahah! i was really pissed because of my lac of freedom. i didn't feel like visiting anything. Even though barcelona seems to be a beautiful town, i was tired of being locked up in this van, then to have no freedom to access the internet or even walk alone... After an hour in the city, & the usual unhability of laurent to find anything, we left, driving south... the place where we should have been for weeks! So laurent stopped talking to me & took the highway to go faster! He drove & drove... we actually made about 800 km on the same day! i saw alicante on the boards, thinking, damn, i won't even be able to see rudolf Then wwhen laurent eventually talked to me, that was about 30mn from alicant... asking me about how to get to rudolf's place... & i was like, you don't pop out at people's place like that with out calling before. If you had told me in barcelona, i could have called him to ask if we could get there at night, but since you didn't talk to me, i thought you waanted to drive south with no stop! So he got to alicante, looking for a tobbacco shop... but didn't find anything, since it was sunday!! AH!! When night was here, he started looking for a place to sleep. & of course, couldn't find any place. The land around alicante (on the south part) is only full of commercial centers & clementines' fields. So he drove for over an hour, looking for a place. He was exhausted for driving the whole day. He was also mad. At him, at me... i dunno. When it was almost 10, i told him the best way could be to get to one of those cities & find a hotel... yes, me, offering a hotel room... i know you wouldn't believe it... but it's true. He looked like dead. Maybe because i told him earlier that this is the worse trip of my life... even with john 4 years ago, it was not that bad! He stayed in the van quite a long time before he got to the room. Then went to bed. We didn't talk. i cannot imagine continuing this trip in such conditions. But i so much want to go south. i need warmth, & we already drove so much, that it would be silly to go back to the cold paris. So close to the goal... i just don't know what to do. i need time by myself, but never can get any!
oh, mum, i couldn't find the place you mentioned with the migrant birds... all i could see was an island, but we didn't get up there on the way. We only reached the sea in palamos.
i'm so sad things messed up with laurent.
i'm just so pissed about this all trip. i said i wouldn't travel with someone anymore... & see how it's going... i'm doing it & it is quite a nightmare.
Anyway, the next morning, we eventually got to talk & i called rudolf. He was home & we were about 40 km from alicante, so we drove to rudolf's place! i was so excited to see him again We got there some time after noon & talked sitting in his garden, in the sun. Then the night fell slowly, warmth with it. We slept in his house, but i got really really cold. i don't know how long we'll stay, anyway, it is great to have a wonderful conversation & see rudolf again. Nanny feels really good there & eats a lot of tomatoes lol!!
i woke up early & went up the mountain to see this old abandoned building, "el preventorio". What a bad surprise for me to see people working in there & all the way locked... impossible to enter... then part of it has already been destroyed... sigh!! Then i went higher to see an old house in ruin that i remembered... & everything was locked! So no pix of destroyed houses yet. Just the sky & some mountains... But you'll see the pix next time since i didn't get the chance to download them. Anyway, less pix then the last time but some
So here we are, today in alicante. Hard to find this restaurant with a wifi access, but at least i got it, thanx to laurent who looked hard to find it. i'm gonna download all my emails & will reply later.
What else... hummm, we'll get back in aigues where rudolf lives later this afternoon... more landscapes, more pix... we'll see !
hey all, have an awesome day & write to you later!

be well all,

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Apr 24, 2007
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Location: France
Veggie Pride: May 19th 2007 in Paris, France

Do you refuse to eat animals ?
Come to the Veggie Pride !
http://www.veggiepride.org/en/

Meeting in Paris, Saturday, May 19th 2007 at 2 pm, place Joachim du Bellay
(Fontaine des Innocents, Forum des Halles), métro Châtelet or les Halles,
R.E.R. Châtelet-les-Halles.

Precise details on the course of this day at the end of this message!

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Manifesto of the Veggie Pride


Veggie Pride, festival of
vegetarian and vegan pride
Our aims :
To declare our pride for refusing to have animals killed for our consumption
To refuse to rob sentient beings of their sole possessions, of their very
flesh, of their very lives; to refuse to take part in a concentration camp
system which turns their short lives into perpetual torment; to refuse to do
all of this for the mere satisfaction of our tastebuds, for the satisfaction
of a habit, of tradition: To refuse to do such things should be just plain
decency.

However, history does show how difficult it is, when barbarity is the social
norm, to simply say No.

We wish to declare our pride of saying No.

To denounce vegephobia
Instead, they want us to feel ashamed. Vegetarianism is concealed, ignored,
mocked, marginalized and even defamed.

Vegetarianism challenges the legitimacy of the confinement and slaughter of
billions of animals. Just by existing it breaks the law of silence. This is
the reason behind vegephobic mockery and hatred.

Of course vegetarianism is tolerated when it is the harmless sort that
claims to be no more than a private choice, a matter of distaste for meat or
of concern for personal health or for the environment. But woe betides us if
we openly challenge the barbarous order!

At first we are laughed at. Caring about chickens and cows is supposed to be
ridiculous. Laughing at a disturbing idea is a way to get rid of it without
having to find logical arguments against it.

But if we do not give in, the laughter turns sour. At first they found us
funny, now they're calling us monsters. We are traitors to the human species
since we would limit its rights. We are unworthy parents for not teaching
our children the joys of dead flesh. If we care for animals we must be Nazi
sympathizers since Hitler too loved dogs. Our ideas are those of an
intolerant cult since they are different from what others believe.

We are called terrorists; accused of worshipping nature or of breaking its
laws. No argument is too far-fetched when it comes to misrepresenting our
ideas, putting us to shame and symbolically rejecting us from society.

We refuse to apologize for our compassion. We are proud to declare that we
are vegetarians. We are no longer willing to feel shame for refusing to
kill. We are here; we are well alive and thinking and will speak out.

To proclaim our existence
All over the world we are millions of humans saying No to this carnage. Few
civilizations have actually taken for granted that eating animals is
justified. But when do you hear about those debates? Mentions of
vegetarianism are systematically missing in textbooks and biographies.

"The man who eats meat or the hunter who agrees with the cruelties of
Nature, upholds with every bite of meat or fish that might is right." -
Isaac Bashevis Singer, Nobel prize in Literature.

By stepping forth we also prove that it is possible to live without meat. We
live without eating cows or pigs, chicken or fish or prawns. And we are as
alive and healthy as anyone else, despite those media-promoted "specialists"
whose science consists in denying the facts. Neither vegetarianism nor
Veganism (which rejects all animal products, including milk and eggs) has
any particular negative effects on health - indeed, current studies tend to
show the opposite!

There is nothing that says that to live one must kill. We are not obliged to
do so, neither individually nor collectively. Animal husbandry does not
provide food, since farm animals eat much more than their dead flesh can
render. Despite this, massive public funding supports animal farming and
fishing.

To defend our rights
No rights are granted to the animals that are raised and killed for food;
but we who stand on their side do have rights, in principle. We are
determined to exercise our rights in full, because they are our rights, and
because they are theirs - the only rights that they may today, indirectly,
enjoy.

We have the right to receive decent meals at school, at work and wherever
meals are served to groups of people. We have the right to raise our
children without forcing upon them the products of the slaughterhouse.

We are not willing to have our taxes used to support the raising and killing
and the fishing for the tastes of others.

We are no longer willing for our actions and ideas to be systematically
silenced. We no longer accept that the only public voices should be those of
the corporations and intellectuals who defend the consumption of flesh.

We demand an open debate.

"We are the mirror of your guilty consciences
and this mirror will no longer hide"
Faced with images of heaps upon heaps of animals "destroyed" for case of
bird flu, BSE or foot-and-mouth disease, we alone felt no shame. We were not
shameful for ourselves. But we felt shame for all others.

Above all, we were sad. No matter how much we insist on asserting our pride
in saying No to barbarity, this brings us no satisfaction. The animals are
slaughtered by the billions. They are held to be dumb, their cries do not
count. We shall speak out for them until the massacre halts.

We are animals
and stand in solidarity with all animals!

Practical details and other informations

The Veggie Pride is a demonstration open to any person who does not eat the animals. Concerning this restriction, check out our Frequently Asked Questions.
http://www.veggiepride.org/en/faq.php#23

2.30 pm : start of the demonstration

We ask that the slogans, signs and streamers be exclusively centered on the vegetarianism or vegetarianism for the animals. The Veggie Pride being a demonstration of individuals expressing their pride to be vegetarians or vegans for the animals, we ask that no initials or name of organization be reproduced on the streamers and signs.

4 pm : Arrival at the « Fontaine des Innocents » (fountain of the innocent ones). End of the procession and installation of a "happening" symbolizing the ocean of suffering and death imposed daily on the animals.

4.30 pm - 5 pm : Happening.

The demonstration and the happening will be declared in prefecture, in accordance with the law.

From 5.30 pm : Various activities.

8 pm : Start of the after-pride: A party will take place,
at l'Ecobox, 37 rue Pajol, Paris 18ème (métro la Chapelle).
Further details will be given subsequently on our website. Possibility of accommodation or housing among inhabitants of Paris.

To come to the Veggie Pride :

A small ads service is also at your disposal for your requests of car sharing, accommodation, etc. Do not hesitate to use it.

Sign the Manifesto of the Veggie Pride ! Independently of your participation in the Veggie Pride, we invite you to read the text of the Manifesto (see below) and, if you agree with it, to declare that by signing it.

You can sign it on the Web:
http://www.veggiepride.org/en/signer.php
You will also be able to sign it yonder, during the demonstration.

To make a donation to the Veggie Pride (international voucher only):
http://www.veggiepride.org/en/dons.php
Any donation, even minor, will be very welcome.

Help us to make known the Veggie Pride by broadcasting this message to your contacts!

By wishing you numerous with us on May the 19th,

The steering committee of the Veggie Pride
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