I have only visited eleven different countries. Spending more time in one place and revisiting is more valueable to me than flying off to some new place that I will never truely know. Though, I know the feeling of waking up in a place where all of the sounds are unfamiliar, and what a strange and wonderful sensation that can be. The books Discovering France and and How Paris Became Paris are two books that illustrate why I enjoy traveling. Books about the natural history of a place are also required for me prior to visiting a place. When I first visited Champagne region of France, I focused mainly on the geography and the people. During my visit to Champagne this summer, I walked into a dusty bar well off the tourist track. The bar tender asked, "What are you doing here?" "The town was recommended by a friend," I replied. "Well," said the bartender, "they are not such a good friend." All of the people in the bar laughed as did I. The bartender poured me a glass of local champagne which was excellent. When I got up to leave, the bartender asked, "What do you think of your friend now?" "Very good."
Three favorite books about art:
Schoenberg/Kandinski: Letters, Pictures, and Documents
Kandinsky: Concerning the Spiritual in Art
Great Painters by Piero Ventura (a children's book)
Movies: What's new and good, Travelers and Magician, Les Trois Season, Artanajuat, other art films.
Food: meals my friends make, local French, Italian, sushi, local food from Turkey, meals I make at home.
Music: My sisters taught me to love Brazilian, orchestral, jazz from way back, some opera, Andalusian music, Jean-Philippe Rameau...Whatever is playing at the outdoor concerts in Point Richmond, where I live...yesterday I heard a wonderful Rock band that played some old classics and made them their own: Pamela Parker Band.