What as strange feeling it is to be away from home when the citizen of your country all celebrate a national event… Champions du monde ! The game : I am not a football fan. I rarely watch games on tv. Unless it is the World Championship and the French team have a good chance of winning it! So there I am, in the middle of the sea, working along 150 French colleagues, surrounded by 1000+ British passengers, and trying to follow the last game of the football world cup. But there is work to be done, passengers to look … Continue reading On est en finale!
Sometimes, life can be stressful and complicated. Sometimes you can get so busy that you don’t see the world around you. Sometimes you’d like to move in a shell and hide at the bottom of the ocean. But sometimes, you feel like driving 3 hours just to spend the day in Italy. You rent a sunbed at the nearest spiaggia (the one with the pretty parasols) and you rush to the water for a long refreshing summer swim. Then you take a shower near the yellow changing cabins. Above your head, grapes are hanging. Life is suddenly just as it … Continue reading Dolce vita
Somewhere in the Irish Sea… Continue reading Summer night
I thought I would have no stories to tell this week. It has gone smoothly. Even though the days have been very busy with entertainment to plan for all ages, I enjoyed every minute of it. I told myself regularly how lucky I was to take such pleasure in doing my job. It has been pretty creative and people orientated all the way which is very fulfilling. Until last Thursday. The last day full day of our 7 day shift. The Grand Final : our Breton lighthouses animation. We put so much work into this animation and have been looking … Continue reading Up where we belong
Here is yesterday night, close to 11pm… in my little part of the world. I wonder how it is possible to have such a clear sky so late when other parts of France have been in the darkness for an hour already… Water and sky wore the same shades. Slightly magic end of the day. Continue reading Breton sunset
Last week I read a post on one of my favourite Nordic blogs about Marina’s summer doings. It made me wonder what I liked about summer myself, and how my perception of this very much awaited season has changed of the years. Before 20, summer meant end of school and self-tanner! I was living near Paris, and beach time wasn’t before August – generally the time chosen for the family holiday. The sunny weeks before that blissful oceanic break were devoted to getting a start of a tan. Every occasion was used with this goal in mind! Years later, I … Continue reading Let me be a sunflower
… It all started with a conversation I had last week with a trainee who is working with us on board. She has enrolled in a tourism programme. She is 19. When we docked last week in Spain for a 4 hour stop-over, I felt frustrated my schedule did not allow me to go ashore. On the contrary, our trainee had plenty of free time to do so. But she did not feel like it. She said she went last week and had seen all the things there were to see. I was gobsmacked! How can you be bored of … Continue reading When “extraordinary” becomes “common”
De Staël is one of the artists I discovered in my twenties. I have always been touched by his use of the colours. But I knew nothing about the man himself and never saw one his paintings for real. Luckily, … Continue reading Nicolas de Staël in Provence
I regularly fly down to Marseille to visit my mother and each time I get surprised and amazed by the price of snacks sold at the bar located after security. But still, I have to pay the asked price for … Continue reading Terror chopsticks
When embarking last Friday, I learnt I would be spending the week with the entertaining team! I’d be lying if I said I was not happy and slightly excited about that new job. There is nothing extraordinary about it but the idea of being the fun happy face who welcomes the passengers pleased me quite a lot! There would be the cinema theaters to take care of, the kids activities with coloring contests, the “scrap-cooking” animation, the staff fashioned show to organize /and be part of (double girly smiley!), the welcoming sangria to serve… etc. And I get to do … Continue reading New work week, new team.
I cried like a baby watching the video. “Ben Fogle reaches summit of Mount Everest after dedicating charity climb to memory of his stillborn son.” He has completed his 29,000ft climb yesterday morning. Congratulations Ben & the rest of the team. A thank you to YOU ALL from the summit of the world @britishredcross @anythingispossible.world @unenvironment A post shared by Ben Fogle (@benfogle) on May 17, 2018 at 1:58am PDT Continue reading Inspiration