Le Marché shop in New York: my favorite Amora mustard for my vinaigrette, some specialty hard candy "Bergamot de Nancy," some
bouchée from Suchard - they are dark chocolate you can buy by the piece in French grocery stores. I could not pass up a 1980s vintage mystery paperback in a second-hand bookstore. We received some good candy and other gifts from family as well. My French blogging friend, Claude, sent me a couple of souvenir magnets, very useful hot pads and tricolor paper napkins (to be used on the 14th of July! (Bastille Day.)
here to read it.) Below is an Armenian Christmas card (written in English and Armenian) I received on January 6th. Next to it is the Holy Etchmiadzin, the Armenian cathedral located near Yerevan, the capital of Armenia. Bottom left is Russian Ded Moroz (Grandfather Frost) next to his grand-daughter Snegurochka (Snow Maiden.) (See more on them in my post of January 2015, click here to read it, although in Russia New Year is a bigger holiday.) Bottom right is a group of Ukrainian ladies celebrating Christmas in their folk dresses.
here to see them.) I had noted then that it was a melancholy song - a song of remembrance. This folk song is also in the Alexandrov Ensemble's repertoire - listen to it below. Isn't it beautiful? (Photos by Alexander Shadrakova.)
Another personality we lost in 2016 was David Bald Eagle, a Lakota Chief. He passed away at age 97 after a long and extraordinary life. He was born in a traditional teepee on the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Reservation in South Dakota. He only spoke Lakota until he was 12 and at 15 he underwent the traditional Sundance ceremony. During WWII he was awarded the Silver Star for fighting at Anzio, Italy. Afterward he parachuted into the fighting in Normandy, was injured by German soldiers and saved by British commandos.
pâté de campagne"(country paté) and "cornichons" (French sour pickles) and ended with a piece of Camembert cheese - both with crusty French country bread and a glass of red wine ... voila!
On vit de souvenirs et d’espérance" - we live from memories and hope.