If you plan to go to Denver, drive to Colorado Springs it only one hour away and truly worth the ride. You can stop at Manitou Springs, discover the Gods Garden, Pike Peaks, and so many more things that we could do!

Cos Rodeo :

It’s never too late to see your first Rodeo.

As explained to us, the animals are not mistreated they are cared for as “rock star”. 

I have to say that it seems much harder from a human perspective. What a challenge to stay on these bulls, horses and sheeps ( junior only).

We went to the rodeo organized by CosRodeo at Colorado Springs, in the noris penrose arena. Great choice, people were very nice to us. lots of activities were provided for the children who were treated like kings. From mounting horses, playing darts on ballons entering in tippis, hearing stories, a Beautiful parade, Live concert for all after the rodeo. 

The diner was good and served in the arena, smores were available. 

After the Rodeo they inflated a hot air ballons and we could all take turn and jump in.

It was a perfect evening, I did not want to leave …

More in images.












Queen and Princess: 


Some restaurants tips:

In Colorado Springs : 
Bambino’s Urban pizzeria

 Josh and Johns Ice cream

Around Colorado Springs:

If you are looking for Donut ! The Donut Mill
Manitou Springs 

The Mountains Shadow Also seen in diner and dives on 📺 
To go to :

The Gods’ garden an unforgettable hike the park is free, we would have like to book in advance and discover it on horse back, but discovering it on foot is unforgettable! 


We also visited the US Air Force Academy, very impressive. They have a chapel to welcome all faith Protestant on top, Catholic, Jewish, Buddhist on the lower level, and we saw some indications for others religions ( muslims Methodist and more ).

Hotel :

The hotel we stayed was very clean and perfectly located. And the housekeeping team surprised us with beautiful paper towel arrangements! : Towneplace Marriot Colorad Springs 

Have you heard, or witnessed how we used to cook in our grandma and great-grandma generation?

Why Am I sexist, I could say in our grand-pa and great grand-pa generation.

Man also like to cook! Some of them.

In my father family,  men were and are always cooking.

In my mom’s family it is woman only! Until she met my father, who took over the stove!

I m both side grand-daughter, great-grand-daughter and daughter, and I love Cooking….

I cook like in the old days, With approximative proportions, and my 5 senses.

I also know how to follow a proper recipe but I find it usually less fun….very important under certain circumstances like : when you really can’tmess up your cooking and can’t order at the last minute to save the day!

So how to make Pate d Amande ( Almond paste):

Take some almond boil them, until they become tender and the brown envelopes starts detaching itself!

Then remove them from the boiling water and as soon as you can peel off the brown skin.

Once they are all cream color and shinny…

Use your mixer to reduce them to powder! ( for the lazy one buy almond powder premade… But won t taste as good).

Mix an egg  yolk, or 2 depending on the amount of almond you used! You ll see what you need as it needs to form a paste… Should not be liquid!

Add some sugar powder… Also depending on your taste but enough to keep the mix well binded !

Add some orange blossom flower water ! The delicious taste  needed in any North African desert! 

Then make little balls place them nicely on a plate 

Cover and place in the fridge for at least one hour so they become firm !

Then it s time to eat… Serve them and enjoy…

You can also open dates and insert the almond paste ball in it… Or put 2 nuts around the almond paste ball… Serve with tea or coffee or just as a dessert…

Can t believe I started writing  that post more than 500 days ago…

Kisses to all…

Miss my Grand-maman… So looking forward to these pates d Amande… I ll make some tomorrow with my kids. Send me your pixs if you try at home! Do not be affraid using my old fashion direction you can t miss.

All you need is :

Almonds

Sugar

 Orange blossom water 

Eggs ( in fact just the yolk) 

Additional any dry fruits ( better with dates or nutts).

A mixer and a fridge 


Challenge ! 

Novelty!

Pushing yourself !

Moving forward!

And more…

That is how I feel.

Fast is not enough to describe the rythme We are living at.

New York could be a definition of the “fast” I ld like to describe.

New York is full, fast, new, engaging, opportune, young, never ending, sleepless… 

When your away, 2 days seems like a week… You miss it… New York has grown into you… You are making One… But it s too much…it s oversize… But you like it … It feels right…les vitesses sont Enclenchees! ( the gears are looked ).

You become yourself, while losing sight of where your going, slow down and think ( almost impossible). Necessary : you break, adjust the speed… Look around realize … Full speed again … It s exhilarating… You are alive !

Hopeje / Jessica 

Some pictures of my first fine art photography exhibition in NYC: more can be found on my website.

This event was the opportunity to star a campaign for SACH such a beautiful adventure : healing one child is bringing life ! 

Donate
I realize how overwhelmed we get in The USA with donation request ! It is terrible ! I agree too much … But should you have 2 mn and even 5 $ Donate and reward yourself for it! It s a beautiful cause and your generosity deserved to be thanked.

“Yes I can buy myself this beautiful dress, take the time to drink my coffee in peace, eat an ice cream.” Anything you wish for, in a normal day, you deserve it ! today you  earned it! No doubt.

Last week I saw a moving documentary on children saved by SACH… And I wished I could do more… It was about children in Tanzanie and miracles! generosity and passion of 2 doctors and the love of parents for their sick child! The strength of community! It was about beleifs ! Faith in God ! Any God! They all had a different name for God but believed in the same strengh! LOVE LIFE HOPE COMMITMENTS !

How the effort of men can change life for One and for all.

Some years ago a girl from Ethiopia with a congenital heart disease was saved by SACH she is now in the USA completing her studies to become medical doctor and go back to Etiopia to help healing her people!

Save one life and your ll save many more !
The campaign Hearted ! Artists for SACH ! started May 5ft will end in 2 days. Press here and reward yourselves. Thank you! 
 
Yesterday We met these bikers  in Central Park ! They had just completed 556 miles in a day from Quebec to NYC ! Free spirit! Great smile ! Love to meet people that follow their dreams!


Nobody said it s easy but it is surely worth it!

Believe in yourself and live your dreams! Make it happen ! Yes you can !

I am happy … 3 years  have passed since I started this adventure, sharing places, ideas, images, and keeping memories through these blog’s pages.

Thank you for following me and my adventures…. see you soon for more ….à bientôt….

Bisous ! ( kisses )

Jessica

 

Just for you:

My top 3 posts in 2016:

Incredible : My favorite addresses in Amsterdam have recorded more than 1500 views and is my top viewed post every years since it has been posted:

https://soparislux.com/amsterdam-une-de-mes-villes-favorites/amsterdam-one-of-my-favorite-city/

Number 2 is the one on my favorite addresses in Luxembourg:

https://soparislux.com/my-favorite-places-to-have-a-bite-lunch-dine-or-have-a-drink-in-luxembourg-grand-duche-de-luxembourg-part-1/

Number 3 is the one on this beautiful artist: Jurga Martin and her “Maison d’hôte in Bourgogne, France:

https://soparislux.com/2014/01/11/beaune-france-la-terre-dor-and-jurga-martins/

In 2015:

Still the post on Amsterdam and Luxembourg then this one on Paris and its gardens:

soparislux.com/2013/05/13/jardin-du-ranelagh-ou-parc-de-la-muette/

In 2014:

Still the post on Amsterdam and Luxembourg then this one on Luxembourg’s night life 🙂

https://soparislux.com/2014/03/08/chez-serge-luxembourg-previously-peche-mignon-or-declic-weekly-photo-challenge-perspective/

In 2013:

This post on Amsterdam is still number one: https://soparislux.com/amsterdam-une-de-mes-villes-favorites/amsterdam-one-of-my-favorite-city/

Oh how I love Ben Mazue’s and Benjamin Clementine’s music, two wonderful artists to be discovered. Together in my post, but not linked in real life:

https://soparislux.com/2013/07/04/ben-mazue-french-singer-and-benjamin-clementine-english-singer/

And this nice weekly challenge:

https://soparislux.com/2013/11/29/weekly-photo-challenge-let-there-be-light/

Let see what 2016 nous réserve ( awaites for us…)…

  
Weather : complete craziness from hat/coat/gloves to no jacket at all!

Bikes day for sunny days!

Dogs:

Huge dogs! St Bernard of 1 years old!

Versus our 2 years old frieze stabij! 

And a one year old Maltese name Crousty

The launch of doggychef! In NYC and Brooklyn! Very NYC style…Doggychef Instagram

  
Well done To Deborah Goldberg.

If you wish to contact the dog chef press here.

Art:

A great opening reception at the Leica store of Soho for the launch of the exhibition PARKOUR of Ben Franke, an American German photographer, that gave its nobels letters to Parkour!

I am a big fan of Parkour, and found very ingenious to spread flour on the people jumping before shooting the pictures. That way you visualize the energy of each jump!

Bravo Ben Franke, it was a pleasure meeting you and seeing you blush surouned by these pretty fans !
  
Had the pleasure to speak with one of the Parkour ! stuntman ! McLenin Cruz, also found on Instagram as the Relentless Tarzan.

My kids playing Parkour on our shelfbook! With Asian umbrelle! 

And nice discoveries at George’s Bergès Gallery in Soho.

Music:

Making use of this incredible drumkit, an eco and musical inovation of Obilab, for our pleasure. 

Also loved and approved by professional  Drummers, Thank you  Frank Fallon.

Cinema Le 7 ème Art! The oscars!

How not to mention this buss, let me know your favorite part of it ;-)…in the comments.

Mantra for this last week of February 2016.. Oh March is coming in the game !

  

It has been a little while I wanted to write about our move from Luxembourg to New York !

We are travelers in our souls and until our finger tips, but this goes beyond traveling, even if, in its direct continuity!

If you follow me since the beginning or for a while you know that I am a French American girl brought up in Paris France, married to a Dutch guy, with 3 children born in Luxembourg, and a dog coming from Friesland and extensive traveler as he joined our family. and that I write my blog from my iPhone (at 95%).

For those who joined more recently here you are into the confidence 😉💫.

I take advantage of this post to thank you for following me, and to all passing by, I give you all a great smile!

So moving to NYC was meant to be, and arrived at the right time, NYC was not unknown to us all ( except to Rocky our dog ;-)).

But moving and becoming a habitant of NYC is different from all the visits we did to the big Apple before!

We moved from a very international and cosmopolitan  city  in the middle of the green  with around 107,247 inhabitants to one of the hugest country in the world, in one of the biggest city with around 8,336,697 New Yorkers.

Some of the people we would meet, would barely knew Luxembourg, and joke that the city had as many people as in a NYC block!

Funny how it did not feel like it, but yet the difference was obvious and the energy we found here as inhabitants was what we were looking for.

We were Green as it can be!

But happy, as if we were mounting a rodeo bull, we might have felt a little or let ourselves go with the speed, but soon managed to ride it and remind him of our own pace.

So much to deal with, first and most important for us was finding a good school for the kids, and leave near by Central Park for the sake of us all.

Further to our searches, we chose the apartment.

And off we go! New language for the kids even if they were familiar with English. There is a definite gap between understanding a little and getting fluent in writing and reading.

Sticking to the French ! Our French and European culture bursted even more after we arrived!

As visitor we were found of US food, as resident it was a “no way” for our daily meals, we had to find ways to get the quality of product we were used to! Hard hard hard, as we were very organic in Europe, possible for sure in the USA but so hard! You need to be attentive to everything, in the USA as a lot more is permitted as far as food’s production. In the USA the labels are mandatory to read, I am looking for Meat: hormone free/antibiotic free/ non GMO ! Pasture raised! Same with eggs, same with Dairy! I could write a complete book on that matter! Not mentioning the bread ( no high corn syrup or high fructose or non GMO) or flour ! So complicated not to mention the price of good quality food ! Outrageous! Welcome to the country where 12 eggs “good quality” would cost not less than 6$/13$ if you do not own your own  chicken 😰. To be clear as you cab see in the below pic, you cab find 12 Eggs for 2.79$ even in NYC, but What are They Made Of!!!! Well compliant to the Us regulations is not food to me if That means That the chicken were raised inside in pour conditions, fed with hormones, antibiotics GMO grains ! Further to animal cruelty it seems like not human friendly neither. Really sorry !

 
Some options for good organic good:

No wonder so many American have health issue, it s a sin to let them eat so bad! Not their fault! If you do not have enough money to eat quality product it is very hard, thus I think they might not realize… let’s come back to that an other moment…

The “relocation” story to be continued in Part 2… With some insides in discarding and what led me to reading Marie Kondo book, and meeting her at Barnes and Nobles yesterday at Union square, while she was sharing with her audience her Konmari method….
Feel free to follow and pass on…

A bientôt,

Hopeje

Instagram @hopeje

 

Mix match of my 2015 Instagram pictures !

@hopeje
En avant toute vers 2016, bonne préparation et bon réveillon.
2016 here we come, Happy New years’ eve.
And a big thank you, un grand merci 

For following me, 

And sharing me/ sharing With me…
Bonne année à tous,
Happy New year! 
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
 

While the Deauville French/American film festival is warming up “les planches” in France, in Normandy exactly…..

My sister send me pictures of ET movie, played yesterday at the Hollywood ball in LA….

And I realize: 

One more film I refused to watch ( just saw part of them)

On my unwach list amoung others:

E.T. Steven Spielberg 

La Boum, French not to be missed Says my best friend ! (She write a blog in French If you want to improve your French : http://thelastbridget.over-blog.com/2015/03/the-last-bridget.html)  classic with Sophie Marceaux

https://www.google.com/search?q=E+T&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&hl=en&client=safari#hl=en&q=la+boum+movie
Les bronzés Patrice Leconte ( also a classic)

https://www.google.com/search?q=les+bronz%C3%A9s&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&hl=en&client=safari
Titanic (directed by James Cameron  principal actors  Leonardo di caprio and Kate winsley)

The Horse whisperer ( Robert Redford) but I Love Robert Redford as an actor so I ll probably try to watch it one day.

The gremlins 

Star Wars 

….. 

And you ? 

Wishing you all a good Sunday 

                    

More on Paris all around my blog and some direct easy Links:

Oh Paris! Part I Tocadéro and the Latin neighborghood | so parislux !

https://soparislux.com/oh-paris-part-i-tocadero-and-the-latin-neighborghood/

Parcs, garden in Paris France | so parislux !


P.s:

Pensée pour mon Emy! Ma pellé!

DJ!

Val!

Jennijane !

Betchabout et spoon!

Ma GMG!

Et les mini bou !

Bisous à vous ! (Kisses to you )