img_4246                      Being American means being an immigrant, unless you are a Native American, and they as well must come from somewhere else.

I understand that as soon as people live together rules are needed to make sure everyone live “happily ever after” with the best chances of success  and peacefully.

Mankind is not perfect, we see it today everywhere, and history made it clear, and that is why we need people to govern our “countries” and help us organize a better community life, help us keep justice and more.

I like to live by the principle set by the Enlightenment philosophers, who in the 18th Century  helped the world to make its necessary changes. When Rousseau, Voltaire, Montesquieu, argued and showed that “no man should be treated less than an other” ” all men are equal”, that the freedom of one should be complete subject to the respect of someone else freedom and to the Society they are living in, for a peaceful community life.

“La liberté consiste à pouvoir faire tout ce qui ne nuit pas à autrui.” (Déclaration des droits de l’homme de 1789) 

In the same period in America, nourished by the same idea, same movement : the declaration of Independence (1776) and the US Constitution and their amendments were born from the same thirst and same core values

“US Constitution Article [I] (Amendment 1 – Freedom of expression and religion) 13

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

It is just “Bon sens” almost evidence to us that have been born Free. It is a chance that we have to protect. It is a given fact to us, but could fly away.

Our countries have been built on the declaration of Human’s right, on Constitutional rights written thanks of to these men and women who made their voices heard, understood and respected, for the good of all.

Fear is the word that comes to my mind when I try to describe what is happening in the US, and in Europe. There are tones of thoughts that are dashing through my mind, and they are so fast and so loud that no words can’t reach my mouth, as it would make the loudest sounds or a complete silence.

But how can I remain silent. How can I formulate what is laying upon my heart, upon my countries, upon each and every one of us.

(As you may know I am French and I am American, I grew up in Paris from an American father and a French mother. My world has always been both sides of the ocean, and I have been raised open to the world. Truth is that I have been raised in France with the values of Freedom Equality and fraternity. I have been raised on the French soil, with the american dream and values in my heart. My eyes welcoming the light and endless possibilities, my heart always  respecting the democracy values, that are deeply grounded in both countries.

I lived in Paris where the “mini” statue of Liberty reminded me everyday of the big one  in New York City (gifted by the French to the American, and vis and versa).

I have been lucky to move from one very cosmopolitan city to another, from Paris to Luxembourg to New York City. I say lucky because I am born in Paris in a very international family. I am lucky as my parents meeting each other was made possible by the fact that we live in an open world.  But It is a choice I made to continue living in such environment as it my choices that brought me to these places. I also added another international component to  my life marrying a Dutch man. In fact I do not even think about it, it is who I am and how I have been raised, open to the world around me. Not naïve. But optimist and trying to bring as much positivism as possible to this world, starting with a SMILE

A smile is already one step to a better day as I said it many time in my posts.

A baby doesn’t learn to walk in one time, but step by step with the help of others, often his loving family.)

I hear and I see millions of people trying to protects our rights, who recently marched peacefully to protect our equality, our freedom.

I see and I feel the strength of the Native American who have sacrificed their comfort to prevent our water and our earth to be damaged by pollution, I stand with Standing Rock and my heart bleeds knowing our “now” “President” denies reality to Climate change, and decided to move on with the construction of the Pipeline.

I’m in total disbelief in front of the ban made on 27 January 2017 by D. Trump. Anniversary of the liberation of the concentration camp “Auschwitz-Birkenau”! 12th birthday of our daughter. What is happening to the world?

For me it is all about Fear. Yes we need action in front of terrorism. But we should not act upon fear and forget who we are as a nation and what are our values. The core of our nation.

We need to protect ourselves and our values, but we cannot compromises them for our safety!

Is living in cage with no light better than dying? (trust me I don’t want to die not death to be part of the plan) What are we allowing in the name of Fear? Why do we allow our freedom to be swept a little more everyday because we are attacked and under the threat of ‘une poignée‘ a “handful” of tyrannic terrorist ? Because we are afraid not to have enough work and food for everyone? ( Really ? with all the wastefulness we are making we can’t come up with better actions and solutions ?)

I am stunned to see what we have allowed in the past decade. I am in disbelief in front of the election of François Holland our french president, very sad day it was for me. Worst to acknowledge the poor choices that were brought to us. Horrified by the choices we are having for the next elections….but it s not only France, it is also here in America, I am still in disbelief of what have happened the past 9 months. And Brexit, the rise of nationalism in England! and everywhere else in Europe.

It is the time to wake up, find solution, positive ones.

Keep the smile inside out anyhow, we need it… we should not forget our baby steps if we want to keep our values alive.

I apologize for my train of thoughts, it is taking turns and turns to arrive to its destination.

The idea is I am an immigrant, my family comes from everywhere and I should not be ashamed of it or worried about it, I should always be proud of it.

The idea is: let’s protect us against villains but let’s continue being ourselves, let’s not compromise ourselves in the name of frights. Isn’t it what we read everyday to our kids : fairy tales and diverse moralistic’s stories to build up their values, their courage, their compassion… We try to give them a sense of honor dignity respect courage, let us keep theses values alive even if we passed the 2 digits.

We should not accept that others are treated in a way we could not accept to be treated ourselves, out of fear.

My family comes from Europe, and for my father’s side is in America since the 18th century or before. The other side of my family is still in Europe or Israel. Anyhow my family has immigrated all around the world. It is lucky but it is not easy. Even for us as a family of 5, moving from Luxembourg to New York which holds my familial roots is great but not easy. We chose to move as we are FREE to, and it is a chance that we have to treasure. But it is not easy to be far away from our family, our friends, the system we know better, to learn everything almost from scratch. Imagine for those who immigrated out of tyrannies, war, who immigrated and immigrates to save their lives, who don’t have another choice to secure their lives. I wish the people who are afraid of immigration to think while deciding out of fear, sitting comfortably in their homes, accumulating useless material goods or fitting to live comfortably. The ‘immigrants’ are not trying to take their jobs or place bombs, (immigrants are not terrorists, terrorists are terrorists) and yes immigration  means adaptations. But who are we to close the borders that way ? Are we such a weak nation that it is the last option left to protect ourselves? Can’t we find a better way? There are so many things that can bring back work and harmony, so many ways to improve the economy on joy rather than fear!

I thank all the courageous people who keep smiling, all who keep defending our core values. I wish us all success and hope for the best anyhow…..

Immigration is humanity, we just need to remember who we are and who to handle the challenges that comes with Freedom.

I need to mention a discussion I had with one of my dear friend Mirela, (Romanian Lawyer) when I was a lawyer. We were both attending a training at the European commission on freedom of movement and its impact on labour law etc…  We were debating between the 2 of us, on whether Freedom or Health was the most important?                                                         I was saying that “Health was more important” as we can’t do anything without being healthy?  She was arguing that “Freedom was the most important” as : what good is it to be healthy and not free?

I truly hope that we won’t have to fight for our freedom again ? But as  I am seeing things, we are compromising everyday our freedom and should react before it is too late.

Everyone action counts and as a result it becomes stronger as a sum.  The balance of ones actions is now troubled by fear and we see the rise of nationalism. People think about their own worries and forget to see further, which incidentally will bounce back on them as a result. But we still can create positive energy and a shift with our everyday actions……..

Thank you for reading this post, and sorry again for letting my thoughts go in all directions….

I wish you all a good week-end

 

Other posts related:

https://soparislux.com/2013/12/14/weekly-photo-challenge-community-the-immigrant-courage-sacrifice-family/

https://soparislux.com/2014/04/27/letters-vector-of-emotions/

img_7150Long time Not on my blog, but busy on Instagram and on the streets…

 December  pointed his pretty nose at our doorstep…

Wishing you all Only happy thoughts and happy news.

My side :

I have launched my E-shop:

So if you are In the mood to #travel to #NYC #Paris #Amsterdam #Luxembourg

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#Promocode DECIDE 15% OFF

Sharing images you love is always a gift…so gift and share.

Have a great week

Xoxoxo

HopeJe

HUMAN by Yann Arthus-Bertrand
A Very intense Movie, full of Life love and émotion.


The vision of a man and a team of people Who Journey brought them all around the world To interview and therefore bring and Share Their Freedom of speech To people Who Would Not be Heard beyond borders, continent, To form together Humanity….To be as one.

Some quote I keept In mind:

An aborigène man saying Thank You and Please Should Not exist as all Should be shared   Naturally.

A wife speaking about ongrowing love for her husband.

A woman digging Rice From Rats’ Hole To feed her family and Being greatfull That G. Watch So well on her and her family HELPLINE her everyday To find Enough little Rice grain To be fed.

A man That Though all Was finished as He Could Not feed his family Nor find Work.

A girl How Would prostitute herself thinking she Could Not be Better but Who Was sending money To her family for her Brother and sisters To study and become educated.

A woman Without tooth Who Was sharingbox her Joy of everyday Being able To look for black Been ans corn and harvest them.

A man That Was simply grateful for The gift of Life!

A woman That encourages smiling as an Universal language, and many more…

It Was intense and Very emotional To be part of such an evening and discover The common effort of so many people : Yann Roxane Jessica William and Many more …


Selfie checking If My mascara Was Not all over My face … From tears  To laughter…

From aerial images To close Up on people lived. I encourage You To look at It The “short version 1 hour 30 mn In Theaters” The long one 10 Hours or soon In Paris accessible In a Museum 20 H of film…

Until then good night or good Day To You and don T Forget To smile It Is a Very accordable luxury.
PS: I Was Not disapointed That François Holland Did Not show up… He Was Not missed!

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…)…

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! 
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
 

   
   

  

 

  Never forget, the victims of November in Paris, of Beyrouth, Israel, world wide… To  many….

 
    
 
Mode/fashion /art/ innovation :

A special bravo to Jennijane  as she has lanches her e-shop on November 8, 2015. More than a clutch, she has created a piece of atmosphere and “une pièce à avoir Dans sa grade-robe” a  accessory to have ! High end, limited edition…

A perfect mix between Paris/LA…

I have mine !

More on http://www.jennijane.com 

Thanks :

A special thanks to Nicole Z. For her pictures of the Eiffel tour and of the “chambre de commerce”.

To Loue-Anne,  Lucile-Mei and Guillemette  for their beautiful Bleu heart’ s cake!

Food :

Chaiwali Harlem

274 Malcolm X Blvd

New York, NY 10027

United States

http://www.chaiwali.com/
Art:

The Fuller building holds many art galleries,

Special discovery : The Delhi Art Gallery, Dagmodern to discover modern Indian art “sous in nouveau jour” (under a niew light).

  
My heart goes to the victims and their families and friends….

They are all part of us.

We should stand as one and keep them in our memory!

Facing these horrible images, words, much to hard to understand, my 5 Years old asked me what to Do with these mean people. I explained my 5 /8 and 10 years old tonight that we needed as a reaction to have a good heart and be the best person we could be, and above all to enjoy life, while being attentive.

What happened tonight is not scary! What happened tonight in Paris, is discusting! 

My 10 Years old add: “but it s sad”, and I add yes  beyond sad.

Unfair and abominable!

Same for a Beyrouth yesterday, and all other places before.

We should not be afraid ! Careful yes, as always! 

Action should be taken to be able to say : NEVER AGAIN

The memory of the lost ones should survive, and help us to continue.

I am beyond sadness, I am horrified! 

We have values, and we should stick to them!

We should be proud of what our modern society have become, in a sense of humanity and democracy! Our ancestors fought for freedom, freedom of rights, freedom of religion, for man to be treated as equal regardless of their color, gender, preferences and religion.

For access to Education, Health and security.

I keep a place in my heart for all these unfair victims, and call out for the respect of our values now more than ever.

To Paris, my birth Town, the one That saw me growing, I send you light so you can shine despite the sad darkness you have been placed into!

To the persons who suffered losses, I wish courage and strength. I am so sorry we have been placed In this immense sadness.
Traduction en français :

 Mon cœur va aux victimes, leurs familles et amis…

Ils font désormais partie de Nous.

En leur mémoire nous devrions nous unir et ne faire qu’un.

Face à des images et des mots trop durs à percevoir, mon enfant de 5 ans m a demandé comment arrêter ces méchants, j ai ainsi expliqué à mes enfants âgés de 5, 8 et 10 ans que nous devions en retour avoir le meilleur cœur possible et être la meilleure personne que nous puissions être, et qu il fallait plus que tout profiter de la vie, tout En restant vigilant!

Ce qui s est passé ce soir à Paris ne fait pas peur! Ce qui s’est passé ce soir à Paris est écoeurant!

Comme rajoute ma grande de 10 ans : “mais c est triste”, et je rajouterai: cela va bien au delà.

Injuste et abominable!

De même qu’à Beyrouth hier, et que dans tous les autres endroits auparavant. 

Nous ne devrions pas céder à la peur! Attentif et prudent, oui toujours!

Des actions doivent être prises afin de pouvoir un jour prochain dire : PLUS JAMAIS.

La mémoire des êtres chers disparus doit vivre et survivre, et nous aider à avancer!

J ai dépassé la tristesse, je suis horrifiée!

Nous avons des valeurs et nous devons nous y tenir!

Nous devons être fiers de nos sociétés modernes, de nos démocraties!

Nos ancêtres se sont battus pour la liberté, pour nos droits, pour la liberté de religion, afin que l être humain soit traité d’égal à égal peut importe sa couleur, son genre, ses préférences, et sa religion!

Pour l accès à l’éducation, à la santé, la sécurité.

Je garde une place dans nos cœurs pour toutes ces injustes victimes, et appel au respect de nos valeurs, maintenant et plus que jamais.

À Paris, la ville où je suis née, où j ai grandi, je t envoi de la  lumiére afin que tu puisses continuer à briller malgré la triste pénombre dans laquelle on t a plongé!
Aux personnes endeuillées, je souhaite courage et force. Je suis tellement désolée de nous voir plongés dans ce flot de tristesse. 

   

   

  
  

This year’ich (6 June 2014/6August 2015 ) in numbers:

Finally 50 km running ( not much but still!)

3 continents

1 TornM.

3 kids

1 dog

More than 3 285 000 steps and some of them, made carrying or pushing!

7 transatlantic flights (both Ways always)

3 continental flights 

1 transcontinental flights 

In total 22 flights

4 trains ways 

7 car rentals

2 burial ( lost my 2 grandma) 

1 marriage (3 end of August and September)

Finaly met 4 babies recently born (Turned 1 and 2 this year) Still 4 Babies to meet One in Normandy, (who just Turned 2) two in Breda under a year, One in Paris (Charenton more précisly) ( under 2 months). 

10 Sleep over visit at home. 

4 languages ( mainly used)

15 cities! (Mainly Paris Luxembourg woodstock, Albany, New York, L.A., Amsterdam,Miami, Bordeaux, Dublin and Tel Aviv).

4  countries ( mainly) but really 6! 

3 continents 

1korean scrub ! Worth mentioning!

Started 30 days of yoga with Adriene, only completed 9 out of 16 so far. But I love it.

http://yogawithadriene.com/30-days-yoga-day-19/

Hard to say if My feets are on the grownd!

This year Has Been the craziest so far! One ???? Felt Like longer and shorter at the same Time.

Exhausted ! Energised ! A bit lost in translation! Seriously running after Time! So much more to be done! A serious price to pay ! Interesting versus dull! But craving for slow paced….