|Hotels along the Promenade des Anglais.|
|We love art nouveau and art deco!|
|Looked for and found Hotel Negresco, as my|
friend Shiela recommended; sadly, a sign
said we couldn't enter unless we were guests...
While I was at Ben's flat on my own, I watched some videos (the first time I've seen Pirates of the Caribbean...I'm always late to the party...). I also read two of the books written by Barack Obama. I enjoyed both a great deal.
Whether or not you agree with his politics, I would recommend these books. I think he write in both a very logical way but he also expresses a lot of emotion. I came away understanding a little better how challenging it must be to be of mixed race and yet I think this experience must be one of Obama's personal strengths. I also appreciated how he seemed to be able to appreciate the character, the skills or the outlook of people who have taken the opposite side of the political table from him. The cynic in me suggests this could be a good 'tactic' but it read as pretty genuine to me.
In reading Dreams from My Father I got a lot of my own questions answered, about his family background and life experience. I've always been a bit vague about Hawaii, Kenya and Kansas and now I know to add Indonesia to that mix. I loved reading about the strong women in his family. I think I'm having an interesting life, but of course his and his mother's lives go far beyond mine.
I actually read Audacity of Hope first, which is a bit backward of me since it was written second; I just happened upon it first and was hooked from the very beginning. I remember the first time I saw paper dolls, my childhood toys, in a museum as historical items. I was pretty irate about it and not a little concerned. I must have got past this kind of thinking because I felt this book told the history of American politics during my lifetime. I was fascinated to have things explained to me, things I remember vaguely when they happened, but I wasn't particularly interested. I felt a bit uneasy at times, but didn't feel it had much to do with me. But of course what went before explains a lot about how things are today. Just after I finished the book I felt as though I'd found the CliffNotes I was supposed to have studied all those years. Of course, I've already forgotten a lot of it, but still, it was brilliant.
I recently told someone I didn't get interested in politics until about the last decade, but actually I think this is wrong. I'm still not particularly interested in current events, only in how things work out. I expect that's odd of me, but there it is.
Before I continue with the rest of our adventures in France, I thought I'd take a break so you don't OD - like I almost did.