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Blog migration: a new website for The Secret Life of an Actress

Hi there :)

I took a big step & migrated my blog from blogger to wordpress! I wanted more freedom & I believe my new space on the web will allow me to better express myself & will better reflect my personality!

I hope you'll love the new design & website & I hope you'll stop by to say hi :)

The migration is now completed, therefore this is my last post on blogger... from now on you can find me on http://thesecretlifeofanactress.com/.

Salut :)

Je viens de sauter le pas et j'ai migré mon blog de blogger à wordpress! Je voulais plus de liberté et je crois que mon nouvel espace sur le web me permettra de mieux m'exprimer et reflétera mieux ma personnalité!

J'espère que vous allez aimer le nouveau design et le nouveau site & j'espère que vous allez passer me dire bonjour :)

La migration est maintenant terminée, ce-ci est donc mon dernier post sur blogger... à partir de maintenant, vous pouvez me trouver ici http://thesecretlifeofanactress.com/.

Ciao a tutti :) Ho fatto il grande passo e migrato il mio blog da Blogger a WordPress! Volevo più libertà e penso che questo mio nuovo spazio sul web mi permetterà di esprimermi meglio e rispecchierà meglio la mia personalità! Spero che il nuovo design & ed il nuovo sito vi piacciano & spero che passerete a dirmi ciao :) La migrazione è terminata, quindi questo è il mio ultimo post su Blogger... d'ora in poi mi potete trovare su http://thesecretlifeofanactress.com/.


Reims Christmas market

Reims Cathedral, France

As you may know, I just love Christmas markets!

The cute, wooden chalets, the sweet smells, the mulled wine... All this just put me in an happy & christmasy mood! :)

Happily in France there are lots of Christmas markets, like one in a every little town!! Last year we visited the most famous of all, Strasbourg Christmas market.

This year, we decided to go to the one of Reims, some friends told us it was very nice plus there is a wonderful Cathedral to visit as well in Reims.

So on yesterday's misty morning, we jumped in the car, direction Reims.

Reims countryside, France

Btw, misty is an understatement: on the highway the fog was so thick, we could only see at 30 meters... it was quite scary!

But we made it to Reims countryside.

Reims countryside, France

The region of Reims is well know for champagne production & our first stop was at some clients of hubby who produce champagne to take the bottles hubby ordered for Christmas.  

Reims countryside, France

They also made us visit their vineyard & their firm, explaining us how the champagne production works. We finished the visit with some champagne tasting.

I was too shy to take pictures, so you just have to believe me when I say it was very nice & interesting, sorry! 🙈 

We continued our route to Reims city centre & the Christmas market

Cathedral of Reims in France

where we started our tour with an oysters based aperitif - or more exactly, I watched hubby having his aperitif as I don't like oysters...

Oysters at Christmas market in Reims, France

Oysters at Reims Christmas market in France

Oysters at Reims Christmas market in France

After which, ready we were to wander among the wooden stalls!

Christmas market in Reims, France

Pretzel at the Christmas market in Reims, France

Christmas market in Reims, France

Christmas market in Reims, France

They settled the Christmas market all around the famous Cathedral (apparently, the previous years, the market was in another square & it was much bigger. The changed the location for security reasons. I've never been there before, but I found it was very nice nevertheless).

Cathedral and Christmas market in Reims, France

Plus if you go there with children, there's a big area for them to play, a little train & even some ponies! 

Ponies at the Christmas market in Reims, France

I regretted not being a child btw, as I would have loved to ride a pony! :)

We went for a more grown-ups' activity & visited the magnificent Cathedral instead.

Reims Cathedral, France

Cathedral of Reims in France

Cathedral of Reims, France

The Cathedral of Reims in France

As we re-emerged on the market, it was lunch time. As the tradition on a Christmas market, we had sausages, mulled wine & churros!

Christmas market in Reims, France

Churros at the Christmas market in Reims, France

Christmas market in Reims, France

Moreover, have you seen the blue sky in the pictures?? We've been so lucky, we had the perfect winter sunny day for visiting a Christmas market!! 

The Cathedral of Reims in France

Ferris wheel in Reims, France

We wandered a bit more at the Christmas market & in Reims as well.

Christmas market in Reims, France

Christmas market in Reims, France

Just before we were leaving, the music band arrived, it was so fun as instead of playing traditional Christmas music, they played their version of Rihanna or Lady Gaga songs! ;)

Music band at the Christmas market in Reims, France

& a last thing, if you go to Reims Christmas market, just be aware that you can directly write to Santa Claus!!! :))

Christmas market in Reims, France

After some more wandering, we took the road back to Paris, where we finished this perfect day, with a night at the cinema! We watched "Sully", which I really liked! The story is beautiful, Tom Hanks plays beautifully & as always, Clint Eastwood made a great movie, simple, true & effective! 

Sully the Clint Eastwood movie with Tom Hanks


Today we watch : Allied

Allied (Alliés) movie poster

"Allied" a good, beautiful, old-style movie that recalls the old Hollywood films from the '50. The kind of movie they don't produce very often anymore. Everything is in there: secret intelligence, love story, a tricking plot, glamour & elegance...

& in addition to all that, Brad Pitt, class '63, is cooler than when he was 30! How is this even possible?? 

Allied (Alliés) photo of Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard

Even though it's the story of 2 spies during world war 2, don't expect a big, action movie: there are not many spectacular action scenes, the film is quite long indeed, especially the first part. But the plot is interesting & unexpected. Plus, photography & images are very beautiful.

& I won't say anything... but the end... 💔

I really had a good time watching "Allied", so if you don't know what to do this upcoming weekend, may I suggest a theater night? ;)

Hubby & I watched it last weekend. It was a while since last time we went to the cinema, I cannot even remember the last movie we saw... I missed it. I like it so much to seat in the velvet chair, waiting in the warm, dark room to be taken faraway by the story...

Anyway, we were supposed to have a proper date night: movie & dinner. Except that hubby ate too much popcorn while watching the movie, that by the end of it, he wasn't hungry anymore... So we just went back home & shared a frozen pizza & watched the end of "Dance avec les stars" (Dancing with stars) ahah. Well, as long as we're together, everything's perfect anyway 😻

Hubbey and wifey


Taganga, a cute fishermen village in Colombia

Taganga, a cute fishermen village in Colombia

Taganga is a cute, little fishermen village on the Caribbean coast of Colombia. It's the first beach outside Tayrona National Park & it's only 15 minutes away from the city of Santa Marta.

When I heard there's a daily boat connecting Taganga & Tayrona (the boat leaves from Taganga at 11am & from Tayrona at 4pm), I thought that was a better option than walking or horse-riding for more than one hour in the heat til the entrance of the park & then taking a bus to Santa Marta.
I imagined an enjoyable boat ride along the coast, that would have allowed us to have a look at the beaches where one can't go by foot.

Plus, I thought it would be nicer to spend the evening on a little village by the sea than in a big city.

That was true, I wasn't excepting nothing special about Taganga, but it actually was a very nice place &, if I knew that before, I would have spent a whole day there.

Taganga, a cute fishermen village in Colombia

As for the boat ride, DON'T take the boat connecting Tayrona & Taganga. Just don't.

The boat had 20 seats, when I saw we were almost the double, I thought a 2nd boat would have arrived. Instead, they made all of us go in the same boat, almost 40 people on a 20 people boat.

People were sitting on the floor of the boat, which was all cracked. A particularly big crack became bigger & bigger at every wave we hit. We were all staring at it.

I already mentioned that the sea near Tayrona is rough. But going offshore, it was rougher! Big waves were continuously hitting the small boat making us jump. The boat was clearly not built to resist this kind of waves.

At a particular big wave, I was so scared that I accidentally grabbed the leg of the girl sitting next me...

I put me feet under the people sitting on the floor of the boat so that they would have someway kept me, if I was jumping too much.

I told you before that in Colombia they didn't seem too careful about safety. This boat ride was just a nightmare.

I do love going on fast boats & jumping on the waves, I do like go on a banana boat or similar... But in Colombia nothing was under control. It wasn't done on purpose as a fun activity... Just imagine, you're on a small boat on a rough, full of underwater currents sea, faraway from the beach, all your luggage, passport, money, camera... being on the boat too... I mean, if something went wrong, we could have died.

Anyway, after a horrible hour or so, we finally made it to Taganga.

Boat from Tayrona to Taganga

Just for the record, here's the boat who took us there ^ 

Taganga is a colorful village, well known for having graffiti everywhere, as we could see as soon as we put our feet on the ground.

Graffiti in Taganga, Colombia

The bay is beautiful and the sea is very calm.

A travel guide to Taganga, Colombia

Along the beach there's a enjoyable walk full of shops & street stands.

Shops on the waterfront walk in Taganga, Colombia

Taganga waterfront walk, Colombia

On the other hand, Taganga is unsafe at night. It's actually the only place in Colombia where the hotel staff told us not to walk at night. Except for the seafront walk that is well lit & full of people even at night.

That's the reason why I booked the only hotel that is located on the seafront walk, the Taganga Beach Hotel.

Taganga Beach Hotel, a good hotel on the beach in Taganga, Colombia

The rooms are not particularly pretty, but the location is the best you can have. Plus, once you arrive, you're welcomed with a delicious cocktail - we had an amazing pina colada - that you can enjoy in the bar on the beach; breakfast is super yummy; down the hotel on the beach there's a restaurant, Taco Bar, serving good food - especially the fish tacos - with good music & a nice atmosphere; & last but not least the hotel staff is super nice!

There are other hotels on the beach, but a bit isolated at the end of the beach, so I wouldn't recommend going there.

Otherwise, I had a very good echo from a friend of La Casa de Felipe. The main reason we didn't go there is that it's a bit faraway from the beach so if you wanna go out at night you have to take a taxi & the hotel restaurant, which is apparently delicious, was closed when we were there. 

For the same reason, we didn't go in one of those cute cabins overlooking the bay, whose pictures stole my heart ;)

Anyway, once we finally stepped out of the infamous boat, we had a walk along the bay to reach our hotel.

Taganga, a cute fishermen village in Colombia

Street art in Taganga, Colombia

Wandering the streets of Taganga, Colombia

Taganga, a cute fishermen village in Colombia

We settled on the beach bar to enjoy our pina colada while watching the sunset.

Taco Beach Bar in Taganga, Colombia

Pina coloada at sunset at Taco Beach Bar in Taganga, Colombia

A bit tipsy - they really make big, strong cocktails in South America 😜  we went back on the seafront walk to have a better look at the shops &  jewelry stands...

Sunset walk in Taganga, Colombia

Sunset walk in Taganga, Colombia

 ...& maybe find an appetizer at one of the food stands... Like arepas (traditional corn cakes)!

Arepas food stall in Taganga, Colombia

Eating arepa in Taganga, Colombia

The arepas having made us even more hungry, we went back to the hotel, for some more cocktails & some tacos, at Taco Beach Bar.

Cocktails at Taco Beach Bar in Taganga, Colombia

Fish tacos at Taco Beach Bar in Taganga, Colombia

Happy & tired, we retired for the night... at 8.15pm! Ahah! I thought it was like 10 o'clock when I went to bed & instead it was 8! A new record! Truth is that when we travel, we wake up very early & do so many things during the day, that at night we're exhausted. Plus, in Colombia it's dark at like 6pm. But I really like this rhythm of life, if I could do the same in Paris I would, except that if I wake-up before 8am in Paris it's still night & at 6pm I'm still at work... ;)

Anyway, we woke up - early ;) - to this beautiful view

The beach in Taganga, Colombia

Started the day with guanabana juice - my favorite!!! 

Guanabana fresh juice at Taganga Beach Bar in Taganga, Colombia

& breakfast on the beach...

Breakfast at Taganga Beach Hotel in Taganga, Colombia

...had a last walk along the bay...

The bay in Taganga, Colombia

Morning walk on the beach in Taganga, Colombia

Fishermen boats in Taganga, Colombia

Morning walk on the beach in Taganga, Colombia

...before continuing our adventure direction Minca, a little village in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta mountains.

Very kindly, the hotel owner was going to Santa Marta, so she gave us a ride & help us to find the bus to Minca, which actually wasn't a bus but a 4x4.

There are 4x4 cars connecting Santa Marta & Minca all day long. The car leaves when it's full.

As for all the other destinations, buses depart from the central market in Santa Marta.

But I'll leave our adventures in Minca for the next post, for now let's just jump in the car to go there!

How to go to Minca from Santa Marta



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