Monthly Archives: January 2020

“Nuits de Chine, nuits câlines…” @ Gaillac!:-)

Parfois, on parcourt le monde en cherchant LA lumière, on peut la trouver ici et là, on la garde un peu; d’autres fois, elle est tout près, juste devant nous… 🙂 Gaillac(Tarn) est situé à 50 km au nord-est de Toulouse; célèbre pour ses vins, et, ces 3 dernières années, pour son “Festival des lanternes chinoises”; jumelé avec la petite ville de Zigong, province du Sichuan, le parc Foucaud de Gaillac est devenu le plus grand parc de lanternes d’Europe; ah, le dragon de cette année a été fabriqué avec… 25 000 CD!!!

N.B. on célèbre le nouvel an chinois 2020 entre le 25 janvier et 8 février; selon le zodiaque chinois, 2020 est l’année du rat.

“Chinese nights, cuddly nights …”(French song) Sometimes we travel the world in search of THE light, we may find it here and there, we hold it awhile; other times, it’s quite near, right in front of us… 🙂 Gaillac is a quaint town in the Tarn county, 50 km north-east of Toulouse; famous for its wines, and these past 3 years, for its “Chinese Lantern Festival”; twinned with the small town of Zigong, province of Sichuan, Gaillac’s Foucaud park has become the largest lantern park in Europe; this year’s dragon was made with… 25,000 CDs!!!

N.B. Chinese New Year 2020 is celebrated between January 25 and February 8; according to the Chinese zodiac, 2020 is the year of the rat.

“Qui s’y frotte, s’y pique!”:-)

“Touch me and you’ll get stung!”(French saying) – in other words:”if you look for trouble, you’ll find it!”🙂

On the outskirts of Tucson(pronounced: tusɒn!), Arizona, a small but vital part of the Sonoran Desert has been preserved as “Saguaro National Park” where the Saguaro “prickly trees” form a surprisingly lush and diverse “realm” that the locals use to call “cactus forests”; they grow very slowly, therefore it may be 70 years before they sprout branches or “arms”, and they reach full height(over 15 m!) at about 150! Saguaro cacti collect water thru their shallow roots, they soak it up in the trunk and arms to allow for storage in the spongy flesh.

vertical survival under the sun…🌞🌵👇

Their cream-colored flowers – Arizona’s official flowers – appear from April to June, and in July, deep-red fruits ripen, becoming season’s food for both animals and humans – the Tohono O’odham(“Desert people”) Native Americans. Saguaros usually “die” of old age, BUT freezing, lightening, strong winds and drought can also “kill” them! Well, once again, it’s been hard to choose among over 200 pictures; last but not least: on my recent b’day, I was offered an original gift – a set of 4 tiny cacti, such a cute reminder of our visit to Saguaro National Park last month!🥰

Have a fine Sunday and a smooth week, folks!🙂

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