Flying à la Gershwin

Most of you know that I stick to the oneworld alliance (American Airlines, British Airways, Qantas, etc.) when it comes time to fly.  But I’ll admit that United airlines has done a fantastic job of reminding us of the magic of flying through their “It’s time to fly” television ad campaign since emerging from bankruptcy in February, 2006.

Watch the ad above (embedded) and then head to United’s YouTube page to watch a documentary on the making of this ad.  Featured are legendary jazz pianist Herbie Hancock, and rising classical piano star Lang Lang from China.  They do such justice to the masterpiece that is George Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue.”

Summer in Bretagne

Summer has finally made its way to Vannes, and life is better.  Yesterday I laid out in the sun, and though I earned a few itchy mosquito bites (many of you know that if there’s a mosquito within 20 miles, it will somehow find only me!), my new coat of summertime tan is a welcome change from what was a coldish spring.

Which brings me to ponder just why we have school during the summer here in France – is this the only country where that happens?  I know my friends in the States are enjoying a little time away from the hectic pace of classes to enjoy summertime get-togethers and inter-session workshops.  I’m jealous.

But at least I have the sun and France!