Happy New Year

This is the first post of 2014! Sorry for not writing anything earlier, but we thought that the first post of the year should be written by both of us.

Today is the birthday of Simone de Beauvoir( 9 January 1908 – 14 April 1986), who was a French writer, political activist and  feminist. She had a significant influence on both feminist existentialism and feminist theory. Beauvoir wrote novels, essays, biographies, an autobiography, monographs on philosophy, politics, and social issues. She is best known for her novels She Came to Stay and The Mandarins, as well as her 1949 treatise The Second Sex, a detailed analysis of women’s oppression and a foundational tract of contemporary feminism. Beauvoir died of pneumonia in Paris, aged 78. She is buried  at the Cimetière du Montparnasse in Paris, where she was born.


Today, Google is celebrating the 106th anniversary of her birthday with a doodle of her and as a background a lovely French road.

106α γενέθλια της Σιμόν Ντε Μποβουάρ



Hot Air Balloon

On November 21, 1783, in Paris, France, the first untethered manned flight was performed by Jean-François Pilâtre de Rozier andFrançois Laurent d’Arlandes in a hot air balloon created on December 14, 1782 by the Montgolfier brothers.

What is a Hot Air Balloon?  A hot air balloon consists of a bag called the envelope that is capable of containing heated air. Suspended beneath is a gondola orwicker basket (in some long-distance or high-altitude balloons, a capsule), which carries passengers and (usually) a source of heat, in most cases an open flame. How it works? The heated air inside the envelope makes it buoyant since it has a lower density than the relatively cold air outside the envelope. But hot air balloons, as with all aircrafts, cannot fly beyond the atmosphere. 

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We’ve never been in a Hot Air Balloon. but it’s on our list…