31 March 2012
29 March 2012
Meet Natasha Frost (she's on the left) and is one half of the incredible energy behind Pink Ribbon Monaco. The lady on the right is Perrine Guyonnet, owner of Miss Rose by Perrine and creator of amazing floral arrangements - it was she who organised the fabulous flowers along with the band of helpers you see in the photo below. She also supplied what seemed like a trillion pink balloons.
Natasha and Julia Speri-Kaukonen founded Pink Ribbon Monaco in 2011.
Natasha lived in Los Angeles during her studies and was very much aware of the Pink Ribbon movement that has been such a big part of women's lives in all major anglophone cities for nearly 30 years. The spirit of sisterhood, women supporting other women through illness, treatment and the aftermath of the illness, as well as the celebration of the lives of the victims has always touched her.
Although the Monaco health department is very active in screening and development, she felt that what was lacking is this spirit of female unity that is found elsewhere, and after Julia told her about her mother's battle with cancer, she shared with her the dream of creating Pink Ribbon Monaco. As Natasha says, 'Without Julia, it wouldn't have become a reality.' Julia was not able to be there for the inaugural walk for family reasons, but her support was felt, and Natasha says that she is very aware and grateful that without her, none of this would have been possible. 'We complete each other as she is very practical and what we call a "dooer," while I am more of a dreamer!'
Here is a bio of these two great women:
Julia Sperl-Kaukonen: Born in Vienna, Austria in 1973, Julia becomes a Monaco resident in 2002 after pursuing a successful career in finances, in New York. Sadly, Julia's mother was diagnosed with cancer but is happy to say that her mother is a survivor, having got the “all clear” in 2010. Julia is a lawyer.
Natasha Frost: Born in London, Natasha moved to the Côte d’Azur aged five, over 30 years ago, where she pursued her education in French schools till moving to the United States to attend university. In California, she read history and literature. Throughout her studies and to the present day, she frequently volunteers in various community and charitable services, such as « California Soup Kitchen » (project in downtown Los Angeles to feed the homeless), a Women’s Centre on campus (crisis centre for women) and more recently «J’accède » in Monaco, a national movement to draw attention to the public on the difficulties of access to certain areas for people with limited mobility. Breast cancer is a sensitive issue as both her aunt and grandmother were victims. Her aunt is a survivor. Natasha is a translator-interpreter.
Following on from yesterday's post and the start of the 10 kilometre run, these 250+ ladies immediately followed in a blaze of pink for a leisurely 3 kilometre walk. Much more my style... They simply walked along the port, through the tunnel to Fontvieille, did a circuit around and then back to the port and all in aid on Monaco's first Pink Ribbon Walk for breast cancer awareness. And then many of them went off for a champagne lunch!
You can see what a dull old day it was and boy did they brighten things up.
28 March 2012
2,500 runners took part in the recent Monaco 10 kilometre run. And they came from 50 different countries. It's one second to the start and the really serious guys are ready to press the button on their watches.
And they are off...
27 March 2012
The Pink Ribbon Walk wasn't the only event taking place on the port a week ago. At the same time - and a far bigger event in terms of numbers of people - was the annual 10 kilometre run.
Some of you know my computer died last week and this batch of photos were lost. Yesterday one of those fabulous Genius guys at the Apple Store in Nice retrieved them from the old hard drive and put them on a memory stick - so we are back with the Pink Parade and the 10 kilometre Run.
This guy is warming up the runners and you'll see that some of the 'pink' people joined in.
26 March 2012
25 March 2012
This lady has just just served the gentleman walking out of the picture and now goes back to reading her magazine. She'll not run out of reading material in a hurry ...
This kiosk is on Boulevard des Moulins, just by the steps that lead to Eglise Saint Charles.
24 March 2012
23 March 2012
Two views of the ballerina who lights up at night, below the casino building. She was created by Marco Lodola in 1995.
Apologies that we are not continuing with the Pink Parade photos. My iMac died in a blaze of orange screen and went to iMac Heaven. It took 14 hours to transfer my files to the new machine.
The only photos not included in the back-up were the Pink Parade photos and yesterday's emails. These may (not sure) be recoverable but it'll be a week or so.
22 March 2012
21 March 2012
Puddles from the early rain produce reflections of a little girl at the Pink Ribbon Walk.
These two beauties are sisters who were born in Monaco and make great models as they play up to the photographers. Don't you love the mini-pretend-champagne! Monte Carlo Ladies in the making!
20 March 2012
More gorgeous Monte Carlo ladies who took part in the inaugural Pink Ribbon Walk, in aid of cancer research, in Monaco on Sunday.
How does the lady below change the settings on her camera with those fingernails! Good for her!
19 March 2012
Yesterday Monaco went pink! It was the first Monaco Pink Ribbon day - where women (and men) walk on behalf of breast cancer awareness. The organisation was great, atmosphere was fabulous, people turned up in crazy outfits and of course money was raised for this great charity.
Movingly, many people walked on behalf of a mother, a sister, a loved one lost to cancer, and pinned notices to their backs (see last photo). We'll see more of these another day.
Come back tomorrow for much more...
18 March 2012
17 March 2012
16 March 2012
15 March 2012
You'll find peace and a place to reflect in all the beautiful gardens of Monaco. The Casino Gardens, of course are the busiest, especially in the centre where you find the fountains, but just walk a few yards to one side and you'll find pools like this. Look carefully and you'll see the balcony of a building reflected in the water.
14 March 2012
13 March 2012
I've never noticed this bonsai in the Casino gardens before. It's quite a large bonsai, but a bonsai nevertheless. The bowl looks as if it's made and signed by an artist - next time I'll look more carefully.
Amazing root formation, don't you think?
12 March 2012
11 March 2012
10 March 2012
We're in Beausoleil market today - so near to Italy that it's no surprise to find signs for produce written in Italian. This is Agretti - looks like grass, doesn't it? In fact it's a tender succulent, native to the Mediterranean. It's also known as Barba di Frate (Monk's Beard) and in English, Barilla Plant, Opposite Leaved Saltwort or Russian Thistle.
Frances Mayes, author of the wonderful Bella Tuscany, wrote of this plant: 'Spinach is the closest taste, but while agretti has the mineral sharpness of spinach, it tastes livelier, full of the energy of spring.'
Remove the roots, steam for 5 minutes, and serve still slightly warm with some olive oil and lemon or prepare fettucine and mix with fresh chopped agretti, lemon and oil.