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    • “I saw a man today with as many noses as there are days left in the year...”
Every year, on the last day of december, my family and I tell this simple joke to whoever js around and there is always someone who will reply in disbelief. 
It was my grandpa’s little joke that he told his children when they were little. My Dutch grandpa, opa, has been sitting on his cloud for more than 30 years and I have to do squeeze my eyes to remember his face from my memory (and not from a photograph), but the nose joke brings him back to being part of my daily life and imagine him being young and making fun with his children: apart from his genes, this little joke is his souvenir to me. 
This last day of the year makes me nostalgic, wonder about things like that... getting older, quirky ‘souvenirs’ we leave behind, stories of older people we sometimes forget to listen to,  stories I would like to tell so far. 2019, I hope you will be full of stories and I will do my best to live contagiously!
📷 vintage Pinocchio ceramic piggy bank made in Faenza and bought during my last trip to Bologna 
#makestoriesnotwar #standstillandlistentoolderpeople #donotforgettomakelifejoyous #byebye2018 #thereweregoodthingsandnotsogoodones #butiamhealthyandsurroundedbovd #iamreadyforanewyear #ohmygodiwillbe40in2019 #aaaaaah
    • The stories details tell, especially windowsills... This large house has eight windows on its ground floor. Each window has a row of picture frames on its ledge, of which you can only see all the frames’ backs. As we all know... women usually surround themselves with a lot of photographs so this must be an old lady’s house. Every time I pass this house I slightly change the story in my head: a very old lady lives here who used to travel the seven seas as the first female pilot and she is surrounded by pictures of her many lovers from all over the world. Or perhaps the old lady was a spy and has collected images of her many lives. Or she has collected images of all of her family and friends, with little post-it notes with their name on them, just in case she forgets. I like the lovers’ story best 💕
#lookupfromyourphone #windowsillstellastory #glimpseofalife
    • The purest and most universal form of love, children and their mamma or papa ❤️ #familiesbelongtogether #weareallthesame
    • Genius system at @franprix in Paris: buy a glass bottle and your refills, ✨sparkling✨ and plain filtered water from the Seine, are FREE FOREVER. Amaaaazing! I want this in Amsterdam too, please. Plus create a pretty design for a @jeanbouteille bottle :) #smallchanges to #savetheworld #greenparis #inspiration #nomoreplastic
    • Tralala... I bought myself some beautiful earrings 🍒 juicy and aromatic, exactly like they should taste. Unfortunately they didn’t last so I need to get myself new ones... #deliciousparis #ohilovefruitsomuch #summerishere
    • Isn’t this a lovely way to greenify a city? 🔧DIY from Paris🌱 (as explained by the sweet lady who was watering her street garden):
• take a pvc tube, hooks, plastic pot with plate • drill a hole in the pot and plate • attach the pvc tube to the pavement (slide around a steel bollard) and pot • put earth and plants in it • water as needed :)
Paris gives ‘permis de végétaliser’ to its citizens, could we have that too, @gemeenteamsterdam? 
#streetgarden #greenparis #diy #neverstopbeinginterested
    • As much as I don’t want to look as a tourist while travelling, it’s impossible not to look up continuously while walking in Paris... all those ‘jardins sur les toits’ make my ❤️ go BOUMBOUM. 
#prettyparis #walkingaroundinawe #wishicouldlivethere #eventhecloudslookprettier #jardinssurlestoits
    • Always leave room for dessert as wherever you go, there is a chance of stumbling upon a wonderful parisserie like La Goutte D’or @yann_menguy with a beautiful secret garden in front. If you do, like I did, make sure to enjoy that moment fully, surrounded by equally happy bees and birds ✨  #mmm #sweetparis #jardinpartagemarcadetmontcalm #lagouttedorpatisserie #iatewithmyeyesclosed
    • You are never too old to play • 
A beautiful toy boat was swirling and swooshing on the #canalstmartin, after careful examination I saw a snow white haired monsieur with a controller in his hands and a big smile on his face
#neverforgettoplay #paris #toyboat #quirkyparis
    • Paris smells of flowers wherever you go 🌸 
#paris #mmm #iamnotgoingbacktoamsterdam