Do you remember Vianne Rocher (played by the wonderfully talented Juliette Binoche) from the film Chocolat? Or, perhaps you were a fan of the novel of the same name written by Joanne Harris? I enjoyed both formats, but mostly because I could relate to the lead character and her notion that the winds showed signs of change — though there’s also the thing about my loving France.
Vianne had a thirst for adventure; for finding new towns, meeting new people, and of course for spreading her delightful, inspirational message of chocolate across Europe. While I’m not much of a deliverer of sweet confections — though I do love the occasional chocolaty treat — I desire the excitement of experiencing new cultures, learning as much as I can of new languages from the people I meet abroad, and being led on a journey by following the changing winds.
I am in need of a new adventure! Time to start planning.
The whimsical opening line of the novel: “We came on the wind of the carnival.”
(Also, if you love France as much as I do, and are traveling to Paris any time soon, check out my friend’s blog: A French Frye in Paris! Corey really knows his stuff about the city.)