« A truly fine meal is enjoyed not once but three times, in anticipation, in consumption, and in remembrance »
As you might know, I love food, and I love Excel (yes, Excel!), and as such I have a very strong tendency to record, rate and recommend all my favorite restaurants and bars using spreadsheets. (Happy to share them with you, current ‘shareable’ spreadsheets are Paris and London, still working on NY, Dubai and Marrakesh!)
I recently decided that the only missing feature to my little notes was a map, so I could look up what in my favorites or to do list was close by if I was in an area.
Of course, Google having a response to (pretty much) everything, you can create your maps using « My Places » in Google Maps. So here is my Paris Shortlist, in blue are my shortlisted places and in red my to-do list!
Any suggestions please comment on this article and I will gladly add it to my map (even better if you want to go and try it out with me!).
View Ambrouille’s Paris Shortlist in a larger map
For folks who are either too far from Great Britain or not crazy enough to book tickets two-months in advance and spend an entire day at the Warner Bross Harry Potter Studio (For the reference, I did, the Knight Bus picked us up at Victoria and we left with Thaïs and T.S-H for a magical journey!), Google just added to its Maps a very nice treat!
Whether it is buying a wand in Ollivanders or picking up some extendable ears from Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes, I am sure plenty of muggles would love to step into Diagon Alley… So if you can’t find The Leaky Cauldron, there is another way to soak up the atmosphere among those famous cobbles:
View Larger Map
You can now visit Diagon Alley in the window above or click on this link to open in Google Maps.
I am a huge Harry Potter fan, I grew up with these books (when Harry started at Hogwarts, he was 11, and when I read the first book, I was 10, only one year difference but due to inevitable gaps of time between the books, Harry and I both found ourselves completing last year of high school pretty much at the same time) and waited in line in front of Smith’s bookshop in Paris at 1am on release dates to be the first to lay hands on the newest volume.
The kind of crazy fan who would re-read the books a dozen times and then dream about it. I find it absolutely incredible that Warner has turned this imaginary world into something you can actually walk into. Just for this, today, I love Google. And I will celebrate this by reading a HP chapter tonight!
I stumbled upon some « random acts of kindness » online:
I thought, there should be a website/organization promoting that. And if not, I should start it. So I Googled it (what else?!) and found the official RAK (Random Acts of Kindness) website. I love the idea, and thought it was worth sharing!
THE RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS FOUNDATION
The Random Acts of Kindness Foundation is an internationally recognized non-profit organization founded upon the powerful belief in kindness and dedicated to providing resources and tools that encourage acts of kindness.
Randomactsofkindness.org is a platform where media, education, community, social networking and entertainment connect people with inspiration, tools, resources, organizations and a larger support network to help them take action, get involved, harvest and share the benefits of kind actions in their daily lives and society.
All who join Randomactsofkindness.org can participate in and contribute to a thriving movement where members engaged in thinking, doing and sharing kindness are changing the world.
Established in 1995 as a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, the Foundation is privately held and funded. They accept no donations, grants or membership dues. They do not provide financial assistance to individuals or organizations. The Foundation has no religious or organizational affiliations and encourage the practice of kindness in all sectors of society.
As people from different cultures and from all walks of life join to spread kindness, they are creating a powerful, synergistic action throughout the world. Please join us in bringing kindness and compassion to our local and global communities!
Everyday, there is a kindness idea featured and today’s Kindness Idea is:
Be Kind To Someone You Dislike
Make an effort to be polite to someone you don’t get along with. Go out of your way to say hello or have a conversation with them. Getting to know and understand him or her better might help you appreciate your differences.
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