Posts Tagged ‘France’


Wednesday, November 20th, 2013

As many foodies know, for at least the last decade or two there have been annual dinners throughout the world where avistas secret location is chosen as well as a time and place for people to meet and then everyone shows up dressed entirely in white and are taken, usually by bus, to the secret location where tables have been set up for a gourmet dinner.  It is generally believed that this event was started in France, and that is probably true.

However I have just learned of another “white party” that predates the “dinner in white” and that more than likely was the inspiration for the current French version of this food and fashion lover’s extravaganza. In  the small fishing  town of Cadaques, Spain  on the northern and most eastern sector of The Costa Brava, twenty miles south of  the French border, the first  “white party” was hosted by the noted child surgeon Isidro Claret and his wife Toña in 1983.The original  white parties were held for three consecutive years in August, starting at 10 p.m. in the evening and running until  10 a.m. the next day. Each of the adult family members of the Claret family would set up a tent and prepare their favorite dishes ranging from stuffed beef (freshly butchered after a bull fight in neighboring town of Figueres, the birth place of the famous surrealist painter Salvador Dali), fresh gazpacho, pumpkin soup, homemade Catalan sausages, and other local delicacies.

Musicians were hired and wine flowed like water.  Every year the parties became larger and larger until the large grounds were filled to capacity with dance floors constructed, covering the few spaces not planted with tables. The neighbors made available their refrigerators to keep additional supplies of cold beverages and more than  six hundred people  chose the finest white linens, satins, silks, cottons, feathers and clothing materials to fashion the most incredible white costumes available. (more…)

Vortexes of Energy

Wednesday, July 31st, 2013

There is a belief that vortexes of energy exist on planet earth. In these vortexes it is believed that humans can access sedonaenergies not normally visible in areas that are not vortex-like. One of the most popular places in America where vortexes are believed to be abundant is Sedona Arizona. There has never been scientific proof that vortexes really exist. And yet I have met dozens of people who have had unusual experiences at the supposed vortexes of Sedona and an entire industry of vortex tours has mushroomed for vortex seekers.

Like much new age phenomenon I suspect that the belief in vortexes is overstated. And yet I do know a woman who had a true spontaneous healing from ten years of MS at a Sedona vortex. This highly accomplished businesswoman had been confined to a wheel chair for two years before visiting a particular Sedona vortex. While at the vortex, which she had barely been able to ascend crawling on her hands and knees, she had a spontaneous healing and has been able to walk normally ever since. This occurred more than twenty years ago. (more…)