Picking mushrooms in Wonderland

A few weeks ago I had a walk in the park and suddenly stumbled upon these little mushrooms. I’m not blond as Alice in Wonderland but I certainly didn’t look my 162 cm (5.3 ft).

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Fun and Strange facts about food

I’m still sick and bored to death, so I was searching for some facts about food. It appears that some people eat to live, others live to enjoy the food. However, there is some interesting information that many people hardly know. I picked the 15 most shocking facts about foods and drinks.

1. The largest food item on a menu is roast camel. It’s stuffed with a sheep’s carcass, which is stuffed with chickens, which are stuffed with fish, which are stuffed with eggs. This feast is sometimes featured in Bedouin weddings.

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Only Italy. Only Robert Downey Jr. I review Only you

I’m a little sick and staying at home so I needed a “comfort” movie. I was browsing Imdb for a nice comedy or a rom-com and I found this. I love everything about Italy, RDJ is one of my favorite actors and Marisa Tomei does great supporting roles so the choice was easy.

The plot was a little far-fetched. When she’s 11, Faith (Marisa Tomei) finds the name of her soul mate from the Ouija board: Damon Bradley. Later, a fortune teller sees the same name in the Crystal Ball and Faith is convinced. 14 years later, she is engaged and about to marry a nice but dull doctor. Until she gets a call from one of his classmates who is on his way to Venice, Italy. “Surprisingly” his name is Damon Bradley. So Faith and her sister-in-law Kate decide to go to Italy hoping to find Damon. Continue reading

My first month blogging

I started Manon’s maze a month ago and I still can’t believe it.

It started out as an experiment, a distraction from some of the things that have been happening to me and because I had a new camera and lots of photos I wanted to share. Then I thought I could talk about anything that interests me. For now, I’ve been posting mostly about movies, fashion, food and books, but there are so many other things that I like and hope will end up on this blog.  The result is 26 posts, 377 follows and more than 1200 views from all over the world! I’m absolutely baffled that there are so many people that want to read my musings and I appreciate every single comment and like.

I’ve got many things planned for the future and hopefully they will be interesting enough to keep you around.

Thanks so much for a great month!

My fashion icons: Marion Cotillard

I first saw Marion Cotillard (37) in Taxi and I loved her classical French vibe mixed with a little sassiness. After that her career was nothing but great success with roles in Big fish, Jeux d’enfants/Love me if you dare, Taxi 2 and 3, and A good year. She received international acclaim for her role as Édith Piaf in La môme (retitled “La Vie en Rose” in USA). This got her the Best Actress Academy Award and she became the second actress to win an acting Oscar performing in a language other than English next to Sophia Loren who won for La ciociara.

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It has finally come to an end. The Twilight Saga: Braking dawn part 2

It’s been on screen for a week now and maybe there isn’t a person who haven’t seen the trailer, read at least one review or read the books, so my post won’t be a great revelation. However, I saw it yesterday and I would like to ramble on a little bit. So bear with me, please.

I’ve never loved any of the Twilight movies. They are ok but there always were many things missing and this one isn’t an exception. It was slow paced, some of the acting was far off, the music wasn’t helping the monotony and the CGI was pretty bad. I mean Renesmee was supposed to be exquisite but instead most of the time she was downright creepy.

That said, there were some highlights that I actually appreciated. I few laughs here and there, a few new  characters that I liked, especially Garrett (Lee Pace), Taylor Lautner’s aversion to shirts (hey, I’m a girl, it’s natural) and finally real emotions from Kristen Stewart mostly in her early “newborn” moments. The cool fight scene near the end was refreshing and somewhat satisfactory. The Cullens gather a team of vampires to stand on their side against the Volturi. This leads to a battle with many surprises and shocking twists that I actually enjoyed. It kind of made the movie worth seeing.

In my humble opinion, fans of the series and single teenage girls will love the final installment as it has the core elements of the other movies that made the series so popular. I would just advise girls not to make your boyfriends endure it unless they have a great sense of humor and at least one more guy for moral support:)

Tasty mixed salad with a special dressing

Healthy and delicious

I’ve been making this salad almost every day for the past few weeks since my mom and I can’t get enough of it. You can serve it as a light lunch or dinner, or as a side dish and it goes with pretty much everything. The secret is my special dressing. Here is the recipe:

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Christopher Reeve: The true man of steel

For a long time I was reluctant to watch “Smallville” as the idea of Superman in high-school seemed kind of ridiculous and, to be honest, I didn’t want to see anyone else but Christopher Reeve as Clark Kent. But finally I decided to give it a try a few months ago and I was hooked. Now I’m on Season 2 and yesterday I watched a particular episode that got the little nerd inside me screaming with delight – my favorite Superman was there as Dr. Virgil Swann. Then I got reading about him and decided to share some of the most interesting and awesome facts about the true Man of steel that he was.

Christopher Reeve was born September 25, 1952, in New York City. After graduating from high school, he studied at Cornell University and worked as an actor. In his final year of Cornell, he and Robin Williams were selected to study at New York’s famous Juilliard School of Performing Arts. Although Reeve is best known for his role as Superman, he appeared in 17 films, a dozen TV movies, about 150 plays, he hosted or narrated various documentaries and TV specials. In addition to his acting career, he was actively supporting causes like Amnesty International, Save the Children, The National Resources Defense Council, The Environmental Air Force, The Lindbergh Foundation, and the People for the American Way. 

Paralyzed after a horse riding accident, he didn’t drown in despair but began to use the interest in his situation to increase public awareness about spinal cord injury and to raise money for the research and invention of a cure.  Together with his wife Dana Reeve, Christopher opened a center devoted to teaching paralyzed people to live more independently. The Paralysis Resource Center publishes “Paralysis Resource Guide”, houses the largest U.S. collection of paralysis-related publications and has distributed grants to paralysis researchers totaling $22 million.

And now some trivia.

The character Dr. Swann, which he portrayed on “Smallville”, was named after longtime Superman artist Curt Swann.

Wore nearly 25 different Superman costumes for Superman.

While filming Somewhere in Time, the local theater decided to show Superman. Early into the screening, the sound went out and Reeve stood up in the audience and delivered all the lines.

He turned down the lead roles  in American GigoloThe Blue Lagoon, Body Heat, The World According to Garp, Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Splash, Romancing the Stone, Fatal Attraction, Lethal Weapon, Pretty Woman, The Bounty, The Running Man, Total Recall.

After meeting Reeve at the 1979 Academy Awards, John Wayne turned ti Cary Grant and said: “This is our new man. He’s taking over.”

He was very interested in stunts and was as a licensed pilot.

Jane Seymour‘s son was named after him.

Once a group of children recognized him in a park and purposefully threw their Frisbee over a fence and then asked him to fly after it. He didn’t want to hurt their feelings and said he couldn’t fly after it because his cape was in the washer, so they settled for him just reaching over the fence and handing it back to them.

“A hero is someone who in spite of weakness, doubt or not always knowing the answers goes ahead and overcomes anyway.”

After his death in 2004, a number of memorial cartoons to commemorate his death were Superman-themed.

Shy Minnie and bubblegums

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I’m not a pink loving girl but I fell in love with the Minnie Mouse shirt and decided to set up this casual and cute everyday outfit. Hope you like it 🙂

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