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  1. Danbury, CT, RestaurantsTue, 12 Jun 2012 12:54:08 +0800
    Danbury is a city in western Connecticut and the foothills of the Berkshire Mountains. Attractions in the city include the annual Danbury Fair, which got its start in 1869, the Danbury Railway Museum and the Military Museum of Southern New England. Danbury has the usual chain-style restaurants, including an Olive Garden, to go along with an assortment of pizza parlors. The city, however, also has restaurants that range from large fine-dining establishments to casual dining in small buildings. More...
  2. RV Camping Guide for North ArkansasTue, 12 Jun 2012 12:52:20 +0800
    RV camping in north Arkansas includes areas such as the Ozark National Forest and the Buffalo National River. State parks, wilderness areas and wildlife management areas are all places for you to camp and enjoy nature. You will find lots to do at state parks and RV parks. RV camping is allowed in some wilderness areas. More...
  3. What is the Safest Way to Travel with Money?Tue, 12 Jun 2012 13:51:11 +0800
    With crime a major concern for travelers, simply trying to keep your money safe is of prime importance. International streets are rife with pickpockets, and crooks search for opportunities to take advantage of hapless tourists. With thieves so skilled in their craft, it takes only seconds for a wallet to go missing. Theft isn't the only reason money might disappear or become unusable. An expensive currency exchange shop can take a hefty bite out of your travel funds or debit or charge card foreign usage fees may creep up on the sly. To reduce the chances of a vacation cash crunch, treat travel money the right way with some handy tips. More...
  4. Four Star Hotels Near Winter Park, FloridaTue, 12 Jun 2012 13:23:16 +0800
    There are many choices of accommodations in and around Winter Park, including a deluxe property that has been around for almost 100 years. Whether you are a business traveler or there for a visit, you can access the Winter Park area easily from the surrounding suburbs and stay in a hotel that has all the luxuries and amenities of a four-star resort. More...
  5. Rustic Camping in VirginiaThu, 05 Apr 2012 01:30:18 +0800
    Rustic campgrounds allow vacationers to truly connect with nature by eliminating modern comforts, such as portable water, electricity hookups and indoor restroom facilities. Many of Virginia’s nearly 60 state parks, national parks and national forests include campgrounds, some of which also offer year-round primitive campsites. While travelers may drive into certain primitive campgrounds, other sites remain accessible only by hiking into the region on foot. More...
  6. Free Fun Things to Do in San FranciscoTue, 12 Jun 2012 13:54:12 +0800
    San Francisco is host to a long list of festivals and concert series throughout the year. Free entertainment ranging from orchestras to dance lessons are available all over the city and several organizations have been sponsoring free events going as far back as the 19th century. More...
  7. Bamboo Rafting Tours In JamaicaTue, 12 Jun 2012 13:01:39 +0800
    Jamaica has inland rivers that connect its major cities to less populated rural areas. Jamaica's farmers once used bamboo rafts to transport their crops to markets in port cities on the ocean, according to Fodor's. Bamboo raft trips on Jamaica's rivers allow you to experience Jamaica's cooler, more serene countryside while you take a break from strenuous beach activities. More...
  8. Restaurants Near Amsterdam Theater in New YorkTue, 12 Jun 2012 14:36:32 +0800
    Located on New York's iconic 42nd Street, the New Amsterdam Theatre first opened its doors in 1903. Although the theater fell upon hard times in the 1930s, Disney reopened the New Amsterdam in 1993, staging such famed Broadway shows as The Lion King and Mary Poppins. The surrounding area offers a variety of pre and post-theater dining options, including high-end restaurants which compliment a night out on the town. More...
  9. List of Things to Pack for TravelMon, 13 Jan 2014 22:32:57 +0800
    The hustle of everyday life leaves little packing time for the typical traveler. Even if you have hours to pack methodically, every traveler has had the experience of leaving some crucial item behind. No matter your destination, mode of transportation or length of stay, you're bound to need the same basics on any trip. Keep a list in your suitcase so you can set off on your travels without worrying about forgotten socks. More...
  10. Orange Beach, Alabama Pet Friendly MotelsTue, 12 Jun 2012 12:51:23 +0800
    Orange Beach is located on the Gulf of Mexico at the southwestern corner of Alabama and is home to the largest charter fishing fleet on the Gulf. Visitors come to fish, boat, golf, enjoy the white sand beaches, seafood restaurants, quiet atmosphere and southern hospitality. If you plan to walk off those seafood dinners by exercising your pet, keep in mind that Orange Beach requires pets to remain on leash at all times. More...
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Julie and Julia
JULIE AND JULIA 2009-09-02 10:25:55

The new film, Julie & Julia is based on two true memoirs, authored by famous chef, Julia Child, and aspiring writer and blogger, Julie Powell.   The movie drifts back and forth between the lives of Ms. Child (Meryl Streep) and husband Paul (Stanley Tucci) and Ms. Powell (Amy Adams) and husband, Eric (Chris Messina). All four of these main characters are likable, smart and sympathetic, but the lives of the Childs overshadow those of their counterparts throughout the movie. 

 Julia and Paul are living in post-war Paris in the ‘40’s. The city is beautiful, the parties are fabulous, the clothing is lovely, and the food is to die for. Paul works for the State Department, and the couple has just been posted in one of the most wonderful cities in the world. Julia is not used to being a housewife, and needs to find something to do with herself, so after trying several different outlets, settles on cooking lessons at Le Cordon Bleu. She loves the city, and she loves to eat (particularly French food) and figures this will be a perfect fit.  

Julie and Eric reside in Queens, New York. Julie hates it. She hates the apartment, she’s dissatisfied with her job, and she feels inadequate among her successful friends. The only thing we are sure she’s really happy with is her husband. She longs to be a writer, but has never been able to finish her attempt at a novel, or anything else for that matter. In a desperate attempt to be good at something, Julie decides to cook every recipe in Ms. Child’s cookbook (524 in all) in 365 days, and to blog about it. Amy Adams is cute and lovable in the role, but it’s not a very meaty vehicle for her charms.   

This is not an action movie, and the characters and their relationships are certainly the main ingredient. Julia and Paul share a love that is truly a joy to watch. They care deeply about one another, and this is shown in small moments rather than sexy love scenes. He holds her when she finds out her sister is having a baby when she is unable to get pregnant. He rejoices with her when she finds a publisher for her first cookbook. Even when he encounters difficulties in his career and is under investigation during the McCarthy era, Paul and Julia’s deep regard for one another never falters.  

Julie and Eric are a nice couple. They love one another, sure. He’s supportive of her blog and her cooking scheme (mostly). But, after a while, you kind of don’t care. Yes, you want them to be happy, because they’re both cute, and they seem nice, and you like happy endings.    But you want to be back in Paris with Julia and Paul. They’re the kind of interesting, caring, fun people we’d all like to know. Other than her voice (which is kind of irritating by the end of the show), they have few faults. They’re just great people. There are a couple of terrific scenes where Julia’s sister comes to visit them in Paris, that are absolutely wonderful. They are all people who just enjoy life to the fullest.  

Meryl Streep is her usual talented self, taking on the role completely. She becomes Julia Child. She has the voice, and somehow she has the largeness of stature, the vulnerability and the tremendous energy and enthusiasm of the late Ms. Child.   For me, the movie lives on the performances of Ms. Streep and Mr. Tucci. While Ms. Adams does a fine job in the role of Julie Powell, she has little character to work with in this instance. The blog thing and doing the recipes is a nice little twist, but the real story is the life of Julia Child before fame and fortune, and that is the story that will enfold you with its charm.  

Gabby Prescott   

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