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Obnoxious plus

Posted in pictures, Travel with tags , , , on December 23, 2011 by xi'an

On the flight back to Paris on Thursday, there were three very loud and incredibly obnoxious (French) executives, speaking to one another across seats on different aisles as if they were alone… Sitting right behind me. Even the noise cancelling headphone was not up to it! They seemed to be part of a media company as they were discussing buying the rights for the Dakar rally. Just as loudly. Among the two hours of highly cerebral conversation, here are a few gems (others were either too crude or too prone to libel!) from the top protagonist:

“I prohibited my cleaning lady to use […] for my shirts, it is chemical, it goes right into the skin.”

“No, no, Espéranza only does the cleaning. Manuela does the ironing.”

“She always complains about women hair on my couch. “

“You should buy those yellow latex overshoes. The salt they put to clean the sidewalks are killing your leather shoes, no matter how good they are.”

Invitation au voyage

Posted in Travel with tags , , , on July 22, 2010 by xi'an

“Là, tout n’est qu’ordre et beauté,
Luxe, calme et volupté.”

Charles Beaudelaire, Les fleurs du Mal.

In preparation for a series of plane trips over the coming months, I ordered (and received) a noise-cancelling headphone. Although they are definitely pricey, I picked the Bose QuietComfort 15 Headphones and they are definitely upscale! The noise reduction provided by those headphones is almost frightening and some people who tried those headphones found the effect too strong for their taste! (As I usually add earplugs to my (old Sennheiser) headphone when I fly, I am not worried about this type of side-effect!)  I only tested the noise reduction with the traffic on the periphérique flowing through my open office window in Porte Dauphine and it reduced to a slight hum… The design is also very well-done, with the audio cable easily detachable and the battery fitting in one of the headphones. The only “negative” aspect so far is the absence of volume control on the cable, but since my primary goal is to use these headphones to sleep and relax in a plane, this is minor. (Obviously, the around-the-ear fit also gets uncomfortable after a while with high temperatures, again an unlikely combination with long distance flights…)