1) How did you start your day today?
I opened the blind, glanced at the window and looked at the white and blue boat which was navigating to the dock.
2) Do you have any morning rituals?
I make filter coffee every morning. I need my coffee to be right : quality of grounded coffee, the right filter, right amount of fitered water and of course, my antique coffee pot. I cannot start the day without a great coffee whilst looking at the canal from the window. When on holiday, I always go and choose my morning café by the sea or the ocean to drink my first coffee of the day.
3) Which music do you choose for today?
Polo & Pan - Canopée. Perfect for today. The music is relaxing and energising at the same time. The lyrics start with "unlikely story of fantasy, close to the equator at a specific point, latittude 500 longitude 36". That's all I need to feel the sun in my mind.
4) What made you happy last time?
Simply have dinner with friends and family. We took it for granted to be surrounded by our loved ones. Confinement, curfew and reconfinement have made us realise and appreciate that happiness can be as simple as being close to the people you love.
5) Where is the best place you have been and why?
It really is a matter of timing. As Alfred de Musset put it, "What matters the jug, if drunkenness be within". Wherever, as long as it is with nice people and close to the sea. Ideally, in a nice villa overviewing the ocean in the South West of France, somewhere between the Arcachon bay (le Pyla, le Cap Ferret) and the Basque Country (Anglet, Biarritz, St Jean de Luz...)
6) Your current obsession?
Biarritz. There is not a single day without me thinking of living there half of the year. The scenery is amazing, the quality of life is great. It makes me feel chilled and energised each time I go.
7) Who would be your ideal dinner guest and why?
Martin Parr. I love his photos, and of course his beach photos. I love his sense of mixing beaches with colourful characters and/or funny situations which represent for me his sense of humour and chillness. He is a great inspiration to a relaxed attitude whilst being very professional and curious about others. I am not quite sure what we would have for dinner, but I feel I would have a good time laughing.
In this story, Pierre is wearing PYLA Vanilla.
8) What is your ideal holiday?
Jamaica : it gathers amazingly nice and friendly people, the most beautiful beaches (Frenchman's cove, Winifred beach...) and lush and colorful countryside. And of course, a fantastic coffee from the Blue mountain to have for breakfast with the national specialty, ackee and salt fish. I just love it.
9) What life skills are rarely taught but extremely useful?
Social Skills. I realise that intangible or non measurable qualities like social skills are often considered as a part of a personality. I am always impressed with people who have very easy personal interaction and communication abilities. I think these skills could be tought for those who don't find them natural.
10) One word to describe your self?
“Original” in the sense that I feel I don’t quite fit in a “box”.
11) Which question do you want to ask the next person?
What is your favourite movie?