Sugestão de fim-de-semana * Weekend suggestion

Passar o dia numa praia desconhecida.
Spend a day on an unknown beach.

Organizar um peddy paper num parque natural.
Prepare a peddy paper on a national park.

E ler um livro.
And read a book.

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Les vacances (a.k.a. The holidays, As férias, 1859, Comtesse de Ségur)

As Férias são o primeiro título da famosa trilogia da Condessa de Ségur, de que fazem parte as Meninas Exemplares e Desastres de Sofia. A heroína Sofia protagoniza as aventuras que têm deliciado gerações. A autora, Sophia Rostopchine, Condessa de Ségur, nasceu em São Petersburgo, na Rússia, em 1799. Filha do célebre general, Conde Fedor V. Rostopchine, Governador de Moscovo quando das invasões francesas, ficou na história como o responsável pelo incêndio da capital Russa. Em 1817 a família exila-se em França e, 2 anos depois, Sophia casa-se com o Conde Eugène de Ségur, famoso na época como um grande sedutor. O casal que inicialmente se instalara da cidade de Paris, opta por residir no campo na região de Orne, em Nouettes, terra e paisagem que serviriam de cenário às obras da Condessa de Ségur. A rigorosa educação da autora, a sua profunda vocação maternal, a importância atribuída à transmissão de valores, o seu estilo literário e a riqueza psicológica das principais personagens das suas histórias granjearam a atenção dos jovens leitores e explicam o duradouro sucesso da obra.

According to Wikipedia: “Sophie Feodorovna Rostopchine, Comtesse de Ségur (August 1, 1799, Saint Petersburg – February 9, 1874, Paris) was a French writer of Russian birth. She is most well-known today for her novel Les Malheurs de Sophie (“Sophie’s Misfortunes”). Her family was originally from Mongolia. Her father Feodor Vassilievitch Rostopchine was lieutenant-general and, later, Minister of Foreign Affairs for Russia. In 1812, he was governor of Moscow during the invasion of the Grande Armée under Napoleon I of France. While facts concerning the origin of the great fire of Moscow are disputed by historians, Sophie Rostopchine’s father has been said by some to have organized (despite opposition from the wealthy property-owners in the city) the great fire which forced Napoleon to make a disastrous retreat. In 1814 the Rostopchine family left Imperial Russia for exile, going first to the Duchy of Warsaw, then to the German Confederation and the Italian peninsula and finally in 1817 to France under the Bourbon Restoration. In France, the father established a salon, and his wife and daughter converted to Roman Catholicism. It was in her father’s salon that Sophie Rostopchine met Comte Eugène de Ségur, whom she married on July 14, 1819. The marriage was largely an unhappy one: her husband was flighty, distant and poor (until being made a Peer of France in 1830), and his infrequent conjugal visits to their château des Nouettes (near L’Aigle, Orne) produced eight children (Eugène de Ségur is said to have called his wife “la mère Gigogne”, or “Mother Gigogne” in reference to wooden Russian dolls that nest one inside the other).The Comtesse de Ségur wrote her first novel at the age of 58.”