Just what is a flâneur, you ask? This rather old-fashioned French word refers to someone who strolls in a leisurely manner with no apparent direction. Historically, the concept of flânerie been associated with laziness or indolence. However, in my opinion, a good flâneur (or flâneuse) is anything but lazy.
Proper flânerie may be directionless wandering. However, it is certainly not absentminded. Astute concentration and awareness of one’s surroundings are essential to reaping the rewards of the sport — uncovering terrific restaurants in unexpected places, scoping out a treasure trove of bargains (or antiques), stumbling upon a city’s lesser known landmarks or an impromptu performance, and uncovering its true character.
In 2013, Global Grazers is delighted to be joining the master of flânerie and 9 other flâneurs at Flânerie Féminine to uncover a few of Abidjan’s best vegetarian meals and share them with all of you!
The hidden gift of this assignment has been getting to know nine other special bloggers, each of whom focuses on a different region or aspect of the global travel and lifestyle scene. Allow me to introduce you to my fantastic fellow flâneurs:
- Andrea from Curious Around the World will blog on the gastro scene in Vancouver.
- Anisha from A Niche World will write about emerging travel destinations.
- Cristina from Un’Oca in Cucina will share vegetarian Italian recipes.
- David from In Mozart’s Footsteps will blog about Vienna’s musical sites (and musical history).
- Jaillan from Savoir There will write about cocktails.
- Keane from Keane Travels will share the hottest bars and nightlife in San Francisco.
- Kitty from French Foodie in Dublin will blog about Dublin’s gastro scene.
- Pola from Jetting Around will fill us in on the gastro scene in Chicago.
- Rosie from Velvet Rose Cakes will share her uniquely delectable vegan cupcake recipes.