Pot-pourri kumi na mbili (12)

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Cable car. San Francisco. 1965.

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Palais de Tokyo, Paris. Thalie or Thalia was the eighth of the nine Greek muses. She ruled over comedy, theatre and poetry. (This picture is  for my friend April)

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Hyrax at Serengeti, Tanzania, 1969. Not sure whether this picture was taken before or after the bl..dy thing bit me. (No, Monica, I did not beat him) 🙂

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Maillol statue. Tuileries Paris. 2015.

Maillol’s statues are spread across the Tuileries garden facing the Louvre. Some in full display, some half hidden in a shrubbery maze. Next time you go to the Louvre make sure you take a stroll to see them.

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Washington DC. 2015. Why this Tairona-style (Precolombian culture of Colombia) was displayed near M street beats me. 🙂

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Howler monkey. Lacandon rain-forest. Chiapas, Mexico. 2013. (Photo courtesy my niece Diana Catalina) 🙂

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Mail-box, Mexico city.

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Mzima springs, Tsavo National Park, Kenya. c.1969.

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Le pont des Arts, Paris. 2015.

Paris’ (inept) mayor, Anne Hidalgo, decided last year to pull out all the padlocks from the Pont des Arts. The sheer weight of the padlocks was tearing down the bridge. She then decided to create a “public space of expression” on the bridge. Picnics were also banned. No further comment Your Honor.

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Street art. Mexico City Historical centre.

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Brenda. Amazon river. 2006.

The capivara in Brazil, chiguïre in Colombia is the world’s largest rodent 50-60 cms high and can weigh up to 50 or 60 kilos. Well over 100 pounds. Brenda was the star pet at a camp on the Peruvian side of the Amazon. Quite friendly she would push with her – very large – head to be scratched. A distant – and much larger – relative of the guinea pigs, she would make a low chuckling sound. They can also whistle when anxious. Scratching better be good.

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UN military convoy. Cyprus, 1967.

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The year was 1967. Shortly after the six-day war. We were visiting an old Russian friend of my parents, in Cyprus, where she lived with her 5th or 6th  husband, a Greek Cypriot. To drive from the Greek part of the island to the Turkish part one had to do so under the protection of a United Nations Blue Helmet military convoy. So much for cultural diversity. Civilian cars were lined up in the convoy escorted by UN  military semi-armoured vehicles. Glad to report we were not attacked during the trip. Turkey invaded Cyprus in 1974. Back in 1967, it was quite an exciting trip. Ten years later, I would ride in many, many a military convoy as a Corporal in the French Army. Not nearly as fun. 🙂

Thank you for riding Equinoxio’s unarmed Time and Space Convoy.

Bon week-end a tutti.

 

 

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37 thoughts on “Pot-pourri kumi na mbili (12)

  1. What a wonderful trip back in time! Lovely pictures. I especially like the guinae pig looking creature – very cute! I remember spotting one of these in Mexico? Or something very similar!

    Anyway, I better climb into bed. Getting late over here in the uk!

    Bonne nuit, Brian! 🌙

    • Hullo dear… It is indeed quite late in the UK. Glad to be back in touch. I’ve seen you posted something this week. I need to clean up my mail backlog to devote the correct attention to reading it. Bon week-end.

  2. I guess dear Mr. PAM – my tomcat – would feed on Brenda for a week or two. 😛 XD
    Don’t you find that Maillol statue’s legs disproportionate or is it just me?
    Oh and the hyrax picture was definitely taken ‘after’. Look at his face, he’s like saying: “Yuck, french blood! Too sweet, I’m gonna get diabetes!” 😛 XD XD XD

    Just kiddin’. Enjoy a fine weekend, mon cher! 🙂

    • Cats are fearless creatures, but this very large “mouse” might be a bit too big. The Maillo’s legs could be due to the angle of the photography? Normally Maillol’s models were much shorter as were people at the time. I will not comment about the Kenyan vampire with someone from Transsylvania. 😉
      Bon week-end to you too. Stay away from the ostriches… 🙂

      • Hahaha, that mouse thing reminded me of an old Tom & Jerry cartoon where a baby elephant lost from a zoo train landed at their home, Jerry painted him to resemble a (large) mouse and all kinds of adventures ensued, culminating with the large mother-elephant showing up painted as a mouse as well and Tom literally going nuts at the sight of her, running over the hill. XD Well, guess I’d rather spare my poor “child” and only feed him regular food, not oversized “mice”. 😛 😀

        In regard to the statue, yes, it may be the angle or the lens that distorts the proportions. Hm, should we hire an expert for an official answer? 😛 Nah, not worth the bother. The “more” legs the better. XD

        Nice touch with the vampire hint, but I’m not from that region (although I wish I were, remember the ‘palincă’) – actually I’m very close to Bucharest. So I have no idea about vampires, never met any… so far. 🙂 You – on the other hand – should be more careful with the hyraxes, I’ve heard they’re close relatives to Transylvanian vampires. 😛 XD XD XD

      • Haha! I remember the elephant T&J cartoon. Hurray for legs. And about the bl..dy Hyrax, my first reaction was: “Rabies”? 😦 Sucked as much blood as I could and spat it. And there must have been 90º alcohol somewhere in the car…

  3. You were a Corporal in French Army? Was it by choice? What attracted me to this post was the photo of Maillol’s statue. I have a few shots of it too, but I like yours more :D. Who took the San Francisco cable car shot?

    • Not by choice. Military service was compulsory then. 12 months of… insufferable stupidity. Thank you for the Maillol shot. I have so many I may do a special report one day. The cable car shot I took by my own self, I had just been promoted from a Brownie to an Instamatic. 🙂

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