The city of Gods

“This is the city of Gods. I am Shiva.” “I am Vishnu. We stay in the City of Gods. The trees guard us.” “I am Brahma. We are the Four Gods facing east, north, west, and south in the City of Gods.” “I was born last. I am Gautama. We sit forever on top of…

Asia: back to the future

Royal palace, Bangkok. 2018. Back to the future? In more ways than one, I guess. I was born in the East, in India under its Pakistani guise. (To me the names change, the land and the people not so much.) We then pushed further East to Vietnam, briefly, and Cambodia which we left in ’57.…

Lakshmi

  “Garnier, have you seen Lakshmi?” “No, Doudart,” I said. “I haven’t. Who is Lakshmi?” “How can you possibly not have seen her?” Doudart asked. “She walks the compound all night. The most beautiful woman I’ve ever seen!” “Doudart, my friend, Lakshmi is an Indian name. We’re in China, in Yunnan. Don’t you remember? This…

A morning walk, Angkor

Angkor Vat means, in Khmer: “the capital that became a Buddhist monastery”. The temples of Angkor are a blend between Hinduism and Buddhism. The faces carved out everywhere? I am not sure whether they represent Brahma or Buddha. Or one then the other. A good example of Asian capacity of “Fusion”. The jungle reclaims the…

The street is Art. World tour.

“Black magic man”. Carlos Santana. San Francisco, California. 2016. Rue de Seine, Paris. c.2016. Bogot√°, Colombia, 2017. More of this artist in a later post. Asunci√≥n, Paraguay. 2019. (c)ourtesy Alex. The sak√© man, Bangkok, Thailand. 2018. Mexico city, 2020. The divine dancers, Angkor, Cambodia, 2018. Around 9th-10th century AD.¬† I define street art as anything…

Pot-pourri (when I’m) 64

“I was a rich man’s plaything.” Mid 40’s maybe? A Coke was worth 3 cents… The blue man. Polanco, Mexico city. February 2020. The gate to Angkor Thom, Cambodia. 2018. The light was divine. Denmark street, Mexico city. 2020. The prayer, Cluny museum, Paris. I would say the statue dates back to the 13th-14th century,…

X-Pot-M-pou-A-rri-S

“Leave your kilos behind. 20% off on all slimness products.” (Does she really need it?). Xmas and new year’s eve are just around the corner. I thought I’d put together a last pot-pourri post for the year. Above: Pharmacy window, Paris, 2018. 24 Buddhas. Bayon temple, Angkor Thom, Cambodia. January 2018. The heart of serenity.…

My Lord Elephant

I’ve always liked elephants, lucky enough to see elephants from a very young age. Either in Asia or in Africa. West and East. They’re the strongest animal on earth. And though dangerous, are a peaceful bunch. On the verge of extinction. Above: a “rubbing” of a bas-relief in Angkor that we bought on site this…

Pot-pourri 58

“Uhura, Spock, Scotty, good morning. Orders for today? Yes, Lieutenant Uhura?” “San Francisco, Sir. At a cross-point between 19th and 21st century AD.” “Good. Ready to warp, Scotty? Hop then.” (Author’s note: the above was taken on Fisherman’s Wharf, early 21st century AD). Teotihuac√°n, Mexico. Pyramid of the Sun. Approximately 200 BC to 550 AD.…