La romance de Paris*

Jupiter and Séléné. (Though he claims to be Jupiter, it is not a portrait of Macron). Gustave Moreau. Late 19th century. Alexandre III bridge. One the most beautiful bridges in Paris. Alexandre III was Emperor of Russia then. The bridge was named after him. If you take the “pont”, you will find the Grand Palais…

“Midday” in Paris

Dalí. Atelier des lumières. Paris. Summer 2021 Alevtina Valentine. First I thought the name was misspelled. But no. She is a Belgian-Ukainian artist. The area we stayed at is full of art galleries. Always the temptation to push the door and ask: “how much?” and go back out with your head down. As a backup,…

A morning walk, Paris

Traveller 996. I would say 2.10 or 2.20 ms tall? (Many feet.) Browsing at the bookboxes along the Seine. I like the green hair. Come to think of it, I believe I only had “escargots” once during the stay. (Darn.) Vintage ad in a café. Just a door knocker… Parisians are such snobs. Mardouk, Medical…

“We’ll always have Paris” *

Two years without going back to Paris. How would I find the old city? The answer: chaotic, traffic-jammed, invaded by masked nitwits running on electric scooters at 20mph on the sidewalk. But Paris will always be Paris. Notre-Dame, the old “girl”, is still there, doing well. The reconstruction is progressing at good speed. (Paris, July-August…

Carnaval com graça

“Olha que coisa mais linda, mais cheia de graça Look, such a pretty thing, so full of grace. “É ela menina que vem que passa She’s that girl you see passing by “Num doce balanço, caminho do mar In a gentle sway, on her way to the sea “Moça do corpo dourado do sol de…

Pot-pourri 21-1

Mr. Simon Simba, Esq. Vincennes zoo, Paris, early 80’s. Kenya-born Minette, Paris, c.1972. My parents brought the cat back from Africa. They did not bring her BFF the dog back. We had words. “Silently a flower blooms.” Zenkei Shibayama. Tlalpan, Mexico city. 2020. A small Gothic church. Taverny, north of Paris. This church was finished…

World street art

Fiat lux. Power plant, Bogotá, Colombia. Simba the lion. Singapore, 2017. Shere Kahn the tiger. San Francisco, 2016. Il a un poil dans la main. In French we say of a lazy person “s/he has a hair in the hand”. Obviously can’t work much with a hair in your hand, can you? Tulum, 2020. (Or…

Auguste Rodin

The thinker, 1902, by Rodin is one of his most well-known works. The Rodin museum is one of my favourite museums (musea?). Situated near the Invalides, in Rodin’s old house, in the middle of a huge garden by Paris standards, it has long been one of our favourite strolls. The B&W pictures I took in…

The last Travellers

There is abundant literature on a long-gone race of Travellers who aledgedly roamed the universe. Complex ceremonies have been well documented: Day of the Dead, Sacred city of Tlalpan. Travellers 106 et al. Some sat idly in the street. Traveller 107. Paris. Possible representation of Quasimodo and Esmeralda. Travellers 108 &109. Sacred city of Tlalpan,…