Posts Tagged ‘Paris’

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“He who contemplates the depths of Paris is seized with vertigo.

Nothing is more fantastic. Nothing is more tragic.

Nothing is more sublime.”

― Victor Hugo

“A walk about Paris will provide lessons in history, beauty, and in the point of Life.”

― Thomas Jefferson

Paris… i spend 2 weeks there… living in the apartment, taking a metro, having coffee in brasserie,  walking around history and thinking… The city, definitely makes you think about yourself and “the point of life” as Thomas Jefferson said.

The feeling that The City gives you, i believe she is not actually giving us a particular feeling, it more of a wayfinding in touch with yourself… Everything you have inside all of a sudden comes out and makes you feel this rush of emotions, feelings, understanding and confusing at the same time. Paris brings it all out in an open space to your mind where you not always ready to deal with what is coming your way…

I think Paris is one of those places that can amplify whatever you are feeling – so if you go in love with the idea of visiting the city of your dreams, that will be reflected in your experience. If you go as a couple in love… all the rush of feeling “in love” will be magnified.  And if you are melancholy from being alone, you might end up crying over your fate. Sometimes we get caught up in illusion of romantic City, where magic happens.  But i think it is better to visit Paris alone the first time. Just be yourself and feel her. What i think is, that Paris in a way a soulmate to all and each one of us… Paris is not a perfect fit like in a mediocre understanding of a word “soulmate” is, she is like a mirror, something that shows you everything that is holding you back… She brings you to your own attention so you can change your life. I think everyone in their lifetime should visit Paris, because this city, when you let her in your life… somehow becomes part of you, and she reveals layer of yourself to you that you never expected to see or even know it existed.

How many minds opened, how many hearts brought to maturity, how many powerful natures fulfilled!…No matter where we look, Paris turns out to have been the decisive element. Without Paris, Jefferson would not be Jefferson, Franklin would not be Franklin, Chopin would not be Chopin…Freud would not be Freud…Picasso would not be Picasso. That list could be remade a hundred times over, and in almost every domain of human activity. The role of Paris in all this is active, not passive. The people I have named did not ‘have a good time’ in Paris. Paris drove them to give of their best and defied them to fall short of it… Paris broke them down, teared them apart and broke their hearts open so new light could get in… That is the true romance.

I do not think that after visiting Paris i became a new person, or that i had the most amazing time there… no. But i must say, i cannot stop thinking about her, about the streets and uneasy feeling i felt during my visit. The reasons could be different, the mind set i was in when i came to Paris, uneasy life situations… anything can be discussed for hours… but to me i am glad i had this wonderful experience and i hope that my next trip to Paris will be not to try figure myself out, but to enjoy sunset walks, public kisses, and romantic side of Paris. I believe that for now Paris did what had to be done to me at this period of my life… to tear down my walls and bring out all the feelings that were deep inside, to decide as to what i want in life and why, to see my heart from inside out and to understand my mind, to make my heart and mind work as one… It is raw now, and painful, and broken… so i hope now i can let the light in, finally… to feel in heart what it never felt before…

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I have always been fascinated by Dali’s work. He is a mad genius, like many other… like Da Vinci, Einstein and so on…

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So, while in Paris and visiting Espace Dali, i saw illustration of tarot cards. Honestly i was shocked, but in a good way… now i am obsession over a way as to how to get such tarot cards 🙂 Only Dali could do such a great job illustrating these, just like illustrating Dante Alighieri “Divine Comedy”… only such mad genius like Dali can make tarot cards priceless possession! Brava Salvatore Dali! 

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Christmas in Paris what can be better… While in Paris i could not miss Espace Dali, on Montmartre.

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The terminology, “the crown of a watch” usually indicates a mechanical device which allows us to set the hands and wind the time peace. Time, however, according to  Dalinian watch, is changeless and cannot be set, and the watch itself has no internal power of motion. given the absence of movement, the crown in this case is interpreted by the artist as a royal crown which adorns the watch, identifies time’s mastery over human beings rather than its utility to him. his majesty is attended by two reoccurring, fantastical Dalinian symbols: a contemplative angel, and a woman draped in shawls look on. Time reigns supreme over both art and reality.

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I have been really sick this week so i had some time on my hands to experiment, read, roam the app store and internet. One of my other favorite art pieces is Philosophy by Gustav Klimt.

Philosophy was one of the paintings out of series of paintings made by Gustav Klimt for the ceiling of the University of Vienna’s Great Hall between the years of 1899-1907. The original series contained paintings: Philosophy, Medicine and Jurisprudence. Upon presenting his paintings Klimt came under attack for ‘pornography’ and ‘perverted excess’ in the paintings. None of the paintings went on display in the University. In May 1945 all three paintings were destroyed by retreating SS forces.

In my opinion all three paintings were amazing, but my favorite always will be Philosophy.

“Philosophy had been awarded a gold medal at the World Exhibition in Paris, but was attacked by those in his own country. Klimt described the painting as follows: ‘On the left of the group of figures, the beginning of life, fruition, decay. On the right, the globe as mystery. Emerging below, figure of light; knowledge’. Critics were disturbed by its depiction of men and women drifting in an aimless trance. The original proposal for the theme of the painting was ‘The Victory of Light over Darkness’, but what Klimt presented instead was a dreamlike mass of humanity, referring neither to optimism nor rationalism, but to a ‘viscous void’”

Since i am in a feverish state of mind, i was “playing” with this painting on my Mac, and here is what came out of it:

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