The Magic of the Cities.

Zen promotes the rediscovery of the obvious, which is so often lost in its familiarity and simplicity. It sees the miraculous in the common and magic in our everyday surroundings. When we are not rushed, and our minds are unclouded by conceptualizations, a veil will sometimes drop, introducing the viewer to a world unseen since childhood. ~ John Greer

Showing posts with label Montmartre. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Montmartre. Show all posts

Friday, May 8, 2015

Paris Scenes


“All truly great thoughts are conceived while walking.”
― Friedrich Nietzsche

PHOTO FRIDAY
THE CURRENT CHALLENGE
Fri May 08, 2015
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Sunday, August 11, 2013

Chez Marie

Rue Gabrielle. Montmartre. Paris

“The master in the art of living makes little distinction between his work and his play, his labor and his leisure, his mind and his body, his information and his recreation, his love and his religion. He hardly knows which is which. He simply pursues his vision of excellence at whatever he does, leaving others to decide whether he is working or playing. To him he is always doing both."
~ James A. Michener
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Thursday, August 8, 2013

Montmartre








Montmartre
Above all, Montmartre, an area on a hill in the 18th arrondissement, north of downtown Paris, is known for its many artists who have been omnipresent since 1880. The name Montmartre is said to be derived from either Mount of Martyrs or from Mount of Mars. Until 1873, when the Sacré-Coeur was built on top of the hill, Montmartre was a small village, inhabited by a mostly farming community.
Montmartre is talked about by Parisians the way New Yorkers talk about the Village: It's not what it used to be, It's like Disneyland, the artists can't afford to live here anymore, too many tourists etc. There is some truth these opinions, but there are two ways of approaching this incredibly unique village within the metropolis. The first is to follow the herd instinct and stampede your way up the famous hill, take a picture of yourself on the steps of the basilica, buy an overpriced crepe at the Place du Tertre, get conned into having your portrait sketched, and walk back down clutching newly bought key-rings, postcards, gaudy T-shirts feeling a little mystified about what all the fuss is about. 

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Tuesday, May 1, 2012

May 2012 Theme Day: Bakeries



Au Four Gaulois. Montmartre. Paris 2010

Montmartre Musician. Paris 2010


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