The house of Rene Lalique in Paris is one of those hidden treasures. His legacy is grand and long; deservedly so. Sometimes I wonder if this house and the door are even considered important; as no particular protection seems to be in effect.
WordPress has been giving me fits, timing out abruptly, losing everything I wrote or listed, locking me out irregularly, We shall see how far I get with this post.
Vincent Van Gogh’s “Starry Night” is such a much seen and much used image; none of which compares to the real thing. I had been a victim of these assaults on my senses to the point I no longer cared to see the original. I am so glad I did. It re-set the standard of beauty.
Daumier’s charactatures a gem of political satire.
The museum itself was originally built as a train station, which was built to impress. It still does today.
I know Key West Race Week is almost over and I have not uttered a word about it. I am so immersed is the wonders of the world, race week just does not seem as appealing. I will always have a love of boats, yacht design, construction, but.
There is no end of the shapes and sights in Paris or any of the other places I have seen over the last weeks.
I am absolutely looking forward to the transatlantic race this summer from Newport to England.
The grand mosque of Paris is another treasure in this city. Built in 1923, it is another example of the grand culture of Muslims.
The Mosque is under surveillance, but no different than the synagogues everywhere.
I have never seen L’Etoile so empty of traffic. I have never been able to photograph the Arc de Triomphe without a car in the frame. The Je Suis Charlie solidarity march was forming in another part of Paris; Republique. Tension still on people’s faces. I hope that something positive will come of these murders. It is an opportunity; a powerful moment. Let us hope the world will take advantage of it.
Today, the first chapter of “Charlie Hedbo” is finished. There is more to come. Life is many parts of Paris continued as if nothing had occurred; in other places there were hostages. In the streets there was non-the-less a certain tension. Anytime I was near someone with a gun, I could not walk fast enough.
While it was Lord Nelson who is credited with the words: ” Keep calm and carry on”. It is the French people today after the events of yesterday.
In the light of these events it is hard to stay excited about the volvo ocean race, the america’s cup, or the bcn. Lord knows sailing has been my mistress for half a century now, but the world seems so overwhelming some days.