Sometimes the very best of all summer books is a blank notebook. Get one big enough, and you can practice sketching the lemon slice in your drink or the hot lifeguard on the beach or the vista down the hill from your cabin. (Michael Dirda)
“Originality consists of returning to the origin. Thus, originality means returning, through one’s resources, to the simplicity of the early solutions.” (Antoni Gaudi)
“You use a glass mirror to see your face; you use works of art to see your soul.” (George Bernhard Shaw)
“Nature alone is antique, and the oldest art a mushroom.” ~ Thomas Carlyle
“Life itself is the most wonderful fairy tale.” (Hans Christian Andersen)
My recent trip to Denver, Colorado, took me from the transcendent architecture of the Denver Art Museum to Larimer Square. Okay, can I ooh and ahh enough about lunch at rioja..? Just a few doors down from where I’m standing here.
They call Denver the “Mile High City” for a reason.
My accommodation was situated at an altitude of 1,600 m and it took me (my head to be precise) about a day and a half to adjust.
From there it was smooth sailing. I even had some time and the opportunity to enjoy the people, vistas, food and climate here.
Happy travels everyone!
Hello, fellow friends and travelers,
A recent article in a German magazine has me thinking about great words that do not exist in the English language.
Here are a few of my favorites:
For the tree hugger: Shinrin-yoku – Japanese, for “forest bathing,” the “practice of taking a short leisurely visit to a forest for health benefits” (Wikipedia: forest bathing)
For Santa and his helpers, a unit of measurement: Poronkusema – Finnish for “the distance a reindeer could travel before stopping to urinate” (Wikipedia: poronkusema)
For the currently stationary traveler: Fernweh – German for the ache / longing to travel or get far away.
For the budget-conscious: Prozvonit – Czech for initiating a cell phone call and only letting it ring once, so the other person has to call back and you can save on minutes. (See Wiktionary).
And finally, for the art lover: Duende -Spanish for “having soul, a heightened state of emotion, expression and authenticity” (Wikpedia: duende), i.e. the power that a work of art can have to deeply move a person.
Hello, fellow travelers and friends,
Fellow blogger Polianthus inspired me to partake in his monthly fountain challenge. After all, what’s not to love about fountains? I even have one in my backyard. Although it doesn’t look anything like this…
… it has become a gathering place for all types of birds and a “watering spot” for cats and racoons. While I enjoy the sounds of water falling, I return to the fountains of Rome.
Ciao – TT
Greetings, fellow adventurers and friends off the beaten path,
Just returned from a trip to Detroit, where I went with a courageous friend to join her for a day in her element. Stopping at the Heidelberg Project, I take with me Tyree Guyton’s thoughts:
“We live in a world today, where a lot of us are afraid to see the beauty that exists amongst chaos.”