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variations | when biking le tour, we discover more about ourselves

The pleasure of the moment. In retrospect, a sense of warmth. The night turning to morning …

I was very excited about waking up at 6:30 a.m. to watch stage 9 of the Tour de France. The stage is a 168.5 km trek through the Pyrenees in Southern France. For me the mountain stages are the most exhilarating of all the various stages. The trek from Saint Girons to Bagneres de Bigorre includes four category one climbs, each over 5000 feet and a category 2 climb. A test of man and machine. I believe that climbing is my best skill as a rider, and I certainly can relate to the difficulty inherent to climbing. Whether it is mountain biking or road biking, I love the challenge. Climbing is very meditative; slow and methodical. One has to really focus inward. On the breath, and on the movement of the body. Everything is recorded over and over again. Sometimes with much pain. Physically and mentally is can be quite exhausting, but in the end very rewarding. There is a certain ‘Peacetime’ when the silence of nature, movement and breath come together. An inner bliss without end.


Weekly Photo Challenge: Unique | The Louvre in Paris, France

louvre halftone

For me, the Louvre in Paris, France definitely spells unique. Here is the original photo I took in 1990 with some up to date remixes to give it some color. The museum itself is a unique and wonderful place to visit. Here, the newly designed pyramid, that is also the entrance to the museum, is under construction. It provides a distinctive and contemporary look to the historical structure of the museum. A must visit for anyone looking for that certain unique experience.


Post Canvas And Paint: Another Parisian World (A 1990 Paris France Remix)

As I Stood on the Eiffel Tower and looked across the rooftops of Paris, I marveled at the world I had discovered…

Another Parisian World

What an eclectic moment, basking in timeless beauty, here above the City of Lights.


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Images For Android Phones: Pop Art – The 2012 Tour de France

Images For Android Phones: Pop Art - The 2012 Tour de France

The Tour de France is underway. It will cover over 2000 miles in 3 weeks. This shot was taken during stage 2 in Belguim. The images of bicycling has always been a hallmark of Pop-Art.


Weekly Photo Challenge: Path 03

My final installment for this challenge is the path to beautiful art at the Louvre via just one of the many bridges that cross the river Seine.

A path to beautiful art at the Louvre, in Paris, France


Boulevard St-Michel in the Latin Quarter, Paris, France

Boulevard St Michel

The Latin Quarter has become synonymous with the Sorbonne
University in Paris, France. It is an extremely old part of Paris. It became
its scholarly center in the 13th century when the University was moved
from the lle-de-la-Cite to the Left Bank. The Boulevard St-Michel is a wide
avenue built during the Second Empire, and is affectionately known by the
Parisians as the “Boul’ Mich”. It ascends from the river Seine towards the hill
of Ste Genevieve. The boulevard is populated with second hand bookshops, cafes,
distinct and exotic restaurants and avant-garde cinemas. The Boulevard St-Michel is the heart of the Latin Quarter.


Weekly Movie-Making Moments in Film: Camille Claudel

A woman’s strength and determination is powerful….

A woman’s love is without equal…..

A woman’s suffering for that love is immeasurable….

Perhaps one of my favorite French films that depicts artistic creativity, strength, determination, love and obsession is none other than the film Camille Claudel finely directed by Bruno Nuyten and starring Isabelle Adjani as Camille—the young but gifted sculptress. In the film Camille possesses an artistic and romantic passion that consumes her. Her love for the sculptor, Auguste Rodin, and her life, ends in pain and lost.

Here is a clip from the film. What do you think? If you have seen the film, what is your opinion of Isabelle Adjani’s performance?

http://youtu.be/_yT-oSkrrh0


Weekly Photo Challenge: Up

Looking up at the Eiffel Tower. What an amazing view, when standing beneath this incredible, beautiful, architectural structure.  A work of art indeed.

The Eiffel Tower in Paris, France


Weekly Photo Challenge: Entrance 03

A great entrance needs its own work of art….

The Louvre in Paris, France as remixed in the form of a digital pen.

The Louvre is a magnificent museum. I visited the museum in 1990 and just fell in love with its collection of art. But the entrance, the trait-d union between the new rooms and the surface, is a glass, transparent pyramid, of a very light construction, flanked by another two smaller pyramids which, like the larger one, reflect the changeable light of the Parisian sky.

The author of this bold project was the American architect of Chinese origin Ieoh Ming Pei, who also created the new wing of the National Gallery in Washington DC.

The entrance to the Louvre in Paris, France


Weekly Photo Challenge: Entrance 02

In keeping with the theme of Paris, France here is another entrance shot. It is the Musee d Orsay, located on the left bank of the river Seine. The Museum hosts the works of some of the world best Impressionist painters such as Monet, Renoir, Degas, Manet and Pissarro. Post-Impressionist work can also be found in the museum as well. They include some rather remarkable paintings by famous artists such as Seurat, Toulouse-Lautrec, Gauguin and Van Gogh.

Musee de Orsay in Paris, France