Urban Exploration 9

Vieux Port, Marseille, France

Vieux Port, Marseille, France

This was part of an Art installation with various Safari animals decorated by Non-profits and Local organizations. this was taken in the spring of 2013.

Just posting this for fun…

Vieux Port, Marseille, France, animals

Vieux Port, Marseille, France, animals

Vieux Port, Marseille, France, animals

Vieux Port, Marseille, France, animals

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Urban Exploration 7

Hotel de Ville, Paris, France

Hotel de Ville, Paris, France

Urban Exploration 4

Marseille, France, Opera House

Marseille, France, Opera House

Marseille Opera house detail 1

Marseille Opera house detail 1

Marseille, opera house, detail 2

Marseille, opera house, detail 2

Mysteries of the Female Figure, Part 5 The Second Empire

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We continue with the theme of allegories in the second empire. This large bronze piece was carefully constructed. Each element having a specific significance and symbolism. It’s a nationalist piece, the center female figure representing France herself. (France is always personified as a woman) She is surrounded by artistic muses and symbols for the Roman empire and supremacy.

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Here are two another bronze allegories, personifying poetry and the art of creation. They are placed in front of Paris’ “Hotel de Ville”, the main city hall of the city, a stunning piece of architecture, covered in sculptures of great men of France, authors, politicians and of course, some of the more important mayors and city officials. She is one of three only female presence on the building (the other is France herself above the clock.)

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The portraits of the second empire, show the fashions of the time, something I love to see. Following the different trends in clothes and fashion through art would be another great topic to study more in depth.

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But they also reflect a sort of genteel feel, calm, soft images and a feeling of delicate elegance that I found charming.

The Long Anticipated Trip

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Finally the last stretch.

After Weeks of planning and a considerable amount of stress and mishaps. I’m thrilled to announce my up-coming trip to Paris, France.

Indeed my favorite place in the world. I have been there before and it is truly a place filled with beauty and history. Not to mention pastries to die for.

 

My plans include extensive museum attending and castle exploring. But still leaving enough flexibility to turn off my path and explore to my heart’s content. I’m trying to do some new things that I haven’t done before, so not the same old things, Eiffel Tower, Bateau Mouche, Versailles… nope! hope to explore a whole new side of Paris.

(Museums reviews to come…)