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nomad dimitri has been at 17 events

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The Audacity to Podcast213Join @100309749866559941116 and other guests for a live discussion about Apple's announcements about iOS 8, next generation mobile devices, and more.Live commentary on Apple's iOS 8 and more announcements2014-09-09 19:00:0017  
Larry Fournillier1,380,790Make this Valentine's Day a special one on Google Plus, by joining me in welcoming foodie extraordinaire,@104466367393245909954 to a special edition of *Food Stories*.  Azlin, will treat us to her sinfully decadent, *Bailey’s Mocha Cheesecake*, a perfect dessert for you and yours this Valentine’s Day.   Azlin and I will be *_spreading the love_* on *Friday,14th, February (Valentine’s Day) at 1:00PM(EST), 2:00PM(AST) and 6PM(GMT)*.  Do you want to make her temptingly delicious featured cake?  Go here for the recipe: http://goo.gl/swEOC6  You can also visit her website to see more of her other mouthwatering dishes : www.linsfood.com I would also like to thank my sponsor @114035095761571532708. To get *15%* off  your next purchase OF their healthy and delicious food bars visit www.twodegreesfood.com and use the *_promo code_* *FOODSTORIES15* #hoa   #foodstories   #cheesecake  Food Stories | Valentine's Day Special featuring - Azlin Bloor2014-02-14 19:00:0081  
Azlin Bloor51,093*LET'S TALK RICE*   this one for those of you on the other side of GMT! Everything you wanted to know about rice & more as we explore all ways with rice!It's Reigning Rice Part 22014-01-18 22:00:0026  
Azlin Bloor51,093Everything you wanted to know about rice and more! Come and join me & a select group of foodies as we explore the different types of rice and rice dishes found around the world! This is the first of 2, second one is at 9pm GMT.It's Reigning Rice!2014-01-18 10:00:0037  
Michael Ehline22,874This is a real treat.  The original +Circle Master treats us all to a dose of fun, and business all wrapped up into one great seminar. +Christine DeGraff  has been a friend of the +Circle of Legal Trust for ages, and now we want to get into why it is so important for lawyers to engage with potential clients, and not just be in a webring of fellow attorneys. Google wants to see engagement, and she is the messenger. Seating is limited, and this is a must see HOA.Circle of Legal Trust Presents Christine DeGraff on Social Relationship Building and Online Personality2013-10-25 17:00:00102  
Williams-Sonoma1,976,599Join Williams-Sonoma and All-Clad right here for an exclusive live webcast from the Williams-Sonoma Test Kitchen featuring world-renowned Chef Thomas Keller, who will demonstrate expert braising techniques while preparing Lamb Shanks Roasted “a la Matignon.”  Cook along! Get the recipe and the equipment: Lamb Shanks Roasted “a la Matignon”: http://bit.ly/17raoUJ All-Clad Copper Core Essential Pan: http://bit.ly/15XngOO Pure Bred Lamb Shanks: http://bit.ly/1ej18s1It’s All About Technique: Cooking Live with Chef Thomas Keller2013-09-17 01:00:00806  
Michael Muraz28,032Discover some of Europe's finest photographers through their images, but also through their lives, their genre, their city and their best spots. This is a special episode about the G+ Anniversary Photowalks happening in Europe on Saturday (June 29th). For the occasion, we will have several guests who are organizing photowalks: @105390077271236874234 and @104945048045602245646 for the Geneva photowalk @112451458753099334659 for the Stuttgart photowalk @102076033841555832518 for the Paris photowak @112511360971613079953 for the Maastricht photowalk _Join us on Thursday at 8PM CET! Please share the event and invite as many people as possible._ For more information on the G+ Anniversary Photowalks, please check out the community: http://goo.gl/uGGPbEuropean Photo Show #42013-06-27 20:00:0076  
First Friday Art Walk661,015The June #FirstFridayArtWalk  is here! It is open to all. Whether you are an artist, or simply an art lover, there is a way for each and every one of us, who wishes to, to participate.  The June First Friday Art Walk will be held on Friday, June 7, 2013. ---------------------------------------------------------------- How it works: Beginning this month, we are changing the format of #firstfridayartwalk to a community-based event. To participate, please join our new community, Google+ First Friday Art Walk: https://plus.google.com/communities/117542371460000181203 Artists, simply share work of your own, a painting, a drawing, a sculpture, an illustration, to the Community and add the hashtag #FirstFridayArtWalk .  Of course, you are also welcome to use the hashtag on your own profile. The Art Walk is open to non-photographic work, in traditional, and digital media. Art lovers and artists alike are welcome to reshare the work of other artists with the     #FirstFridayArtWalk  hashtag as well, both to the Community and to your own circles. This way, we should be able to get a flurry of art circulating in everyone's stream.  Thanks, and we look forward to seeing your work! Please feel free to invite artists and others that you feel may be interested in this event. :)June First Friday Art Walk2013-06-07 15:00:00229  
Food Republic1,823,838Come hang with Food Republic and Chef +Marc Murphy TV personality and Chef-Owner of  Landmarc and +Ditch Plains for our Hangout On Air! The 'Chopped' judge will demo his Linguine Con Vongole recipe. Former NFL linebacker Rosevelt Colvin will be on hand as well.  Questions for Chef Marc Murphy? Post them here or by submitting to the #easymeals hashtag!  Hangout On Air with Chef Marc Murphy2013-05-10 18:00:00100  
First Friday Art Walk661,015The May #FirstFridayArtWalk  is here! It is open to all. Whether you are an artist, or simply an art lover, there is a way for each and every one of us, who wishes to, to participate.  The May First Friday Art Walk will be held on Friday, May 3, 2013.  San Francisco (PDT): From 6 a.m. Friday, May 3 to 12 a.m. Saturday, May 4. New York (EDT): From 9 a.m. May 5 to 3 a.m. Saturday, May 4. Paris (CET): From 2 p.m. Friday,  May 5 to 9 a.m. Saturday, May 4. See starting and end times for your local time zone here: http://mytimeconverter.com/  ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- *How it works:* Artists, simply share work of your own, a painting, a drawing, a sculpture, an illustration, and add the hashtag #FirstFridayArtWalk . The Art Walk is open to non-photographic work, in traditional, and digital media. Art lovers and artists alike are welcome to reshare the work of other artists with the  #FirstFridayArtWalk  hashtag as well. This way, we should be able to get a flurry of art circulating in everyone's stream. The hashtag will be supported by Google efforts, so don't miss this opportunity to find new art lovers and artists and attract them here. Also, please use this opportunity to tell us more about your work, or about your favorite artists here on G+ and what fascinates you in their work. This is a unique opportunity to flood Google+ with art and beauty! Also, please circle @103038056099487506311   so that we will be able to reshare the work that you have hashtagged   #FirstFridayArtWalk , from the page. Please note that this time the page will be re-sharing work selectively, so the hashtag is the way to see everything, and the page is the way to see just our selection. Thanks, and we look forward to seeing your work! Please feel free to invite artists and others that you feel may be interested in this event. :) Creatively,  @104672614700283598130 and @107923530149758134024 May G+ First Friday Art Walk2013-05-03 15:00:00264  
First Friday Art Walk661,015The April #FirstFridayArtWalk  is here! It is open to all. Whether you are an artist, or simply an art lover, there is a way for each and every one of us, who wishes to, to participate.  The April First Friday Art Walk will be held on Friday, April 5, 2013.  San Francisco (PDT): From 6 a.m. Friday, April 5 to 12 a.m. Saturday, April 6. New York (EDT): From 9 a.m. April 5 to 3 a.m. Saturday, April 6. Paris (CET): From 2 p.m. Friday, April 5 to 9 a.m. Saturday, April 6. See starting and end times for your local time zone here: http://mytimeconverter.com/  ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- *How it works:*  Artists, simply share work of your own, a painting, a drawing, a sculpture, an illustration, and add the hashtag #FirstFridayArtWalk . The Art Walk is open to non-photographic work, in traditional, and digital media. Art lovers and artists alike are welcome to reshare the work of other artists with the     #FirstFridayArtWalk  hashtag as well. This way, we should be able to get a flurry of art circulating in everyone's stream.  Also, please circle @103038056099487506311  so that we will be able to reshare the work that you have hashtagged   #FirstFridayArtWalk , from the page.  Thanks, and we look forward to seeing your work! Please feel free to invite artists and others that you feel may be interested in this event. :) Creatively,  @107923530149758134024 and @104672614700283598130 G+ First Friday Art Walk2013-04-05 14:00:57197  
TriniGourmet294*This is a Hangouts On Air Event* _Note: Follow this link to get the Event's start time in your local time-zone_  http://bit.ly/WrBEA1 This *Thursday at 7p.m. EST* +Sarina Bland the +TriniGourmet will be presenting the tenth episode of her series *"Sweet Han': Caribbean Cooking With Sarina"*. "March has begun and I'm itching to get back into the kitchen and flex some culinary muscle with a dinner menu that will please you from start to finish. Joining me on air, live from Japan, Osaka-based Trinidadian songstress +Alicia Saldenha who'll be performing two tracks from her current album" *Menu* _(recipes available at  http://ow.ly/ixe0c )_: • Spicy Fried Chicken • Bodi _(Yard Long Beans)_ in Garlic Sauce • Plantain Baked in Orange Juice • Rum Punch So, join us on *Thursday, March 7 at 7:00PM (EST)* and watch Sarina create Trini magic in the kitchen. *Watch LIVE on the Event Page*, on +Sarina Bland 's profile page or at http://www.youtube.com/TriniGourmet *Learn More about Alicia at http://www.LoveAlicia.com* *Official website:* http://www.TriniGourmet.com *Watch past episodes of Sweet Han':* http://ow.ly/g10m1 #hangoutsonair   #hoa   #sweethan   #caribbeanrecipes #caribbeancookingshow #caribbeancooking    #trinigourmet   #sarina #aliciasaldenha #trinidad  Sweet Han': Caribbean Cooking with Sarina S01E102013-03-08 01:00:0051  
Chef Dennis Littley779,247These are without a doubt *The Best Buffalo Chicken Wings* you will ever make and my _secret is in the sauce_!   Buffalo may have invented Buffalo Wings, but Philadelphia *Home of the Wing Bowl* perfected them.   I will teach you how to make buffalo sauce that will cling to any type of wing you make, *Baked, Grilled or Fried*  your guests will be coming back for more! I'll also show you how to make delicious bleu cheese dressing to serve with your wings! Here is the link to the recipe:  http://www.askchefdennis.com/2011/02/the-best-buffalo-chicken-wings-youll-ever-have-and-ask-chef-dennis/ #superbowlplus   #superbowl2013   #buffalochicken   #buffalowingsauce   #buffalowings   #cookingdemo  Philly Style Buffalo Chicken Wings & Blue Cheese Dressing : SuperBowlPlus Week of Champions2013-02-01 00:00:0077  
Jake Croston1,062,745*Join me as I show a quick and fool proof way to make delicious, full-flavored pork carnitas, that will be a sure hit for your Super Bowl party!* Sometimes you don't have the 5 or 6 hours it takes to take to make tender, tasty braised pork shoulder. You will be able to use this technique not only for this recipe, but for any kind of braised dish! I will also show some great garnishes and accompaniments to go along with the succulent pork!  _Join me Wednesday January 30th at 6PM EST for this fun On-Air Hangout!_ Check here to get your local time for the event: http://ow.ly/h3OwO #superbowlplus   #CarnitasHOA2013  SuperBowlPlus Week of Champions: Easy Pork Carnitas2013-01-31 00:00:0090  
Joanne Ozug9,709This demo begins airing at 7pm EST on Monday January 28th and will run 15-20 minutes. In this live hangout, Joanne Ozug of FifteenSpatulas.com will show you how to make super crispy chicken wings without the deep fryer. This is one of the most popular recipes on Fifteen Spatulas and the most common comment is that people are skeptical going into the recipe, and they come out totally amazed by how crispy they are. Don't miss out! If you want to be invited to sit in the panel, please leave a comment below and I will add you. There are a maximum of 9 spaces on the panel. You can see the recipe here: http://www.fifteenspatulas.com/crispy-baked-chicken-wings-yup-no-deep-fryer-in-sight/ This google + hangout is part of the #superbowlplus series.How to Make Super Crispy Chicken Wings without the Deep Fryer (part of theSuperBowlPlus Week of Champions)2013-01-29 01:00:0045  
Stanisław Soluch6,150Wspólny album województwa podlaskiego. Zapraszam. Proponowane tagi:   #fkEvent , #fkPoland ,   #fkPodlasie , #Poland oraz własne wg. uznania. Zapraszam. Fotografia nie musi być geotagowana i nie ma innych obowiązkowych wymogów ale jeśli możecie spełnić poniższe oczekiwania to byłbym szczęśliwy: 1. Zdjęcie z tekstową stopką z informacją miejsca: miejsce, region, kraj 2. Pierwszy komentarz zawiera tagi poprzedzone oznakowaniem -  #fk...(miejsce, region, kraj) Hello World!  I'm sorry, please photos of Polish, the region - Podlasie. ((( Photography does not have to be geo tagging and there are no mandatory requirements but if you have these expectations that I would be happy: 1.  Photo of a text footer to the information space: place, region, country 2.  The first comment has preceded marking tags - # fk ... (place, region, country) Proszę o wpisy  z fk, wtedy uzbiera się strumień fotokrajowy "fk",  Chciałbym bardzo by rozpowszechniła się fotografia krajoznawcza, użytkowa na G+, by w naszych strumieniach za zdjęciem "biegła" dodatkowo informacja np co to za miejsce (stąd prośba o stopki), gdzie ten kwiat rośnie, jak się nazywa itd.  Eventy i tagi segregują nasze zbiory - łatwo wtedy poznajemy podobne np okolice, kwiaty i inne dziedziny. WAŻNE:  by nie utonąć w światowym strumieniu kategorii zachęcam cały czas by w tagowaniu stosować to "fk", wtedy nie toniemy;oczywiście obok można dopisać swój prywatny tag czy tag ogólnoświatowy. Każdą nową osobę, która zacznie tagowanie wpisów z  "fk" też będę polecał dla dobra przewagi informacji nad zalewem kotków, zajączków choć takich eventów nie wykluczam, bo wtedy też może być przednia zabawa. Dla orientacji, o jakich eventach mowa, polecam ich aktualny zestaw na stronie: www.fotokraj.com  W stopkach fotokrajowych piszmy polskie nazwy własne po  polsku, ew. tylko zamiast Polska piszmy - Poland. W tagowaniu nie stosuję polskich znaków diakrycznych (łśćńźżóąę - często stwarzają problemy) nawet jeśli to jest nazwa polska, pisanie tagów z Wielkiej litery nie ma znaczenia dla strumienia G+. Co innego tag a co innego Wydarzenia, ja DOKŁADAM (bo pierwsze zdjęcie trzeba przez Wydarzenia)  foty do  eventów prze ikonkę G+ z lewej > ALBUMY>.. odnajduję album w swoich albumach online > klikam> .. i dokładam fotkę z możliwością napisania u góry. Później na zdjęciu kursor zamienia się w "łapkę" , pojawia się nazwa eventu z pokreśleniem, cały wpis z tym co napisaliśmy nad zdjęciem + fota widoczne są wszystkim w Strumieniu i oczywiście w Wydarzeniu oraz w Waszych albumach na G+ (Picasa) wraz z podpisem. Jak wrzucamy zdjęcia do Wydarzenia:   Po kliknięciu w  nazwę Wydarzenia pojawi się konkretne Wydarzenie a w nim u góry na pomarańczowym przycisku pisze "Dodaj zdjęcie" i dalej  > "Prześlij"  dalej > "Wybierz zdjęcia z komputera" i ... to wszystko ... ale po wrzuceniu pierwszego zdjęcia przez Ciebie zapoczątkujesz u siebie taki album, jak nazwa Wydarzenia; wtedy zalecam ten sposób do każdego kolejnego zdjęcia (ale to już TwPodlasie Province, Poland - the end of the World and one day longer - pictures with tag #fk...2013-01-18 19:00:0022  
Stanisław Soluch6,150KONIEC ŚWIATA - Czas, Kalendarz, Zegar; max 2/day,  #fkPHOTOandPLACE Wymogami są tagi #fkPHOTOandPLACE, #fkTime lub #fkCalendar lub #fkClock lub #fksundial lub  #fkDecadence oraz 1. tagi (mogą  być też zapisane pod zdjęciem w komentarzu) wskazujące miejsce 2. lub w Exif-ie są geotagi i po kliknięciu we Właściwościach zdjęcia można kliknąć małą mapkę by wyświetlić Google Map całej okolicy 3. albo jest stopka mówiąca o miejscu wykonania zdjęcia  - zachęcam - i pozdrawiam Requirements are tags #fkPHOTOandPLACE, #fkTime or #fkCalendar or #fkClock or #fksundial  or  #fkDecadence :  1. tags because they are (they can also be saved in a comment under the photo) indicating the place 2. or Exif-e are geotags and click on Properties, you can click the small images to view the map Google Map throughout the area 3. or a shoe talking about shooting spot - Encourage - and greetPhoto: END OF THE WORLD and NEW YEAR- Time, Calendar, Clock, max 2/day, #fkPHOTOandPLACE2013-01-18 00:00:0041  

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2015-05-18 14:11:28 (89 comments, 3 reshares, 148 +1s)Open 

Sleepless: cancer again takes center stage

It was nice while it lasted.  I had my 4 months of vacation from cancer and now, as planned, it is time to check up on him once again.
- Will he be there?
- Will he be gone?
- Will he be sleeping & waiting?
Starting tomorrow and during the following week, I start tests to try to answer these questions.

How am I?
It is hard to know.  Sometimes I forget all about it & then it comes back, in waves.  I do everything I normally do, but it is as if there is someone walking behind me with a gun against the back of my head: will he pull the trigger?

How do I sleep?
I have dreams of falling in love.  On those nights, one in two, I sleep well, like a king (it is a king's bed, in the photo).  On the nights I don't dream of falling in love, I wake up often, but without black thoughts,with... more »

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2015-05-16 09:58:21 (85 comments, 19 reshares, 182 +1s)Open 

Don't let IS destroy Palmyra, the "Venice of the Sands"

The city of Palmyra, in Syria, more than 2000-years-old, is one of the most magical places I have ever visited.  Islamic State (IS) fighters have been advancing towards Palmyra and it is a matter of days before it falls into their hands to be pillaged and destroyed.

Palmyra sits at the edge of an oasis of date palms and gardens and has been, for millennia, a watering place on a trade route from the east.  Think caravans bringing Chinese silks, stopping to water their camels on the way to Rome!

It makes me sad that, as we spend our time chatting about receiving Amazon packages via drones, using self-driven Google cars, hailing taxis via Uber, and counting our calories with Apple smartwatches, this historical masterpiece will be forever wiped out.

We have incubators &k... more »

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2015-05-16 09:58:21 (85 comments, 19 reshares, 182 +1s)Open 

Don't let IS destroy Palmyra, the "Venice of the Sands"

The city of Palmyra, in Syria, more than 2000-years-old, is one of the most magical places I have ever visited.  Islamic State (IS) fighters have been advancing towards Palmyra and it is a matter of days before it falls into their hands to be pillaged and destroyed.

Palmyra sits at the edge of an oasis of date palms and gardens and has been, for millennia, a watering place on a trade route from the east.  Think caravans bringing Chinese silks, stopping to water their camels on the way to Rome!

It makes me sad that, as we spend our time chatting about receiving Amazon packages via drones, using self-driven Google cars, hailing taxis via Uber, and counting our calories with Apple smartwatches, this historical masterpiece will be forever wiped out.

We have incubators &k... more »

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2015-07-01 21:47:29 (5 comments, 2 reshares, 29 +1s)Open 

The Dragon: Italy is still playful

This Dragon sculpture, his body made of flames of rusted metal, graces the Renaissance fountain of my previous post.

Clearly, this is a modern intervention, and totally successful.  Kind of like a cherry on the cake, it provides a nice contemporary touch in this ensemble of fountain, water lilies, goldfish, mosaic & gardens.  As you can see from the full fountain photo, he is about the size of a cat and he is placed discreetly to the side of the fountain, posing in his very own gravelly island.  The fish don't seem too scared.  They like him.

Good looks aside, I wanted to make the point of the continuity of culture.  Aesthetics is very important in Italy: it has been for centuries and it still is.  And it shows when you visit.  Not all of modern Italy is well-made or beautiful.  But there is a lot that is andthere i... more »

The Dragon: Italy is still playful

This Dragon sculpture, his body made of flames of rusted metal, graces the Renaissance fountain of my previous post.

Clearly, this is a modern intervention, and totally successful.  Kind of like a cherry on the cake, it provides a nice contemporary touch in this ensemble of fountain, water lilies, goldfish, mosaic & gardens.  As you can see from the full fountain photo, he is about the size of a cat and he is placed discreetly to the side of the fountain, posing in his very own gravelly island.  The fish don't seem too scared.  They like him.

Good looks aside, I wanted to make the point of the continuity of culture.  Aesthetics is very important in Italy: it has been for centuries and it still is.  And it shows when you visit.  Not all of modern Italy is well-made or beautiful.  But there is a lot that is and there is a constant effort to make things more appealing and harmonious.  The correct Italian word, I think, is finezza ("fineness").

The space we live in, the space we share, matters.  In Italy, more than in many other countries, we understand why.  I appreciate that immensely.

(For the full fountain image where the dragon leaves, look at my post below if you are in my stream or click: https://plus.google.com/+NomadDimitri/posts/eU4aVCFe8LJ).
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#nomadimitriitaly
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2015-06-30 21:23:12 (14 comments, 8 reshares, 133 +1s)Open 

The playful beauty of the Italian Renaissance garden

We are all familiar with the sculpture, the paintings & the architecture of the Italian Renaissance.  We are less familiar with the gardens of that period.

Not only are they gorgeous but, because they are private (so much of the art of that time we are familiar with is religious & public), they are more personal, eccentric, whimsical.

Take this fountain, for example.  The mosaic around it, meant to be admired from the terrace of the palazzo looming above it, is both playful & extremely fine.  It hardly looks like it is made of stone; it reminds us, rather, of embroidery.  

There is a tension in the design between the strict geometry of the borders and the mosaic's curvilinear elements.  And the subject matter is meant to delight: wild animals, scenes from daily life, mythology,natu... more »

The playful beauty of the Italian Renaissance garden

We are all familiar with the sculpture, the paintings & the architecture of the Italian Renaissance.  We are less familiar with the gardens of that period.

Not only are they gorgeous but, because they are private (so much of the art of that time we are familiar with is religious & public), they are more personal, eccentric, whimsical.

Take this fountain, for example.  The mosaic around it, meant to be admired from the terrace of the palazzo looming above it, is both playful & extremely fine.  It hardly looks like it is made of stone; it reminds us, rather, of embroidery.  

There is a tension in the design between the strict geometry of the borders and the mosaic's curvilinear elements.  And the subject matter is meant to delight: wild animals, scenes from daily life, mythology, nature, and, even, in a meta-level reference, another fountain (to decorate this fountain).

(I want one!)

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#nomadimitriitaly
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2015-06-29 15:59:47 (75 comments, 1 reshares, 45 +1s)Open 

Illegal in Disneyland

The Magic Kingdom has just prohibited selfie sticks.  "Whoopie!" you might say.  But hold your horses, for a second.

As many of you know, I have been out of commission during the last year, and have not been traveling at all, until this spring.  So I did not have time to witness the selfie stick phenomenon evolve: I saw it directly in full bloom!

I have to confess I was more amused than annoyed.  The stick is a logical evolution of the front-facing camera that allows selfies.  By the way, more terrifyingly, the next logical evolution will be a drone that will follow you around taking your selfies (or, will they be called "dronies" then?)  All you have to do is look into the sky, check out your smile in your phone's app, and click.

It used to be that when we wanted a picture of ourselves taken, wewould... more »

Illegal in Disneyland

The Magic Kingdom has just prohibited selfie sticks.  "Whoopie!" you might say.  But hold your horses, for a second.

As many of you know, I have been out of commission during the last year, and have not been traveling at all, until this spring.  So I did not have time to witness the selfie stick phenomenon evolve: I saw it directly in full bloom!

I have to confess I was more amused than annoyed.  The stick is a logical evolution of the front-facing camera that allows selfies.  By the way, more terrifyingly, the next logical evolution will be a drone that will follow you around taking your selfies (or, will they be called "dronies" then?)  All you have to do is look into the sky, check out your smile in your phone's app, and click.

It used to be that when we wanted a picture of ourselves taken, we would look for the least dimwitted-looking bystander, and ask them to take our photo.  We all know what that yielded: photos chopped off at the knees.  The front-facing camera changed all that, but introduced the problem of distance: our arms are not long enough to get more than a bust shot.

Enter the selfie stick.  With it, this lovely lady can actually immortalize herself comfortably seated at the edge of the seacliff.  The problem is that, intent of taking the perfect shot, too many people started hurting themselves & others.  Ergo, the Disneyland ban.

What do you think?  Do you use selfie sticks?  Do you think they are a Fundamental Human Right & that Disney is wrong?

(Note: this young lady did NOT fall off the cliff)
(Disclosure: the Nomad takes both selfies & selfie videos - is there a name for those - but does not own a selfie stick.  He is too lazy & hates carrying stuff.)

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2015-06-28 10:38:34 (14 comments, 4 reshares, 109 +1s)Open 

The summer parade is on!

Ah, the summer, the summer!
Regardless of where we live or how old we are, summer will always be the time of the school vacation, the time when we no longer need to be responsible, the time when we can resume our childhood.

Just like Sunday late-afternoons feel shitty even when you are retired (because "Monday is a School Day"), summer feels great even when you are stuck in the office, even if, like me, you don't like heat & crowds.  Partly it is because it is supposed to be fun: this is the time of the year that everyone wants/needs/must have a good time.

But also: we are, in many ways, both animals & machines, in addition to our treasured, complicated, subtle, enlightened human nature.  
- As machines, we respond to the added sunlight by being more cheerful & producing all sorts of neededc... more »

The summer parade is on!

Ah, the summer, the summer!
Regardless of where we live or how old we are, summer will always be the time of the school vacation, the time when we no longer need to be responsible, the time when we can resume our childhood.

Just like Sunday late-afternoons feel shitty even when you are retired (because "Monday is a School Day"), summer feels great even when you are stuck in the office, even if, like me, you don't like heat & crowds.  Partly it is because it is supposed to be fun: this is the time of the year that everyone wants/needs/must have a good time.

But also: we are, in many ways, both animals & machines, in addition to our treasured, complicated, subtle, enlightened human nature.  
- As machines, we respond to the added sunlight by being more cheerful & producing all sorts of needed chemicals during summer (notably: Vitamin D).
- As animals, we respond to the warmer weather by feeling a bit sexier.  Look at what's going on with the bird in your backyard: non-stop flirting.
- As humans, we just become a bit more primitive.  We are less dressed, feeling freer by sporting sandals, by tossing away scarves & gloves for linen shirts & shorter skirts.  Or swimsuits.  Or without swimsuits.  Suddenly we want to eat things cooked outdoors, in bbqs, on fire pits.  And we enjoy the sensuality of summer fruits: apricots, peaches (mmm!), water melons.

So, Viva the summer vacation!, for it brings out the animal, the adolescent, the sensualist in us.

(but, please, don't let it last all year).

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2015-06-26 20:05:37 (30 comments, 4 reshares, 117 +1s)Open 

U.S. Supreme Court rules in favor of same-sex marriage nationwide

When the Chinese speak of a loving couple, they say "Two mandarin ducks playing in water."  You see them often in Chinese paintings because they symbolize wedded bliss, conjugal affection and fidelity.  The Chinese could not have picked a prettier bird.  Mandarin ducks are so beautiful they scarcely look real.

As with many bird species (notably: peacock & pheasant), male & female mandarin ducks look completely different.  So we have two ducks of the same sex in the photo below, which explains why I picked it to celebrate the Supreme Court's historic decision.  Ah, yes: they are also kinda rainbow-colored.

May the ducks bring wedded bliss to all those that choose to marry, whoever they may be.  And wherever they may be...

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U.S. Supreme Court rules in favor of same-sex marriage nationwide

When the Chinese speak of a loving couple, they say "Two mandarin ducks playing in water."  You see them often in Chinese paintings because they symbolize wedded bliss, conjugal affection and fidelity.  The Chinese could not have picked a prettier bird.  Mandarin ducks are so beautiful they scarcely look real.

As with many bird species (notably: peacock & pheasant), male & female mandarin ducks look completely different.  So we have two ducks of the same sex in the photo below, which explains why I picked it to celebrate the Supreme Court's historic decision.  Ah, yes: they are also kinda rainbow-colored.

May the ducks bring wedded bliss to all those that choose to marry, whoever they may be.  And wherever they may be...

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2015-06-25 19:35:17 (17 comments, 1 reshares, 43 +1s)Open 

Romeo and Juliet: eternal love... nipped at the bud

(A visit at Juliet's House, in Verona)

“My bounty is as boundless as the sea,
My love as deep; the more I give to thee,
The more I have, for both are infinite.”

In "Romeo and Juliet" Shakespeare tells us that love exists, that it is boundless, infinite, eternal.  (This means that it outlives the lovers, especially those two, Romeo and Juliet, who didn't get to blow more than 16 candles on their birthday cakes).

We all hope that this is true (even if we know better), which is why Shakespeare's play remains a classic & a favorite, with numerous productions, remakes, interpretations (notably: "West Side Story".  "Romeo and Juliet", itself, is a version of the older "Pyramus and Thisbe").

Which is why so manypeopl... more »

Romeo and Juliet: eternal love... nipped at the bud

(A visit at Juliet's House, in Verona)

“My bounty is as boundless as the sea,
My love as deep; the more I give to thee,
The more I have, for both are infinite.”

In "Romeo and Juliet" Shakespeare tells us that love exists, that it is boundless, infinite, eternal.  (This means that it outlives the lovers, especially those two, Romeo and Juliet, who didn't get to blow more than 16 candles on their birthday cakes).

We all hope that this is true (even if we know better), which is why Shakespeare's play remains a classic & a favorite, with numerous productions, remakes, interpretations (notably: "West Side Story".  "Romeo and Juliet", itself, is a version of the older "Pyramus and Thisbe").

Which is why so many people visit Juliet's House (Casa di Giulietta) in Verona.  Yes, you can see the balcony where she stood, you can touch the walls that Romeo furtively touched as he pined for his loved one.  *And you can scribble your love message on them*.

Nomad is in Verona for (what else?) a wedding and just before a well-earned aperitivo, he stops at the Casa di Giulietta, bustling with lovers, to see what it's all about...

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2015-06-23 21:12:18 (64 comments, 0 reshares, 48 +1s)Open 

What exactly is the Italian coffee magic?

How do they do it?
Elsewhere, we have the same machines, the same coffee, the same grind, the same torrefazione.
But it never quite tastes the same as in Italy!

Why?

I have no idea.  I bring coffee back home every time I go to Italy.  Not the same.  A friend from Napoli says it's the water.  I used Italian bottled water.  Not the same
I became desperate.
While making coffee, I dressed myself in Italian clothes & wore brick-red pants  & white-soled shoes like italian men do.  Not the same
Maybe it was the soundtrack?  I played Italian music while making coffee (Adriano Celentano & Mina, singing impossible love songs).   Not the same.
I put a copy of the Corriere della Sera newspaper next to the coffee machine (while using Italianbottle wat... more »

What exactly is the Italian coffee magic?

How do they do it?
Elsewhere, we have the same machines, the same coffee, the same grind, the same torrefazione.
But it never quite tastes the same as in Italy!

Why?

I have no idea.  I bring coffee back home every time I go to Italy.  Not the same.  A friend from Napoli says it's the water.  I used Italian bottled water.  Not the same
I became desperate.
While making coffee, I dressed myself in Italian clothes & wore brick-red pants  & white-soled shoes like italian men do.  Not the same
Maybe it was the soundtrack?  I played Italian music while making coffee (Adriano Celentano & Mina, singing impossible love songs).   Not the same.
I put a copy of the Corriere della Sera newspaper next to the coffee machine (while using Italian bottle water, in my red-brick pants, with Mina singing "Amore Amore").  The coffee still did not taste like it does in Italy!

What am I supposed to do?
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2015-06-22 20:10:49 (36 comments, 2 reshares, 78 +1s)Open 

Summer is here: may you find some shade in your travels

Summer is when most people travel.  Children are out of school and the weather is warmer.

But some of us do not like the heat.  At all.  We find it draining and prefer it when the weather is fresher, with cool breezes.
To some of us the image of people baking on the beach at 40 °C/100 °F is infernal.  Some of us prefer Antarctica to hot, humid Florida in August.

Some of us do not mind at all reaching for a little linen jacket after sunset, or sleeping with a light blanket in the heart of summer.  Some of us like to sweat between the sheets only for reasons other than a heat wave.

For such individuals, July & August mean mountain and a garden with plenty of shade.

Whatever you like, my best wishes for a lovely summer!
     nomadimitri


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Summer is here: may you find some shade in your travels

Summer is when most people travel.  Children are out of school and the weather is warmer.

But some of us do not like the heat.  At all.  We find it draining and prefer it when the weather is fresher, with cool breezes.
To some of us the image of people baking on the beach at 40 °C/100 °F is infernal.  Some of us prefer Antarctica to hot, humid Florida in August.

Some of us do not mind at all reaching for a little linen jacket after sunset, or sleeping with a light blanket in the heart of summer.  Some of us like to sweat between the sheets only for reasons other than a heat wave.

For such individuals, July & August mean mountain and a garden with plenty of shade.

Whatever you like, my best wishes for a lovely summer!
     nomadimitri


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2015-06-21 09:33:38 (12 comments, 3 reshares, 43 +1s)Open 

The (aborted) sacrifice of Iphigenia

Helen (of Troy) may have had the face that launched a 1000 ships but it was Iphigenia's blood, in sacrifice, that would buy the wind to carry the ships to Troy.
Thus decreed the angry god to her father, the leader of the Greeks, Agamemnon: give me your daughter & I will give you the sailing conditions.

So here we are on the day of the sacrifice: the young girl's breast is exposed, the raised blade is shining in the sunlight, everyone is holding their breaths.  For blood is to be spilled.
To test humans' faith.  
To make them pay for their transgressions.  
To keep their pride & hubris in check.  
To remind them who's boss.

But just at the right moment, deus ex machina arrives, the blade is pushed away, Iphigenia is saved by divine intervention ( andthe... more »

The (aborted) sacrifice of Iphigenia

Helen (of Troy) may have had the face that launched a 1000 ships but it was Iphigenia's blood, in sacrifice, that would buy the wind to carry the ships to Troy.
Thus decreed the angry god to her father, the leader of the Greeks, Agamemnon: give me your daughter & I will give you the sailing conditions.

So here we are on the day of the sacrifice: the young girl's breast is exposed, the raised blade is shining in the sunlight, everyone is holding their breaths.  For blood is to be spilled.
To test humans' faith.  
To make them pay for their transgressions.  
To keep their pride & hubris in check.  
To remind them who's boss.

But just at the right moment, deus ex machina arrives, the blade is pushed away, Iphigenia is saved by divine intervention ( and the father gets his war winds).
Notice the 3 faces in the painting: the absolute authority of the god/angel, the chastened face of the father and, so beautifully rendered, the awestruck eyes of the sacrificial victim.

(It is not, of course, the sacrifice of Iphigenia that is depicted in the painting.  But it is exactly the same story, just a bit later. And that is my point.  Painting by Giuseppe Vermiglio "The Sacrifice of Isaac" ca 1600, photographed in Genoa, Italy).

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2015-06-19 18:34:20 (10 comments, 7 reshares, 121 +1s)Open 

Fun & beauty in the "Mirror of Water"

Every city should have one!

I have rarely been as unequivocally enthusiastic about a new public space as I am about the "Mirror of Water" fountain in Nice (OK, not much beats the High Line in NYC in terms of scale & scope).

Think of it as a fountain, a sculpture, a riverside, a playground, a place to get refreshed and, best of all, an excuse to get silly.

The "Mirror of Water" is huge (you can take a leisurely stroll through it) but the fun element comes in because it is completely unpredictable in its behavior.  You take off your shoes (give me any excuse!) & start strolling through the water jets peacefully (as in the photo) when, all of a sudden, they start undulating, or they get really tall & splashy.  

At times, they stop altogether, as ifp... more »

Fun & beauty in the "Mirror of Water"

Every city should have one!

I have rarely been as unequivocally enthusiastic about a new public space as I am about the "Mirror of Water" fountain in Nice (OK, not much beats the High Line in NYC in terms of scale & scope).

Think of it as a fountain, a sculpture, a riverside, a playground, a place to get refreshed and, best of all, an excuse to get silly.

The "Mirror of Water" is huge (you can take a leisurely stroll through it) but the fun element comes in because it is completely unpredictable in its behavior.  You take off your shoes (give me any excuse!) & start strolling through the water jets peacefully (as in the photo) when, all of a sudden, they start undulating, or they get really tall & splashy.  

At times, they stop altogether, as if preparing for the next attack.  At time, they just spew out a water cannon balls, and then stop as the water crashes back down next to you.  And, for the romantics, at times they just start making mist, and the whole fountain turns into a delightful fogbank.

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2015-06-18 07:52:21 (21 comments, 4 reshares, 108 +1s)Open 

The balcony: connecting the private with the public space

Contrast these 19th century French apartment building in Nice with those built in Los Angeles in the 1980s.
(Why Nice & Los Angeles?  Both are seaside cities with year-round mild climate.)

- Let us for a moment forget the loveliness of the architectural detailing of the French building.  
- Let us also forget the large size of the windows, letting ample light come indoors. 
- Let us even forget the lovely colors of the French building.

I want to just focus on the balconies.
Now, imagine coming to your apartment from work, tired and frazzled.  It is spring and there is still light outside.  

- In the Nice apartment: you grab your herbal tea, your beer, your glass of wine, plant yourself on a chair on the balcony and, gradually, you let your workday melt away. ... more »

The balcony: connecting the private with the public space

Contrast these 19th century French apartment building in Nice with those built in Los Angeles in the 1980s.
(Why Nice & Los Angeles?  Both are seaside cities with year-round mild climate.)

- Let us for a moment forget the loveliness of the architectural detailing of the French building.  
- Let us also forget the large size of the windows, letting ample light come indoors. 
- Let us even forget the lovely colors of the French building.

I want to just focus on the balconies.
Now, imagine coming to your apartment from work, tired and frazzled.  It is spring and there is still light outside.  

- In the Nice apartment: you grab your herbal tea, your beer, your glass of wine, plant yourself on a chair on the balcony and, gradually, you let your workday melt away.  You are at home but still outside.  You are still connecting with the world around you, with the sky, with nature, while sitting in your own nest.

- In the Los Angeles apartment: you grab your drink and... you plant yourself on your couch.  In front of which... there is a TV.  You are inside, in your space, enclosed.  Your "outside" is the TV.  You have little contact with the actual "outside" of your apartment so you don't care very much about it: you never really see it anyway.

This is why I find balconies to be one of the most humanizing features of modern urban architecture: by linking private with public space, they help us care more for both.

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2015-06-16 20:27:10 (32 comments, 3 reshares, 112 +1s)Open 

Let the children play?

I am torn between two sensibilities, both of them important to me.

- On the one hand, I love the beach because it turns us all into children.
- On the other hand, I hate noise, especially mechanical noise, especially when I am in nature, super-especially when I am at the beach.

My version of being a child on the beach is very quiet: I make holes in the sand, I body surf, (yes, I admit it: I also run after seagulls), I daydream & daydream & daydream.

But not everyone experiences childhood the same way.  So, there are those that prefer to enjoy the beach using complicated toys: jet skis, parasailing, skiing, boom boxes etc.  The problem is that beaches are crowded places and these toys make noise.

So, on the one hand, I am delighted that people come to the beach to play, while, on the other hand,t... more »

Let the children play?

I am torn between two sensibilities, both of them important to me.

- On the one hand, I love the beach because it turns us all into children.
- On the other hand, I hate noise, especially mechanical noise, especially when I am in nature, super-especially when I am at the beach.

My version of being a child on the beach is very quiet: I make holes in the sand, I body surf, (yes, I admit it: I also run after seagulls), I daydream & daydream & daydream.

But not everyone experiences childhood the same way.  So, there are those that prefer to enjoy the beach using complicated toys: jet skis, parasailing, skiing, boom boxes etc.  The problem is that beaches are crowded places and these toys make noise.

So, on the one hand, I am delighted that people come to the beach to play, while, on the other hand, their games impinge on mine.

What kind of beach child are you?

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2015-06-15 15:11:44 (8 comments, 8 reshares, 88 +1s)Open 

It is me, not the dog, that is man's oldest friend

I have been your friend since Neolithic times.  In those days, you only ate my fruit which, at the time, was tiny, hard-skinned & sour.  We both have come a long way since then!

Thanks to you, I now grow in most of the world: because you took me everywhere you went.  Thanks to you, I now have thousands of varieties (but I do object to your ridiculous desire to make me "seedless" - how would you like to be born sterile?)  You have been good to me, dear homo sapiens, not least because you have done so much to protect me from my enemies, notably, the horrible phylloxera, the insect that nearly wiped me out in Europe.  Having sequenced my entire genome, it can be said that you know me better than I know myself.

But I know you better than you know yourself as well!  How many times have I,sitti... more »

It is me, not the dog, that is man's oldest friend

I have been your friend since Neolithic times.  In those days, you only ate my fruit which, at the time, was tiny, hard-skinned & sour.  We both have come a long way since then!

Thanks to you, I now grow in most of the world: because you took me everywhere you went.  Thanks to you, I now have thousands of varieties (but I do object to your ridiculous desire to make me "seedless" - how would you like to be born sterile?)  You have been good to me, dear homo sapiens, not least because you have done so much to protect me from my enemies, notably, the horrible phylloxera, the insect that nearly wiped me out in Europe.  Having sequenced my entire genome, it can be said that you know me better than I know myself.

But I know you better than you know yourself as well!  How many times have I, sitting quietly in my bottle, heard you say "I'll just have a last small refill"?  I just roll my eyes...
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2015-06-12 18:35:05 (7 comments, 2 reshares, 52 +1s)Open 

Can we lose our fears?

Starring Jeff Bridges, "Fearless" is a gripping film by Australian auteur Peter Weir.

Bridges' character is the sole survivor of a plane crash, after which nothing is the same anymore. The protagonist toys with danger as he increasingly comes to terms with his new-found fearlessness.

As I walk around scary dark neighborhoods in Genova, I am starting to wonder how my brush with cancer may have changed my own relationship with fear. I have no idea - I am just thinking aloud, on video. (This just came to me as I was waiting for a bus to get out of an area that seemed dicey.)

If you have experienced this sort of thing and would like to share, please let me know.

(Another film scene on the same theme: the unforgettable Christopher Walkens playing Russian roulette in "The Deer Hunter").
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Can we lose our fears?

Starring Jeff Bridges, "Fearless" is a gripping film by Australian auteur Peter Weir.

Bridges' character is the sole survivor of a plane crash, after which nothing is the same anymore. The protagonist toys with danger as he increasingly comes to terms with his new-found fearlessness.

As I walk around scary dark neighborhoods in Genova, I am starting to wonder how my brush with cancer may have changed my own relationship with fear. I have no idea - I am just thinking aloud, on video. (This just came to me as I was waiting for a bus to get out of an area that seemed dicey.)

If you have experienced this sort of thing and would like to share, please let me know.

(Another film scene on the same theme: the unforgettable Christopher Walkens playing Russian roulette in "The Deer Hunter").

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2015-06-11 21:21:57 (13 comments, 3 reshares, 96 +1s)Open 

The Satyr: classically naughty

We can't quite imagine a classic European garden without a few satyrs hopping about. They come in several variations but they are always up to some sort of mischief. At a minimum, they will be drunk, sporting wine cups and grapes. More adult versions will sport erections or, like the one pictured here, a snake will place its head on the right spot.

The Greek version was half-horse. The Roman, half-goat, often with pointy ears and delightful horns: fauns.

We like them for what they represent: the carefree youthful spirit of licentiousness, sensuality and inebriation. In the plenty of nature at springtime, their flutes beckon us to follow them along the forest paths, dancing ecstatically.

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The Satyr: classically naughty

We can't quite imagine a classic European garden without a few satyrs hopping about. They come in several variations but they are always up to some sort of mischief. At a minimum, they will be drunk, sporting wine cups and grapes. More adult versions will sport erections or, like the one pictured here, a snake will place its head on the right spot.

The Greek version was half-horse. The Roman, half-goat, often with pointy ears and delightful horns: fauns.

We like them for what they represent: the carefree youthful spirit of licentiousness, sensuality and inebriation. In the plenty of nature at springtime, their flutes beckon us to follow them along the forest paths, dancing ecstatically.

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2015-06-08 12:02:03 (9 comments, 1 reshares, 34 +1s)Open 

With Candida at the 17th-century University, Genova

Like everyone else, I knew that the Jesuits once had great influence. In their heyday, they probably possessed, within their order, the greatest stores of knowledge, including scientific, available anywhere.

But I had never visited a Jesuit University. So when Candida, the Art History student I met in Genova, proposed to take me to one, I jumped enthusiastically.

The university is still in operation, so many centuries later. What amused me was that, as Candida explains in the video, the basic organization of the university remains the same: one courtyard for the students and another for faculty, where students are not allowed.

Of course, I wanted to sneak in. But Candida was adamant...

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With Candida at the 17th-century University, Genova

Like everyone else, I knew that the Jesuits once had great influence. In their heyday, they probably possessed, within their order, the greatest stores of knowledge, including scientific, available anywhere.

But I had never visited a Jesuit University. So when Candida, the Art History student I met in Genova, proposed to take me to one, I jumped enthusiastically.

The university is still in operation, so many centuries later. What amused me was that, as Candida explains in the video, the basic organization of the university remains the same: one courtyard for the students and another for faculty, where students are not allowed.

Of course, I wanted to sneak in. But Candida was adamant...

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2015-06-07 10:31:07 (25 comments, 1 reshares, 38 +1s)Open 

Charm & Squalor: the old port of Genova

The centuries-old alleyways stink of piss and trash and teem with beggars, bums, drunks and clandestinos.

Yet, when you lift your eyes, ornate balconies hang and frescos and cupids stare back at you, despite decay and brutal restorations.

Welcome to Genova (known as la Superba, "the Proud one"). It used to be one of the most powerful cities on earth, vying with Venice for dominance of the known world's commerce. It is, of course, the birthplace of Christopher Columbus.

What happened?
- With the discovery of the Americas, more of the world became "known" and gradually, the part that had been "known" (the Mediterranean and its commerce) fell into obscurity and decadence.

The cry "go West young man" was Genova's death toll. But she still makes a... more »

Charm & Squalor: the old port of Genova

The centuries-old alleyways stink of piss and trash and teem with beggars, bums, drunks and clandestinos.

Yet, when you lift your eyes, ornate balconies hang and frescos and cupids stare back at you, despite decay and brutal restorations.

Welcome to Genova (known as la Superba, "the Proud one"). It used to be one of the most powerful cities on earth, vying with Venice for dominance of the known world's commerce. It is, of course, the birthplace of Christopher Columbus.

What happened?
- With the discovery of the Americas, more of the world became "known" and gradually, the part that had been "known" (the Mediterranean and its commerce) fell into obscurity and decadence.

The cry "go West young man" was Genova's death toll. But she still makes a beautiful corpse...

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2015-06-06 09:24:49 (15 comments, 0 reshares, 42 +1s)Open 

Art once again is the victim of the wars of religion

"The point is the Art, not the Religion", I yelled at a friend over coffee at a piazza in Genova, exasperated. Another case of throwing the baby with the bathwater, and in this case: baby Jesus.

Background: I have never experienced directly the misery of fundamentalism of any kind. No one has ever tried to convert me to their beliefs and I have never been discriminated because of mine.

But I seem to be a minority. Solid friends that live in the American South are out of patience with the religious rightwing fanatic movement.

So the other day, a friend seriously refused to accompany me to a museum gallery featuring 16th century religious art. This is how far this is starting to go: we are not supposed to appreciate art with religious themes now?

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Art once again is the victim of the wars of religion

"The point is the Art, not the Religion", I yelled at a friend over coffee at a piazza in Genova, exasperated. Another case of throwing the baby with the bathwater, and in this case: baby Jesus.

Background: I have never experienced directly the misery of fundamentalism of any kind. No one has ever tried to convert me to their beliefs and I have never been discriminated because of mine.

But I seem to be a minority. Solid friends that live in the American South are out of patience with the religious rightwing fanatic movement.

So the other day, a friend seriously refused to accompany me to a museum gallery featuring 16th century religious art. This is how far this is starting to go: we are not supposed to appreciate art with religious themes now?

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2015-06-05 10:51:51 (13 comments, 2 reshares, 46 +1s)Open 

Remembering what dining out is all about

Nowhere in Europe is the dining experience as sensual and fulfilling as in Italy. Not even in France and nowhere else by a long shot.

It is not the recipes, though that helps. Rather, it is an attitude about ingredients and methods, on the part of the cook. But just as important is the attitude of the consumer, the diner. An Italian diner is extremely discriminating and insists that eating is not fuelling: it is a pleasure and a communion (with the cook, the fellow diners, the seasons, the products, the locality, the climate, the ambiance).

And it is a participatory experience: the Italian diner does not receive a dish as a benediction from a high priest of the temple of gastronomy. Rather, the Italian dinner expects great food as a fundamental human right. So his approval of the dish counts to the... more »

Remembering what dining out is all about

Nowhere in Europe is the dining experience as sensual and fulfilling as in Italy. Not even in France and nowhere else by a long shot.

It is not the recipes, though that helps. Rather, it is an attitude about ingredients and methods, on the part of the cook. But just as important is the attitude of the consumer, the diner. An Italian diner is extremely discriminating and insists that eating is not fuelling: it is a pleasure and a communion (with the cook, the fellow diners, the seasons, the products, the locality, the climate, the ambiance).

And it is a participatory experience: the Italian diner does not receive a dish as a benediction from a high priest of the temple of gastronomy. Rather, the Italian dinner expects great food as a fundamental human right. So his approval of the dish counts to the cook: it is not just gratitude; it is an acknowledgement of the cook's skill.

And that makes all the difference.

(This attitude also still exists in Japan. It is, unfortunately, almost dead in France).
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#nomadimitrifood



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2015-06-04 09:36:20 (8 comments, 2 reshares, 52 +1s)Open 

With Candida at her Art History Library, Genova

Traveling in a new city is very much about people and buildings. Once in a great while, the two come together and I get to explore a fantastic building with a new charming friend.

In this case, Candida, a Genovese Art History student, took me exploring her elegantly gilt art library: who could ask for anything more?

Candida speaks solid English and is interested in modern art restoration. When I asked what she meant by "modern" she replied "ah, the newer stuff, you know, like Michelangelo".

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#nomadimitriitaly


With Candida at her Art History Library, Genova

Traveling in a new city is very much about people and buildings. Once in a great while, the two come together and I get to explore a fantastic building with a new charming friend.

In this case, Candida, a Genovese Art History student, took me exploring her elegantly gilt art library: who could ask for anything more?

Candida speaks solid English and is interested in modern art restoration. When I asked what she meant by "modern" she replied "ah, the newer stuff, you know, like Michelangelo".

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#nomadimitritravel
#nomadimitriitaly
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2015-06-03 08:52:31 (6 comments, 2 reshares, 90 +1s)Open 

Crossing borders: from France to Italy

There are so many ways to describe the transition between these two beauties.

Here is one: it is like crossing from California to Mexico (from Nice/La Jolla to Genova/Tijuana).

Or, we can compare them to visiting two different families:

- In the first house, the two children are well-behaved and everything is clean and ordered. The parents seem stressed but they are very correct and polite, if somewhat distant and composed.

- The other house is messy and there are lots of children and it is not clear which ones are part of the family and which are guests. They have fantastic hair and are impeccably dressed; they are constantly talking excitedly. The parents are incredibly affectionate and welcoming. There are delicious smells from the kitchen but malodorous ones from the bad plumbing in the... more »

Crossing borders: from France to Italy

There are so many ways to describe the transition between these two beauties.

Here is one: it is like crossing from California to Mexico (from Nice/La Jolla to Genova/Tijuana).

Or, we can compare them to visiting two different families:

- In the first house, the two children are well-behaved and everything is clean and ordered. The parents seem stressed but they are very correct and polite, if somewhat distant and composed.

- The other house is messy and there are lots of children and it is not clear which ones are part of the family and which are guests. They have fantastic hair and are impeccably dressed; they are constantly talking excitedly. The parents are incredibly affectionate and welcoming. There are delicious smells from the kitchen but malodorous ones from the bad plumbing in the bathroom.

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#nomadimitritravel
#nomadimitrifrance
#nomadimitriitaly

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2015-06-02 09:49:43 (16 comments, 2 reshares, 89 +1s)Open 

Part 9: "Can I stand falling in love again? "...

...I wrote in my diary lying on the rocks, by the harbor, the day after we met. What I really meant was: "Can I stand falling OUT of love one more time?"

For there is no worse thing than the end of the affair. It had happened to me enough times by then, though I was still young (perhaps BECAUSE I was still so young) and I did not want the torture repeated.

Yet, something had already been set in motion. We had met, I had tried on her sandal, even our feet spoke of mysterious affinities and similarities: isn't falling in love finding your other half?

Why the pessimism? Why should I think of ends when we were still at beginnings? Why think of the snake before taking the bite out of the apple?

>>> Part 1 is here:... more »

Part 9: "Can I stand falling in love again? "...

...I wrote in my diary lying on the rocks, by the harbor, the day after we met. What I really meant was: "Can I stand falling OUT of love one more time?"

For there is no worse thing than the end of the affair. It had happened to me enough times by then, though I was still young (perhaps BECAUSE I was still so young) and I did not want the torture repeated.

Yet, something had already been set in motion. We had met, I had tried on her sandal, even our feet spoke of mysterious affinities and similarities: isn't falling in love finding your other half?

Why the pessimism? Why should I think of ends when we were still at beginnings? Why think of the snake before taking the bite out of the apple?

>>> Part 1 is here: https://plus.google.com/+NomadDimitri/posts/GfzfiGgALN1 )
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2015-06-01 07:26:24 (9 comments, 1 reshares, 33 +1s)Open 

Star guest list at Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferratl

Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton
Isadora Duncan
Winston Churchill
Paul Allen
King Leopold II of Belgium
Andrew Lloyd Webber
Baroness de Rothschild
Charlie Chaplin
David Niven
Somerset Maugham
Jean Cocteau

The gorgeous tiny peninsula of Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat has hosted, for about a century, the international who's who. It is also a remarkably democratic place: you can walk right by some of the world's most expensive villas and swim at its beaches. The pine forest extends all the way down to the rocky shore and the crystal-clear blue waters. All that for a 3-euro, 20-minute round-trip bus-ride from downtown Nice.

(Unless you just can't stand sunbathing next to twin Yorkshires with pink ribbons on their heads).

https://youtu.be/meHDRKTZms0

Star guest list at Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferratl

Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton
Isadora Duncan
Winston Churchill
Paul Allen
King Leopold II of Belgium
Andrew Lloyd Webber
Baroness de Rothschild
Charlie Chaplin
David Niven
Somerset Maugham
Jean Cocteau

The gorgeous tiny peninsula of Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat has hosted, for about a century, the international who's who. It is also a remarkably democratic place: you can walk right by some of the world's most expensive villas and swim at its beaches. The pine forest extends all the way down to the rocky shore and the crystal-clear blue waters. All that for a 3-euro, 20-minute round-trip bus-ride from downtown Nice.

(Unless you just can't stand sunbathing next to twin Yorkshires with pink ribbons on their heads).

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2015-05-31 09:28:53 (3 comments, 8 reshares, 98 +1s)Open 

The beauty of flowing water

Far away from the crushing waves of the oceanfront, a small river flows gently through a well-manicured garden.

Once again, we stop, transfixed. Once again, the water plays with the landscape: the two shape each other. When the landscape changes levels, the water falls, singing, frothing, bubbling.

We stop to listen to this quiet, steady music. We feel calmer. Even dreamy. We roll up our pants, sit on the grass, let our tired feet get sprinkled by the gentle stream. Peace. Simply.

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#nomadimitrigarden
#nomadimitrinature

The beauty of flowing water

Far away from the crushing waves of the oceanfront, a small river flows gently through a well-manicured garden.

Once again, we stop, transfixed. Once again, the water plays with the landscape: the two shape each other. When the landscape changes levels, the water falls, singing, frothing, bubbling.

We stop to listen to this quiet, steady music. We feel calmer. Even dreamy. We roll up our pants, sit on the grass, let our tired feet get sprinkled by the gentle stream. Peace. Simply.

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#nomadimitrigarden
#nomadimitrinature___

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2015-05-29 22:16:23 (25 comments, 8 reshares, 131 +1s)Open 

Friday stroll in Nice

This is my first Google "story". Click the photo below and you will follow me as I walk through the jasmine-scented city, this beautiful springtime Friday.

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#nomadimitritravel

Friday stroll in Nice

This is my first Google "story". Click the photo below and you will follow me as I walk through the jasmine-scented city, this beautiful springtime Friday.

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#nomadimitritravel___

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2015-05-28 21:26:27 (18 comments, 1 reshares, 68 +1s)Open 

My favorite Italian beach town in France

Nice has it all: the beach, the azure water, the weather, the cuisine, the architecture, the culture, the stars. It is my first stop on the way from Marseille to Florence and, as usual, it is excellent to be back here.

The name "Nice" (pronounced like "niece") comes from the Greek "Nikaia" (victorious), the same root as in "Nike" and "Nicholas".

Is it France or is it Italy? Both, is the diplomatic answer. "No other french beach town is as sensual as this one" is my answer.

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#nomadimitrifrance




My favorite Italian beach town in France

Nice has it all: the beach, the azure water, the weather, the cuisine, the architecture, the culture, the stars. It is my first stop on the way from Marseille to Florence and, as usual, it is excellent to be back here.

The name "Nice" (pronounced like "niece") comes from the Greek "Nikaia" (victorious), the same root as in "Nike" and "Nicholas".

Is it France or is it Italy? Both, is the diplomatic answer. "No other french beach town is as sensual as this one" is my answer.

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#nomadimitrifrance


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2015-05-27 14:11:36 (53 comments, 6 reshares, 138 +1s)Open 

I am going to Italy!

This was the deal I made with myself: I would arrive at the hospital for my checkup with suitcases packed for Italy.

- If the news were bad, I would probably start chemo or some other tortuous treatment.
- If the news were good, I would take off for Italy.

My results were good: no cancer in evidence! This means I am free from thinking about it for another 4 months. I cannot describe the feeling. "Elated"? That's the best I can do.
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#nomadimitritravel
#crushtheorange
#cancer

I am going to Italy!

This was the deal I made with myself: I would arrive at the hospital for my checkup with suitcases packed for Italy.

- If the news were bad, I would probably start chemo or some other tortuous treatment.
- If the news were good, I would take off for Italy.

My results were good: no cancer in evidence! This means I am free from thinking about it for another 4 months. I cannot describe the feeling. "Elated"? That's the best I can do.
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#nomadimitritravel
#crushtheorange
#cancer___

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2015-05-26 19:14:04 (22 comments, 3 reshares, 95 +1s)Open 

Seeing inside the body: the scanner tunnel

Think of the scanner as the reverse of a 3D printer.  The 3D printer takes a known (digitally designed) structure and "prints" it, layer by layer.  The scanner does the opposite: it starts with an unknown structure (my body - with or without cancer?) and tries to "explore" it by taking many images of it, once again, layer by layer.  The scanner, thus, produces what the printer starts with: a digital 3D structure.

The patient is placed in a machine that looks like a tunnel and stays completely motionless while invisible ray-guns move around him taking a large number of images, digitally slicing his body like a salami.  To make the images easier to read, the salami is given an injection of a "contrast agent" just before being placed in the tunnel.  The shot creates a strong full body heatflas... more »

Seeing inside the body: the scanner tunnel

Think of the scanner as the reverse of a 3D printer.  The 3D printer takes a known (digitally designed) structure and "prints" it, layer by layer.  The scanner does the opposite: it starts with an unknown structure (my body - with or without cancer?) and tries to "explore" it by taking many images of it, once again, layer by layer.  The scanner, thus, produces what the printer starts with: a digital 3D structure.

The patient is placed in a machine that looks like a tunnel and stays completely motionless while invisible ray-guns move around him taking a large number of images, digitally slicing his body like a salami.  To make the images easier to read, the salami is given an injection of a "contrast agent" just before being placed in the tunnel.  The shot creates a strong full body heat flash, just as the salami/patient starts being rolled into the tunnel.

All this allows us to see deep inside the body in ways that are impossible otherwise.  Scrolling with her mouse, the doctor can look into my body in great detail, and flag things that don't seem right.  During the 5-year surveillance period after treatment, cancer patients (survivors? victims?) undergo regular scans to check for metastases (new occurrences of cancer).

There is, however, a price to pay for this technological miracle.  A single scan delivers the equivalent of thousands of X-rays.  This radiation itself causes cancer.  It is estimated that about 1% of cancers are caused by scans.  Catch-22?

(This is my first scan since surgery.  Tomorrow I will have the results.)
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#crushtheorange
#cancer___

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2015-05-25 07:57:19 (29 comments, 5 reshares, 71 +1s)Open 

Outdoor dining al fresco

With spring well-established by now in the northern hemisphere, restaurants and cafes, from San Francisco to Barcelona are busy dragging their tables outside.  Nomad is fond of dining al fresco, despite the fact that his table top soon turns white from the multitude of Kleenex he needs to service his extensive nose from the storm of pollen and the accompanying assault of hay fever.

His eyes itching and watering, he can still enjoy a quiet lunch of cabillaud with kasha at a small restaurant against the soaring walls of the Cathedral of Saint Anne, in the center of Montpellier.

Not to be missed, on your next trip to southern France.

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#nomadimitritravel
#nomadimitrifrance

Outdoor dining al fresco

With spring well-established by now in the northern hemisphere, restaurants and cafes, from San Francisco to Barcelona are busy dragging their tables outside.  Nomad is fond of dining al fresco, despite the fact that his table top soon turns white from the multitude of Kleenex he needs to service his extensive nose from the storm of pollen and the accompanying assault of hay fever.

His eyes itching and watering, he can still enjoy a quiet lunch of cabillaud with kasha at a small restaurant against the soaring walls of the Cathedral of Saint Anne, in the center of Montpellier.

Not to be missed, on your next trip to southern France.

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#nomadimitritravel
#nomadimitrifrance___

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2015-05-24 09:01:32 (6 comments, 7 reshares, 115 +1s)Open 

Where people linger, streets are alive

Like schools of fish, crowds of people swim through cities, purposeful, determined. Think of the release of energy when the subway car opens its doors. Everyone flees! The important thing is not where they are, but where they are going: future, not present.

Montpellier is a city full of squares at every crossing, ancient history, curving streets, giant shade trees, outdoor dining and an attitude towards space that does not reduce it to just "real estate" and "commercial opportunity".

Here, people linger on their way from A to B, like fish do around corral reefs, and observe their surroundings, and talk, and interact, and enjoy the present moment, and fall in love. When we say a city is magical, or that it has great energy, this is part of what we mean.

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Where people linger, streets are alive

Like schools of fish, crowds of people swim through cities, purposeful, determined. Think of the release of energy when the subway car opens its doors. Everyone flees! The important thing is not where they are, but where they are going: future, not present.

Montpellier is a city full of squares at every crossing, ancient history, curving streets, giant shade trees, outdoor dining and an attitude towards space that does not reduce it to just "real estate" and "commercial opportunity".

Here, people linger on their way from A to B, like fish do around corral reefs, and observe their surroundings, and talk, and interact, and enjoy the present moment, and fall in love. When we say a city is magical, or that it has great energy, this is part of what we mean.

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#nomadimitrifrance

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2015-05-24 07:07:33 (18 comments, 2 reshares, 89 +1s)Open 

Ireland delivers a message for tolerance

I just noticed the stunning victory for gay marriage in Ireland. If I am right, this referendum is particularly important precisely because Ireland has such a strong catholic tradition.

It sends the signal, strongly and unambiguously, that religious and sexual tolerance are not incompatible. I imagine that, thanks to the Irish people, religious authorities have been delivered the most definitive message yet, that change is in order.

And that is wonderful news for so many parts of the world that extend far and wide from the shores of this emerald island. With a Guinness or some cider, Ireland is what we are toasting this weekend.

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#nomadimitritravel
#nomadimitrithought

Ireland delivers a message for tolerance

I just noticed the stunning victory for gay marriage in Ireland. If I am right, this referendum is particularly important precisely because Ireland has such a strong catholic tradition.

It sends the signal, strongly and unambiguously, that religious and sexual tolerance are not incompatible. I imagine that, thanks to the Irish people, religious authorities have been delivered the most definitive message yet, that change is in order.

And that is wonderful news for so many parts of the world that extend far and wide from the shores of this emerald island. With a Guinness or some cider, Ireland is what we are toasting this weekend.

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#nomadimitritravel
#nomadimitrithought___

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2015-05-23 15:17:19 (16 comments, 1 reshares, 57 +1s)Open 

For the child within

I discovered this fabulous toy shop in Montpellier, that reminded me of the films of Tim Burton (remember "Edward Scissorhands"?)

The shop window was fantastic: everything was moving about: giant flowers and a guy with a net chasing a butterfly. It was all handmade and low tech and goofy and utterly charming.

The staff inside had never played video games, they had huge smiles and giggled and were wearing funny hats and clown noses and oversized glasses. In the lovely southern French town of Montpellier, I was, suddenly, magically in the 1950s, a child, before I was even born!

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#nomadimitrifrance

For the child within

I discovered this fabulous toy shop in Montpellier, that reminded me of the films of Tim Burton (remember "Edward Scissorhands"?)

The shop window was fantastic: everything was moving about: giant flowers and a guy with a net chasing a butterfly. It was all handmade and low tech and goofy and utterly charming.

The staff inside had never played video games, they had huge smiles and giggled and were wearing funny hats and clown noses and oversized glasses. In the lovely southern French town of Montpellier, I was, suddenly, magically in the 1950s, a child, before I was even born!

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#nomadimitrifrance___

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2015-05-22 08:37:27 (10 comments, 5 reshares, 121 +1s)Open 

Glide like a seabird

Beautifully adapted to glide between earth & water, seabirds amaze us by occupying that firing line between these two elements: the beach.

In our envy, we attempt to join the seabirds, so we can experience, however fleetingly, however awkwardly, the feeling of soaring along the ocean's border.

Take a child to the beach. Watch it. It will immediately be drawn to that zone where wave meets sand, where wind and water shapes earth and is shaped by it.

At the beach we all become children. It can't be helped. So we keep inventing toys to play with her. Really: to commune with nature, to participate in the powerful forces here, to feel part of what is going on here.

Which is why I am indulgent when, as I sit digging holes in the sand, some crazy kite-drawn chariot whizzes by...

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Glide like a seabird

Beautifully adapted to glide between earth & water, seabirds amaze us by occupying that firing line between these two elements: the beach.

In our envy, we attempt to join the seabirds, so we can experience, however fleetingly, however awkwardly, the feeling of soaring along the ocean's border.

Take a child to the beach. Watch it. It will immediately be drawn to that zone where wave meets sand, where wind and water shapes earth and is shaped by it.

At the beach we all become children. It can't be helped. So we keep inventing toys to play with her. Really: to commune with nature, to participate in the powerful forces here, to feel part of what is going on here.

Which is why I am indulgent when, as I sit digging holes in the sand, some crazy kite-drawn chariot whizzes by...

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#nomadimitrinature___

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2015-05-21 07:09:06 (7 comments, 2 reshares, 114 +1s)Open 

Part 8: She took off her sandals and walked right in

I go for long stretches as if that summer never happened. I wake up mornings, have my tea, walk the dogs, clip the bushes, read my pages, prepare my lectures, turn in under crispy white sheets. As if she never existed.

As if that morning, on that island, I did not try her crystal sandal and noticed the similarities: another half that had never been lost was suddenly found.

And then, there are days like today, when, groggy from sleep, it all comes back to me: that beach, the perfect pebbles she covered me with, the weird bone I put on her hair, that confused and confusing summer.

I still cannot tell in advance what will trigger her memory. I still have no choice when it happens.

( All those years ago. A story I have tried to tell again and again.

>>> Part 1 is here:... more »

Part 8: She took off her sandals and walked right in

I go for long stretches as if that summer never happened. I wake up mornings, have my tea, walk the dogs, clip the bushes, read my pages, prepare my lectures, turn in under crispy white sheets. As if she never existed.

As if that morning, on that island, I did not try her crystal sandal and noticed the similarities: another half that had never been lost was suddenly found.

And then, there are days like today, when, groggy from sleep, it all comes back to me: that beach, the perfect pebbles she covered me with, the weird bone I put on her hair, that confused and confusing summer.

I still cannot tell in advance what will trigger her memory. I still have no choice when it happens.

( All those years ago. A story I have tried to tell again and again.

>>> Part 1 is here: https://plus.google.com/+NomadDimitri/posts/GfzfiGgALN1 )
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2015-05-20 15:32:11 (20 comments, 2 reshares, 161 +1s)Open 

Late spring in the south of France

Ah, the south of France! Land of wine, lavender, blue Mediterranean waters, music festivals, great cuisine, Roman ruins, ancient towns & villages, lovely countryside.

And hordes of tourists in the summertime! Now is the final time to visit, before the kids finish school, before the temperatures rise, before the local hospitality industry starts feeling hassled & turns into "processing mode".

Unless you are Angelina & Brad, or Johnny & Vanessa (or, what's her name), or any of the many movie stars with villas in these parts. A world apart...

(My reasons for going south are, for the time, more medical than touristy, but if sickness is a "journey" then it's all the same.)

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#nomadimitritravel
#nomadimitrifrance

Late spring in the south of France

Ah, the south of France! Land of wine, lavender, blue Mediterranean waters, music festivals, great cuisine, Roman ruins, ancient towns & villages, lovely countryside.

And hordes of tourists in the summertime! Now is the final time to visit, before the kids finish school, before the temperatures rise, before the local hospitality industry starts feeling hassled & turns into "processing mode".

Unless you are Angelina & Brad, or Johnny & Vanessa (or, what's her name), or any of the many movie stars with villas in these parts. A world apart...

(My reasons for going south are, for the time, more medical than touristy, but if sickness is a "journey" then it's all the same.)

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#nomadimitrifrance___

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2015-05-20 07:28:43 (26 comments, 4 reshares, 98 +1s)Open 

Ketamine: now I understand!

"This will only hurt a tiny bit" is what we are used to hearing at the doctor's.
Not at all like: "You will be on a flying luge, soaring through a giant beech forest, with ferns brushing against your cheeks, for half an hour".

But this is exactly what it felt like, when, during a small diagnostic outpatient operation, I was put under anesthesia using Ketamine & Propofol.  WoW!

For years I had heard that teenagers, clubbers and others used Ketamine, (something I had also heard was an animal tranquilizer - "animal"?  as opposed to "human"? who is is not an "animal"? anyway...) to get high.  Well, yesterday, the doctors used it on me.

I refuse to be dishonest about how it felt: fantastic!  (This does not mean we should become repeated users, I am sure it doesple... more »

Ketamine: now I understand!

"This will only hurt a tiny bit" is what we are used to hearing at the doctor's.
Not at all like: "You will be on a flying luge, soaring through a giant beech forest, with ferns brushing against your cheeks, for half an hour".

But this is exactly what it felt like, when, during a small diagnostic outpatient operation, I was put under anesthesia using Ketamine & Propofol.  WoW!

For years I had heard that teenagers, clubbers and others used Ketamine, (something I had also heard was an animal tranquilizer - "animal"?  as opposed to "human"? who is is not an "animal"? anyway...) to get high.  Well, yesterday, the doctors used it on me.

I refuse to be dishonest about how it felt: fantastic!  (This does not mean we should become repeated users, I am sure it does plenty of damage.  Of course I am NOT endorsing drug use - I don't even take aspirin.)  But I have never had such an utterly pleasant, psychedelic, shamanistic experience in my life.  And I "woke up" feeling great from it.  I say "woke up" but it is not quite accurate: I never felt I slept: I just went for that flying luge trip through the beech forest.

(The diagnostics were good yesterday.  The real definitive tests, the scans, are next Tuesday.  Fingers crossed.  Today, I am heading south for those, more later...)
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#crushtheorange
#cancer___

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2015-05-18 14:11:28 (89 comments, 3 reshares, 148 +1s)Open 

Sleepless: cancer again takes center stage

It was nice while it lasted.  I had my 4 months of vacation from cancer and now, as planned, it is time to check up on him once again.
- Will he be there?
- Will he be gone?
- Will he be sleeping & waiting?
Starting tomorrow and during the following week, I start tests to try to answer these questions.

How am I?
It is hard to know.  Sometimes I forget all about it & then it comes back, in waves.  I do everything I normally do, but it is as if there is someone walking behind me with a gun against the back of my head: will he pull the trigger?

How do I sleep?
I have dreams of falling in love.  On those nights, one in two, I sleep well, like a king (it is a king's bed, in the photo).  On the nights I don't dream of falling in love, I wake up often, but without black thoughts,with... more »

Sleepless: cancer again takes center stage

It was nice while it lasted.  I had my 4 months of vacation from cancer and now, as planned, it is time to check up on him once again.
- Will he be there?
- Will he be gone?
- Will he be sleeping & waiting?
Starting tomorrow and during the following week, I start tests to try to answer these questions.

How am I?
It is hard to know.  Sometimes I forget all about it & then it comes back, in waves.  I do everything I normally do, but it is as if there is someone walking behind me with a gun against the back of my head: will he pull the trigger?

How do I sleep?
I have dreams of falling in love.  On those nights, one in two, I sleep well, like a king (it is a king's bed, in the photo).  On the nights I don't dream of falling in love, I wake up often, but without black thoughts, without thoughts of cancer.  I simply wake up.

How do I feel?
A bit numb, a bit giddy.  Impatient: I want this waiting to be over.

One good thing in my mind:
I will go to the hospital with suitcases packed.  If the news is good, I am off to Italy for 3 weeks.  A nomad again...

( Background: 
- I have to be scanned every 4 months for the next 5 years to nip any metastases "in the bud"
- Every scan without a metastasis increases my chance of survival by a few percentage points until, in 5 years time, if all is clean, I become, once again, "normal"
- More here: https://plus.google.com/+NomadDimitri/posts/1aFbN5STfg4 )
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#crushtheorange
#cancer___

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2015-05-17 10:31:38 (12 comments, 6 reshares, 73 +1s)Open 

I have been designed to be scary by Mr. Darwin

We are so often taken by the beauty of animals (the green flash of a lizard, the bright orange of a mushroom, a leopard's spots) that we forget that many of these features are meant to be protective.

Butterflies and moths, on the face of it, are some of the prettiest & most vulnerable creatures around.  If you hold one in your hands, half of it comes out on your fingers.  This is because they are never really meant to be caught, thanks to the beautiful designs on their feathers which, seen from the correct angle, are meant to scare.

Take this moth for example: it does NOT want to be bird lunch.  As soon as it sits on a leaf to rest, all it has to do is spread its wings.  As soon as it does that, an altogether different animal, a cat, is staring up into the sky, ensuring that birds keep theirdis... more »

I have been designed to be scary by Mr. Darwin

We are so often taken by the beauty of animals (the green flash of a lizard, the bright orange of a mushroom, a leopard's spots) that we forget that many of these features are meant to be protective.

Butterflies and moths, on the face of it, are some of the prettiest & most vulnerable creatures around.  If you hold one in your hands, half of it comes out on your fingers.  This is because they are never really meant to be caught, thanks to the beautiful designs on their feathers which, seen from the correct angle, are meant to scare.

Take this moth for example: it does NOT want to be bird lunch.  As soon as it sits on a leaf to rest, all it has to do is spread its wings.  As soon as it does that, an altogether different animal, a cat, is staring up into the sky, ensuring that birds keep their distance.

Of course, the moth does not "know" that his wing designs are scary: it is the magic of evolution that has taken care of that: scarier moths are more likely to survive.

(I wish I had something similar to keep teenagers with loudspeakers in their backpacks away from me.  What an utterly obnoxious trend that is...)
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2015-05-16 09:58:21 (85 comments, 19 reshares, 182 +1s)Open 

Don't let IS destroy Palmyra, the "Venice of the Sands"

The city of Palmyra, in Syria, more than 2000-years-old, is one of the most magical places I have ever visited.  Islamic State (IS) fighters have been advancing towards Palmyra and it is a matter of days before it falls into their hands to be pillaged and destroyed.

Palmyra sits at the edge of an oasis of date palms and gardens and has been, for millennia, a watering place on a trade route from the east.  Think caravans bringing Chinese silks, stopping to water their camels on the way to Rome!

It makes me sad that, as we spend our time chatting about receiving Amazon packages via drones, using self-driven Google cars, hailing taxis via Uber, and counting our calories with Apple smartwatches, this historical masterpiece will be forever wiped out.

We have incubators &k... more »

Don't let IS destroy Palmyra, the "Venice of the Sands"

The city of Palmyra, in Syria, more than 2000-years-old, is one of the most magical places I have ever visited.  Islamic State (IS) fighters have been advancing towards Palmyra and it is a matter of days before it falls into their hands to be pillaged and destroyed.

Palmyra sits at the edge of an oasis of date palms and gardens and has been, for millennia, a watering place on a trade route from the east.  Think caravans bringing Chinese silks, stopping to water their camels on the way to Rome!

It makes me sad that, as we spend our time chatting about receiving Amazon packages via drones, using self-driven Google cars, hailing taxis via Uber, and counting our calories with Apple smartwatches, this historical masterpiece will be forever wiped out.

We have incubators & kickstarters where people donate money to create bluetooth-connected toothbrushes!  Why can't we connect/interact/crowdsource to save the treasures of Syria, Iraq, Timbuktu, Yemen etc etc etc?

Why haven't the global tech giants, in particular, who could provide funds, reconnaissance & tech support, teamed up with the UN to help protect our shared cultural heritage from thieving fanatics?  

Larry, we need an initiative urgently: this is a hornet's nest but it is your cup of tea as well.

(read more about Palmyra on BBC today: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-32748392)
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2015-05-15 15:22:14 (19 comments, 8 reshares, 126 +1s)Open 

The majestic oak tree

OK, OK, we all know that I like plants, flowers, gardens... nature!

But once in a while, I run into something that really blows me away.  This oak was it this year, I just could not believe my eyes.

I had seen giant trees before and very large oaks before, but this one, its grace, the balance of its branches, the way they twist out in all directions, defying gravity, defying the weather, defying time!  She must be 600-800 years old?  Maybe more?

Somewhere in a forest in Brittany, she has seen many like me pass her by, admiring her and, admirably, sparing her for all these centuries...

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The majestic oak tree

OK, OK, we all know that I like plants, flowers, gardens... nature!

But once in a while, I run into something that really blows me away.  This oak was it this year, I just could not believe my eyes.

I had seen giant trees before and very large oaks before, but this one, its grace, the balance of its branches, the way they twist out in all directions, defying gravity, defying the weather, defying time!  She must be 600-800 years old?  Maybe more?

Somewhere in a forest in Brittany, she has seen many like me pass her by, admiring her and, admirably, sparing her for all these centuries...

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2015-05-14 14:53:16 (13 comments, 7 reshares, 128 +1s)Open 

As light-footed as her ducks

I run into this lovely sculpture at the garden of a mansion during my trip to northwest France.  I immediately liked her!  What a gait she has!

And that bag and that ribbon flowing from her hat!  The ducks seem to be dazzled as well:
- "Should we follow this crazy woman?"
- "Does she have breadcrumbs in that bag?"
- "But the pond is the other way!"
- "Years ago, my grandfather told me to never trust humans because you may end up as foie gras"

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As light-footed as her ducks

I run into this lovely sculpture at the garden of a mansion during my trip to northwest France.  I immediately liked her!  What a gait she has!

And that bag and that ribbon flowing from her hat!  The ducks seem to be dazzled as well:
- "Should we follow this crazy woman?"
- "Does she have breadcrumbs in that bag?"
- "But the pond is the other way!"
- "Years ago, my grandfather told me to never trust humans because you may end up as foie gras"

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#nomadimitricreatures
#nomadimitrinature___

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2015-05-13 22:14:53 (15 comments, 4 reshares, 73 +1s)Open 

Nomad visits the Château de Saumur

It was thrilling to me to visit this fairytale castle, originally built 1000 years ago. Wrapped up in its protective shell, it is still under restoration: meticulous and using only traditional materials and methods.

In its long history, the castle has gone through many many lives and restorations: among other uses, it has been a prison, army barracks, residence. It is currently a Museum of the Horse as well as a museum of decorative arts.

And, yes, the river you see flowing below is the Loire, which means you can see the chateau while sipping some of France's most fabulous wines. In fact, you can see a vineyard growing right behind me.

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Nomad visits the Château de Saumur

It was thrilling to me to visit this fairytale castle, originally built 1000 years ago. Wrapped up in its protective shell, it is still under restoration: meticulous and using only traditional materials and methods.

In its long history, the castle has gone through many many lives and restorations: among other uses, it has been a prison, army barracks, residence. It is currently a Museum of the Horse as well as a museum of decorative arts.

And, yes, the river you see flowing below is the Loire, which means you can see the chateau while sipping some of France's most fabulous wines. In fact, you can see a vineyard growing right behind me.

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#nomadimitrifrance___

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2015-05-13 07:53:14 (18 comments, 2 reshares, 117 +1s)Open 

Last Crepe in Brittany

A bit like "Last Tango in Paris", with just as much butter, I am having my last crepe on Brittany. They have been a great treat but also a bit like enchiladas on a visit to Mexico: too much of a good thing.

One of the nice things about Breton crepes you may not know: they are made with buckwheat, so they are much healthier than the regular kind.

(French: Galette bretonne, Breton:Krampouezhenn gwinizh du)
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Last Crepe in Brittany

A bit like "Last Tango in Paris", with just as much butter, I am having my last crepe on Brittany. They have been a great treat but also a bit like enchiladas on a visit to Mexico: too much of a good thing.

One of the nice things about Breton crepes you may not know: they are made with buckwheat, so they are much healthier than the regular kind.

(French: Galette bretonne, Breton:Krampouezhenn gwinizh du)
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2015-05-12 18:56:37 (20 comments, 2 reshares, 91 +1s)Open 

The unforgettable flower

My favorite explanation for the popular name of the "forget-me-not" is romantic: "the wearers of the flower would not be forgotten by their lovers".

The Greeks thought that its petals looked like mouse ears, which is why its genus is called Myosotis (you know the "otis" - ear - part already from "otolaryngologist" - ear/nose/throat doctor).
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The unforgettable flower

My favorite explanation for the popular name of the "forget-me-not" is romantic: "the wearers of the flower would not be forgotten by their lovers".

The Greeks thought that its petals looked like mouse ears, which is why its genus is called Myosotis (you know the "otis" - ear - part already from "otolaryngologist" - ear/nose/throat doctor).
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2015-05-11 09:11:33 (2 comments, 6 reshares, 122 +1s)Open 

A house, somewhere in Brittany

Houses in Brittany dance between the formal and the rustic.
The shapes are formal and classical: severe simplicity, symmetries, repetition. The rusticity comes from the materials: rough-cut granite, uneven tiles, unadorned windows.

And then, there is the playfulness: I love how this front door maximizes sunlight and security, playing with a chessboard of perfect squares.

And, of course, the perfect rusticity of the garden invading the house!

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A house, somewhere in Brittany

Houses in Brittany dance between the formal and the rustic.
The shapes are formal and classical: severe simplicity, symmetries, repetition. The rusticity comes from the materials: rough-cut granite, uneven tiles, unadorned windows.

And then, there is the playfulness: I love how this front door maximizes sunlight and security, playing with a chessboard of perfect squares.

And, of course, the perfect rusticity of the garden invading the house!

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#nomadimitritravel
#nomadimitrifrance___

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2015-05-10 09:10:53 (20 comments, 2 reshares, 29 +1s)Open 

Neither 3D-printed, nor laser-cut

Western consumers have a schizophrenic relationship with handmade objects. On the one hand, we cherish them because they represent a respite from automation & industrialization. On the other hand, we have a horror of poor working conditions and repetitive tasks.

Take this wonderful card I recently received from Vietnam. It is entirely handmade. Someone with a lot of skill, precision and patience, spend hours putting together this small handcrafted masterpiece.

It is extremely pleasing to receive this and admire the effort and art that went into creating it. On the other hand, its extremely low price implies that it was made by subsistence labor.

Would you buy this card or not, and why?

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Neither 3D-printed, nor laser-cut

Western consumers have a schizophrenic relationship with handmade objects. On the one hand, we cherish them because they represent a respite from automation & industrialization. On the other hand, we have a horror of poor working conditions and repetitive tasks.

Take this wonderful card I recently received from Vietnam. It is entirely handmade. Someone with a lot of skill, precision and patience, spend hours putting together this small handcrafted masterpiece.

It is extremely pleasing to receive this and admire the effort and art that went into creating it. On the other hand, its extremely low price implies that it was made by subsistence labor.

Would you buy this card or not, and why?

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#nomadimitrithought___

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2015-05-09 08:20:34 (15 comments, 7 reshares, 92 +1s)Open 

Order & Chaos: the Japanese garden

Every garden ultimately represents a conversation, a dance, with nature. No matter who leads, this dance, like any dance, needs two parties: nature and the gardener.

There are "tighter" gardens, like French gardens, where the gardener seems to be guiding nature's hand (with geometry, for example). There are "looser" gardens, like English gardens, which look closer to natural settings (albeit idealized).

And then, there is the Japanese garden which defies a facile description. Here, both tendencies seem more extreme. The pruning and artificial reshaping of plants, on the one hand, is an exaggerated imposition of human order. At the same time, nature is allowed its chaotic place, in a game of chance, that glorifies and elevates her in a manner you cannot encounter at an occidental garden.... more »

Order & Chaos: the Japanese garden

Every garden ultimately represents a conversation, a dance, with nature. No matter who leads, this dance, like any dance, needs two parties: nature and the gardener.

There are "tighter" gardens, like French gardens, where the gardener seems to be guiding nature's hand (with geometry, for example). There are "looser" gardens, like English gardens, which look closer to natural settings (albeit idealized).

And then, there is the Japanese garden which defies a facile description. Here, both tendencies seem more extreme. The pruning and artificial reshaping of plants, on the one hand, is an exaggerated imposition of human order. At the same time, nature is allowed its chaotic place, in a game of chance, that glorifies and elevates her in a manner you cannot encounter at an occidental garden.

The result is both surreal and heartbreakingly beautiful.

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(Read more about Japanese gardens by my friend +M Sinclair Stevens​ here: http://www.zanthan.com/gardens/gardenlog/?p=2541)___

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2015-05-08 17:51:18 (2 comments, 2 reshares, 34 +1s)Open 

Arachnophilia: "love of spiders"

I will start by saying that I have a lot of sympathy for those who are scared of spiders. Evolution is on their side: it is a natural self-preservation instinct to avoid creepy-crawlies.

I am one of those that don't share this instinct: I like spiders. Not as pets or collection objects: I like them as free creatures existing in the wild. I like to watch them but I let them be... well, after, perhaps, a bit of experimentation.

A nest of spider babies is particularly spectacular. All the tiny spiders are gathered into a ball in the center, so as to seem larger and more ominous. But if a predator gets closer (as I do with my fine in the video), they all disperse into a creepy fireworks.

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#nomadimitrinature


Arachnophilia: "love of spiders"

I will start by saying that I have a lot of sympathy for those who are scared of spiders. Evolution is on their side: it is a natural self-preservation instinct to avoid creepy-crawlies.

I am one of those that don't share this instinct: I like spiders. Not as pets or collection objects: I like them as free creatures existing in the wild. I like to watch them but I let them be... well, after, perhaps, a bit of experimentation.

A nest of spider babies is particularly spectacular. All the tiny spiders are gathered into a ball in the center, so as to seem larger and more ominous. But if a predator gets closer (as I do with my fine in the video), they all disperse into a creepy fireworks.

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#nomadimitricreatures
#nomadimitrinature
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2015-05-08 11:36:13 (15 comments, 4 reshares, 103 +1s)Open 

Travel & Coincidence

I never planned to visit this remote island, this "Falklands" of France, until I got here. Only to find out that my ancestors had got here first, and much more dramatically than myself.

And, in some ways, they are still here...

In 1935, a Greek freighter, the "Mykonos" (I am kidding you not!), sunk at the exact bay I visited yesterday. It was carrying sheep. Sheep!!! I should not be surprised, I guess, since a Greek ship in 1935, could not be carrying much else (olive oil, perhaps?)

Anyway, the ship sunk, but the sheep made it to shore. Where they mixed with the local variety, forever changing its genetic line. The more you travel, the more the world gets smaller, cozier...

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Travel & Coincidence

I never planned to visit this remote island, this "Falklands" of France, until I got here. Only to find out that my ancestors had got here first, and much more dramatically than myself.

And, in some ways, they are still here...

In 1935, a Greek freighter, the "Mykonos" (I am kidding you not!), sunk at the exact bay I visited yesterday. It was carrying sheep. Sheep!!! I should not be surprised, I guess, since a Greek ship in 1935, could not be carrying much else (olive oil, perhaps?)

Anyway, the ship sunk, but the sheep made it to shore. Where they mixed with the local variety, forever changing its genetic line. The more you travel, the more the world gets smaller, cozier...

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#nomadimitritravel
#nomadimitrifrance
#nomadimitricreatures

(En Français : Ce cargo grec a coulé dans l'anse de Gwalgrac'h. A son bord, des béliers blancs qui contribuèrent à métisser la race oussantine des moutons noirs.)___

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2015-05-07 08:36:14 (7 comments, 0 reshares, 41 +1s)Open 

This is what the very end of France looks like

I have finally arrived at the most northwestern part of France: the island of Ouessant, just off the tip of the Bretagne peninsula.

The coast here is deadly, full of submerged reefs waiting to pierce the hull of your ship and smash what remains against the most unfriendly coast I have ever seen: there is not a single beach on the entire 8-km long island!

And the Atlantic here is brutal: high winds building up all the way from the US eat coast, bringing freezing lashing rains.

QUESTION:
- Do you know why the French have guarded this godforsaken island zealously for centuries?
THE ANSWER IS IN THE VIDEO!

(This is my first selfie smartphone video: on the road and unedited. The wind was blowing hard at the start but you can hear me OK after the first few seconds. And the answer is... more »

This is what the very end of France looks like

I have finally arrived at the most northwestern part of France: the island of Ouessant, just off the tip of the Bretagne peninsula.

The coast here is deadly, full of submerged reefs waiting to pierce the hull of your ship and smash what remains against the most unfriendly coast I have ever seen: there is not a single beach on the entire 8-km long island!

And the Atlantic here is brutal: high winds building up all the way from the US eat coast, bringing freezing lashing rains.

QUESTION:
- Do you know why the French have guarded this godforsaken island zealously for centuries?
THE ANSWER IS IN THE VIDEO!

(This is my first selfie smartphone video: on the road and unedited. The wind was blowing hard at the start but you can hear me OK after the first few seconds. And the answer is audible.)

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