If YOU happen to be in Paris in the next few days,
you can adopt this adorable kitten
This is my last Parisian post
Check back tomorrow for some ... Brussels dispatches
Such brilliance! One can barely see the brush strokes
With his pixelated mosaics, the style of French street artist Invader is instantly recognizable
Although Invader's work can be found worldwide, it seemed fitting to showcase these installations in his home country
Invader works incognito
He claims that only a few know his true identity
STILL, that hasn't stopped him
from granting the occasional interview
A few emblematic quotes from one interview:
"You should arrest real bad guys and let me do my work which I consider as a gift to [cities]"
"Street pieces are made for the street and for the people in the street to enjoy them"
"My main tip would be: Don’t get caught! Surprisingly, some cops might love your work, but they will still lock you up"
Read the entire interview HERE
In February, Invader was back in the news after Hong Kong authorities didn't appreciate his work (to say the least)
Invader published a response, and has since gone on record about this unprecedented "take-down" of his artwork by the city
"Having invaded more than 60 cities around the world, I've never faced a situation where a public authority would systematically & rapidly remove the art from the streets"
Invader installs tile masterpieces in cities worldwide,
so keep your eyes peeled & you'll probably find one!
While the Musee d'Orsay's art collection is timeless, this train station clock stands guard — just in case
Before the Musee d'Orsay building opened in 1986,
it sat for decades as a decommissioned train station
The abandoned d'Orsay station was used as a setting in the 1963 film adaptation of Franz Kafka's The Trial. Director Orson Welles deemed the location sufficiently depressing for his grim film of the unfinished novel
My favorite Einstein quote:
"If A is success in life, then A = X + Y + Z. Work is X, play is Y, and Z is keeping your mouth shut"
The Kraken is a legendary GIANT sea monster said to dwell off the coasts of Norway ...
HOW did it traverse the Seine's shallow waters?
My best guesses as to the meaning of this otherwise inexplicable menagerie at the curb of a pet shop
In honor of the end of Passover (yesterday) ...
Here is a deer with a menorah sticking out of its head
I KNOW this doesn't have much to do with Passover, but I couldn't find a Kosher for Passover baguette — NOT EVEN in Paris' Jewish neighborhood
Wine, baguette, and strawberries
on the balcony of our Paris Airbnb
Admittedly, this scene (and the next)
are too nauseatingly Parisian
View of the Sacré Cœur from a hallway window
MORE Paris tomorrow ...
But don't worry!
It won't feature any more of today's sickening romantic/scenic images
Left East Berlin without having to scale the wall
For urban explorers East Berlin a wonderland
Intriguing abandoned structures
& semi-abandoned dot neighborhoods
Overall, Berlin takes pride in its grunginess
The Berliner's approach to decay is:
I stayed in East Berlin, near Alexanderplatz,
a 10 minute walk from the imposing TV tower
This past week was my second time in Berlin. Something about the city truly strikes me. I don't think I'll ever come to Europe again without finding an excuse to visit Berlin
Although it's cliche to say, "there is still so much left to see" ...
... in a city the size of Berlin, there will always be a lot to see
AND — the city is changing. No neighborhood is immune from gentrification.
This is a critical moment in the architectural and cultural history of the city
OR —in other words— as Abandoned Berlin writes:
"Time is against us. These buildings stand, but they rot and crumble. Yet, there’s still the chance to go see them and imagine them as they were in their heyday"
Sadly, one the East Berlin ruins I most looked forward to seeing during my trip, shut down to the public less than 2 weeks before my arrival
I planed to take a tour of SPREEPARK, an abandoned amusement park
According to Abandoned Berlin,
the government JUST bought back the park for around €2 million
Sadly, investors plan to SCRAP ALL THE RIDES
Although I can't entirely blame the investors, I feel this park deserves proper mourning. So, in honor of an amusement park scary enough to be the setting for next season's American Horror Story ... below are a few wonders of SPREEPARK
If you have the chance, SEE THEM before they disappear forever
DISCLAIMER: I do not endorse sneaking into the park.I DID NOT sneak into the park, and the pictures below are from individuals who took the official guided tour of Spreepark
Even the mighty mammoth was pushed to extinction
This crumbling symbol is a perfect emblem for the slow march to a new epoch of development in Berlin
Proof of riding this amusement voids
ALL life insurance & health insurance policies
Doesn't this roller coaster track just scream
"fun for the whole family" ?
Coming soon to this primeval German forest ...
A SHOPPING MALL (at least, that's my best guess)
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