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"ENJOY THE RIDE"
For years I have been dreaming of writing a "Plan de Paris" for people of all ages, that is, for walkers who have time to spare and who love Paris. And it has been years since I promised myself to begin this journey with an examination of my own neighborhood, from the Gare du Nord and the Gare de l'Est to the Chapelle, and not only because we have not left each other for some thirty-five years, but because it has a particular physiognomy, and it deserves to be known.
Thirty-five years ago...
"MON QUARTIER TA AUTRES LIEUX PARISIENS"
LÉON -PAUL FARGUE . FOLIO 2018.
WALKING WITHOUT WANTING TO GET THERE.
Have you ever felt that going for a walk was an adventure, that you didn't know where you were going, that you expected to be surprised at any corner and by anything? This is the art of walking and in Paris they give you a name: flâneur. The flâneur is the one who strolls through the streets, aimlessly, and his only task is the one he is doing, walking and looking. The world, not only Paris, lends itself to being looked at. I have recently discovered to look up. On my walks with Marcel I avoid carrying my cell phone with me. In those moments my eyes become like his, but a meter and a bit above him. I try to find shapes, colors, people... and if you look up: fractals, clouds, lights, gradients. It's hard to get out of the routine and appreciate what you already have, but it's very easy to fall in love with something you've never seen before and, lucky for us, we are completely surrounded by novelty.
Remember these words: look up and give yourself a chance.
Flâneur LINK IN WIKIPEDIA
There is something spiritual about observing the environment and especially looking up. We are always looking for answers from ourselves and our environment and we solve them with science or, in its absence, with religion. To look up is to look at the sky, the night, the cosmos. To look up is to look without fear of knowing or not knowing. It is not to be afraid of whatever it is.
When I was a child and spent my summer vacations in the mountains, I would lie on the ground at night and look at the stars. There were many, many of them. I thought I was on the ceiling and that if I got up I could fall in and swim among them. Maybe the stars are far away from us, but when you look at them, you also see the immense distance and depth between them.
Walking is as good for the physical health as it is for the mind. Your body warms up and your mind is fueled with stimulation. If you're lucky you socialize. No matter where you do it, with whom, how long, getting up and walking is always good. It is so important for human beings to walk that even cities are structured around their walks and give them names. The boulevards, paseos, sea walk, the squares... are all spaces designed from the walk and for the walk. So much so that the urban trend is to cancel more and more cars and "return" public space to the pedestrian. We could talk about the fact of seeing and being seen, but that is a story for another Living.
Marilyn Monroe in an everyday scene where she seems out of sensual and reified character. Here bellow is a photo shoot with the legendary Richard Avedon where Marilyn plays other mythical actresses who preceded her. In some pictures she looks unrecognizable.
THE BEST DECISION
A gift made with lots of love for someone you love - that can be yourself -.
Portraits at vincentmoustache.com/shop.
MEETING UP FOR A DRINK
Cervantes' Don Quixote is also a walk that got out of hand and, like the valiant nobleman, I also sometimes confuse dream with reality and I think I'm a fashion designer. Here you can enjoy a walk in cotton and silk inspired by the book of Miguel de Cervantes and the fashion of the XVII century and the 60s. Take your bag and wear comfortable sandals, even though we are going straight to the bar, a little walk is a must.
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