I could not resist taking this picture when at the Palace of Versailles in France.
As a street photographer hobbyist, this was more than a temptation, meaning the scene… of course.
La rocher et la mousse
Horace Daillion, 1900
Sculpté en marbre
Envoyé de France pour l’exposition du Centenaire de 1910.
Le motif de la nymphe transformée en mousse fait référence au lien entre le féminin et la nature.
Un modèle bourgeois d’une femme nue, caché derrière le mythe.
Sent from France for the 1910 Centenary Exhibition.
The motif of the nymph turned into foam refers to the link between the feminine and nature.
A bourgeois model of a naked woman, hidden behind the myth
Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Santiago de Chile
The Explanade du Trocadéro is an exquisite place.
As for a place where to marry well, it depends since the place is crowded with all sorts of people,
meaning tourists, souvenir salesmen, an any other nosy person with a camera at hand like myself.
Anyways, I think the happy couple don’t mind at all.
Its been a bit since the last time I posted. I started this blog nine or ten years ago. I remember that at that time I didn’t even know what to post, and here we are.
Why starting young?
If time passing could be an excuse for not doing things, no one would do anything at all. Every time I open my blog to see peoples comments, the posts and visits I get excited.
So starting young is a way for a fresh start, for continuing doing the things one loves, for keeping the pace and enjoying life, as it is, as when we are kids.
Let’s start young. There is still so much to do, because if it is not over yet, it is not over.
Tuileries Garden, Paris, France.
Death has a different meaning for us mexicans than for some others. We actually mock about it and have jokes on how we are teasing death and how we cheat it.
This thinking comes from our ancient past, and even after the spaniard colonization it remained deep.
We do not render cult to death, instead it is a reminder that we must live fully. In the meantime, artisans make skeletons that represent all socioeconomic groups in the country, as death doesn’t make differences.
For any walks of life, they will meet. At any time. The woman skeletons are called “Catrina”
La Catrina or Calavera Garbancera (Chickpea Scull by José Guadalupe Posada).
Garbancera, is the name given to chickpea sellers, having indian blood, they pretended to be europeans, spanish or french, being the last one the must common due to the mexican ruler Porfirio Diaz, who stablished strong bonds with France in the 1900’s.
Garbanceras rejected their own origins, heritage and culture.
To the right of La Catrina, Jose Guadalupe Posada, the man who coined the name Catrina. Jose would picture La Catrina as a cloth-less skeleton, with only a french hat on its head remarking the mexicans that were poor and that wanted to have an european life style that didn’t corresponded with their reality.
People actually by these figures for their homes. Would you like to have Michael Jackson’s one?
We are taking orders!
Catrinas of all styles: fancy, indigenous, couples….
Have you ever wondered why on earth a mexican holiday is also celebrated in a foreign country? Or is it perhaps better to say, remembered? Well if it is the day to have free Coronas, XX, or Tecates some guacamole and mexican food.. and the inevitable Mariachis, that is celebration.
1. Is Cinco de Mayo the day of Mexico’s Independence? True/False
3.Was Mexico about to be at war with France, Ingland and Spain? True/False
4.Was Maximilian sent to rule Mexico by Napoleon the III (you know.. the guy from France)?
5. Did Mexico fight against the French army?
This is a spoiler!
6. Was there a battle where 476 frenchmen die and only 83 mexicans?
(In this picture, Maximilian, Our Mexican Emperor from Austria)
And the ANSWERS:
Number 1 is false. The rest is TRUE.
Cinco de Mayo is when Mexicans celebrate winning a battle against France in 1862. The french emperor lasted until 1866, when Napoleon withdraw his military and economic support due to the situation in Europe at that time. It was when, Mexico started receiving U.S. financial and diplomatic support as the American Civil War was ending (ring a bell?).