Eye For An Eye

Posted by on 05/03/2014 at 7:43 am

Paris, la ville lumière. After my bike journey from Amsterdam to Paris, I spent one week in the city, staying at different friends and exploring the various arrondissements. One of the most impressive museums that I visited was, of course, the Louvre.

Blogging about the Louvre is an impossible task, one can maybe select a few things and write about them, like I already did once with The Fall of Icarus. This time around, I’d like to write a bit about one of the pieces in there which captured me the most: the Code of Hammurabi.

art eye for an eye entire hammurabi stele zoom

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A Snake in Wazemmes

Posted by on 14/08/2013 at 8:35 am

wazemmes snake

If you happen to be in Lille, France, there is one neighborhood that you shouldn’t miss: Wazemmes. Just where Rue des Postes meets Rue de Wazemmes, there is a roundabout with a fountain in the middle, which contains this structure that vaguely reminds of a snake. Why oh why I ever left Lille?

Buried Deep into Chess

Posted by on 22/05/2013 at 9:24 am

Reims, France. Early December. Temperatures way below zero. Five friends in a lively Christmas Market. A guy in his booth sells chess boards and pieces. He probably dreams about being a chess piece himself.

buried deep into chess

Picture taken by my friend Albert

The Fall of Icarus

Posted by on 08/05/2013 at 9:17 am

Last year I was visiting the Louvre museum in Paris.

…with such an introduction, you’re probably now expecting a super famous thing like the Mona Lisa. Instead, I’ll show you the thing that I remember the most vividly: a casual ceiling. I was walking through the rooms, when I raised my eyes and saw this painting.

icaro falls from the sky

This is the ancient Greek story of Icarus, the son of Daedalus, who flew too close to the Sun. Our lovely star melted Icarus’ wax wings, causing him to drown in the sea and that specific sea to be named afer him.

I stared at the piece for 30 minutes, and concluded that it’d be worth alone the visit to the museum. It is SO beautiful. I went home convinced that I had spotted some random, unknown ceiling masterpiece, but then found out that it gets the recognition it deserves: it was painted by Merry-Joseph Blondel in 1819.