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Street=Art : Lille

Observational drawing by That Restless Platypus

This is one of the most characteristic building in Lille : The chamber of commerce and industry’s belfry. It’s next to the beautiful grand place.

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Lille is one of my favorite cities in France.

 

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Vienna – an experimentation with watercolors

So, my last travel was to Vienna and it was absolutely amazing! This city is incredibly beautiful, I had the chance to meet an old friend I hadn’t seen in a very long time and I saw the sunset over Sissi’s castle while listening to an opera.

Definitely a good memory and one of my best travels.

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Prague – part 2 (far from over)

This week I’ve read a book I hadn’t thought about in a long time and I was in a nostalgic mood, so I thought about Kafka. Well, almost everything makes me think about Kafka so it wasn’t really unexpected but anyway…

Kafka made me think about Prague and Prague made me want to post this drawing. To me it is a good representation of why this city is stuck in my head since I’ve been there in February. It is grandiose, beautiful and for my entire stay I could feel something hovering over my head, something great. The castle of course was almost always in my line of sight. Reminding me of the incredible ingenuity men can demonstrate : assembling rocks to build cathedrals or words to write novels. I could see the narrative written by Kafka unfolding in front of me. I could feel the mutual influence between him and the city.

And with that I could feel his influence on me. In Prague I was feeling at home yet far from it. There is a word for the later in French ” dépaysé “.

It is strange how comfortable and easy it can be to just let myself slip into this imaginary world that feels like it was made just for me. A world in which imagination and “spirituality” play a greater role than the pragmatic reality. It is strange how it can feel more real in a new environment that helps you notice it than in everyday life when you just tend to forget.

Reality is what you feel and interpret as much as what there is to perceive. That makes life absurd yet unique for everyone.

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Don’t you feel it sometimes ? Don’t you often see memories and ideas appearing while watching something, wonderful or not, that could just be meaningless?

Riga – So far from home, yet so familiar

Apparently I forgot to post my drawing from holidays 2016 when I was in Riga. So, let’s correct this mistake right now.

I went there to see two very good friends, one of them being the one I talked about in a previous post about a deer. The other one being one of my classmates from university with whom I have many good memories.

From this stay I actually only have one regret : the absence of snow despite the cold weather but it is such a great memory to look back to.

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Prague and Franz Kafka’s castle

To go to Prague has been a dream of mine for quite some time. Fortunately the dream has now turned into memories.

Two of my favourite authors are born in Czechia : Kafka and Kundera.  And Kafka,  the one I have been obsessed about for years,  lived in Prague and still haunts the city today, but I might do a little post about him since he was my travel buddy during the trip. I promise I haven’t gone insane 😉

Anyway, Prague is one of the most beautiful cities I’ve ever seen but it is also one of the most densely populated with tourists, a piece of advice : wake up early to see the bridge and the castle when there isn’t to much crowd.

The castle is incredible, it is supposed to be where Kafka found his inspiration for the novel “the castle”. Walking in his footsteps, remembering the book, I can see how.

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Soon I’ll be back in Spain for a few day so I thought that it might be time to put this one here.

It reminds me of a very good period last year when I had the chance to travel a bit in France and Spain and to see some of my best friends.

Luckily next month might be similar, which makes me very impatient. I’m often frustrated not being able to see my best friends more than once or twice each year but that also makes it more special when it happens.

So yeah, can’t wait!

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Drawing challenges by Tangomiva #23 : Science-fiction

Every time, 1 new compulsory theme, 3 mindsets, 3 ways to show it. (when everybody has time for it…)

Drawings done by Eva, Naomi and ThatRestlessPlatypus.

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Street=Art : Berlin

The last stop of my “summer vacations tour” just after one that I haven’t shown you yet.

Berlin is a cool city especially when the light is dim and the sun has left to let the moon shine. But this doesn’t means that there aren’t some interesting thing to see during the day.

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semi-Observational  drawing by That restless platypus

Have you ever been to Berlin ? What is your favorite place there ?

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Street=Art : Pau

During my succession of travel this summer I went to Pau, a city in the south west of France.

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There I’ve spent some time with one of my best friends who owns a page about how she discovers the city day by day since she moved there.

You really should take a look : The city is beautiful and the blog is both interesting and very educational. Actually she wrote an article about the castle you see in my drawing

It is called Pau 365 and you can visit it right HERE

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I really loved the visit of this castle. What about you ? Do you know Pau ? Ever visited this place ? Anyway thanks for visiting our page, you can always like our facebook page to be notified when we publish something new!

 

Street=Art : Lyon

One year ago I moved to Lyon for work. Since then I really learned to find this city gorgeous. Moreover there are a lot of things to do and there are an infinity of beautiful places to draw.

Obviously I’m a big fan of the Fourvière’s Basilica which is visible in both drawings.

Really you should come and take a look.

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Observational drawing of the “quais du Rhône” by That Restless Platypus
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Semi-observational drawing of the Fourviere’s Basilica by That restless Platypus

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