Which Greek Island has the best food? I would have thought it was Mykonos. But at least one sources says it is Crete. Hmmm … haven’t been there yet!
I live pretty far north in Tartu, but I have never seen the aurora Borealis. So I am itching to take a trip further north, up to Lapland. Perhaps to Kiruna, Sweden. Why? Well, the aurora borealis looks something like this
Some places are great because of the people. Others because of the history. And still others for their natural beauty. There is a smaller subset of places that are great because of the light and air. St. Petersburg is one of these places. The light there is unique. Toledo is another. There is something about the dry air and hot sun that sticks in your mind. You should go, at least once. And while you are there, check out the El Greco’s. He was Greek (from Crete, then under the control of Venice), but I guess you know that. And he was a highly unusual artist. He did stuff like this back in the 16th century
I liked this quote from Wikipedia
El Greco’s dramatic and expressionistic style was met with puzzlement by his contemporaries but found appreciation in the 20th century. El Greco is regarded as a precursor of both Expressionism and Cubism, while his personality and works were a source of inspiration for poets and writers such as Rainer Maria Rilke and Nikos Kazantzakis. El Greco has been characterized by modern scholars as an artist so individual that he belongs to no conventional schoo
Sorry to those who wandered through over the last several days looking for new content. I was on a sojourn to East Hampton. I went mainly for the food and fun. But I got a lot more. An afternoon at Longhouse Reserve. This is a 16 acre garden with art installations based on a Japanese aesthetic. It offers views like this
Part of living a great life is seeing what is essential. You might ask, “why is this so difficult?” It is a good question. The answer is that humans tend to hold on to lots and lots of stuff in their minds because at least some of this stuff might be useful some day. Holding on to lots of stuff obscures what is essential and what is just clutter. So we need to re-learn this. And Apple does this teaching at “Apple University” They use Picasso’s bull!
“Joshu Sasaki was born into a farming family near Sendai, in northern Japan, on April 1, 1907. He became a Zen Buddhist novice at 14, schooled in the 13th-century disciplinary traditions of Rinzai”. After the war he came to America and reached a half million zen enthusiasts. Errr … but it seems that the great master of Rinzai had a dark side as well. That part of his story has come out now that he passed on stuck in my mind! It feels like the beginning of a novel. Here he is
Some places evoke that magical combination of history and artistic imagination. In that group you can find the Hotel Negresco in Nice. It is worth a trip to Nice just to feel a part of this tradition. Bazaar rates it as one of the great “art hotels”in the world.