Architecture Quote #258

Gresham Palace, Budapest, Hungary, 1906

Gresham Palace, Budapest, Hungary, 1906

“I call architecture frozen music.”


Visiting Budapest I spent some time in Gresham Palace. This building is a prime example of the Hungarian secession architecture. Today it houses the Four Seasons Hotel. I enjoyed the intricate lines and repetitive geometric pattern looking up at the ceiling.


Stairway Quote #257

Stairway in an apartment house, Budapest

Stairway in an apartment house, Budapest,Hungary

“There is no elevator to success. You have to take the stairs.”


I have just spent a wonderful time in Budapest. Walking in the grand boulevard I entered an apartment house. I was intrigued seeing the pattern in the stairway on my way going up to visit an old lady.

Absinthe Quote #256

Avec moderation

After six shots

“After the first glass of absinthe you see things as you wish they were. After the second you see them as they are not. Finally you see things as they really are, and that is the most horrible thing in the world.”


This is one of the many posters I had seen recently in Paris. I took a picture of this poster because I like the connection it suggests between van Gogh and the absinthe. As we know well, absinthe has played a remarkable role in the fine art movements of Impressionism, Post-impressionism, Surrealism, Modernism and Cubism. Various famous artists, including Edgar Degas, Paul Gauguin, Edouard Manet, Pablo Picasso and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec had some documented association with absinthe. Vincent van Gogh was anything but a man of moderation. He drank ferocious quantities of absinthe while creating his signature painting style. His ear removing episode is often attributed to over consumption of absinthe as is his liberal use of the color yellow. Who knows?


Paris Quote #255

City of light

City of light

“An artist has no home in Europe except in Paris.”


The Notre Dame cathedral is one of the many famous landmarks of Paris. She is a magnificent example of gothic architecture. I spent some time on the bridge taking in this unforgettable view. And I know, she had been photographed zillion times, but who cares, this is my shot. 🙂