Month: August 2014

Côte d’Azur Part II

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Summer breeze in your hair, blue sky above your head, happy sunlight on your face, soft sand between your toes and ocean of azure waters ahead of you. Piece of heaven to dream away these last days of August.

Come along with me on this new Côte d’Azur adventure! No tickets required, just a dash of imagination.

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Côte d’Azur Part I

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Are you still planning your vacation this year? If yes, the French Riviera is a hot destination to consider, with the average temperature above 85F (29C) in September. Beautiful marinas, deep azure blue of the Mediterranean waters, rich history, picturesque beaches, vivid colors and architecture of old towns are what have been attracting tourists from all over the world. Monaco, Nice, Antibes, Cannes, Saint-Tropez are only a few resorts on the Mediterranean coastline called in French- Côte d’Azur.

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Snake Enchantress Part II

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The serpent inspired pieces make my imagination run wild to far away destinations like Morocco, Egypt or India. I see a snake charmer with a turban on his head, sitting cross-legged on a colorful carpet on the street, with his pungi and a straw basket. He starts playing entrancing notes and suddenly, as lured by the tune, a cobra emerges from the basket in a hypnotizing dance. It’s a bit disappointing to find out that a serpent actually cannot hear any music and it only follows the movements of the pungi instrument and charmer’s hands, treating them as a predator. However demystified the snake charmer’s act is, the untamed animal and its intricate skin keep seducing like in the old times of Biblical Paradise.

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Snake Enchantress Part I

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The snake – one of the most known and mysterious mythological creatures. In different cultures and religions, it has been represented as a dragon, sea monster, guardian of temples, incarnation of evil, fertility force, symbol of rebirth or sexual desire. Dangerous, mystifying, fascinating. No wonder this magnetizing animal keeps inspiring fashion designers. Each season brings new shades of snakeskin pattern. Gucci, Burberry, Jimmy Choo, Diane von Furstenberg or Michael Kors, they all seem to be “amoureux” with snake and feature it in their collections.

And I too, must confess, have a little crash on snakeskin!

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