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One of my pictures was published

Finally received a copy of How Music Works by David Byrne at my doorstep. I’m honored that one of my pictures was included in the book.

David Bryne is a Scottish-born Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and cofounder of Talking Heads. He has been the recipient of many awards, including an Oscar and a Golden Globe. Published by McSweeney’s which is based in San Francisco, How Music Works is David Byrne’s buoyant celebration of a subject he has spent a lifetime thinking about. A brainy, irresistible adventure, the book is an impassioned argument about music’s liberating, life-affirming power.

Here is how David describes music: “You can’t touch music – it exists only the moment it is being apprehended – and yet it can profoundly alter how we view the world and our place in it. Music can get us through difficult patches in our lives by changing not only how we feel about ourselves, but also how we feel about everything outside ourselves. It’s powerful stuff.”

My picture that is in the book is Great Hall of Mirrors that I took at Château de Versailles near Paris. To be honest, I had doubt at first when McSweeney’s contacted me. I wasn’t sure whether it’s a scam as I couldn’t believe it. And yes, now I’m relieved. 🙂

Copyright © 2012 Jenson Yu. All rights reserved.
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Posted by on October 3, 2012 in Travel

 

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Musée du Louvre

The Louvre is said to be the most visited art museum in the world. More than half a million people visit it every month, or even just to have a glimpse of the symbolic pyramids built in the ’80s (which by the way was loathed by some French people, part due to reason of conflict image – the futuristic sci-fi look versus the museum’s classic historical contents, and part due to French’s arrogance – the architect is Chinese American.) It’s no doubt the largest art museum with 35,000 art pieces displayed in the 652,000 square foot Louvre Palace.

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Posted by on July 17, 2011 in Travel

 

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Château de Versailles

The Palace of Versailles is 40 minutes by train to the west of Paris, and then 10 minute walk from the train station. Since we had got the Paris museum pass, we didn’t have to pay 16€ (for each person). It was in December and like many European cites, Parisians don’t like using road salts like we do in North America but instead use sands. It was really, really slippery during that 10 minute walk. And it was also because of the snow and ice, we weren’t allowed to go outside of the palace to see the Grand Trianon or enter the splendid garden to see those exceptional fountains.

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Posted by on July 3, 2011 in Travel

 

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Cathèdrale de Notre-Dame

Notre-Dame de Paris, “Our Lady of Paris” in French, is geographically located in the center of Paris (ĂŽle de la CitĂ©), on one of the two islands on Seine, where the medieval city was founded upon. Spiritually, it’s also the heart of Paris and France. Right in front of the cathedral, there is a bronze plaque on the ground – Point Zero, symbolized the distance to all other parts of the country are calculated from this spot.

This Gophic styled Catholic cathedral was founded in 12th century by the bishop of Paris at that time, completed almost 200 years later, became an inseparable part in the histories of Paris. Many soldiers gave their prayers here before going into the fights for the Crusades. In 1431, Henry VI of England was crowned King of France. In 1804, Napoleon crowned himself here as the Emperor of France. In early 20th century, Joan of Arc was beautified (blessed) and canonized (declared to be saint) in the cathedral. In 1970, it held the Requiem Mass of General Charles de Gaulle.

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Posted by on June 26, 2011 in Travel

 

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Eiffel Tower

Built in 1889, the Eiffel Tower has become both a global icon of France and one of the most recognizable structures in the world. The tower is the tallest building in Paris and the most paid visited monument in the world. It’s 324 meters tall and named after it’s designer Gustave Eiffel.

It happened to be the only day that had sunny and blue sky during our 8-day trip in Paris. However, because of the snow fall on the previous day, level two and three were closed due to slippery ice. We could only get to level one and we did have lunch in the restaurant on that level. We got to the Tower at about 9:30 in the morning. There was already a long line waiting. We got in the elevator more than a hour later. The entrance by elevator and stairs are separated, one at each leg of the Tower. Yep, you can climb stairs to reach level one and lever two. But we decided not to as we weren’t that adventurous.

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Posted by on June 19, 2011 in Travel

 

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Arc de Triomphe

The Triumphal Arch is one of the most famous monuments in Paris. But not to confuse with the Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel which stands west of the Louvre. It stands in the centre of the Place Charles de Gaulle, at the western end of the Champs-Élysées. The Arc de Triomphe honors those who fought and died for France in the French Revolutionary and the Napoleonic Wars, with the names of all French victories and generals inscribed on its inner and outer surfaces. Beneath its vault lies the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier from World War I. Its design was inspired by the Arch of Titus in Rome and was commissioned in 1806 by Napoleon I. But he was exiled before the arch was completed. Following its construction, the Arc de Triomphe became the rallying point of French troops parading after successful military campaigns.

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Posted by on June 18, 2011 in Travel

 

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Museums in Paris

There are so many museums and art galleries. It’s no wonder why there so many people going to Paris to learn and study art history. Just to visit the major, famous ones will take a whole week. Even if not into arts, people will be awed by the massive collection, the lively sculptures, the refined detail of the paintings.

In the week long stay in the city, we have been to Orsay Museum, Napoleon’s Tomb, Rodin Museum, Orangerie Museum, the PanthĂ©on, plus Arc de Triomphe, Eiffel, Notre-Dame, Louvre (which will in separate posts).

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Posted by on June 11, 2011 in Travel

 

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