Thursday, May 24, 2018

The Stationery Armchair --- Day 7/85

Walk: A Little (still cold and windy)
Distance: 1 mile, small yoga, small pt


Rocaille Chair
Henri Matisse felt a strong attachment to the objects that inspired him, even expressing love for one special Rococo style chair. In 1942, when the artist was in his seventies, he was walking by an antique shop in Nice, France when he fell in love… with a chair. He wrote to a friend about it saying, “I was bowled over. It’s splendid. I’m obsessed with it.”

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Flying Armchair p. 3 --- Day 7/84

Walk: No, Still Toooooo Cold and Windy
Distance: Closet Caper, Small Yoga

Round Trip SFO Johannesburg Business Class: $@4600-7600 (surprisingly affordable but then you have to get around the whole, huge continent)
Travel Time: @ 26 hrs.







 AFRICA, OF COURSE

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Flying Armchair, pt. 2 --- Day 7/83

Walk: No, Too cold and windy (again)
Distance: Big Pedal, Big Yoga


    Great Wall of China Section    Photo by Robert Nyman

Ciwt's trip to the Great Wall of China today was surprisingly doable: business class airfare $4,500, travel time to Beijing 12 hr. 5 m.  But still she elected to let her fingers do the walking to another site that has fascinated her for a long time. 

And, she's confident the Wall Street Journal would support her travel decision. One of their articles today was titled Anger Over Tourists Swarming Vacation Hotspots Sparks Global Backlash.

The picture above is beautiful, but here's a video of how the wall might look on other weather days.
Or, if you don't want to click:
 

Ciwt has to admit this is a hotspot she'd still like to be a tourist at, backlash and all.  It is awesome.


Monday, May 21, 2018

Flying Armchair --- Day 7/82

Walk: Monday Errands
Distance: 8 blocks, long pedal, long yoga



Ciwt has wanted to see the Pyramids since childhood. So today she did.  First she checked the weather in Egypt at this time of year, the plane fares ($12,000+), the length of the flight to Cairo (22 hrs+) and other particulars.  Satisfied with what she discovered, she let her fingers walk immediately to another  computer tab where she found numerous lengthy, beautifully filmed and informative videos of those haunting ancient wonders.  Wow!

And wow in another way because every picture she'd seen of the Pyramids had been shot from the side you see above which makes them look like it even Laurence of Arabia would have been lucky to find them.  But, there in front of Ciwt's screen was the present day reality:












 much more impressive than TransameribaBuilding in San Francisco,                                                                                                                              
but still, there they are, right out your Cairo apartment or car window.

Which, by the way, turned  out to be a truly awesome city.  So off  her fingers went to extended videos of Cairo.  Whew, travel is tiring; time to let her amazing trip sink in.

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Lost in Space --- Day 7/81

Walk: No, Home with Tech Devices
Distance: 0, small yoga, small pt, small pedal


After spending the day trying to rig up her tech devices to research Magritte, Ciwt doesn't know what's in and what's out.

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Heartwarming --- Day 7/80

Walk: Sloat Garden
Distance: 3.4 miles, PT

Ciwt finds this couple totally heartwarming...


Friday, May 18, 2018

This is a Frame --- Day 7/79

Walk: SFMOMA (Magritte - preparing for upcoming tour)
Distance: 1.5 miles


Rene Magritte (1898-1967, Belgium), Golconda, 1953, oil on canvas


Rene Magritte, La Boite de Pandore, 1951, oil on canvas

So far in her preparations for a Magritte tour Ciwt often finds herself liking the way his paintings are framed as much as much as the paintings themselves.  A whole other art form, proper framing.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Les Hommes --- Day 7/78

Walk: SFMOMA (Magritte)
Distance: 1.5 miles, pedal, small yoga