Walk: Polk Street, Kabuki Theater (First Reformed - Ciwt says Do Not Bother/D+) Distance: 4.4 miles, small yoga
Henri Matisse, The Rocaille Armchair, 1946
What I dream of is an art of balance, of purity and serenity, devoid of troubling or depressing subject matter, an art which could be for every mental worker, for the businessman as well as the man of letters, for example, a soothing, calming influence on the mind, something like a good armchair which provides relaxation from physical fatigue.
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.”
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.
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.