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Strolling Around Montmartre Paris

(by Rosye Beadle)

Montmartre, a 130 meters (427 feet) hill, is located in north Paris. It’s one of the historic district. The word Montmartre is translated to mean “mountain of the martyr” and was derived from the martyrdom of Saint Denis – the bishop of Paris. It is the centre of art, which actually during the mid to late 1800s, artists also began calling Montmartre home. Many artists worked and had studio in here, such as Salvador Dali, Claude Monet, Toulouse-Lautrec, Van Gogh, Renoir and Picasso. So, you can imagine how artistic this place.

Beside the sea of arts, what I like about Montmartre is it has retained much of its character and village-like charm.

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Sacre Coeur Basilica. Photo credit : Matlafous
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Couldn’t skip this art nouveau church. Montmartre Abbey.
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Le Chat Noir restaurant and jazz cafe

This historical restaurant first opened in 1881. When I came to the restaurant, it took about 12 minutes waiting for a table, however the food that I had taste so good. Parfait!

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Espace Dali, Montmartre
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diving into Dali’s mind
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stairs galore in Montmartre

The best way to enjoy Montmartre is by walking, so you won’t miss the interesting spots. You can’t get less exercise to be here. Fun and healthy at the same time 🙂

Will I come back to visit this place? yes

If you have any comments or like to share a little experience about Montmartre, please leave it below. Thank you readers

Have a nice Holiday

*rb-June16

 

 

Fashion & Style

BATIK : A Creative Art with a Profound Meaning

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(By : Rosye Beadle)

Batik is an art and craft which is inherited from ancient Java tradition in Indonesia. In Javanesse tik means dots. Batik is made by drawing lines, dots, or arch of the resist with a tool called a canting ( a pen-like tool use to apply liquid hot wax).

To create Batik, First the wax need to be applied over the pencilled-in outline of pattern, the part covered in wax resist the dye and remain the original colour. Next step the cloth is dyed in the first dye bath, then the second wax is applied. The next process, the cloth is dyed in the second dye bath. The last process, the cloth would be boiled in order to remove the wax.

There are several Batik patterns that have been used since the beginning of Batik creation. Each pattern has the meaning and some of them show the status symbol of the wearer. For example Sida Mukti pattern, Sida means to become or to have done which express the hope to achieve spiritual happyness. Sekar Jagad means a beauty and grace that impresses people, or Truntum that was created by a queen in Java in seventeen century. Truntum means everlasting love that continues grow. There are at least twenty known base patterns with various meaning.

Several designers have developed Batik in a contemporary style. The contemporary Batik Indonesia patterns use animal, myth, flower or combined with a classic style. Young people like to wear contemporary Batik. Because of its unique pattern, Batik is now printed not just on traditional cotton or silk but also in leather or in hard material such as ceramic and wood.

There are numbers of public figure that have publically worn Batik such as : Nelson Mandela, Bill Clinton, Bill Gates, Carlos Santana, Julia Robert, Reese Whitterspoon, Heidy Klum.  Oscar de la Renta used batik as the base of one of his design that was worn by Jesica Alba.

 *rb-May 2014

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