Wednesday, October 17, 2018

A Blind Date with Art!

Travel is a not a dessert, it is the proper meal. I mean it is not optional; it is something I cannot just do without! Travel opens mind and takes to a world you had only imagined. It is that bridge that joins dreams and reality. To travel to familiar places like that to relatives, acquaintances and friends does not really give something to write home about. So, what makes a travel special? It is definitely the suddenness of the trip and novelty of the place that makes it memorable.

This world is like a garden, open and inviting with variety of plants- some thorny from which I would rather stay away from, some lovely and charming, some shady trees that can relax mind and soul, some tall and stylish ferns that can only be admired while some carnivorous plants that can swallow you up in a moment’s notice. This is a garden that has its own peculiar beauty that can be described only with a language called as ‘travel’. Another thing that travelling does is that it opens the mind and makes us realize that life is not only short and uncertain but that we live in a pigeonhole from which we must get out for the world is like the very universe, it is too vivid, fascinating and vast to be described in one life. Moreover, travel can make a place immortal. Travelers like ‘Ibn Battuta’, ‘Marco Polo’ have documented and as if captured a place in a particular era. We can, through their writing, always visit that place in that era, hundreds of years back. I love to go on impulsive travels, such surprises break the slumber and make me excited for something unknown and enthralling. As an artist and writer, travel is nothing short of oxygen for it pumps life into my works and makes them far more relatable and interesting. I have heard a lot about the sculptures of Italy and the canals of Venice. Being an artist, I am open to all the influences hence I would love to visit Italy to explore various forms of art. So here is my #TheBlindList  ready

The Last Supper (1520)
Now, I imagine I am on my way to Italy, the heaven of art and sculptures. The genius ‘Leonardo Da Vinci’ belonged to this place. Another sculpting genius ‘Michelangelo Buonarroti’ was an Italian too! Works like ‘The Last Supper’ by Da Vinci at Santa Maria Delle Grazie in Milan is a miracle. It is said that during World War II when Milan was bombed, the room was almost in rubble but the Last Supper’s wall remained standing! ‘Raphael ‘was another young artist of Italy and died only at 37. His painting Transfiguration’ at the Vatican Museum is considered as a groundbreaking work that introduced a new style. 

David (1501-1504)
There is much more to see like the 17 feet tall statue of ‘David’ by Michelangelo at Galleria Dell’ Accademia, Florence. It was completed in less than three years!  This little European country has a rich history of art. I can imagine myself living and growing through this enriching experience and thrill that it gives me is priceless.

The Doge's Palace
My next stop will be Venice, the city of gondolas! This city attracts me like moth to a flame. It was built on more than 100 small islands in a lagoon in the Adriatic Sea and there are only canals and surprisingly no roads to connect one part to another and that’s what makes Venice different. My blind date allowed me to live the experience of stepping out on a boat and not land. Imagine you step out of the house and as you open the front door, a small boat is parked instead of a car! It is as exciting as it could get! There are various places to visit like ‘The Doge's Palace’ which is a palace constructed in the Venetian Gothic style. An example of the Italo-Byzantine architecture, ‘The Patriarchal Cathedral Basilica of Saint Markwill be a fest for the senses and soul. Apart from these places, ‘The Grand Canal’, ‘The Rialto Bridge’ and an 11-kilometre long sandbar in Venice, ‘The Venice Lido’ where the ‘Venice Film Festival’ takes place! There is much to explore and I have just started. I feel like a little fly in the deep forests of Amazon!

Travel is so enriching and a major self-exploration! Lufthansa is always there to connect me to my dreams! With Lufthansa, I can confidently #SayYesToTheWorld!

What are you waiting for! Go on a blind date with the world, travel, explore, fill your life with colors and enjoy every day to the fullest!

Just Say Yes To The World and go ahead!

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