Monday, September 21, 2009

To live the decadent empire...

"Happy are those who dream dreams, and are ready to pay the price to make them come true." -Leon J. Suenes

Bonjour all,
Today is the birthday of H.G. Wells.
I have read science fiction as far back as my younger days, on those that Wells have written, and alongside that of Jules Verne, not the typical average cheesy science fiction one might see and can pick up in some general store nowadays, for example.

His works involve The Time Machine, The Invisible Man, The Island of Doctor Moreau, The War of The Worlds. I particularly favour The Time Machine and The Invisible Man.

As well, I'd like to note the passing of an influential figure, Irving Kristol, an American columnist, journalist, and writer who was known as the "godfather of neoconservatism".

He had a significant impact within the intellectual and political culture of the last half-century.
He was a man who said "What rules the world is idea, because ideas define the way reality is perceived."

On Travel.

Many of the different aspects of travelling which I enjoy apart from taking in the culture, the history, the art history of that country, are the unique experiences of European Hotels which instantly takes you back to the golden age.

Onwards to Italy, where Villa Feltrinelli is located. An interesting tidbit about this villa is that from 1943 to 1945, German forces imprisoned the Italian dictator Benito Mussolini. Hand-painted frescos, alongside many furnishings dating back to the villa's incarnation, bring forth a stunning place to visit indeed. I know I would cozy up with a good read and attending to midnight snacks in the pantry.

Within the Lanseborough's Library Bar, one can sip a 1770 vintage cognac for just ($7,000 Cdn.) per shot.

From London to Istanbul, the Four Seasons at Sultanahmet was once home to Turkish prisoners in this neo-classic building...if you look closer, you can see the watchtowers of Istanbul's Old Town. Very interesting...always have wanted to go on a trip from London to Istanbul. Reading The Historian brought an itch to travel for historical means, haha.

Even better, to ride on the Orient Express... travelling by train to destinations is a far grander appeal than just travelling or doing things in such a fast pace.

In Prague, the Mandarin Oriental Hotel has a very lovely appeal. Dominican monks once resided there, whose buildings go back seven centuries. If you wonder around, you might just bump into one of the monks which still resides there.

And that's all for now, ciao!!

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