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Attention Monsieur

A gorgeous painting by Kal Gajoum. I found it accidentally on a Russian art website. I want to go to Paris and join the colourful umbrellas.

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“An artist is a creature driven by demons. He doesn’t know why they choose him and he’s usually too busy to wonder why”

William Faulkner

Trocadero, Piccadilly Circus, London at night

London Trocadero

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Holland Park

Last weekend I finally went to Holland Park.

It’s one of the most beautiful places I’ve seen in London. Situated between Notting Hill Gate and Shepherd’s Bush, this place reminds me of a beautiful secret garden, like the ones I used to dream of getting myself lost in. It’s set in what I can assume to be one of the most expensive neighbourhoods of London, among beautiful houses that I could only dream to live in one day.

When you step in, the sounds of London suddenly fade away. You are left in a quiet dream-like ambiance, disturbed once in a while by the sound of leaves ruffled up by the wind. I started walking on a path, and suddenly found myself at a junction which presented several opportunities. I didn’t know anything about the park so I decided on a random one and committed myself to my chosen path. After walking for a few minutes I found myself facing the back of the Earl of Holland himself – or rather a statue of him, guarding a walkway flanked on each side by remarkably tall trees. At the end of the walkway, imposing and solitary on the impressive expanse of lawn stand the remains of Holland House. Bombed during the Second World War, it currently houses a youth hostel. If I’m ever in London and lacking a place to sleep, I’ll definitely keep this in mind, as the setting is spectacular.

I continued wondering around for some time, enjoying the peace and quiet. I’m determined to go back in spring when all the trees and flowers will be in bloom!

The Kioto Japanese Garden is a surprising but welcome feature, and looked breathtaking even in its winter shades. The peacocks walking around, unfazed by the visitors, their kids or dogs were also a wonderful sight!

I will leave it here for now, and urge you to get yourself to Holland Park on a lazy weekend afternoon!

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