Montevideo Murals

Street art is big in Montevideo, with interesting styles. Here are a couple of examples which I took pictures of recently in one of the older neighbourhoods, Cordón. – Jean-Jacques Murals, Montevideo, Uruguay, March 2015 Photographed by Jean-Jacques M. Copyright © 2015. All Rights Reserved. Gypsy Café Recent & Related Murals and Street Art of Buenos Aires Santiago Murals Los Lagos y Los Volcanes The Crosses on San Cristóbal Hill – Santiago The Fifth Element – Illuminating the Shadows Choose […]

Rustic ARTitecture

I arrived in South America 3 weeks ago and spent 5 days in Buenos Aires. I got these shots with my Film SLR and then as usual I had to wait for them to be developed. I might take most of my future shots with my Digital SLR as it has become increasingly difficult (and expensive) to get film processed, no matter where you are in the world. – Jean-Jacques ** Photography by Jean-Jacques M. with Pentax P30T Film SLR […]

Dublin Revisited

Just over a year ago I returned from Ireland. For me this is so recent that I could just as well still be there, but I’m not. I could just step out of my Irish Sea red brick sea-facing house (in which I rented a small apartment), jump on a bus and be in the city centre in about 12 minutes flat, traffic depending, but I can’t. I could just take a stroll up to the local Dart station and […]

Megalithic Circles and Spirals (2) – Loughcrew, Ireland

LOUGHCREW, COUNTY MEATH, IRELAND Megalithic rock engravings at Loughcrew Megalithic Cairns, County Meath, Ireland. Photographed by Jean-Jacques Montagnier (06.10.2012)  © 2012 – 2014 All Rights Reserved. — Loughcrew dates back to between 3500 and 3300 BC (older than the pyramids at giza in Egypt at 2560 BC) and is of major historical significance in Ireland. View Full Album** Read about Loughcrew — (More) Neolithic Circles and Spirals (1) Recent & Related Murals and Street Art of Buenos Aires Santiago Murals Los Lagos y […]

Exploring Experience – Part 2 [Extract]

[Extract] The traveler is traveling against the stream of figures approaching through the thick fog. No one is acknowledging him. It is as if he doesn’t exist. “They must be focusing on the destination”, he thinks to himself. The ground below him is slippery, but he tries his best to step on solid stones and rocks to get some traction. He cannot see any landmarks.  This must be a type of flatland area, but which direction is he going? .. […]

A Visit to Newgrange

NEWGRANGE Neolithic rock art at Newgrange, Co. Meath, Ireland (11.02.2012) Photographed by Jean-Jacques Montagnier  © 2012 – 2013 All Rights Reserved. ** Related Post on Gypsy Café: Megalithic Circles and Spirals Recent & Related Santiago Murals Los Lagos y Los Volcanes Peruvian Selection – People, Landscapes, Churches & Ruins Inca Trail Views (2/2) Inca Trail Views (1/2) Peru – Ancient Inca Design and Architecture Peru – Uros floating islands on Lake Titicaca

Exploring Experience – Part 1 [Extract]

[Extract] The well travelled traveller has made a decision to explore more. To explore experience down the road never travelled before. Going down a new road is what he’s going to do and unexplored territory is what he’s going to go through. He has a feeling that this road could be dark, but he understands that all roads have dark and light. He knows how dark can sometimes be experienced as light and light as dark, depending on how many […]

Time

Pechory Monastery, Pskov Region, Russia, 2006. We were told on arrival not to address the monks directly, not to stare at them or attempt to take photographs of them under any circumstances. Along with a few local pilgrims, our small group had already been waiting for over an hour for a local translator to arrive at the entrance to the caves. She had been booked  by our tour operator, but didn’t turn up and our own tour guide did not […]

Upwards and Onwards

“Upwards and Onwards” Jean-Jacques @ Gypsy Café Copyright © 1995 – 2015 · All Rights Reserved Recent & Related Santiago Murals Los Lagos y Los Volcanes Peruvian Selection – People, Landscapes, Churches & Ruins Inca Trail Views (2/2) Inca Trail Views (1/2) Peru – Ancient Inca Design and Architecture Peru – Uros floating islands on Lake Titicaca

Intermission

  You have to return eventually, To see everything differently. To see what you see differently. And how you see it differently. Due to having gone away. Old points of reference Faded through absence Return to conscience And highlights the essence Of what you have transcended Compared with if you had stayed This place is not the same But its from where you came Similar, but only in name Or is it rather who you became Will what you have […]

Obtaining Clarity

From a bleak Pskov city we were transported by bus into the rural Russian countryside. On the way, we were asked not to consume liquids as it may be detrimental to the activity we were soon to engage in. Miles of winding forest roads decorated with occasional rustic homes finally led us to our isolated destination. Temperatures were submerged and a small frozen lake could be glimpsed through the trees. On entering the log cabin building we were given clear […]

Beyond Borders

We all have our own personal journey, yet I would like to propose that evolving is part of everyone’s path. Going beyond geographical borders is as easy as buying travel tickets, but not everybody is affected by the process in the same way. We don’t all travel for the same reasons and we are not all here for the same reasons. Or are we? Unlike other species, our self awareness, consciousness and a certain sense of being part of something […]

Safer than Houses

The long term traveller makes short term investments in short to medium term experiences. During the investment period, short term loss of income may occur, but the long term profits are immeasurable  and immense. Even the shortest experiences yield high returns of knowledge and continuously pay out  dividends in the form of memories. The traveller’s assets are of a non-tangible nature, deposited safely within his mind and soul. His or her assets of experience cannot be eroded, diminished, transferred or […]

Let me tell you an Irish story

DUBLIN I arrived on a shoestring and found this little youth hostel on top of Doran’s Pub in Marlborough Street. It was downtown North Side, the area was seedy, but the place was affordable and reasonably clean. I ended up in a dorm room with 13 other blokes, with complimentary smelly socks and deep thunderous snoring at night. The lifestyles of the lads were work hard and play hard, building construction by day and 101 pints by night. During the […]

Travelosophy

Early in 2004 I was about to start my first blog. I had already been on the road for a few years and was trying come up with an appropriate title. It had to describe quite closely what travelling really meant to me. I knew that I was getting from it much more than just visiting places, seeing things or meeting people. At the time I was practising a “work your way around the world”-style of backpacking, which meant that […]