JoYreads – great irony from Paulo Coelho, Aleph – expand your universe

Love finding words to underline, and yes I do love underlining words : ) Here is one of the favorites from Paulo Coelho‘s book, Aleph – again.
Keep expanding your universe and limits, for they really do even when you need to stop the most. Actually that’s when we thrive the most.. when we see where we actually can go, how our limits can expand when needed. and…that is when we (should) observe and implement – using the words “I can’t do anymore / I can’t evolve any further” much much less in our lives, which are easily wandering around us all the times as habits.
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coffee and flowers
So here is to a happy, rainy saturday of serenity and words.. though my favorite bookmark shows wine, it’s a good time of the day to rise and enjoy it with coffee – rise and shine on! : )

#wordsonlife Continuous transformation of “I”

Continuous transformation of  “I” – of you –  especially when you’re on the road, out of comfort zone is amazing!
and it’s definitely my favorite journey in life, once you start, you keep discovering yourself along the way and you’re always on this journey.
below are the expression of this journey from Paulo Coelho‘s words which I quite liked as having lived it exactly.  It’s from his book, the Aleph, I am still reading through and definitely a strong suggestion for your bookshelf!
-and yes, as a lover of underlining books, it’s the words underlined, on the plane during a journey.

Triumphal Way in the City of Light

A great sight I ran into on “Trust me, I’m a Traveler” site! Especially to follow the Triumphal way in Paris, the historical monumental axis but actually a masterpiece of design!


Triumphal way – Voie Triomphale– starts from Louvre’s Cour Carré to Arc de Triomphe via Champs-Elysees and then continues to La Defense in one direction, and going to Opera Bastille on the other..

There is a natural beauty in Paris, which ironically is actually consisted of a somewhat artificial symmetry. Wherever you stand, you’re actually linked somehow to the power axis, you don’t walk to see a monument, they just run into you while you walk by..and at any time of the day, there is a light show going on, whether with the clouds and the color of Seine, or the beautiful lighting of the city at night, reflections of the monuments on the Seine. Paris being really the city of light- La Ville-Lumière. Of course not to disregard that the original meaning of this term refers to Paris being the center of ideas during Enlightenment.

Regarding my first experience of the power axis and the Triumphal way, and the story of how each monument was built so linked to each other following each governmental leader– Many thanks to David Downie and his book “Paris, paris – Journey into the city of light” !

Definitely a must read! Especially if you want to discover the real Paris; go through the city road by road uncovering the secrets with continious unknown stories, links and feeling as if in Paris in 1920s with Hemingway and the lost generation!

“Paris paris”, being the first book of my reading sessions in Jardin du Palais Royal, getting lost in the book and then in the roads, was the inspiration that initiated my continuous journey to secrets of Paris, and the world!