Saturday, August 31, 2013

The house of Claude Monet and the water lily garden in Givany, France

Guruwafaa in front of the house and garden of Claude Monet, Giverny, France August 2013

Claude Monet:
 (French: [klod mɔnɛ] or [mɔne]; 14 November 1840 – 5 December 1926) was a founder of French impressionist painting, and the most consistent and prolific practitioner of the movement's philosophy of expressing one's perceptions before nature, especially as applied to plein-air landscape painting.[1][2] The term Impressionism is derived from the title of his painting Impression, Sunrise (Impression, soleil levant).

Guruwafaa at the water lily garden of Claude Monet, Giverny, France August 2013

House of Monet and water lily garden:
At the beginning of May 1883, Monet and his large family rented a house and 2 acres (8,100 m2) from a local landowner. The house was situated near the main road between the towns of Vernon and Gasny at Giverny. There was a barn that doubled as a painting studio, orchards and a small garden. The house was close enough to the local schools for the children to attend and the surrounding landscape offered many suitable motifs for Monet's work. The family worked and built up the gardens and Monet's fortunes began to change for the better as his dealer Paul Durand-Ruel had increasing success in selling his paintings. By November 1890, Monet was prosperous enough to buy the house, the surrounding buildings and the land for his gardens. During the 1890s, Monet built a greenhouse and a second studio, a spacious building well lit with skylights. Beginning in the 1880s and 1890s through the end of his life in 1926, Monet worked on "series" paintings, in which a subject was depicted in varying light and weather conditions. His first series exhibited as such was of Haystacks, painted from different points of view and at different times of the day. Fifteen of the paintings were exhibited at the Galerie Durand-Ruel in 1891. He later produced several series of paintings including: Rouen Cathedral, Poplars, the Parliament, Mornings on the Seine, and the Water Lilies that were painted on his property at Giverny.
Monet was fond of painting controlled nature: his own gardens in Giverny, with its water lilies, pond, and bridge. He also painted up and down the banks of the Seine, producing paintings such as Break-up of the ice on the Seine. He wrote daily instructions to his gardener, precise designs and layouts for plantings, and invoices for his floral purchases and his collection of botany books. As Monet's wealth grew, his garden evolved. He remained its architect, even after he hired seven gardeners.[21]

Enjoy the tour: 
The entrance, the house and garden around

The water lily garden and his two boats:

Friday, August 30, 2013

Eiffel Tower - Paris

Guruwafaa at Eiffel Tower Paris August 2013

Guruwafaa inside Eiffel Tower Paris August 2013

The Eiffel Tower (French: La Tour Eiffel[tuʁ ɛfɛl]) is an iron lattice tower located on the Champ de Mars in Paris, named after the engineer Gustave Eiffel, whose company designed and built the tower. Erected in 1889 as the entrance arch to the1889 World's Fair, it has become both a global cultural icon of France and one of the most recognizable structures in the world. The tower is the tallest structure in Paris[10] and the most-visited paid monument in the world; 7.1 million people ascended it in 2011. The tower received its 250 millionth visitor in 2010.
The tower stands 324 metres (1,063 ft) tall, about the same height as an 81-storey building. During its construction, the Eiffel Tower surpassed the Washington Monument to assume the title of the tallest man-made structure in the world, a title it held for 41 years, until the Chrysler Building in New York City was built in 1930. Because of the addition of the antenna atop the Eiffel Tower in 1957, it is now taller than the Chrysler Building by 17 feet (5.2 m). Not including broadcast antennas, it is the second-tallest structure in France, after the Millau Viaduct.
The tower has three levels for visitors. The third level observatory's upper platform is at 279.11 m (915.7 ft) the highest accessible to the public in the European Union. Tickets can be purchased to ascend, by stairs or lift (elevator), to the first and second levels. The walk from ground level to the first level is over 300 steps, as is the walk from the first to the second level. Although there are stairs to the third and highest level, these are usually closed to the public and it is usually accessible only by lift. The first and second levels have restaurants.
The tower has become the most prominent symbol of both Paris and France, often in the establishing shot of films set in the city.

Enjoy the tour:

Paris view from Eiffel Tower:

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Yoga and Healing program Cairo- Paris August 2013 with Guruwafaa for her disciples

Guruwafaa leads Yoga, Healing, Art and Metaphysical Science France August 2013

- Yoga Teacher Training Program

- Healing with Art Program

- Angelic Pilgrimage to Mont Saint Michel 

Starting the program from Cairo Air Port with Angels around us from the sky
We were blessed feeling the huge power of Angels around us 
with Guidance of Guruwafaa for the Metaphysics of Angels

Art tour to the Louvre with Guruwafaa

The group on the way up to Eiffel Tour for lunch and Meditation

The view from Eiffel Tower 

The group preparing for morning program to the Seine river for Yoga and Meditation

The group preparing for Meditation and the daily lecture by Guruwagaa during the cruise

The Seine river

Our tour guide Michel gives information about the history of Mont House
at Giverny, France

Entering Monet House before Meditation at his amazing garden

Meditation at the Lily Water garden of Monet House

Walking Meditation inside the Monet House Garden with Guidance of Guruwafaa

The museum of Impressionism at Giverny, France

In the bus to Mont Saint Michel with Metaphysical study by Guruwafaa

The way to Mont Saint Michel

Starting the walk to Saint Michel with Angelic Metaphysical guidance by Guruwagaa

The Angelic energy of Angel Michel

Climbing up to the top with Angelic Guidance by Guruwafaa

Our group in the middle preparing for group chanting under Angelic guidance by Guruwafaa

The meditation view from the top of Saint Michel with Angelic guidance by Guruwafaa

Sunset Meditation by Guruwafaa

Angelic Meditation by Guruwafaa

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Notre Dame Cathedral

Guruwafaa in front of Notre Dame, Paris August 2013

Guruwafaa inside the Notre Dame, Paris 2013

Notre-Dame de Paris (IPA: [nɔtʁə dam də paʁi]French for "Our Lady of Paris"), also known as Notre-Dame Cathedral or simply Notre-Dame, is an historic Roman Rite Catholic Marian cathedral on the eastern half of the Île de la Cité in the fourth arrondissement of ParisFrance.[2] The cathedral is widely considered to be one of the finest examples of French Gothic architecture and among the largest and most well-known church buildings in the world. Thenaturalism of its sculptures and stained glass are in contrast with earlierRomanesque architecture.
As the cathedral of the Archdiocese of Paris, Notre-Dame is the parish that contains the cathedra, or official chair, of the archbishop of Paris, currentlyArchbishop André Vingt-Trois.[3] The cathedral treasury is notable for its reliquarywhich houses some of Catholicism's most important first-class relics including the purported Crown of Thorns, a fragment of the True Cross, and one of the Holy Nails.
In the 1790s, Notre-Dame suffered desecration during the radical phase of the French Revolution when much of its religious imagery was damaged or destroyed. An extensive restoration supervised by Eugène Viollet-le-Duc began in 1845. A project of further restoration and maintenance began in 1991.

Enjoy the tour inside the Notre Dame Paris:

The Arch of Triumph, Paris

Guruwafaa at the Arch of Triumph, Paris August 2013

The Arc de Triomphe de l'Étoile is one of the most famous monuments in Paris. It stands in the centre of the Place Charles de Gaulle (originally named Place de l'Étoile), at the western end of the Champs-Élysées.[3] It should not be confused with a smaller arch, the Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel, which stands west of the Louvre. The Arc de Triomphe (in English: "Triumphal Arch") honours those who fought and died for France in the French Revolutionary and the Napoleonic Wars, with the names of all French victories and generals inscribed on its inner and outer surfaces. Beneath its vault lies the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier from World War I.
The Arc de Triomphe is the linchpin of the historic axis (Axe historique) – a sequence of monuments and grand thoroughfares on a route which goes from the courtyard of the Louvre, to the Grande Arche de la Défense. The monument was designed by Jean Chalgrin in 1806, and its iconographic program pitted heroically nude French youths against bearded Germanic warriors in chain mail. It set the tone for public monuments, with triumphant patriotic messages.
The monument stands 50 metres (164 ft) in height, 45 m (148 ft) wide and 22 m (72 ft) deep. The large vault is 29.19 m (95.8 ft) high and 14.62 m (48.0 ft) wide. The small vault is 18.68 m (61.3 ft) high and 8.44 m (27.7 ft) wide. It was the largest triumphal arch in existence until the construction of the Arch of Triumph in Pyongyang, in 1982.[4] Its design was inspired by the Roman Arch of Titus. The Arc de Triomphe is so colossal that three weeks after the Paris victory parade in 1919 (marking the end of hostilities in World War I), Charles Godefroy flew his Nieuport biplane through it, with the event captured on newsreel