Lady Impressionism

Sonia Montins

The painting that tried her luck during the 1870s and 1880s in France to go soon after settling in Europe, thanks in part to the speed with this handiworks were executed was Lady Impressionism. She was prettier than anyone, she made that artists could stand up, she was the star of the intelectuals. She was thin, with an open and visible movement that tried to capture the light and the feelings rather than the appearances. That’s why she was extremely different than the others. With these qualities is easy to understand that some fortunate painters as Manet, Renoir or Matisse were suddenly in love with her. Althought maybe she never left, as the autumn and as boomerangs, Lady Impressionism has returned and has evolved to remain in the soul of many wonderful but underestimated corners. To find it, you must practice The Impressionism Tourism. Even if you are going to spend more nights than the moon or not in the city of the Thames, London is a perfect place to put into action this type of tourism.

These are scenes that keep the essence of her goddes (L.I), that have their own light, where you can put aside your tourist camera and open your eyes to go beyond the appearences, treasure the moment, fill you with peace, and get away from the stress that the everyday, or a quick trip in which you have to see everything that goes in postcards, gives to you. Why? We allways can return. In these places you are allowed to enjoy the moment, feel the silence, understand the role that the sunlight makes you feel, relax or just close your eyes as the same time your lips draw an U. Then you smile.

There are many places where you can find small brushstrokes of pure colors that make a whole vibrant one. I have chosen three for the magical of the scennery, the unknowledge that londoners have of theirs and the contrast with realistic points next to them that makes some interesting ying-yangs to spend a great and complete day around London.

1. The BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha is an hindu temple located in Neasden (North London, Zone 3). It’s said that is one of the seven wonders of this capital and is showed that is the Europe’s 1st Traditional Hindu Temple. One of the reasons is its architechture and the luxure materials that compose it. That’s why is built according to ancient Vedic architectural texts and made with Italian Carrara marble and the finest Bulgarian limestone inside of. The entry is free and open to everyone who wants to enjoy this joy and the Murti Darshan rituals. Once inside you must to strip out from your belongings and your shoes, which gives a feeling of freedom and briskness. This make you feel like a true maharaj surrounded by uncountable images of God Shiva in all his facets.

*My earring pay homage to Ganesha, the elephant-headed’s son of Shiva, whose motto is: there is no obstacle that gets into my way.

In contrast: Five minutes walking you can reach Ikea.

2. The lung of South London is called Battersea Park. I recommend acces to this park by The Albert Bridge for those who don’t believe in romance never more, who are searching for it or who want to add more to his life.

The thousand lights’ bridge is the perfect entry to admire the Peace Pagoda located next to the Thames, between two high plateaux. Built in 1989 to mark the year of peace in London, its objective is to find light in the darkness, and gets it. That corner of Battersea is a haven of peace, where the meditation while you are looking at the river or the Pagoda, is an essential task.

In contrast: In this park you can join the cricket fans or boating in one of the two lakes, visit the art gallery or the zoo to see lemurs, meerkats and pygmy goats.

*Battersea Park is so romantic that everyone can find their cup of tea in one of their benches.

For art lovers:

For musicians:

For book and film lovers:

For those who love to be in society:

For those who like to feel at home:

And… for independet ones:

3. To end this light’s triangle, in southwest London you can enjoy The Tibetan Peace Garden. Although tiny, once you sit on the central Mandala and with the sun setting on you, you can feel the power of this words: “don’t worry about anything, every little thing is going to be allright” as Bob Marley said. Earth, fire, air, water and space, five elements that blow in the garden for anyone who appreciates this Tibetan gift from 1999.

In supercontrast: This peaceful garden is next to the entrance to the Imperial War Museum. A joy to learn deeply about the history of Britain during the World Wars.

Those more likely to meet the peace rather than the war, were some french painters as Monet and Pissarro, who were exiliated to London to avoid be conscripted in the army because of the Franco-Prussian War. Once there, they could easily reconnect with Impressionism in many city parks and in different scenes presented by the Thames. Nowadays, their London pictures are exposed in The National Gallery where if you are a talented Impressionism tourist must to go. Therefore you can also visit Tate Britain to join Turner, one of the fathers of Lady Impressionism.

With this precedents, it’s impossible that Lady Impressionism never ever leave this city, so I hope my words soon spread far and wide of how you can enjoy better and take advantage of such a beautiful city is London.

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