Sunday Break

Because there is no such thing as taking too many breaks!

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Institut du Monde Arabe

A detail of the facade of L’Institute du Monde Arabe in Paris, France. Designed by French architect Jean Nouvel, this wall is comprised of 240 motor-controlled apertures which open and close every hour. This modern technology mimics brise soleil (sun-shading) techniques often found in Islamic architecture. I like how on the morning of my visit, the clouds in the sky were reflecting on the glass.

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Last night I started reading The Diving Bell and the Butterfly by Jean-Dominique Bauby. After suffering a massive stroke to the brain stem that left him in a condition called locked-in syndrome, the author communicated and wrote this book solely by blinking his left eye. I plan to watch the movie adaptation after I finish the book.

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Today is International Bikini Day. Who knew? On this date in 1946, Louis Reard introduced the skimpy two-piece swim suit at a Paris fashion show. Bikinis are named after a Pacific atoll where nuclear bombs were first tested. The reasoning behind this name:  that the burst of excitement created by it would be like a nuclear device. Like I said, who knew?

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Stay tuned…for the next adventure of Rheumatoid Arthritis Guy!

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  1. Cathy says:

    Bikini day? Interesting! We are hoping to get to the pool today. Maybe we will see some folks celebrating the day.

    Enjoy your Sunday break! Sending healing thoughts (not swelling knees). :)

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