October 25, 2010

Tourism as a mean of health rehabilitation

Tuscany, Italy

Tourism is not just an interesting thing in our life, but useful, and even necessary.
This is a purposeful journey with stops in the spiritual centers of the world with a view to restoring the health of the tourist.
This opens new aspects of tourism. This view allows you to consider our stay in another country as an opportunity to improve your health. Even when we go to a lot of new places (or move more than in our hometown), a the new landscape/environment brings us to new emotions/feelings – all these actions  within our body are beneficial.

Here we can consider three different aspects of  benefit: cognitive, emotional, and physical.

a) opportunity
. clinics
. mean of therapy
. medicine
b) ergonomics
c) logistics
. step-aerobics

a) change of environment
. as a means of  “switching off” the low state of body and mind
b) body chemistry (Endorfine)   – walking
nature – environment – people

Physical training therapy & food
. food
. fresh air (metabolism  and body training)
. blood eritrocits

While at the same time we provide some suggestins within the classic travelling experience:
– visit pristine places of the world, rich in unique culture and spiritual heritage of antiquity
– cho0se clean areas, ecological food, intimacy with nature
– smooth communication with carriers of unique knowledge in the field of medicine
– individual approach to the tourist in the preparation of his course of rehabilitation
– organized by treatment with the provision of shelter and food

– by Okasana Mironenko, Life Beyond Tourism University Delegate 2010 from Ukraine

Carpathian Mountains, Ukraine

Dolomite Mountains, Italy

October 21, 2010

Solemn water in the hills

[By Marina Rogulina, Tomsk, Russia – Life Beyond Tourism University Delegates Program – September 2010]

All people all over the world, who like to travel, while preparing for their new trip, think about those places which they have not seen yet. We may open google research page and find there are a lot of information about all possible variants for your holidays, prices, comments, etc … One would choose vocations at the sea or visiting different magnificent well-known places in the world. As well, one can find the information about a small town in Altayskij region in Russia. The name of it is “Belokuriha”. According to the advertising prospects, you may have really nice time there, to visit different magnificent places, to have therapy if you need. But the most interesting thing is, in my opinion, the small fountain of solemn water. Unfortunately, there is not any word about it advertising prospects.
Every famous place has its own legends. The purpose of it is to attract the greatest number of tourists. But speaking about this small source of the “saint” water, I must say for sure, that it has really powerful influence on people. The main sense of this power is to cure people from different diseases, either moral or physic. Many people come here not only from the nearest villages, but also from other big cities. Once coming here, you may take a glass of water, just drink it or wash your face/hands with it. It would improve your health, and mood.

It is useful to drink this water for both children and adults. One more fact is that while drinking this water you may think about you wishes, dreams and they will fill with positive emotions and will come true soon.

This water source is called saint because Saint Seraphim gave it to people who were supposed to die soon: they were instead recovering after drinking this water. The source is situated at the bottom of the hill and nowadays people do everything to improve the access to this wonderful place.


October 15, 2010

Contemporary fashion – the key to understand Eastern and Western Cultures


let’s discover how Easter and Western cultures dialogue through fashion design:

“The history of European contacts with Japan started in mid-sixteenth century, when to the borders of Japan arrived merchants from Spain and Portugal. After a period of lively trade in Japan, borders were closed to visitors from the West, for almost two hundred years. In the 80’s of the nineteenth century fascination of Japanese culture returned. From that moment the interest of Europeans at that country unceasingly grow. Residents of western countries not only admired the unique art and aesthetics of Japan, but also the decorative motifs of costumes. Originally Japanese kimon worn as an outfit at home or used to sew new western clothing. Japanese pattern also appeared in European textile, such as produced in Lyon, where produced at that time silks with themes of nature, characteristic  for Japanese art. Also, the leading creator of kimonos from Japan (eg, Ida Takashimaya and Mutsokoshi) appeared on the European market with its products. They created not only a beautiful kimons, but also exotic evening dresses and coats. Japan also exported accessories such as handbags, range, decorated combs and sunshades.

In the early twentieth century, European designers have increasingly started to refer a patterns to Eastern culture. They created costumes inspired by the national dress of Japan and the modified approach to the forms, preferring the silhouette in the shape of the letter “s”. This perception was characteristic for fashion of Art Nouveau (in Polnad for example). In the first decade of the twentieth century, the French designers (eg. Paul Pioret or Coco Chanel), created dresses with low status and loose kimon coats. Europeans biggest designers use in their projects, patterns, fabrics and designs from Japanese outfits both from traditional kimons and latest trends. One of the greatest designers and founders of the most popular fashion house in Europe (which brings together the most prominent designers) is Christian Dior.
The designer created a number of collections inspired by the art of the Far East – including Japan. He reached on the designs of the traditional culture of Japan, using not only elements of costumes, but also everyday items (eg rang), ways of makeup and hair styling.

The biggest western designer, who drawing inspiration from Japanese design is John Galliano. In 1998, he created a collection “haute couture” for Dior fashion house, following to trends from the Far East. Galliano used in their designs, both traditional form of Japanese outfits and trends promoted by teenagers from the Harajuku district. John Galliano often talks about his fascination with Japan:”I don‟t want to go to Haven – I want to be a Harajuku girl! Japan is one of the most amazing places and cultures I have ever been to, and every time I go, I want to go again. The Harajuku district is one of my favorite places to explore; kitsch over culture, presented with such a cartoonlike, childlike glee that is has as much of a sugar rush as being shut in a candy store. It is colorful, curious, a blur between reality and fairytale, and where all good Galliano girls go”. Fascinated by the culture of the East, Galliano has created a very colorful collection. Model, like the Japanese geisha scurried along the catwalk in elaborate dresses (make one of them takes from 100 to 400 hours) and  exorbitantly high sandals  Galliano collection quickly gained international fame. In 2008 Pirelli was even publishing calendar inspired by this collection. Other designers reaching for the design of Japanese culture are: Giles Deacon, Jean Paul Gaultier. The first of artists inspired by modern art, architecture and contemporary Japanese design. Gaultier created a collection whole inspired by the subculture of Gothic Lolita. A common practice today is also inviting to the cooperation Japanese designers and artists. Many famous brands, while making a collections they using ideas of the most outstanding Japanese designers. Designer from brand Louis Vuitton – Marc Jacobs, invited to collaborate in creating bags Takashi Murakami.

Nike has hired Hiroshi Fujiwara, to designed new shoe designs. Japanese design and traditional forms of clothing are use in the West also in the film and music industry. In the movie “Star Wars”, Princess Amidala (played by Natale Portman) is wearing a dress resembling a kimono and makeup, as a true geisha. With a futuristic-ins and extravagant hair, chracter of queen of the galaxy became more credible. Another piece referring to both contemporary and traditional forms of Japanese culture is the film “Kill Bill” by Quentin Tarantino. All members of the gang of O-Ren Ishi (played by Lucy Liu) – called the Crazy 88’s, wear costumes referring to the classics sensation of Japanese cinema. Male members of gang dress as Kato, the hero of the show “Green Hornet” (this was the first big role of a young Bruce Lee). Personal protection of O-Ren Ishi, a Gogo Yubari – girl in school uniform with cruel-faced, refers to the popular Japanese TV series “Sukeban”. Colors costumes used in the film are not incidental. The director here has refer to the tradition of Kabuki theater. Yellow suit of Black Mamba (played by Uma Turman) in traditional Japanese theater, symbolizes jealousy and revenge. In the final scene – the duel, O-Ren Ishi dressed in a white kimono. This color symbolized in Japan, death and mourning.  Apart from references to traditional Japanese culture Tarantino also reached to the modern forms of communication. A scene of “describing” childhood O-Ren Ishi is animated. Here the director has established pictorial tradition of manga and Japanese culture. The film “Kill Bill” perfectly illustrates the mutual relationships and influences of cultures of East and West. Both Japanese music and fashion trends promoted by the stars of the American and Poland music scene. Forerunner of this trend was Madonna. The singer from the early 80s was based her reputation on the Japanese trend of Harajuku. In the 90s Madonna recorded a video for the song “Frozen”, in which she used the black dress in the style of Gothic Lolita. Similarly, Marilyn Manson did. For video to the song “Antichrist Superstar” has bought clothes from young designers in Harajuku. In Poland, singer Natalie Leszcz used in music video manga (Japanese comics) and the costumes of contemporary Japanese youth. In some publications, writers emphasize that the fashion world is divided into Japanese and European. These are definitely two, the most influential “centers” fashion styles, shaping the “face” of the contemporary fashion market. However, current trends both in Japan and Western culture has evolved through mutual inspirations.”

Article by Magda Piecyk- Life Beyond Tourism® University Delegates Program – October 2010.

October 13, 2010

Regional architecture in Poland – Zakopane Style otherwise Witkiewicz Style

Hi bloggers
Today I would like to share with you an information about the style in regional Polish architecture, which is kept in my country from above hundred years.
The Zakopane Style was introduced to architecture by Stanisław Witkiewicz in the nineteenth century, and we can now find fragments of this style in present buildings. The name of the style comes from the name of the place where this style first appeared in buildings – Zakopane. Now, it is a popular touristy city comprising within  Tatry mountains. Unfortunatelyk, many tourists do not return the attention on this beautiful wooden architecture.

In the nineteenth century, Zakopane was a small village. In 1890, Stanislaw Witkiewicz settled in Zakopane. He is a painter, architect and theoretician of the art who has extended this city. He imitated on góral (the occupants of mountains) traditional building, and he added  to these the elements of secession. Witkiewicz extended the country hut so that the magnificent villa came into being. Villas were placed on high underpinning brick stones. Walls were adorned with bas-reliefs and floral and geometrical patterns. A veranda called przyłap, and a little room on the loft – wyglądy – were the different characteristic element of houses. The Zakopane style was proclaimed national style. The Witkiewicz’s  style found his imitators in different cities, not only on mountain terrains. In this style also furniture, home equipments, clothes, articles from chinas, musical instruments and souvenirs were made. The elements of góral culture also influenced composers and writers works.

At present,  museums commemorating former customs of the inhabitants of the mountains are located in ancient villages, and it is possible to examine  both traditional dresses and furniture and equipment of flats.

If  in your country there are some interesting local styles/details, please share observations about them!

By Marta Norenberg
Life Beyond Tourism University Delegate – October 2010

October 11, 2010

On a mysterious ornament

Dear bloggers,

together with our Life Beyond Tourism University Delegate Aygun Aghakishibayova we will discover some of the details of Azerbijan’s architecture.. enjoy!!

“Architecture of Azerbaijan is rich with varied contrasts. They appear as in the central part of the city and beyond its borders. Today I invite you to look at the building of Azerbaijan Architecture and Construction University in Baku…
But before that, I will say a few words about cultural influence.

Propagation of the Muslim religion had a great influence on the national architecture because it defined certain conditions. For example, you can not use images of  human beings, and this contributed to the flourishing of decorative arts. Architectural ornament has become widely used to decorate buildings.

In 1970-1980 in Baku, a new building hosting the Civil Engineering Institute –  where I study – was designed and built. Unremarkable reinforced concrete structure was built during the Soviet period and was no different from others. In order to decorate the building,  geometrical patterns were designed along the entire facade on the concrete panels. At first glance it’s just plain dash. But if you look closely, you can discern the word “Allah” performed by Kufic Arabic script!!! And this interestinlgy was during the Soviet period. To hide a sign, the author has made the words in mirror-type, and each successive image is made upside down so that it was not recognizable by the government.

They built in the most ‘stagnant’ way during the Soviet era. And surprisingly, that Soviet Intelligence had overlooked it. After all,  if  government would have  caught the author’s  idea of using the word “Allah” on the building of the higher education institution they owned, he would have had a very hard time. But the y didn’t  notice it…

This is just an example. But I think it helps to understand that Baku is the city of contrast. And most unusual moments can be found in the usual places.”

October 4, 2010

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September 29, 2010

Village Lagich

Hello bloggers,

today, we are gonna travel to the village of Lagich in Azerbaijan with our Life Beyond Tourism University Delegate Gulnara Safarova from Baku, Azerbaijan! Enjoy the trip!

Last summer I visited a very beautiful and interesting place.

Insulation made Lagich a very atypical place within Azerbaijan: there  still is widespread Indo-European dialect, coming from the old Persian language. The settlement was originally an important center of copper production, but it soon subsided. Then, handicrafts remained here the main activity for a long period.
Today, the main income comes from tourism, carpet weaving, and copper work (pot, samovars …).

Due to frequent earthquakes the village developed its own way of projecting buildings, with the traditional technique of the transverse connection of stone and wood. But you can visit a lot of other very interesting places in Lagich just walking down the streets, visiting the Museum and the Mosque, viewing shops, and visiting the manufactory of carpet weaving.

Lagich is an ancient village, which has not changed, despite modern times!

September 14, 2010

Architectural- ethnographic museum Hohlovka

Perm architectural – ethnographic museum (real wooden city) is located in a village called with the same name, which is 45 kilometers from Perm. The museum is located on a picturesque high hill washed by the Kama river on the three sides.

19 monuments of wooden architecture of the Perm area (XVII-XX centuries) are located here on 42 hectares.
In this area you can see the houses of that period, observe how people lived, and know about their occupation and their way of life. Besides, on this territory there are specific houses: the mill, the fire station, Russian baths and others.

Nowadays,  in exhibitions guests can also see the objects connected with the traditional occupations of local people of that time.

Besides, the guests of this open air museum can also feel the magnificent energy of the place, adore the Urals landscape which is unforgettable at any time of the year.

Life Beyond Tourism University Delegate Natalya , Russia

September 13, 2010

Open-air painting with water colour technologies!

Hi bloggers,

While the Romualdo Del Bianco Fondation with Life Beyond Tourism is welcoming in Florence, Italy, the workshop Open air on the estates Medici in the environments of Florence and Lastra Signa, we decided to  give you some information about open-air painting! How?? By  a little watercolour lesson by Professor Yuri Kolomiets from Kiev National University of Building and Construction, Kyiv – Ukraine. Below we report Professor Kolomiets’ paintings and text:

“My name is  Yuri Kolomiets. I have been  practicing in water-colour technology for more than 20 years. As an artist I always felt drawn to simple landscape peasant theme. Small corner of village backyards.

Village Church of St.Paraskeva, watercolour, 23x28cm

Worm white  shades of  cottage walls, violet shadows with numerous picturesque reflections, colour from yellow to soft green. Coloured too small gardens crossing by horizontal pattern of shadows. Colours is melting into each others, rhytmes is transforming from smallest patches in larger. All of that creates charming images that  always are in harmony with human being sand the surrounding environements.

Sometimes I mainly prefer to work  in  Kiev’s open-air spaces, such as the Museum of Folk Architecture and domestic life of Ukrainians. Its name is Pirogovo Village. Museum is situated nearby Kiev city, and featuring some of the 300 representative examples of vernacular buildings from all over Ukraine. Its exposition was set up according to historic and ethnographic regions of Ukraine. Numerous houses, churches, windmills and household buildings are restored, renovated, and well located in surrounding nature. I quite often prefer to paint and draw there, because it is in tune with  my artistic objectives. By painting a new subject I’m striving not only to receive plesure from contemplation, but attracting spectators to admire beauties of nature.

Shinok, watercolour - 17x28cm

What would I say about create my images, shown in a water colour  picture named “Shinok”. (It was a  kind of  historical and domestic village -space, such as a tavern  or a trattoria). I depicted a scene typical and usual, but tried to pay attention to the nature condition, and the structure of the composition . Autumn  landscape with skillfully applied colored tones, contrasting with each other on the foreground but becaming opaque  when striving into depth.
In the centre of  the picture I used a composition device, that produces an effect of perspective:  a piramidal structure incorporates lineas with regard for the laws of linear perspective. Lines of thatched cottage roof  pointing on it, I think. These virtual lines can be extended more, through the cherry  trees on the left side, then toward two men (ukrainian kozaks), and with their shadows. From the right side of the roof, you can watch the same line going downward and lock the triangular main group. While the foreground appears to be in contrast short earthy brushstrokes in the grass, crossing by  longe shadows from sunset, background seems plunged in darkness of the right side. A dramatic condition of fall soft and mild evening, I tried to portray by particularly contrasting dark and light tones. The picture is reflecting, that real automne become not yet. Contrasts and , soft tones create a good mood,
filled with worm and transparent sunset light. Bushes with red and yellow flowers of middleground and in the centre, supplement and adorn the whole composition. All of that gives to image freshness and completness.

Church of All Saints, watercolour, 23x28

I prefer  avoiding strong sunlight while painting, go out to paint in the afternoon, even close to evening, when the lights go fade, become more diffused, and the sun no longer cast deep shadows. Seems, I painted there in earthy colours with ochre, red, sombre blue, and brown. But if you learn it more attentively, you can see transparence shades with mixtures of green, red, violet, yellow, and blue spectrum colours. Finally I can say, in studying of my paintings scenes, I try to capture light and weather conditions, show to spectators images filled with peacefool and harmony between human being and nature life, a long time ago, where the time had passed slow, and thoroughly.”

Yuris Kolomiets

Violet Cyclamens, watercolour, 23x28

September 10, 2010

When San Gimignano and Prague meets through art

Hi bloggers,

as we say in the Life Beyond Tourism ethos, contemporary art & traditional knowledge can truly bring two far away countries and cultures together…

today this is happening in  San Gimignano (Italy) and Prague (Czech Republic), where it will be soon taking place a parallel exhibition byMarco Piazza.

The exhibition Gruppo di figure in cammino – Voci dal mondo has been promoted by important international organization such as Associazione Città e Siti Italiani Patrimonio Mondiale UNESCO and Consolato Onorario della Repubblica Ceca; but also the Municipality of  San Gimignano, and Life Beyond Tourism.

What: Marco Piazza Gruppo di figure in cammino – Voci dal mondo

When: September 11th at 5.oopm – October 30th

San Gimignano, Siena, Italy. Cortile del Palazzo Comunale

Fell free to download the brochure and the invitation.

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