15.8.15

City promenade by night- Luxembourg ville, Luxembourg

City Promenade by night. 
Facts come first: 
-You can take it any Friday at 9p.m (with a 2 hour duration) in English, French or German (plus Luxembourgish). 
-You buy the ticket (good price) before departure at the Luxembourg City Tourist Office in Place Guillaume II.

Our guide was John, I´m not sure if he was Luxembourgish or German, as he didn´t answer when someone from the group asked him: "How long have you been here?" He made many jokes that were celebrated with constant laughs and good vibes. For me, what was really good is that he knew a lot about Luxembourg: history, facts, anecdotes, myths. 


The guide and the gargoyle
  I loved the tour. Although the weather was really crappy, I felt enchanted by the beauty of the ville by night. 
Above: The Notre Dame Cathedral. 
Keep this in mind: Virgin Mary, patron saint of the Grand Duchy and two-tailed lions are the protectors of Luxembourg. They are everywhere.
 Now, about "My building", as I like to call the Spuerkees Bank (Banque et Caisse d'Epargne de l'Etat) magnificent construction: 
 This is the oldest bank in Luxembourg (created in 1856) and the construction of the "bâtiment" lasted from 1909 to 1913.
 Its tower is 46 metres and is probably the most photographed landmark of the ville.
 Just when the storm was starting I had the chance to ask our guide: "Do you think it is possible to go up there?" "No, it´s not"
   Oh, well... but I will keep insisting as it is my dream to see Luxembourg from the top of "My building". 

I kept learning new stories (I would say new versions) of the Golden Lady. I guess what is important is that she is now shining more than ever, ah?

 I´ve learnt that Michel Lentz (1820-1893) was a Luxembourgish poet who wrote “Ons Hémécht”, the national anthem of the country.

Goethe has recited poetry in 1792 at what is now called the "Ilot gastronomique" 
 Luxembourg is the 20th smallest country in the world.
Oh, Luxembourg! During the night tour I got inspired to write more poems, to walk new paths, to open new doors...
Corina Moscovich




9.8.15

Street (art)nimation Luxembourg

Luxembourg doesn´t stop surprising me, which is really great. I don´t get bored of it at all. Summer is such a joyful time in this striking spot of the world. Yesterday (August 8th) the Street (art)nimation Luxembourg took place in the streets of the ville.
It is called Festival des Arts de la Rue or Performance festival and I can guarantee you (maybe for August next year) that this event will make you smile (at least). The artists were wonderful, and the weather was just picture-perfect. It was a sunny, hot and crowded (oh, well...) entertaining day. 

Quelque Spectacles Déambulatoires/Some Walk Acts
COMPAGNIE WITH BALLS
"Der Weltenwanderer". Le tour du monde en quatre-vingt jours? Avec le monde à ses pieds, notre bourlingueuse est toujours en quête d’aventures. En marchant sur un globe géant, elle transforme les rues en un spectacle émouvant. 

 
BRIZZI
Tout naïf, Brizzi présente des histoires quotidiennes et n’hésite pas à impliquer le public.
 COMPAGNIE DU MIRADOR
"Okolo". Emportés sur une roue géante, les acteurs se rencontrent et se confondent en piste, pour donner libre cours aux enjouements et suspensions en équilibre.
PILIP L'AUTOMATE
Homme mécanique, robot humain.

I even found "giraffes"! 
Other artists and performers (from different parts of Europe) were: Sol’Air, 100 Racines, Toon Maas, Melanie Hagedorn, Stichting Plumpudding, Bouldegom’ Théâtre, Les Zanimos, Elisa Salamanca, BrassBallett, Jana Korb, Zic Zazou, Spot The Drop, Colm O’Grady, Superhallo, Victorine Pasman, Clown Pippo, Frix Elting, Mademoiselle Paillette, Teatro Pavana, Herr Jeminé, Les Dudes.


If you are in Europe, please visit Luxembourg. It´s just around the corner... If you are not, plan to do it whenever you come to Europe.

Corina Moscovich
(thanks O. M. for the pictures)

3.8.15

P10 Museo del alzamiento de Varsovia, Polonia / Uprising Warsaw Museum, Poland (bilingual post)

En el Museo del alzamiento de Varsovia me cuestioné durante toda la visita: “¿Cómo afrontar el pasado?” Estar en Varsovia, Polonia siendo argentina y viviendo en Luxemburgo me hace ver todo de una manera distinta. El Museo trata la historia de Polonia de a . Es como una línea de tiempo que si dibujada sobre un papel, uno podría caminarla palmo a palmo. Polonia es un puzzle reconstruido.

El movimiento de gente es incesante. Hay personas de todas las edades.

Hubo conceptos como “abrir cajones”, “escuchar cartas leídas”, “hablar por teléfono” (escuchando historias y/o hechos importantes), que me recordaron a acciones mías y a de cuando era chica.
En el Museo hay valijas de inmigrante, hay armarios, hay representaciones de tumba. Hay realidad cruel.

La foto del ticket de entrada (sin saber de quién es en primera instancia) muestra una mujer sonriente, aunque sucia y despeinada. Lleva puesto un uniforme desgastado y cerca de su cuello se observa la bandera de Polonia bordada sobre la tela desteñida.

Al salir, hojeé el libro de visitas y vi mucho escrito en polaco. De lo escrito en idiomas que pude entender, la mayoría escribía cosas como “queridos amigos polacos”, etc.

Corina Moscovich


At the Uprising Warsaw Museum I questioned myself during the whole visit the following: “How do we approach the past?” To be in Warsaw, Poland being Argentinian but living in Luxembourg, makes me see everything in a different way. The Museum deals with the history of Poland from A to Z. It is like a timeline that, if drawn on a paper, one could walk on it inch by inch. Poland is a rebuilt puzzle.

The movement of people does not stop. There are people from all ages.

There were concepts like “opening drawers”, “listen to written letters” (being read), “talking on the phone” (listening to important stories or facts) which reminded me of some of my own actions when I was a child.

At the Museum there are immigrant suitcases, wardrobes, tumbs, and representations. There is a cruel reality.

The picture of the entrance ticket (without knowing who is the person in the first place) shows a smiling woman, although dirty and with messy hair. She is wearing a worn out uniform and around her next it is possible to spot the flag of Poland, sewed over a colourless cloth.

When leaving the Museum, I had a quick look at the guest book and I a saw a lot written in Polish. From what was written in languages I could understand, most of the visitors wrote something like “my dear Polish friends”, etc.

Corina Moscovich


P9 Majdanek (KL Lublin), Poland

Majdanek (KL Lublin), now a Museum, is located on the outskirts of the city of Lublin, Poland.
I have heard, read and watched so much about the Holocaust. I have visited so many museums in different countries. To visit this place (hard for me to call it Museum), was something I wanted to do and planned to do it while making my itinerary trip to Poland. I was lucky because I did the visit with a local historian during a summer sunny day. If you think of visiting this place in winter think twice.
I chose Majdanek and not any other camp because I wanted to go through the experience without having tourists around all the time. I guess it was a smart decision.
 “The pedagogy of remembrance is the basis for the educational work of the State Museum at Majdanek. It involves active learning and familiarization with history at an authentic place”.
 The State Museum at Majdanek was founded in November 1944. It is therefore the first martyrdom museum and the oldest memorial to the victims of Nazism in Europe at the site of a former German concentration camp. The institution protects the places and artifacts connected with the functioning of the camp at Majdanek and the extermination centers in Belzec and Sobibor, and conducts exhibition, scientific, and educational work.
 In total, the Museum collections number almost 350 thousands artifacts.
Breathe in. Breathe out.

Shrine
In barracks 47, “Shrine” (sacred place) is a symbolic artistic installation (by Tadeusz Mysłowski) to pay tribute to anonymous victims of Majdanek. 
 Combining such elements as sculpture, drawing, text and music, it creates a specific “light and sound” performance inside a historic barracks. There are fifty balls made of barbed wire that you can still see despite the dark lights. 
 The artistic forms are completed with atmospheric music accompanied by the sound of quiet prayers of different religions and Majdanek prisoners´ reminiscences in various languages.
Yes, “Shrine” is a tough but still beautiful experience. The best is when you go out and you see a striking blue sky and you breathe fresh air before moving on to the next barracks.  

Polish, Hebrew and English can be found in almost every explanation board. 
Final view before leaving... The Mausoleum erected in 1969 contains ashes and remains of cremated victims, collected into a mound after liberation of the camp in 1944.

Corina Moscovich