a giant grand crane



photos by Gazelle
New York
06/18/11



     Yesterday, I came out of my building and I came across this giant crane. It was so grand and so beautiful, I was fascinated by it. I wondered how amazing it would be, if I could drive it down on 5th Avenue during the Gay Pride Parade next Sunday(25th).

 



 

Freak Chic

by Gazelle Paulo

lovely beach time in the marvelous city

  I am in the marvelous city of Rio de Janeiro, and today I went straight to the beach, of course Ipanema beach. I still know a lot of people here…but very few people make me feel so welcome like Bahiana and Tigrao(Oswaldo), I know them both from such a loooooooong time…and every time they see me, they have the ability to make me feel welcomed.They are simple people, Bahiana sells the best sandwiches in the beach, and Tigrao has a tent where he does massages, you can’t miss it, since everyday he puts up the biggest and tallest gay flag in the beach. What a great time !


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Freak Chic
by Gazelle Paulo

banana cream pie at the gansevOOrt hotel


photo by Gazelle

 
Today I spent half of the afternoon with friends in the Plunge bar at the top floor of the Gansevoort Hotel. The weather was really gray and wet, but that didn’t stop us from having a super time since the place was empty, there were only us there and we were able to have a nice quiet lunch.The Banana Cream Pie will kill you softly, it is so delicious and it is the perfect size…have two!!
 

hanging out at the pike place


the Pike Place Market
Seattle
photo by Gazelle

 This past weekend I spent two days exploring in the beautiful Seattle…what a great city and the weather was so wonderful I just couldn’t stay in my room. One of my favorite places had to be the Pike Place Market, a very tourist hang out opened seven days a week…it was Saturday afternoon when I made it out there, so needless to say it was insanely packed. There are so many interesting stores from all kinds of organic products to local fashion and gorgeous flowers…and the food? Oh my God!! It is fish heaven!! I bought an apple for $3,00 and it so delicious! If you don’t feel comfortable in big crowds, maybe during the week early in the day could be a better time to stop by.
 
http://www.pikeplacemarket.org/



photos by Gazelle
Seattle

Freak Chic by Gazelle Paulo

back in ” porto de galinhas “


photo by Gazelle
Porto de Galinhas
Pernambuco

I am spending a few days in Porto de Galinhas, a city outside Recife(about an hour and half),the capital of the Pernambuco state. I have been here before about ten years ago. It has changed a lot, but it is still very charming, the weather is fantastic, the locals are very warm….and the best part is that right now it is not high season…so I have the whole beach to explore. Port of Galinhas means “Port of Chickens” in Portuguese and if you would like to find out more about this great place just click in the link below…and come on down !
 
 


photo by Gazelle
Porto de Galinhas

brazilian coFFEE is the best

 my Chocolate Coffee at Cafeina
 Farme de Amoedo in Ipanema – Rio
 photo by Gazelle
 May 14th – 2010
I am in Rio de Janeiro, one of the most beautiful cities in the world, where I lived for many years… where grandmothers sensually walk in the beach, the food is a dream, poodle dogs are everywhere, some men have blue eyes and dark hair, women move like Gisele Bundchen, the music is marvelous…surfers right now are challenging fierce waves…where if you hang out with the right crowd you can still experience decadent glamour…where the sunset & sunrise are simply gorgeous…and the Brazilian Coffee is the best in the world !!
 
Sorry, but I only choose to concentrate on the positive things…it is my blog after all.

la casa encendida


 Well, if you have been to Madrid many times and have seen all the “basic” art that one must see when in Madrid…of course I am talking about the names that we all know like Velázquez, Goya, Zurbarán, El Greco, Picasso ( oh Guernica !!), Miró, Salvador Dali and so many others…then if you go back, you should take yourself to the centre “La Casa Encendida” which is a space conceived for cultural interchange. The place offers many great exhibitions by emerging and established artists, and also features cutting-edge performance art and music. Today I went there and saw the ” ARTe SONoro ” exhibition; the show is extremely dynamic and it gives you an opportunity to understand the complexity of sound art. Works of many artists created in the past decade are all over the place; I really enjoyed the installations by artists Ryoji Ikeda and Angela Bulloch. Ryoji’s piece is a new work that combines sound and lights that are so overwhelming that you can’t stay in the room for too long, it is very extremely tough on your eyes. Angela Bulloch’s massive Disenchanted Forest x 1001 sculpture from 2005 is very intriguing, and even if you don’t understand it, it is not aggressive as Ikeda’s. In the lower level of La Casa Encendiada you can also find another exhibition  celebrating the centenary of the birth of the poet Luis Rosales, featuring letters, photographs and works of Picasso, Miró and Salvador Dali amongst others…and there is no entrance fee for both shows. ARTe SONoro runs till June 13th.

http://www.lacasaencendida.es/LCE/lceCruce/0,0,73523_0_0$P1=421,00.html


corner of Ronda de Valencia & Calle de Valencia.
This building behind the sign is not La Casa Encendida.
La Casa Encendida is the one where the street sign Ronda de Valencia is, I just liked this composition.
photos by Gazelle
Madrid

saint vincent’s is gone…

    I had to stop by to say goodbye to a place that also saved my life once and where many people lost theirs…so many human tragedies … so many beautiful histories…I met Dianna Maeurer who was also there paying her respects, dressed as a patient with many pieces of clothing from St. Vincent’s, including a cane, of course we bonded immediately..she is so beautiful, she was born and raised in New York and spoke from the heart “” I feel like a person has died…””, Dianna lost 22 gay friends during the hiv/aids epidemic( if you remember…) I don’t get into the politics or finances of anything anymore…I just don’t…but all I can say about the closing of such important building in the New York City history: what a shame !!!


Gazelle and Dianna Maeurer (dressed as a St. Vincent’s patient )
April 30th
New York City

don’t cry for me recoleta !!


I love cemeteries, they are so intriguing and you have to allow yourself peace of mind  to be able to find beauty in it. I have always loved the charming Père Lachaise in Paris, but I finally had a chance to visit the Recoleta Cemitery in Buenos Aires. I have been so many times to this great city, but today a dear friend took me there…and what a delight it was. After walking a lot in many directions, we were able to locate the tomb of Evita Peron…yes I took a photo next to it. It was so special, mostly because I was a little sad with the news of actress Dixie Carter who passed away today…well that’s life, and being able to accept life is accepting death also. I was very intrigued by the way this young girl(her name is Marisa) was dressed among the many people strolling down on these narrow passages where the chic tombs are located. I had to photograph her. No I didn’t ask who designed her dress…today it was not important…I just wanted to keep the memory of me being there and how interesting she was.


photo by Gazelle