About My Notebook

Do I own a notebook? Yes, I do.  In fact I have lots of notebooks. Where are they? Perhaps somewhere among my old travel gears, bags, suitcase…. I always want to think like Leonardo da Vinci whose notebook I have bought. But am I using it? I always bring along a notebook when I am traveling, trying to record interesting things I saw. What about photos? I am not a good photographer, and I do not want to carry a heavy big camera. So, I have to settle with my ok pictures and rely on my friends who are good photographers and are kind to share their pictures with me. In this new blog, I intend to try using some of my notes taken during my travels in the last few years, and perhaps some of my own photos or my friends’ to share with the world! I hope you all enjoy the natural beauty of these places and appreciate the cultural and artistic beauty as well. Let me start this blog by posting on “My Notebook” my recent museum visit experience and art appreciation in Denver. 


July 29, 2012

I told a fellow blogger that her photo of the Freer Gallery of ART (in Washington D.C.) window is very much like the window at Belvedere Palace in Vienna where the famous painting of Klimt– “the Kiss” is housed.  I am posting the photo of that window.  I used the top of the window as the header of this blog.  Please take a look.  You can vaguely see the Belvedere Garden from the window.

In the most recently Vienna New Year Concert 2012, the Blue Danube Waltz  was taped in Belvedere Palace.  I saw (on PBS) the same window appearing in that program.  It was so beautiful!
I just found the performance on You-Tube.  The window appears in almost the whole program of the Blue Danube.
Please note that I used the singular- window, although there are a number of them, because I consider them as one big window!
Now, enjoy the music and the dance from the youTube recording.   
 Vienna New Year Concert 2012–The Blue Danube
October 8, 2012
I have just changed the header of this blog. So, the window of Belvedere palace is not at the header anymore. 
April 6, 2013
I have just changed the theme of this blog with a beautiful magazine theme. I hope my readers would love it.

16 Comments Add yours

  1. Rubyred says:

    Of all the blogs you created, this is the one I like the most. Others may disagree. I like its simplicity and sense of direction and no recycled material. And it is all yours. Thank you for sharing your DAM experience! A job well done! ( I cannot like it because I am not a wordpress member)

    1. friendlytm says:

      Thank you, RubyRed: glad that you like it. I also like it very much myself. I reblogged it to my curiosita blog because most viewers look at that one which is my primary blog. The is encouraging to me. I may write more in future. I am about to post more on my foodblog which surprises myself with more viewers and likes. I think if you are a Facebook fan, you can share in your Facebook page and like it. Appreciate your comments. You may not know that I changed the background color many times and am still not satisfied. And I have changed the header from my original one. As I am an art fan, I should at least be happy with my own artistic presentation. Right now, it is still not good enough. You know I am a perfectionist!

  2. holygypsy says:

    Hey thanks for the mention and the link.. you are right.. the windows look more or less the same. However, if you look closely there is a huge difference. You see there is a designed pattern on the Freer Gallery while the ones at Belvedere are very modern in their approach since there is no such ornamentation.

    Thanks again though. I am loving the blog

  3. friendlytm says:

    Hi I am glad you saw this and gave your comments. That’s what I want to do. The windows are not exactly the same. I hope some architectural students would take a look and give their views too. Do you notice one interesting thing? If you go to reader and choose art museum, mine is on the top, then if you scroll down, you will see yours. Oh, even WordPress noticed some similarities… They featured your window and mine in the small thumbnail and now they really look the same. Take a look…it is very interesting…to me! I am excited because I found something….whether they are significant or not, it doesn’t matter. I just like to share my impression with others. Glad that I found your blog! Love to read more of your future posts. Thanks!

    1. holygypsy says:

      Well you have gotten one Architecture student to notice (me)….I hadn’t noticed it. It is pretty cool. Thank you so much for bringing it into my notice. Happy Blogging!

  4. friendlytm says:

    Good! I didn’t know you are. Good luck to your studies. I like architecture too. If you are interested in sacred architecture and how religions influence architecture, I will be posting Angkor Wat and others. Happy blogging to you too!

  5. Greetings, Denise! I’ve nominated you for the “One Lovely Blog Award”. If you’re interested, you can read all about how to accept and pass it along to other deserving bloggers:


    1. friendlytm says:

      Wow! That’s lovely! Thanks so much. I will accept and pass along.

      1. Fantastic – I’ll check them out!

  6. seeker says:

    Blue Danube music now I feel like waltzing around. Aha, so you are notebook person too. Just like me. Tons of them all over my place and just like you, gradually imprinting it to never never land of the blogging world. I would like to read more of your travels.

    1. friendlytm says:

      Thank you for stopping by my blogs. Yes, I have six blogs posted and others as well. This waltz video is from others on you-tube. I recently picked up a new interest in video making. If you read the series of my travel pictures in South Ameruca, I have created one video in each of those posts. It is really fun. Check them out if you are interested. They are all posted under my blog the Notebook.

  7. Tina Schell says:

    Love the quote in your header!!!

    1. friendlytm says:

      Thank you. Actually my translation is not that great. It is supposed to be a metaphor.

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