Flâneur extraordinaire

I would like to think I am a flâneur extraordinaire! You only have to go through the posts on this blog to see. 🙂

I’m not a idle person. I do not loaf and I definitely do not waste time. I stroll and I watch people. I am an observer. It is not a waste of time. People-watching is a fantastic pastime.

Wikipedia has the following definition of Flâneur
Flâneur (pronounced: [flɑnœʁ])
from the French noun flâneur,
means "stroller", "lounger", "saunterer", or "loafer".
Flânerie is the act of strolling, 
with all of its accompanying associations.

I didn’t watch people until I moved to Johannesburg. I thought it’s rude to watch; maybe only to stare. I grew older and either I didn’t care much anymore about what people think/believe is socially acceptable or I knew better with age and experience. Hanging out in Sandton City, Norwood and Rosebank from around 1999/2000 taught me the joys of people-watching. What’s not to love? We are an interesting bunch, each one unique with our very own quirks.

Looking — Union Buildings Grounds, Pretoria, South Africa
Earth has unlimited beauty and magnificence to be admired.
To not observe the world is to live a life devoid of colors.
Dedicating Flâneur to the French
Paris, France
Paris, France
Paris, France
Paris, France
Paris, France
Paris, France
Paris, France
Eiffel Tower, Paris, France
Paris, France
Eiffel Tower, Paris, France
Paris, France
Paris, France
Paris, France
Paris, France
Paris, France
Paris, France
Paris, France
Paris, France
Paris, France
Paris, France
Paris, France
Paris, France
Paris, France
On LV: I observe because I cannot participate 🙂
Closer to home — beautiful Cape Town Marina

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Those who build to [hopefully] add beauty to our world
And sometimes, I am watched

flaneur-i-am-watched

6 thoughts on “Flâneur extraordinaire

  1. When we lived in Holland, we always go to Volendam (a tourist town) by the coast and watch tourists come by. Watch them awkwardly try to eat the raw herring or don traditional costumes…and chuckle to ourselves….naughty us!

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