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
Closer to home — beautiful Cape Town Marina
Those who build to [hopefully] add beauty to our world
And sometimes, I am watched