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Friday, June 17, 2011

Reflection of Perpignan train station

© Photos by Kay Davies and Richard Schear, April, 2011   
Above, in the south of France, the Perpignan railway station as seen reflected in the building across the street. Below, the train station itself, reflecting itself. The name on the face of the Gare de Perpignan says "el centre del món" which means "centre of the world" in the Catalan language, because Salvador Dalí (see below) called it "the center of the universe". Like Dalí, we had lots of good ideas while here, with a great many choices for day-trips using our Eurail passes.


Following a visit in 1963, the Catalan surrealist artist Salvador Dalí declared Perpignan's railway station the centre of the universe, saying he always got his best ideas while sitting in the waiting room.
In the 1965 painting below, Dalí shows the vision of the universe that came to him while reflecting on the subject in the Perpignan train station.
From about.com

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22 comments:

Francisca said...

Quite a unique looking train station, eal and reflected... but centre of the universe...? Afraid my world view doesn't match Dali's :-D

Reader Wil said...

The reflection in the second photo isvery beautiful. How nice that your friends are going to spend their holiday on a narrow boat. I wish I could do the same. I also wish you a great stay on one of the boats. Please take ,many photos and share them with us! Love, Wil.

Tes said...

Wow, lovely reflections! :)

SquirrelQueen said...

What an amazing building. I really like the reflection in your first shot Kay, a somewhat surreal effect Dali might have liked.

Dianne said...

Double Wow! such a great expanse of reflection - the colourings are gorgeous.
Have a wonderful week-end Kay. xx

Honey at 2805 said...

Interesting station and reflection!

Re you comment on my St. Malo post, I think it's Cartier too. Maybe not.

magiceye said...

this is so beautiful...!!!

Dimple said...

Love that first shot, Kay!

Beacon said...

Dali did have an interesting view of the world. For some reason this one reminded me of one of the books in Stephen King's "Dark Tower" books.

Kim, USA said...

A very colorful reflection. Love it!

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Sylvia K said...

Lovely, different train station and what terrific, colorful reflections! Great post, Kay, and marvelous captures as always! Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Sylvia

Cezar and Léia said...

Fantastic reflections in your pictures, the station is modern , I like a lot this acupuncture. I need to visit Perpignan some day, looks adorable!
hugs
Léia

José Ramón said...

Congratulations is a very interesting blog.

Regards from Creativity and imagination photos of Jose Ramon

Pat Tillett said...

I love the photo and I love Dali!

Cezar and Léia said...

Interesting thoughts of this Dali guy... :)
God bless you!
Cezar

Gemma Wiseman said...

Intriguing building! The first photo looks like a jig saw puzzle image! Great photos!

Marja said...

Great pictures. Just wonder catalan language? I thought catalan was spanish I am probably confused. Thanks for visiting :)

Caroline said...

I've been in Perpignan once, but it was a long time ago. Nice to see your pictures!

Seasons said...

This is exactly the kind of story that makes me think of the mind of an artist. Dali saw and conveyed in his painting, that we might never. The train station is more colorful than any I can think of. Thanks for sharing!

Dianne said...

what a fantastic structure
a feast of reflections

Kay said...

HI Kay! I just wanted to stop by and say hello.

Thank you so much for your visits. I'm still so horribly jet lagged. I don't know what's the matter with me. I'm trying to get through the thousands of photos that were taken by three cameras and it's exhausting! Sigh.

My energy level is way down and I'm having a hard time doing what I need to do. I'll be catching up with everybody in a week. I hope.

Roan said...

The architecture is fantastic, as are the reflections!