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By the way, visual finds - En passant, trouvailles visuelles

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The MIT chapel in Cambridge, designed by architect Eero Saarinen, is a good example of his neo-futuristic style. From the outside, a brick cylinder; around the cylinder, moats to make the place an island of serenity; hidden windows that allow the sun's reflections to wavy on the interior walls; a metallic structure designed by Harry Bertoia that captures the light from above. If you are following the Cambridge / MIT trek, the chapel is on your way and worth a detour. Eero Saarinen is known for the ark he created in St Louis, the tulip chair and, just in front of the chapel, the Kresge auditorium and its light metal structure resting on only 3 points. You will also see it on your way.

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La chapelle de MIT à Cambridge, conçue par l'architecte Eero Saarinen, est un bon exemple de son style neo-futuriste. 

De l'extérieur, un cylindre en brique; autour du cylindre, des douves pour faire de l'endroit une île de sérénité;…

New York State Pavilion | Flushing Meadows Corona Park | Queens | New York City

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The New York State Pavilion in Flushing Meadows Park, New York City, it's the end of the movie Men in Black 1, when the towers, in fact spaceships, fly away (if I remember correctly). It's also what remains of the 1964-65 World Fair; next to it, the Unisphere which, in the movie, stands out from its base and rolls to try to crush the heroes. All these places and the new Chinatown in Flushing will be explored in more detail in the upcoming Flushing Meadow Corona trek, soon on Urban Trekking New York. In the meantime, you can already use the 15 self-guided tours already available on the site if you want to visit New York City on foot, on and off the beaten track.

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Le New York State Pavilion dans le parc de Flushing Meadows à New York City, c'est la fin du film de Men in Black 1 quand les tours, en fait des vaisseaux spaciaux, s'envolent  (si je me souviens bien). 

C'est aussi ce qui reste de l'exposition …

North Head Harbour | woodcut & colored pencils - xylogravure et crayons de couleur | Grand Manan Island, New Brunswick, Canada

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"North Head Harbour" is a 4x6" woodcut hand colored with pencils; its 1st edition was mainly blue and hand colored with watercolor but I changed this one to reflect some of the lights at sunrise.

North Head is the name of one of the villages on Grand Manan Island, an island in the Bay of Fundy. The print is a very partial representation of its lively and colorful harbor (spelled "harbour" in Canadian English!).

To see more prints about this island, go to LecomteDominique.com/gmprints.html

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"North Head Harbour" est une xylogravure colorée à la main avec des crayons de couleur; sa 1ère édition était colorée principalement en bleu avec de l'aquarelle mais j'ai changé celle-ci pour représenter une partie des couleurs du soleil levant.

North Head est le nom d'un des villages de l'île de Grand Manan, une île de la baie de Fundy. La gravure est une représentation très partielle de son…

05/04/19 | Patrick Barry, Ra, S4mvk4, Mila Savi | UnchARTed, Lowell, MA | DJ set

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On 05/04/19, Patrick Barry, Ra, S4mvk4 and Mila Savi were at UnchARTed, a small multimedia venue in Lowell; 4 DJs for three hours of underground techno.
On the walls, works of art; on the menu, pizza; on stage and generally, a wide variety of musicians often local and always innovative.

To learn more about this place and find others off the beaten track, go to the "Beyond Boston" page on Urban Trekking in Boston.

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Le 04/05/19, Patrick Barry, Ra, S4mvk4 et Mila Savi étaient à UnchARTed, une petite salle de spectacle multimédia de Lowell; 4 DJ pour trois heures de techno underground. 

Aux murs, des oeuvres d'art; au menu, de la pizza; sur scène et en général, une grande variété de musiciens souvent locaux et toujours innovants. 

Pour en savoir plus sur cet endroit et en trouver d'autres hors des sentiers battus, allez sur la page "Au delà de Boston"  sur Trekking Urbain à Boston.


Dialogue 52 | Heron changes his plans - Héron change ses plans | A Singular Domain - Les Espaces Discrets

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The dialogue 52, "Heron changes his plans", is one of the last dialogues published in "A Singular Domain". As Héron and Bâton notice when they meet, things suddenly change quickly around the ponds and once again, it is no different from what is happening elsewhere in the world. This time, Heron tells Stick that Heronnee cannot come as he had hoped and that, as a consequence, he is the one that is going to leave. Stick invites him to his marriage with Wand. To find this dialogue and all the others of the story, go to LecomteDominique.com/LesEspacesDiscrets/index.php/en/heron-changes-plans/

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Le dialogue 52, "Héron change ses plans", est un des derniers dialogues publiés dans "Les Espaces Discrets".

Comme Héron et Bâton le remarquent quand ils se rencontrent, les choses changent soudain rapidement autour des étangs et une fois encore, ce n'est pas différent de ce qui se passe partout ai…

The Charlestown Bells - Les cloches de Charlestown | musical sculpture - sculpture musicale | Paul Matisse | Boston

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The Charlestown bells, a musical sculpture by Paul Matisse, are between the Charlestown bridge and the Zachim bridge. To go there, follow the Charlestown trek starting from North Station in Boston. 
The 1st edition of the trek was telling you to go to the Charlestown bridge; the April 2019 revised edition brings you to these bells and over some locks along a pedestrian walkway. Much better than being on the bridge with all the traffic and, right now, the construction.
The last part of the trek is new too. It suggests an extra one mile walk along the Harborwalk and in a part of the old Navy Yard that has been open to renovation when the Yard closed.
If you are wondering who this Matisse is, yes he's related to Henry Matisse. He is his grandson, and he  lives in Massachusetts.
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Les cloches de Charlestown, une sculpture musicale par Paul Matisse, sont entre le pont de Charlestown et le pont Zachim. Pour y aller, suivez le trek d…

Signs of piety - signes de piété | Battery Street - rue Battery | North End, Boston

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Signs of piety on Battery St., in the North End in Boston, remind us that many people in the neighborhood are catholic and take their religion very seriously!
When you take the North End trek and come to the end of Battery St. just before Hanover St., here's what you can see on your right. On your left, another display, yet less visible.
At first, the North End trek was taking Commercial St. at this part of the tour; the April 2019 revised edition brings you to smaller and more typical streets of this area, like this street, with other  discoveries on your way.
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Signes de piété sur Battery St., dans le North End à Boston, nous rappellent que beaucoup d'habitants du quartier sont catholiques et prennent leur religion très au sérieux!  
Quand vous prenez le trek du North End et arrivez à la fin de Battery St, juste avant Hanover St., voila ce que vous pouvez voir sur votre droite. Sur votre gauche, à peu près le même arrange…

The Gropius House & Museum - La maison musée de Gropius | Bauhaus | architecture | Lincoln, MA

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The Gropius House & Museum is for you if you like the minimalist architecture of the Bauhaus. Gropius, the master of the movement, has long taught at Harvard University after fleeing Nazi Germany. The house he had built in Lincoln, on land donated by one of his admirers, is now a museum run by Historic New England. His use of innovative materials (chrome, glass blocks, acoustic coatings ...) combined with the traditional elements of New England architecture have revolutionized the way buildings were made at the time and are now found in many contemporary buildings. Even his garden is a model of efficiency and minimalism.You'll have to take a guided tour to visit this place; this will allow you to ask questions about Gropius, his family, his house, the Bauhaus and the furniture designed especially for him by Breuer, another leader of the movement. You'll see that the guides are very competent.Obviously, this place is not on Urban Trekking Bost…

The South Boston Castle Island trek - Le trek de South Boston castle Island | self guided - auto-guidé

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The South Boston Castle Island trek is the only Urban Trekking Boston trek that is not accessible by the T. unless you are ready to walk 2.5 miles before reaching it. So why take a car to do it?
To see overflowing planes landing a little further at Logan airport. To see cargo ships arriving at the Boston Harbor. To see the bustling Boston Bay and the cormorants perched on the traffic lights geared to the boats. To visit a fort dating, at first, of the revolutionary period of the USA (but not always open so inquire before). To see people walking, jogging, sunbathing, chatting. To queue at a fast food stall serving fried seafood platters. To feel you are in the open sea, yet close to the city. It's a little off the beaten path but surprising, and if the weather is nice, you 'll also be able to enjoy the beaches of the area.

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Le trek de South Boston Castle Island  est le seul des treks de Trekking Urbain à Boston qu…

J.F. Kennedy Library & Museum - Bibliothèque et musée J.F. Kennedy | Columbia Point | Dorchester | Boston

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The J. F. Kennedy Library and Museum is located at Columbia Point in Boston's Dorchester neighborhood; designed in 1979 by I.M. Pei, its architecture is magnificent whatever the season. both outside and inside. I.M. Pei designed three buildings in Boston including the Hancock Tower, and four on the Massachusetts Institute of Technology campus in Cambridge where he studied architecture. It is said that for each, he was never completely satisfied with the result and sometimes thought not to recognize the finished product. As for the J. F. Kennedy library and museum, it had to be built with more noble materials than glass and cement, but budget problems decided otherwise. As it is located on the old dump of the city, at a given moment emanations of methane ignited spontaneously during the works. Today, however, the place is safe, accessible on foot from Carson Beach following the Harborwalk. It is a very pleasant and very well designed walk along the …