We have another surprise holiday tomorrow, so iPhone in pocket I’ll potter aka flâneur around the oldest parts of Jongno with these thoughts as company!
“A good traveller has no fixed plans and is not intent on arriving.” – Lao Tzu
“The Flâneur (or Flâneuse in the feminine) is a concept originating with the French poet Charles Baudelaire. In Baudelaire’s world, the Flâneur was an idly rich dandy, who wandered the streets of 19th century Paris seeking a remedy for ever-threatening ennui.”
As readers are suitably aware I am neither French, a dandy or rich but my mind is always searching out that elusive remedy!
Edmund White observed that a flâneur is a stroller, a loiterer, someone who ambles without apparent purpose but is secretly attuned to the history of the streets he walks – and is in covert search of adventure, aesthetic or erotic.
Tis true that my solo wanderings deliver a minuscule sense of adventure and are generally aesthetically satisfying but as for the erotic what does Edmund imbibe for breakfast!
The photo journal of my intrepid endeavours will appear here sometime Monday.