Art & Travel Photo Journal

[Photo Journal] Outside Swarovski Museum

... shining, shimmering, splendid.


Myra here.

Every Tuesday, we share photographs from our recent or long-ago travels, or just everyday stuff that appealed to our mindful eye and sharp sensibilities as captured through fleeting images.

Swarovski Kristallwelten

When I was left on my own for a few weeks by my family in Germany last year as I was finishing my research fellowship at the International Youth Library in Munich, I spent my weekend touring nearby areas.

The Swarovski Kristallwelten was one of the places I visited in Austria. It is, as to be expected, shining shimmering splendid. Here are photos from the grounds. I will be sharing a few more photos of what’s found inside the museum in the coming weeks.

“I wish to stay drenched
in those rain-blue eyes
in those…soul-reaching crystals
not moving a muscle
nor breathing
this turquoise ache
against my heart.” 
― Sanober Khan, Turquoise Silence
“The crystal trees among them were hung with glass-like trellises of moss. The air was markedly cooler, as if everything was sheathed in ice, but a ceaseless play of light poured through the canopy overhead. The process of crystallization was more advanced. The fences along the road were so encrusted that they formed a continuous palisade, a white frost at least six inches thick on either side of the palings. The few houses between the trees glistened like wedding cakes, white roofs and chimneys transformed into exotic miniarets and baroque domes. On a law of green glass spurs, a child’s tricycle gleamed like a Faberge gem, the wheels starred into brilliant jasper crowns.” 
― J.G. Ballard, The Crystal World

“She smiled and said with an ecstatic air: “It shines like a little diamond”,
“What does?”
“This moment. It is round, it hangs in empty space like a little diamond; I am eternal.” 
― Jean-Paul Sartre, The Age of Reason

“Diamonds were nothing more than carbon, but carbon in a crystal lattice that made it the hardest known mineral in nature. That was the way we all were headed. I was sure of it. We were destined to be diamonds!” 
― Alan Bradley, The Weed That Strings the Hangman’s Bag

“Hidden in the glorious wildness like unmined gold.” 
― John Muir

“What glitters may not be gold; and even wolves may smile; and fools will be led by promises to their deaths.” 
― Lauren Oliver, Delirium Stories: Hana, Annabel, and Raven

“But what’s worth more than gold?”
“Practically everything. You, for example. Gold is heavy. Your weight in gold is not very much gold at all. Aren’t you worth more than that?” 
― Terry Pratchett, Making Money
“Silver’s sweet and gold’s our mother, but once you’re dead they’re worth less than that last shit you take as you lie dying.” 
― George R.R. Martin, A Dance with Dragons

“Gold conjures up a mist about a man, more destructive of all his old senses and lulling to his feelings than the fumes of charcoal.” 
― Charles Dickens, Nicholas Nickleby

“I did not know that mankind were suffering for want of gold. I have seen a little of it. I know that it is very malleable, but not so malleable as wit. A grain of gold will gild a great surface, but not so much as a grain of wisdom.” 
― Henry David Thoreau, Life Without Principle

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Myra is a Teacher Educator and a registered clinical psychologist based in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates. Prior to moving to the Middle East, she lived for eleven years in Singapore serving as a teacher educator. She has edited five books on rediscovering children’s literature in Asia (with a focus on the Philippines, Malaysia, India, China, Japan) as part of the proceedings for the Asian Festival of Children’s Content where she served as the Chair of the Programme Committee for the Asian Children’s Writers and Illustrators Conference from 2011 until 2019. While she is an academic by day, she is a closet poet and a book hunter at heart. When she is not reading or writing about books or planning her next reads, she is hoping desperately to smash that shuttlecock to smithereens because Badminton Is Life (still looking for badminton courts here at UAE - suggestions are most welcome).

1 comment on “[Photo Journal] Outside Swarovski Museum

  1. Pingback: [Photo Journal] A Sneak Peek Inside the Swarovski Museum (1 of 4) – Gathering Books

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