Arts and Culture

Art Around Town (Metz, France)

After taking four days off to recover from the Trail des Passerelles, the Ninja Turtle ventured outside for her first run as the weather was just too darn nice to stay indoors. Her quads are still incredibly sore from the downhills so it was slow going; she kept to a route close to home (just in case she needed to cut the run short from too much pain) which meant sticking to within the city.

Now that Europe is thrown into the height of summer, there are endless activities and free entertainment lined up. Metz Plage started two days ago; that’s the “urban beach” where a whole pile of sand is dumped somewhere to re-create a beach atmosphere for those who live only about 8 hours from the closest real beach.

There’s currently a series of open air art exhibitions displayed in various venues too – gardens seem to be a favourite exhibition spot. So as the Ninja Turtle shuffled towards the end of her easy 5-miler, she chanced upon this pretty cool series:

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Scenes from the Southern Ridges

This weekend, the Ninja Turtle got to mix more family and fitness time, with a walk along the Southern Ridges trail with her relatives. The Southern Ridges trail consists of several sections, and is one of the more popular running routes in Singapore.

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Some of the interesting sights captured on the walk included:

The hothouse nursery at Hort Park. Shhhh.... baby plants resting!

The hothouse nursery at Hort Park. Shhhh…. baby plants resting!

Students from local schools contributing to the national body of public art

Students from local schools contributing to the national body of public art.

Beautiful garden-scaping and resting areas through Hort Park

Beautiful garden-scaping and resting areas through Hort Park.

Cousin of the Ninja Turtle, the Power Ranger explores the vegetable gardens.

Cousin of the Ninja Turtle, the Power Ranger explores the vegetable gardens.

Singa the Lion, a childhood memory for the Ninja Turtle from Singapore's National Courtesy Campaign. He used to teach us how to give up seats on the trains to pregnant women, etc etc.

Singa the Lion, a childhood memory for the Ninja Turtle from Singapore’s National Courtesy Campaign. Thanks to him, an entire generation of Singaporeans learnt how to give up seats on the trains to pregnant women, the elderly, etc etc.

Along the trail, you might encounter exotic fauna. No fear - here is your friendly PSA action plan In Case of Monkeys.

Along the trail, you might encounter exotic fauna. No fear – here is your friendly PSA action plan In Case of Monkeys.

A black-and-white house (that's what they are really called), a 19th century remnant from Singapore's colonial past. These government properties can be leased in 2-year blocks (POA).

A black-and-white house (that’s what they are really called), a 19th century remnant from Singapore’s colonial past. These government properties can be leased in 2-year blocks (POA).

Reflections at Keppel Bay, one of the several architectural peculiarities that have popped up on the island in the last several years.

Reflections at Keppel Bay, one of the several architectural peculiarities that have popped up on the island in the last several years.

Finishing the walk at a cafe, where milkshakes and a bite were very much welcome

Finishing the walk at a cafe, where milkshakes and a bite were very much welcome.

Sans doute, in a year or two, the Power Ranger is going to outgrow the Ninja Turtle *sob*

Sans doute, in a year or two, the Power Ranger is going to outgrow the Ninja Turtle *sob*

GodzillaPin, this one's for you.

GodzillaPin, this one’s for you.

After completing the longest walk in her life thus far, the Power Ranger has earned her rights to ring the Bell of Happiness.

After completing the longest walk in her life thus far, the Power Ranger has earned her rights to ring the Bell of Happiness.

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Scenes from the Chinese Garden

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8.30am on a Sunday morning, when half the city is still asleep…

The Ninja Turtle was out plodding before the sun even came up.

The Ninja Turtle was out plodding before the sun even came up.

It's just too damn hot and humid in Singapore to run after 9am, and before 8pm.

Even with plenty of shade, i’s just too damn hot and humid in Singapore to run after 9am, and before 8pm.

Finishing her run at the Chinese Garden in Jurong is such a pleasure...

Finishing her run at the Chinese Garden in Jurong is such a pleasure…

Sculpted plants...

Sculpted plants…

Beautiful landscaping...

Beautiful landscaping…

The glassy and still lake...

The glassy lake…

A hero to look up to (the real Hua Mulan, not that bastardised nonsense by Disney.)

A kickass femme fatale to look up to…

Relatives to visit...

Relatives to visit…

And of course, an important pillar of Chinese culture, gazing upon you benevolently to ensure you start the day with the right thoughts in your head.

And of course, an important pillar of the Chinese culture, gazing upon you benevolently to ensure you start the day with the right thoughts and attitude in your head.

Crossing the bridge and homeward bound (to a breakfast of exotic tropical fruits).

Crossing the bridge and homeward bound (to a breakfast of exotic tropical fruits).

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Scenes from the Parc de la Seille

This morning, the Ninja Turtle headed to the local park (like most Wednesdays). However, she wasn’t planning on running her usual course. Instead, she came armed with a camera in an attempt to capture some sights she normally passes while running.

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There is no sadder sight than an empty playground on a sunny day.

C’est la rentrée ici en France. A new school year has started here.

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Except for these guys. They're too cool for school.

Still, the local park was crowded on such a beautiful day.

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Some still insist on sunbathing in September

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While others indulge in skinny-dipping

After an hour it was time to go home, but there was one final feat to tackle.

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Climbing the stairway to heaven

In case some are wondering why she’d skipped a run on such a lovely day, it’s because her Monday LSD was pushed back to yesterday, and she’ll do the tempo (or hills) tomorrow. Promise.

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