Happy Mind Happy Life Beauty Living

Westminster Abbey

In my experience I started to live in beauty only when I decided to turn off the nasty buzzers.

But what about beauty links it to happiness?

In The Architecture of Happiness, Alain de Botton weighs the feeling of walking into an “ugly” McDonalds in the Westminster area of London compared to the feeling of entering the “beautiful” Westminster Cathedral across the street. He says that because of the harsh lighting, the plastic furniture, and the cacophonous color scheme (all those bright yellows and reds), one tends to feel immediately “anxious” in the McDonalds.

What one feels in the Westminster Cathedral, however, is a calmness brought on by a series of architectural and artistic decisions: the muted colors (greys and bleak reds), the romantic yellow lighting that bursts out onto Victoria Street, the intricate mosaics, and the vaulted ceilings. Although the Westminster Cathedral has the same principle elements of architecture as the McDonald’s—windows, doors, floors, ceilings, and seats—the cathedral helps people to relax and reflect, where the fast food restaurant causes one to feel stressed and hurried.

It seems part of humans’ appreciation of beauty is because it is able to conjure the feelings we tend to associate with happiness: calmness, a connection to history or the divine, wealth, time for reflection and appreciation, and, perhaps surprisingly, hope.

“Beauty manifests a hope that life would be better if the object of beauty were part of it,” writes Princeton philosopher Alexander Nehamas in Only a Promise of Happiness: The Place of Beauty in a World of Art.

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My Best Docking Arenas

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Capri, Monaco, Porto Cervo, looks all too crowdie, unreasonably costly and hysterical. Since my sailing time is so scarce, it must be a pleasure for eyes, mind and soul. I’m therefore happy to share my point of views with you, let me know your opinions, also privately.

1- Stockholm Archipelago, Sweden

Outside Stockholm, the yachting capital of Sandhamn is on the edge of one of the world’s most alluring archipelagos. Among the thousands of uninhabited islets, guests may indulge in a dingy race, or host an angling competition followed by a fresh fish barbecue. Yacht parties have been known to top off the evening with a midnight disco featuring the music of Abba, whose famously reclusive singer Agnetha lives on her own private island in the archipelago.

2- Aland Archipelago, Finland

The sea may be a shade cooler than the South of France, but it’s just as crystal clear. The 6,500 islands of Finland’s Aland archipelago offer remoteness and privacy in spades. Breaking out the yacht’s paddleboards for a tour along the deserted Baltic coastline in summer makes for an afternoon of one-off exploration. And compared to Capri, it is quiet indeed. In winter season, with a proper yacht it’s fascinating.

3- Calauit Island, Philippines

A private safari doesn’t get any more experiential than in Calauit Islands’ ‘nature reserve’. Formerly the private playground of the assuredly nuts Marcos dynasty, the island provides a refuge not only for native species, but also for African animals imported as part of the family’s private zoo. By anchoring offshore, the global glitterati can take in giraffes and zebras by day, followed by a sunset South East Asian dinner prepared by their on-board private chef.

4- Cabrera Islands, Spain

Even locals struggle to get to the Balearic Island’s best boating spot, the Cabrera Archipelago Maritime Park. Off-limits until 1988 as a military base, privacy is assured, as its 19 islands are accessible only to those with their own boat. The towering cliffs harbor herons and shearwater, while whales and dolphins bask in the 100km2 of protected seas. Mere mortals are limited to a day trip. After lunch, superyacht guests have the archipelago to themselves.

5- Tinos, Greece

Serene Tinos could hardly be more different from its indulgent neighbours. This tranquil Greek Island is the perfect antidote for anyone who has over-partied on Mykonos or over-indulged on Delos. With no airport on the island, visiting VIPs have their anonymity assured. The pebbly bays of Rochari, Malli, and Ormos Panormos melt into a deep Greek blue, and are most easily reached not by land, but by sea. The beach of Agios Pandeleimonas, close to the island’s southern tip, is the island’s biggest and best.

6- Gulf Islands, Canada

Canada’s westernmost province of British Columbia has an incredible 40,000 islands scattered along its 27,725km of coastline. From a superyacht’s bridge, deck or even crow’s nest, one may sight glaciers, icebergs and snow-crowned summits. The finest yachts now employ a learned guest lecturer who can expound upon this pristine wilderness for one’s own private party. High-end adventures include a crew-led kayak expedition among orcas, seals and otters, or whale watching with an expert guide in your own RIB. Avoid to sail here in winter season without experience or a skilled crew.

7- Cefalu, Sicily

Despite its popularity, Italy is one of those rare places that has managed to retain a sense of old world charm while developing a number of authentic luxury destinations. For yachtsmen, Sicily’s fishing villages and the beautiful beaches of Palermo are just some of the reasons why those in the know keep the region high up on their sailing to-do list. For those who have experienced the beauty already, Palermo is the sort of place you never stop longing to return to.

8- Morro Jable, Canaria

This paradisiacal archipelago has been well-established as one of the world’s most enviable luxury destinations for sailors. Beautifully-maintained marinas flow busily with yachts coming in from around the world, or simply making their way from island to island — Tenerife, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote — as they usher passengers to lay back on white sand beaches

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A smart way of flying

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I do not like snotty people, traveling by private jet just to feel and not be superior, I think what a waste of fuel it costs, CO2 pollution, and no sense there is in all this when I can, I travel smart, but also flying a private jet today may have a logic, this is light, small, ideal for routes that are no longer covered with airlines. Good management can do costing it more or less 500 €uro per hour for 3 passengers and travelling with a normal carrier per person may cost more when there’re no direct flights to a EU destination.

When someone’s interested I’ll love to invest in this sector in an airport nearby Brescia who’s going to be dismissed but completely new, (cause to the craziness of the Italian politicians and insane lobbies).

I’ll keep all of you posted. EB

New York Times

Sakis Lala

Not everyone is pessimistic about Italy’s future. Emanuele Bertoli, the owner of a company that makes mother-of-pearl buttons for clothing designers like Giorgio Armani and Stefano Ricci, has thrived by putting most of his production in Vietnam and China, near the hatcheries for his pearls.

Back home, where he keeps a design studio, Mr. Bertoli, 38, said he was inspired by the sun-dappled landscape east of Milan — a region known as button valley for its many local button makers. “You are surrounded by beauty in this country,” he said. “It permeates you.”

Capturing this beauty, he said, and selling it to the rest of the world — whether in the form of Ferragamo shoes or Fiat cars — is how Italy can reclaim its export franchise and revive its economy.

© photographer Sakis Lalas for The New York Times

Emanuele Bertoli’s button plants in Vietnam and China are thriving.