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I actually had to do a little bit of research for this week’s Photo Challenge. I spotted this “La bohème” house in the center of a small city near Zagreb. It immediately caught my attention. When I read the theme of Challenge – Fray, I had to ask myself a few questions.
First of all, and I am not ashamed to admit it, I had to Google meaning of “Fray”. And then I had to Google some more… And when I thought I got it, some of the entries confused me, so… I Googled some more. 😀 If I got this terribly wrong, you know who to blame. 😉
Fray; conflict, clash, wear out.
That’s when I remembered the house I took photo of last week. I thought the sign “La bohème” was so strange to be placed there and yet it is so perfect. It is in Dugo Selo, on the main road. It is obvious that something was there, a shop maybe? Now, there is nothing and on the right side you can see the coffee place. On the left side however there seems to be some kind of private entrance. I have no idea, I wish I payed more attention to it when I was there, to check out what is the deal with this house. Bohemian house. 🙂
I did a research on the phrase “La bohème”. I knew roughly what it meant and that it was French, but here is the complete explanation; A four-act opera by Giacomo Puccini, detailing the life of eight friends living in Paris in 1830-1831 under the struggle of poverty.
Bohemian on the other hand is; A person with artistic or literary interests who disregards conventional standards of behavior.
I knew that one. The only question is, why is that here? Is it a tribute for the opera in the middle of a small city whose name literary means “Long Village”? Highly doubt it.
I think it is a imprint of times gone by, was there a shop or something else. Now it is just a sign which meaning suits the tenement house so well.
The other thing that says “Fray” to me is this photo. I took it in the park of nature Maksimir (which translates into “Maxi peace”) in Zagreb, by the 4th and 5th lake. It is actually this hill that divides the lakes who are divided only on the ground. Underground the water flows from one lake to other. Very lovely sight if I may add. 🙂 I will post some photos soon, it was cloudy the day I took photos and perfect to capture the color of the lakes.