An invitation to travel…

TRIBUNE – My charming neighbors who are returning from Dubai where they have been to visit relatives, have on their return the painful experience of the noose which is now tightening a little more every day in the Covidic dictatorship of Knockistan.

After a PCR test carried out before taking the plane back to Paris, an antigen test and another PCR test on arrival to which must be added multiple papers to be completed worthy of a Soviet-type bureaucratic totalitarianism, they are now under house arrest for 10 days with the narrow time slot between 10 a.m. and noon as the right to leave. The police called them, making them understand that they would be visited regularly and that if they were not present at their home, they could face a fine of 1,000 euros. It is true that at 100 meters from the very peaceful district of the Gare du Nord with its trafficking in contraband cigarettes and drugs of all kinds to which must be added the firework mortars which explode on certain days of great effervescence towards the Stalingrad Square, the state has found no better way than to send its already exhausted police officers to monitor ordinary citizens. Strong with the weak and weak with the strong, such is the French Republic, which we may be surprised to find still inscribed on its pediments “Liberty, equality, fraternity”. Vanity, rivalry, duplicity would be today a motto which would describe infinitely better what has become of this country which was once so beautiful.

And if you no longer want to travel, there are countries that encourage you to do so. Take the example of the Maldives, which is trying to bring back its tourists by offering stays with a double dose of vaccine in the package. Their slogan “3V tourism”, Visit, Vaccinate and Vacation is supposed to attract a tourist who will have to stay several weeks, the time to receive his two injections. Note that if it is necessary to have the finances to stay there for more than a month, it is not specified whether the vaccination is offered or not. “The main idea of ​​opening up tourism is to offer reasonably safe tourism with a minimum of inconvenience,” says Dr Abdulla Mausoom, Minister of Tourism of the Maldives. And yes, what do you want, in the new world the more moral the talk and the more obnoxious the conduct.

If this is so, I will be allowed to prefer to travel in books and first of all through Baudelaire’s poetry and his magnificent poem “The invitation to travel” which I give you these few lines so that you can dream of a trip. which is more pleasant than those to which we are currently invited, a journey which would be nothing but “order and beauty, luxury, calm and pleasure”.

An invitation to travel

My child, my sister,
Think about the softness
To go there to live together!

Love at leisure,
Love to die
The country that resembles you !

Wet suns
Of these scrambled skies

For my mind have the charms
So mysterious
Of your eye drafts,
Shining through their tears.

There, all is order and beauty,
Luxury, calm and voluptuousness.
Shiny furniture,
Polished by the years,

Would decorate our room:
The rarest flowers
Mixing their scents
With the vague scents of amber,

The rich ceilings, The deep mirrors,
Eastern splendor,
Everything would speak there
To the soul in secret

His sweet native language.
There, all is order and beauty,
Luxury, calm and voluptuousness.
See these channels

Sleep these vessels
Whose mood is vagabond;
It is to satisfy

Your least desire
That they come from the end of the world.
– The setting suns
Cover the fields,

The canals, the whole city
Hyacinth and gold;
The world falls asleep
In a warm light

There, all is order and beauty
Luxury, calm and voluptuousness.

Charles Baudelaire, The evil flowers (1957)

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