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You Think I'm Sexy? - Polar Bear Version - Los Angeles Travel Photographer

When I saw the polar bear in this pose, I knew the title to the post.

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Sexy-Pose-Polar-Bear-Laying-Hell-Gate-Canada-Copyright-Jean-Huang-Photography

As if the universe wants to make absolute sure that I have the right inspiration (ahem… being kicked in the right direction), I met a person. While conversing about his career, he disclosed that he once made a certain something (the specifics omitted for irrelevance to this post) for Rod Stewart. For who knows what the reason, he then followed “Do you know who Rod Stewart is?” Giving a polite nod, I tried my darndest to hold back Rod Stewart and his ‘Da Ya Think I’m Sexy’”: She sits alone waiting for suggestions … …

Sexy-Pose-Polar-Bear-Sitting-Hell-Gate-Canada-Copyright-Jean-Huang-Photography

Sexy-Pose-Polar-Bear-Sitting-Hell-Gate-Canada-Copyright-Jean-Huang-Photography

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Love Story in Cuenca, Spain (Part 2) - Los Angeles Travel Photographer

In the last postJulián was enlisted to fight the Italian Wars in order to improve his outlook with Inés, the girl that he was in love with.  In the weeks and months that follow, news from Julián was sporadic. 

Two years later, when the war ended, Julián, now loaded with laurels, took the shortest roads and paths to go back home.  Nothing was communicated to
Inés as he wanted to make his appearance a pleasant surprise.  Finally, on one night, he showed up at their usual time to meet in front of Inés' door, intending to thank the Christ of the Passage (el Cristo del Pasadizo, in Spanish) for his safe return and a bright future.  Only this time, he found his position being occupied by a young Lesmes. 

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Houses-on-the-Edge-of-Cliff-Cuenca-Spain-Copyright-Jean-Huang-Photography

Infuriated and jealous, Julián pulled out his sword and threw himself at Lesmes who instantly unsheathed his sword to defend.  The quiet night was broken by the sharp clash of swords, until Julián lost his footing on one of the steps and fell.  Lesmes took advantage and push his sword through Julián's already shattered heart.  The silence returned.

Soon, the guard came.  In an effort to escape the chase, 
Lesmes tried to jump from a path hid in the leafy forest in the upper city, unraveled a stone and went down to the bottom of the valley.

Inés, guilty of causing two lives, confined herself in the Convento de las Petras for the rest of her life.  To this day, people say her sad spirit still wanders the Convento.

In a UNESCO town that was built by the Moors and later conquered by the Castilians in the 12th century, there's bound to be a lot of stories.  And this is one of them.

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Convento-de-las-Petras-Cuenca-Spain-Copyright-Jean-Huang-Photography

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A Love Story in a Treacherous Town in Spain - Los Angeles Travel Photographer

Julián was a handsome young man from a humble background and earned a living doing labor work.  He fell in love with a girl from a wealthy family.  Every day, he would go see Inés after work in front of her door. 

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Couple-Underneath-Cristo-del-Pasadizo-Cuenca-Spain-Copyright-Jean-Huang-Photography

The disparity in their social classes caused concern for Inés' parent.  To change his outlook with the girl that was also in love with him, Julián joined the army to fight the Italian Wars.  On the night before Julián's departure, the two lovers knelt in front of el Cristo del Pasadizo (the Christ of the Passage, in English) and swore their loyalty.  Neither of them would think of marrying anyone else unless they were certain of death of either one.

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Casas-Colgadas-Cuenca-Spain-Copyright-Jean-Huang-Photography

In a town where houses hang out of the cliff, I learnt a medieval love story in which two young men perished.

Do you know what happened to
Inés?     

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