This is ‘The Green Tunnel.’ It’s official name is Rua Gonçalo de Carvalho, a street found in the city of Porto Alegre in Brazil. And it has now been internationally dubbed The Most Beautiful Street in the World.
Now, I know, different people have different ideas of what comprises a ‘beautiful’ street.
Some people find a street more beautiful when it is towered with powerful, urban structures that represent the architectural genius it truly takes to turn a high-rise, corporate building into an enduring piece of modern art that bewilders the brain at its own ability.
Others are more apt to find a street with a real cultural and historical identity more beautiful. They enjoy walking down a paved road that they know expresses an important moment in human history, or a street that just breathes with the pulse of life and color and noise and everything that makes this place different and irreplaceable.
People who find ‘The Green Tunnel’ the most beautiful are perhaps the ones who find a tranquil and reassuring peace in, basically, letting the earth adorn itself. They find that walking down a street enveloped in a sea of green the most rerefreshing stroll of their lives. And, obviously, I can see why this particular picture drew so much attention and received such a lofty title by so many people: It truly is overpoweringly beautiful. The trees almost stand protective over these urban dwellers. They stand in perfect harmony with the pavement that they shade. There is just so much serenity emanating from that image IT MAKES YOUR EYES EXPLODE WITH AWE.
But, to me, as beautiful as I find all these kinds of streets, they’re not actually the MOST breathtakingly beautiful in my eyes. Personally, I’ve only ever felt completely enamored by streets that mean something to me and appeal to my own sentiments.
So when I come back to Kuwait after having been gone for several months, The Gulf Road in its endless beach front and the majestic Kuwait Towers looming in the distance are, in that moment, the most beautiful to me.
And when I see the street in front of my Montreal apartment transformed into an absolute Winter Wonderland OVERNIGHT I’m amazed and I am speechless. And, in that moment, it’s the most beautiful to me.
And, pretty much, every single memory that I’ve ever had on a street somewhere in the world, recalled in that right moment of sentimental inhale, is the most beautiful to me.
All my love!