Today (actually a few days ago, as this didn’t go through properly the first time) I went to the Mont St Michel, a small mountain/island that is famous for its beauty and the fact that it sits a point where the tides can completely block it from the mainland. Now there is a causeway to […]
On Sunday I went to the Sacre-Coeur Basilica, located on the butt Montmartre, the hightest point in Paris. This gorgeous white building has a view of a good chunk of Paris, which you really deserve after the climb. However, contrary to my guidebook, the climb really wasn’t that bad. There is a funicular you can […]
As I was walking through the Louvre on Friday, I walked by a painting that looked really familiar, really really familiar. Anyone who has been in my room, look familiar? It is part of a series of paintings of the muses, of which 1/3 is on display at the Louvre.
As my trip goes on, I am very aware of how little I know about art. For example, the name Rodin just made the image of the Thinker come to mind and nothing else. Not nationality or time period, just the statue of the Thinker. But I was curious about him and so I made […]
This morning I went to the Musee de Cluny, the museum of the middle ages in France. It was really quite fabulous. The building itself used to be the abbot of Cluny’s home and the basement has the ruins of a Roman frigidarium. The collection is massive with only a small portion on display. The […]
This gorgeous pair of funerary monuments represent Charles IV of France and his wife. They now live at the Louvre. The pair, however, never guarded an entire body, rather they sat above just the intestines! It was a common medieval practice to split a ruler’s body across several locations, according to my audio guide. It […]
At the L’Orangerie, I saw an artist I hadn’t noticed before, Marie Laurencin. She was one of the few female Cubist painters and she is known for having created a language of femininity to contrast with the often aggressively masculine paintings of the Cubist movement. I was drawn to the painting for its colors and […]
After our disappointments with the hours of various sites the day before, on October 5th we had a plan that would hopefully take all those tricksy Athens schedules into account. First, as I wanted to go up to the Acropolis again, I got up nice and early and was one of the first people into […]
I am leaving Greece today. I had a wonderful wonderful trip and it was such a pleasure to see the monuments and history that I enjoyed studying so much. I had great company in the welcome form of my Aunt Rosie and she was an excellent sport with my tendency to linger at monuments or […]
I am leaving Greece today, though I hope to get some posts up for you all. In the meantime, have a gorgeous picture of the Acropolis from the Lykavittos hill as the sun was starting to set, though there was a storm that had just blown through.