Category Archives: Art

London: Day 6.5 – National Gallery and British Museum

Had another lie in on Friday; didn’t leave the apartment until 10:30 a.m. but, seeing as how we didn’t get back to the apartment until about 8:30 p.m., it was another very l o n g day. We began at … Continue reading

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Goodbye to Hotel Vivaana

Before we head off to Bikaner, a few final impressions of Hotel Vivaana:

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Excesses

And I’m not talking about Tuesday’s gelato consumption!  It’s that old time religion that’s the subject of this post.  Yep, you got it:  Catholicism.  What’s with these guys and their need to rub our noses in their wealth and power? … Continue reading

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To Stew In One’s Own Juices

  I always thought “to stew in one’s own juices” was a figure of speech.  Then I arrived in Mamallapuram and ventured out for a morning walk along a very short stretch of the Bay of Bengal.  Even with my … Continue reading

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Vishnu, the Lovable God

We visited a couple more temples on Sunday, January 17th, as we explored the area near Kumbakonam. The first temple was our first Vishnu temple and it was a beauty.  I’m growing to love these outrageously painted, figured temple towers. … Continue reading

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It’s a Puzzlement

At the palace in Thanjuvar, there is a collection of magnificent bronze sculptures.  The most magnificent of them all is a gloriously relaxed and serene Shiva.  We were told that this sculpture has traveled to over twenty major museums around … Continue reading

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Grand Master Riccard

Can you believe that I am still on January 12?  Will the day never end? Directly from viewing beasts on the shore (sadly, but not unexpectedly, no tigers), we went to see a demonstration of a kind of martial arts … Continue reading

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Culture Fatigue

Who knew that Art could be so exhausting?  We’ve had a day of it and we are both pooped. We arranged to meet friends at the National Portrait Gallery this morning to see the Giacometti portrait exhibition.  Joan and I … Continue reading

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Out and About in the Loire Valley: Chaumont sur Loire

The second half of our day of culture found us at Chaumont sur Loire.  In a region rich with chateaux, I decided on this place because it is hosting an international festival of art and gardens.  Seemed as good a … Continue reading

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Da Vinci in France

Michael and I are such ignorant travellers!  Who knew that Leonardo Da Vinci spent his last three years in Amboise . . . and died there?  Probably everybody except for us!! It turns out that our little hideaway is about … Continue reading

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