Travel Journey of the Week: Louvre

I am mixing things up this week by providing a museum as our travel journey of the week.  The Louvre is filled with an unimaginable number of masterpieces.  Let’s share what we have discovered in the former palace.  Here is how you can contribute: 1. Each Sunday, a place will be set as the theme…

Calendar Art

If your traveling on a budget or trying to eliminate baggage weight, you might want to consider the versatility of a calendar as a souvenir.  Calendars typically don’t take up much space, and the right one can become inexpensive art. I found a calendar in the Cinque Terre that reflected the vibrancy and color of…

Photo Books Now for Sale

I’m so excited that Zenfolio has updated themes and products.  Mpix is their primary printing company, and they print with amazing quality.  They are now featuring books as one of their products.  Can you imagine your empty coffee table filled with hand-selected photos that reflect your personal interests?  Or even better, imagine hiring me to…

Following the Trails of Van Gogh and the Impressionists

Van Gogh seems to pop up in many of my journeys.  I saw him down in Provence last spring.  Then we met up in Amsterdam so he could show me some of his work.  He even stays in Chicago at the Art Institute.  This time I acted like an Impressionist myself by taking the train…

Monet’s Home in Giverny

If you have any interest in Monet or his paintings, you should visit his home.  Walking through the gate is like walking into one of Monet’s paintings.  You see the green bridge in the distance with wisteria hanging.  The lilies float on the water and grab the light, just like in his paintings.  If you…

L’Orangerie in Paris

The former orange shelter located in the Tuilleries Gardens is an Impressionist treasure.  If hearing names like Monet, Renoir, or Picasso conjure interest, then this is a great museum for you.  The collection cannot compare in size to the collection at the Musee D’Orsay, but the works are well worth the visit. The feature exhibit…

Rodin Museum

The Musee Rodin is housed in the elegant Hotel Biron.  Rodin lived and worked in this mansion.  I love that so many Paris museums not only have masterpieces, but they are housed in historic masterpieces themselves.  The mansion shows its age and use as you hear the wood floors creaking under your feet.  It is…

People in Sculpture

Sculpture is one of my favorite art forms.  It always amazes me how someone can take rock or stone, and turn it into something that tells a story.

Art in Photos

I have hundreds more photos of art, but here is a selection of some.  I’m saving architecture for another day…

Traveling to Europe for the First Time

You’ve got your passport ready for its first European stamp.  Perhaps you’re feeling a little nervous about the unexpected elements that come with traveling abroad.  Although you may be experiencing some fear, it really is not so different from visiting other states.  With some knowledge going in, you will be a pro as you step…