If you were to ask me to pick a color that describes London, my instinctive response would have been grey – grey skies, grey streets, grey buildings. But after a recent trip, I learned that London is anything but grey. Continue reading “Photo Essay: The Colors of London”
I enjoy visiting London, and try to schedule a long stopover in between flights to other points in Europe if I can. Earlier this summer, I had a day in London as I was heading to central France to participate in a Crafty Retreats class. For me, it was a perfectly English day in London.
If you are not “churched” out after a visit to Paris, then take a day trip to Chartres, about one hour southwest of Paris, to see one of the greatest Gothic churches still in existence. The Chartres Cathedral is considered the pinnacle of high Gothic architecture and has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1979. As one of the best preserved Gothic churches, it is still adorned with most of the original sculptures and numerous beautifully detailed stained glass windows.
For King Louis XIV of France, size mattered. There is nothing small about the Palace of Versailles and its gardens. Along with size, there is also lots of bling. He built it purposely to impress and overwhelm, feelings that are as much a pat of a visit today as they were 350 years ago when the palace was built. Spend a day in Versailles and and let yourself be awed by the experience. Continue reading “A Day in Versailles-A Golden Palace Designed to Impress”
If like me, you like impressionist paintings and gardens, then a day trip to Claude Monet’s home in Giverny is a must. Giverny is about 50 miles north west of Paris and can easily be reached by train for a relaxing break from the busy Paris scene. Continue reading “Impressions of Monet – A Day in Giverny”
The grand dame Gothic church in Paris is the Cathedral of Notre Dame. And while visitors flock to see it, within a twenty minute walk are a number of many other lovely historic churches that should also not be missed. Read on to discover Paris churches at its Gothic best. Continue reading “Paris Churches – Gothic at its Best”
The photos in this post won Finalist – Photography: Overall Excellence, Online Publication category in the 2017 North America Travel Journalists Association competition.
The Louvre museum in Paris is renowned for its world class collection of art. While I enjoy visiting it and viewing the masterpieces inside, the building is also a piece of art in itself. I can’t resist photographing it whenever I have the chance to visit. I am sharing some of my favorite photos of this oft photographed icon. Continue reading “Photo Essay: The Louvre as Art”
For about 4000 years of so, the tallest man made structure was the Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt, with an original height of 481 feet. A few European cathedrals eventually topped out a bit higher than the pyramid, but they also didn’t reach heights much above 500 feet. Even the Washington Monument built in 1884 was only 555 feet high and only held the tallest structure title for 5 years. Then, in 1889, Gustave Eiffel built his tower as the entrance for the Paris World’s Fair, and in one fell swoop, almost doubled the height of the tallest building in the world with his tower topping out at 986 feet. The Eiffel Tower has since become one of the most recognizable buildings in the world and the defining icon for the City of Lights. For me, the Eiffel Tower is entwined with some of my best memories of visits to Paris over the past 17 years. Continue reading “My Memories of the Eiffel Tower”
Quilt Inspiration –Sometimes you come across a bolt of fabric and you just fall in love with it. That’s how I felt when I saw the print of the Paris skyline with the Eiffel Tower surrounded by spring flowers. I did not know how I would use it in a quilt design when I purchased two yards, but I had to have it. Ultimately, I took inspiration from the stained glass windows of many Gothic churches in Paris, and designed the quilt so that it looked like you were looking out of a window at the Eiffel tower with “stained glass” panels on either side.
Longarm Quilted by Quilts Everlasting.
Photographed in Paris with a view of the real Eiffel Tower.
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