Category Archives: Travels

Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside

This week’s challenge is Inside. I was going in a few different directions until I saw this shot at the Tate Modern by Mrs. Carmichael. Even though I’m being a bit of a copy cat, Mrs. Carmichael’s capture reminded me of … Continue reading

Posted in Photography, Travels, Weekly Photo Challenge | Tagged , , , | 11 Comments

Boulevardier

“Journeys are the midwives of thought.” — Alain de Botton, The Art of Travel — Alain de Botton calls the final section of his book, simply, Return. And it was to that section that I turned, despite having only read … Continue reading

Posted in Books, Travels | Tagged , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Out on the Surface of Life

“I do things quite purposefully now to get out on the surface of life.” — Alice Munro, on her retirement from writing — I saw many performances in Paris – contemporary theatre, modern dance, a ballet, a concert of Fado … Continue reading

Posted in Paris, Reflections, Travels | Tagged , , , | 7 Comments

Movie Magic Close Up

One of the most incredible (and, dare I say, moving?) parts of the Harry Potter Experience was seeing the 1:24 scale model of the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. This massive structure was the finale of the exhibit, and … Continue reading

Posted in pop culture, Travels | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Please Queue Here for Butterbeer

Since I first discovered them I have loved the Harry Potter books, have been fascinated by J.K. Rowling, and have seen all eight films. What I love most about the phenomenon is that books are at the root of it. … Continue reading

Posted in Books, pop culture, Travels | Tagged , , , , | 3 Comments

This Moment of June

“In people’s eyes, in the swing, tramp, and trudge; in the bellow and the uproar; the carriages, motor cars, omnibuses, vans, sandwich men shuffling and swinging; brass bands; barrel organs; in the triumph and the jingle and the strange high … Continue reading

Posted in Books, Travels | Tagged , , , , , , | 2 Comments

The Artist in the Garden

The gardens “defined [Monet]. They gave him life. They added kind of spiritual zest to his being and they obviously were absolutely central to his conceptions about art.” – Paul Hayes Tucker – This is a more recent article from the NY … Continue reading

Posted in art, Flowers, Travels | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment