V&A Museuem large paintings

Art Surprises Abound at The V&A Museum London

Posted on Leave a commentPosted in Art, London Sightseeing

In all of my visits to London over the past twenty plus years, I’ve only ventured into two museums – the British Museum on a rainy day and the Tate Modern along South Bank at the end of the Millennium Bridge. I’ve been woefully ignorant of the many wonderful museum options in London such as […]

Whitney Museum of American Art

NYC Sunday Afternoon at The Whitney Museum of American Art

Posted on Leave a commentPosted in Art, New York, Travel with Mom

Over the years, I’ve seen many modern art pieces really test my limits on “what is art”…  There have been times where I said out loud what I was thinking in the gallery which wasn’t good when I was thinking “are you serious?  And got a few nasty looks.  But I guess that’s what art […]

The Paris Opera exterior

Underrated Paris: The Paris Opera Tour No One Told Me About

Posted on Leave a commentPosted in Art, Paris, Travel

It’s really not a secret when it’s right in plain sight but like so many other Paris attractions, how often do you go inside?  Do you only have the top 5 on your list (Tour Eiffel, Mona Lisa at The Louve, Versailles, Seine Cruise and Arc de Triomphe)?  If you are like me, you’ve missed a […]

Mona Lisa at the Louvre

Travel Truth: Visiting Mona Lisa at the Louvre in Paris

Posted on Leave a commentPosted in Art, Europe, Paris

Does your visit to Paris count if you haven’t seen the Mona Lisa at the Louvre?  What if you’ve seen her but didn’t take a selfie, can you still check it off your “bucket list”?  It’s funny (more sad than funny) that many visitors to the Louvre are there just to see Mona Lisa as […]

Rodin Museum Philadelphia

Hidden Philadelphia: The Rodin Museum on the Parkway

Posted on Leave a commentPosted in Art, Philadelphia

It’s embarrassing to tell you that as a lifelong Philadelphian, I’ve never visited the Rodin Museum on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway until this month. It’s only been here since 1929 and was renovated in 2012.  For years, I walked by admiring Rodin’s “The Thinker” outside.  A few times, I climbed the steps to peek inside […]

Second Bank of the US

Hidden Philadelphia: The Portrait Gallery at the Second Bank of the U.S.

Posted on 2 CommentsPosted in Art, Philadelphia

Playing tourist in my hometown of Philadelphia is so easy to do with a plethora of historic sites, artistic opportunities aplenty and so many restaurants vying for my attention.  I’ve started wandering with my IPhone lately taking photos with a new eye of the city.  To say, I’ve been surprised is an understatement – I’ve […]

The Magic Gardens Philly

Hidden Philadelphia: The Magic Gardens, One Artist’s Amazing Vision

Posted on 2 CommentsPosted in Art, Gardens, Philadelphia

Back when I was wearing suits to work, my friend and I signed up for an art class after work.  We were going to try mosaics.  Sound fun right?  Fast forward as I’m at the first class, in said suit with jewelry and new manicure, and told that I need to go buy ten pounds […]

Olympic Sculpture Park

Photos of Seattle’s Olympic Sculpture Park – Art and Nature in the Emerald City

Posted on Leave a commentPosted in Art, Seattle

On past visits to Seattle, I wasn’t able to visit the Olympic Sculpture Park, so with ample time to explore the city it was a quick ten minute walk from the Chihuly Garden and Glass exhibition and Space Needle.  The clouds of the morning were starting to dissipate and the bright sun was trying its […]

Chihuly Bowls

Chihuly Garden & Glass Review – A Colorful Seattle Surprise

Posted on 5 CommentsPosted in Art, Seattle

Colorful glass has always fascinated me – drawn in by the shapes, the bright colors and the way that the light changes the piece.  I have yet to take a glassblowing class maybe in fear of being clumsy around hot glass, pokers, etc. (I wonder what the insurance liability waiver looks like for that class?) […]

Herculaneum building materials

Visit Herculaneum – Surprising Details In the Shadow of Pompeii

Posted on 2 CommentsPosted in Art, Italy, Naples

Herculaneum – More Intimate and Lesser Known than Pompeii Lost in the shadow of Pompeii popularity is Herculaneum.  Everyone has studied the history of Mt. Vesuvius and its aftermath the most famous being Pompeii but there are other areas that were affected and ruins found over the years.  There are actually five archeological sites to […]