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Bernini’s Rejected French Sculpture

st peters interior, Rome

Bernini created the interior marble facade, canopy and high altar of St. Peter’s Basilica, Vatican City (Photo: rachel_titiriga, flickr)

Gian Lorenzo Bernini (1598 – 1680) should be familiar to visitors to Rome.  He essentially created the Baroque city that we see today producing sculptures, fountains, buildings and the majority of the interior of St. Peter’s Basilica.  Considering that he started creating accurate portrait busts at 14 and continued to work until he was 82, Bernini is deservedly known as a prolific genius.  But did you know that even his work was occasionally rejected? Read more

A Seven Hour Lay-over in Paris

When I first downloaded my photos from Turkey, I was incredibly confused by the first dozen pictures.  And then I remembered, we’d spent the afternoon in Paris!  Our flights to Turkey included a 7 hour lay-over in Paris.  I tried with my best French to ask if we could be switched to an earlier flight to Istanbul but no luck.  So with seven hours in Charles de Gaulle and a need to keep jet lag at bay, what did we do?  Power up on airport cappuccinos and head into Paris!

view of Notre Dame from a restaurant

The view from my seat at lunch

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Photo of the Week: The Louvre Pyramid Gets New Lights

Newly installed LED lights illuminate the Louvre pyramid (Photo: Christophe Ena/AP Photo)

New external lighting are inaugurated at the Louvre, the worlds most popular art museum, at the Pyramid, the three pyramidions and the Colbert pavilion of the Louvre, with the warm glow of new LED lighting , Tuesday Dec. 6, 2011 in Paris. AP Photo/Christophe Ena.  (Text and Image from

This isn’t the first lighting change the Pyramid went through.  Switching to halide lamps in 2005 from 100W halogen lamps changed the glow from orange to white.  It looks like this latest lighting change has unified the illumination through the pyramid so that is evenly bright.  I think it enhances I. M. Pei’s work and punctuates the Louvre courtyard.

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