Famously monstrous and strange, gargoyles are a quintessential element of gothic architecture and there are no two that are exactly alike. I was continuously on the lookout for weird gargoyles and found they were not hard to come by in Paris. The word gargoyle comes the french word “gargouille” for… Read more“About the Gargoyles”
Paris has some truly amazing cemeteries. Pere Lachaise is one of the biggest and home to some of the craziest gravestones I have ever seen. Because it is a city cemetery, it is not dominated by a single religion or religious iconography. This leaves room for a lot of creativity… Read more“Stone and Bone”
I’ve always liked impressionism. Its colorful and full of movement and the Musee D’Orsay is one of the best places to see these amazing works in person. It was so exciting to see so many pieces that I had been looking at in textbooks and postcards up close and in… Read more“Degas Painted Horses”
I am not a huge fan of contemporary architecture. To me, it usually seems cold, unwelcoming, and unforgiving of error. Much of Paris’s 12th Arrondissement is extremely modern, with lots of glass, iron, and clean lines; so I was surprised at how much I liked it. The answer to making… Read more“Making Modern Spaces Livable”
We have had about six bees fly into our room within the last couple hours which seemed unusually high, so naturally I googled “bees in Paris” and the result was more interesting than I expected. An article actually entitled “Bees in Paris” by Franco Zecchin begins by saying that hives… Read more“Bees?!”
I love stained glass. Lucky for me, Paris has two of the best examples of this underrated art form that I have ever seen: The windows of Sainte Chappelle and Notre Dame. We visited both in the past week and I was struck not only by the size, but by… Read more“I love stained glass”
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