Paris is always immense…
Mainau Island - Baden Wurttemberg, Germany
The Flower Island of Mainau in Lake Constance may only cover 45 hectares of land, but it is home to an extraordinary diversity of trees, flowers and shrubs. Its other attractions include a 13th century baroque palace, a palm house and the biggest butterfly house in Germany.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart ( 1756-1791 ) - Harpsichord
Sonate D Major KV 7 - Menuet I & II (1764)
Cembalo / The Harpsichord
The harpsichord, invented around 1400 A. D., was said to be “an instrument of wonderful sweetness” by Paulus Paulirinus, a physician, astronomer, cleric and encyclopedist. The harpsichord saw many changes and varieties in its development since the turn of the 15th century. Its popularity flourished for centuries until it gradually became replaced by the piano
” It rises up in the deceiving distance
Like a beacon to the wretched and weak
As the lighthouse at Alexandria once opened the seas
To weary travelers, drunk on sea salt and night.
The waves crash on its forgotton stones
Slowly washing away one thousand years
But Mount St. Michael is eternal. “
- Le Mont Saint Michel, Basse Normandie , France
Le Pont des Arts — Paris, France
This is the most romantic bridge in Paris. Couples will come lock padlocks to the bridge and throw away the key into the river , locking their love in place. Many write their names on the locks or draw on them, but some are blank.
Venice, Italy 2011
The Surrealist mouvement was founded in Paris 1924 by a small group of writers and artists who sought to channel the unconscious as a means to unlock the power of Imagination.
Their Leader, the “Pope of Surrealism”, was French writer Andre Breton ( 1896-1966).
Fashion of the Rococo Period ( 1730 -1789 )
The Rococo style of art emerged in France in the early of 18th century. Its characterized by opulence, grace, playfulness, and lightness in contrast to the heavier themes and darker colors of the earlier baroque periode.
Château d’Ussé , Valley of the Loire - France
This castle is reputed to have been the inspiration for the tale “Sleeping Beauty.” Charles Perrault, the writer of the tale, stayed here during the 17th Century and reputedly wrote “Sleeping Beauty” after his stay, remembering those turreted towers
LA GRENOUILLERE (1869) by Claude Monet
“It’s on the strength of observation and reflection that one finds a way. So we must dig and delve unceasingly.”
- Claude Monet
Chateau de Chenonceau , Valley of the Loire
Chenonceau, the Chateau of the Ladies. Built by Henri 2eme for his mistress, Diane de Poitiers, much to the dismay of his wife, Catherine de Medici. After the death of Henri, Catherine kicked Diane out and imposed her taste on Chenonceau. Since, 4 notable women have lived there and it served as a hospital during World War II.
Château de Chambord, Valley of the Loire
One of the biggest and loveliest Rennaissance building in France, creation of the King François I inspired by the famous artist Leonardo da Vinci. Dreams of a genial artist made reality by the enthusiasm of the greatest king of the 16 century.