27 March 2011

A funny thing happened on the way to the Roman Forum

Temple of Antoninus and Faustina

When we, myself and partner Matthew, planned our trip to Italy for the second time, we knew we had to begin our journey in the eternal city of Rome [where else?] to see more of the sights that we were rushed through during our trip the year prior. Upon our landing, we had three days – plenty of time – to visit the Vatican, the Sistine Chapel, the Roman Colosseum, churches, piazzas, tombs, and of course, the Roman Forum. While this second and deeper immersion into Rome lived up to our expectations, something extraordinary happened that made this visit a memory to last a lifetime. With that said, this article will not about the famous sights of Rome but one of extraordinary circumstances.

05 March 2011

Medici meets Ming Pei – a magnificent architectural composite at the Musee du Louvre in Paris!

The juxtaposition of the modern and the Renaissance is undoubtedly unnerving to some at the Musée du Louvre in Paris, France – however, to me; this magnificent blending of traditions separated by more than 500  years, is surely welcome!  I couldn't help myself when I stumbled upon this unique perspective of the main entrance – the futuristic and imposing glass pyramid designed by Ieoh Ming Pei set against the backdrop of the splendor of the Renaissance – a reflection of then and now –and inspiring and magnificent!