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31 October 2011

ArtOdysseys: Paris’ Haunted Père Lachaise Cemetery

Welcome to Paris' Pere Lachaise Cemetery.  Dare to walk along Errazu Way at night?  THIS PHOTO ONLY: Peter Poradisch via Wikimedia.org.

Welcome to ArtOdysseys—my monthly series dedicated to my love of art and travel, my mission wherever the roads or rivers may lead! October’s topic is Outdoor Sculpture and since we’re publishing on Halloween, I thought I would combine the two themes for a little paranormal fun and art education, hence my choice of the Père Lachaise Cemetery in Paris for its haunting mausoleums, tombs and headstones not to mention legends of otherworldly visits. Boo!

30 October 2011

Half-day Guided Tour to the French Village of Chartres

Welcome to the village of Chartres.  This shot is of the North Tower of the Chartres Cathedral.  All photos property of EuroTravelogue™ unless specifically noted.  Please do not use without permission.   

While my anticipation to visit Paris was running at its highest, it’s ironic that once we arrived via our overnight train adventure, we left the city just as quickly on a half-day guided tour to the French-provincial village of Chartres. As it turned out, this jaunt to the French countryside turned out to be one of the highlights of my vacation in France. After touring in Italy and reveling in every encounter with Renaissance art and architecture, I couldn’t wait to explore my first French Gothic cathedral—Notre Dame de Chartres. Won’t you join me on this guided tour?

16 October 2011

Behold—Michelangelo’s ‘David’ at the Accademia Museum in Florence, Italy

Michelangelo's "David" inside the Accademia Gallery in Florence, Italy. All content and photography property of EuroTravelogue™.com unless otherwise noted. Please do not use without permission. This Photo Only: Wikimedia.com David Gaya.

Michelangelo’s "David"—a colossal sculpture of perfect beauty and proportion awaits visitors at the Accademia Gallery in Florence, Italy. At the end of a long hallway flanked by Michelangelo’s “non-finito,” (unfinished sculptures), also known as the “Prisoners,” "David’s" graceful physique rises boldly to a total height of 17 feet above his pedestal and beckons onlookers to behold his mighty size and sheer magnificence. It’s simply breathtaking and humbling as you stand in awe to gaze upon this incomparable and exquisite achievement in marble sculpture. From the moment I first studied the "David" back in college, I immediately fell under his spell and knew I had to see it one day for myself. My visit or any visit to Florence for that matter would not be complete without seeing Michelangelo’s "David" at the Accademia Gallery.

09 October 2011

A Tour Through Saint-Sulpice Church in Paris, France

Welcome to Saint-Sulpice in Paris, France.  All photography property of EuroTravelogue™. Please do not use without permission.  

One of the first things I like to do whenever I arrive in a city I have never visited is to embark on a walking tour, or canal tour as in the case of Venice, to learn the lay of the land, so to speak. Although my Da Vinci Code Tour was limited to the journey from the 1st to the 6th arrondissements in Paris, I enjoyed every step along the way from the Ritz Carlton in Place Vendome, to the Louvre and through the Tuileries Gardens, across the Pont des Arts and ultimately ending at Saint-Sulpice—an unexpected surprise revealing many treasures within.