Travel: National Gallery, London

The National Gallery in London is home to one of the worlds largest art collections.  It has been a while since we toured the galleries (it would take days/weeks/months to see everything.)

We were drawn to many of the most famous and have chosen the following for your enjoyment.

A road in the Roman Compagna, 1840 by Eugene-Ferdinand Buttura (1812-1852).
A Torrent at Tivoli, 1789-93 by Simon Denis (1755-1813).
Claude Monet (1840-1926), Snow Scene at Argenteuil, 1875.
Bathers at LaGrenouillere, 1869. Claude Monet (1840-1926)
Camille Pissarro (1830-1903), Late afternoon in our meadow. 1887
Vincent Van Gogh, (1853-1890), Farms near Auvers, 1890.
Vincent Van Gogh, (1853-1890), A Wheatfield, with Cypresses.
Laurits Andersen Ring (1854-1933). Road in the Village of Baldersbronde (Winter Day), 1912

Travel: Our last day in Paris

Warmest greetings to all!  This will be our last post from Europe.  Tomorrow morning we will take the Eurostar fast speed train to London for two days before our flight home to San Francisco.

It’s been an astounding trip.  Great destinations, wonderful fellow travelers for the two week organized tour of Eastern Europe.  Our travel on our own has been a blast, great cities, time with our dearest friends in Switzerland, countless adventures and discoveries on our own and our big thanks to the weather gods who gave us exceptional weather with the minor exception of a couple of squalls and today’s rain now past.

A BIG thanks to all of you who responded with such kind comments to our many posts.  We only wish we could all be together to enjoy everyone’s company.  Wouldn’t that be a hoot!

Our love to you all,


PS…A rainy Sunday turned out to be a great day to go to the exceptional Musee Guimet Museum of Asiatique Arts.  Here are some of our favorites.

Life size Buddha and an exquisite marble temple.
A Hindu version of Buddha.
John’s favorite, a huge blue and white porcelain jar with dragon.
Pagoda with gold leaf with jade and precious jewels is breathtaking.
Gold leaf covers Buddha in a beautiful setting.
Jim’s favorite is this cobalt blue and gold incense bowl.
We both agreed this Buddha exudes calm and peace.

Paris: Musee d’ Orsay, our favorite picks

This was the big draw at the museum. Thousands of visitors attend ever day.
From the Degas exhibit #1.
From the Degas exhibit #2.
From the Degas collection, #3.
We had never seen this Monet before, stunning!
Paul Cezanne painting also new to us.
Another Cezanne new to us.


An exceptional painting by Gustave Caillebotte.


This ia a massive painting by Monet. Notice the dress continues into the next canvas.
Whose Mother?!
Dance at the Moulin de la Galette, Renoir.

Paris: Musee d’Orsay

Yesterday included a series of long walks to areas both familiar and forgotten.  This post will focus on the Musee d’Orsay, once a Railway Station, today one of the best art museums in the world.

We arrived about 15 minutes after the opening and were surprised when we breezed through security and the ticket line.

Musee d’Orsay from across the Seine River.
Morning sunshine on the Sculpture Hall.
Larger than life sculpture watches over the concourse.
A bit of whimsy.
Ladies doing the heavy lifting.
One of two massive clocks with windows overlooking Paris.
A peek a boo view of Sacre -Coeur in the distance.

Arts: Clarion Alley Mural Project (Mission District, San Francisco)

Greetings to all!

After living in San Francisco for 37 years we never cease to be amazed when we encounter a new surprise.  Recently after a Tacolicious lunch we stumbled upon an alley in the Mission District where most of the garages and walls are painted with murals.  It is called the Clarion Alley Mural Project.  It’s now attracting locals and visitors alike.  Here are our favorites.

Comments welcomed!


Arts: The British Museum

The weather has continued to be favorable, lows have been in the high 30s with highs in the low 50s with virtually no rain.

Lots of walking with good use of the Bus and Underground systems.

The day before yesterday we visited the ever popular British Museum.  More security lines that moved surprisingly fast.

First stop:  It’s been many years since our last visit to the King’s Gallery.   What a gem.

The Museum’s facade looks as grand as ever.
The reliquary of the Thorne of Jesus, gold, rubies, pearls, emeralds is small but exquisite.
Room after room filled with priceless contents, sculptures from around the world and eras. Books and antiques spanning centuries. Simply magnificent!

Discobolos, the discus-thrower.
Winged Cupid
Exhibit from the Americas.
Incredible and rare image of the ancient gods of The America’s.
This 20 foot + column was the cornerstone to an ancient Temple in Canada.


“Here’s looking at you kid.”
Girls Rule!
Wall paintings were commonly used to record important events.


The Parthenon
One of dozens of Parthenon panels.
A life size image of a horse is stunning.

Arts: The National Gallery, London

A big HELLO from a chilly but sunny London.  We spent the better part of a day at the massive National Gallery.  It houses one of the largest collections of art spanning centuries.

We thought you might like a peek at what might be the best of the best.  We hope you will enjoy.

Leonardo Di Vinci, The Virgin of the Rocks.
Jan Van Eyck, The Arnolfino Portrait, 1434.
The Virgin and Child with Saint Anne and Saint John the Baptist. Leonardo di Vinci.
Rembrandt, Self Protrait at the age of 63, 1669.
Rembrandt, Belshazzar’s Feast.
Joseph Mallory William Turner, The Fighting Temeraire tugged to her last berth to be broken up. 1838, 1839.
Vincent Van Gogh, 1853-1890. Sunflowers, 1888.


Arts: Milwaukee Art Museum, Wisconsin

The stunning Milwaukee Museum of Art

Greetings to everyone!!

As our summer visit with friends and family dwindles down to this weekend, John and I spontaneously decided a long overdue visit to the world famous Milwaukee Art Museum, designed by the world renowned Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava.

It is truly a world class collection housed in a beautiful structure on the shores of Lake Michigan.  The collection dated back to 1888 with over 30,000 works of art.

Here is a small selection of our favorites.

View of Lake Michigan from Windhover Hall.
Baumgartner Galleria reminds us of the great hall in The Wizard of Oz.

Kohl’s Art Generation Lab included an exceptional collection of Haitian Art.  These were our favorites.

The Shepard’s Dream, by Jasmin Joseph, 1923.
Crowded Market, 1972. Laurent Casimer.

The Upper Midwest is known for its famous furniture designers.

This wall is a “who’s who” of mid century designers.

Here are some of the Impressionists images we liked.

In Schwabing 1912, Gabriele Munter
The Wheat Field, Maurice de Vlaminck, 1906
Houses on Wintry Road, Gabriele Munter, 1910.

One of the biggest surprises of the day was an isolated gallery of original etchings by several master artists.

Eugene Delacroix, 1849
Francisco de Goya, 1797.
Francisco de Goya, 1816.
Picasso, 1961
Picasso, 1945
Salvador Dali, 1977
Edouard Manet, 1867

In the “just for fun” section are numerous surprises.

A secret “self portrait” just for fun!

We’ll go back.  We only saw about a third of the museum.  There is also a great gift shop and two cafes.  It sounds like another outing!

Love to all!


Arts: Pier 24 Photography, San Francisco

Thanks to the suggestion of our dear friends, Julie and John, we checked out Pier 24 Photography at Pier 24, San Francisco.  It’s a museum that has been around for over 10 years but it was new to us.

The current show is This Land featuring the work in 18 galleries by 18 photographers.  The current show runs through March 2019. 415-512-7424 by appointment only available on the website.  Do check it out if you are in the area.  The best news…it’s FREE!

Here are some of our favorite images from today.

One of many galleries.
The magic key.
The quiet before the storm.
Rural Graveyard.
The Homestead
Tonopah, Nevada
The Fence.
Faces of America.
the original rails on Pier 24 with the Bay below.
Remnants of the past and the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge.