Pondering

Rivera Court, Detroit Institute of Arts

Rivera Court, Detroit Institute of Arts

Engrossed by Whistler’s Nocturne in Black and Gold, The Falling Rocket, paying a visit to Sekhmet in the Egyptian wing, catching the current photography exhibit (of course), pondering over the Van Goghs… with lots of wandering and oohs & ahhs in between – that’s how I spend my time at the DIA, one of my favorite places in town. I’ve spent a lot of time at the Detroit Institute of Arts over the years, contemplating, looking for inspiration, or just plain enjoying an afternoon, and sometimes I suppose I take it for granted.

During my last trip to NYC, I overheard a tour guide at the MET explain to a group of adults (I assume, like myself, visitors to the Big Apple) what it’s like to see a Van Gogh in person for the first time, affirming that no matter how many posters, tote bags, and notecards you’ve seen with Starry Night printed on them, it would never prepare you for how incredible his paintings are when you’re standing in front of the real thing. My first thought was “who hasn’t seen a Van Gogh before?,” then it hit me.  I realized then how fortunate I am to have been looking at his paintings for as long as I can remember, how fortunate I am to have the DIA right in my backyard (well, not that close, but I did go to school across the street).

I was there twice last week, feeling quite lucky as I once again pondered over the Van Goghs.

Look Ahead

Chicago, Illinois

Chicago, Illinois

Zwinger Take 2 – Running Wild

Dresden, Germany

Dresden, Germany

I stopped at the Zwinger at least once each day that I spent in Dresden. I couldn’t get enough of it. The place is so vast, yet somehow I felt like I was in my own little, beautiful corner of Germany. There were plenty of other visitors, but they seemed to mostly head straight for one of the three museums housed by the palace, leaving me to wander and explore completely on my own.

Pursuing my curiosity up an ornate staircase, I discovered a wide open terrace with beautiful fountains and sculptures. I drifted through empty rooms imaging it was my balcony that opened up to the grand courtyard.  I found a quiet spot in the shade and dreamt of the festivals and tournaments that had taken place there centuries ago.

The imagination can really run wild in a place like this.

Dresden, Germany

Dresden, Germany

Dresden, Germany

Dresden, Germany

Dresden, Germany

Dresden, Germany

Approaching Midnight

Dresden, Germany

Dresden, Germany

“Deep into that darkness peering, long I stood there wondering, fearing…”
– Edgar Allen Poe

Dresden, Germany

Dresden, Germany

Wishing everyone a spooktacular Halloween!

Closed

Chicago

Chicago

Gaze

Paris, France

Grand

Prague, Czech Republic

Prague, Czech Republic

Nouveau

 

Prague, Czech Republic

Prague, Czech Republic

Prague, Czech Republic

Prague, Czech Republic

 

Gabriel’s Visit

Gabriel, Notre Dame de Paris, France

Notre Dame de Paris, France

Wishing everyone a healthy & happy holiday season and a Christmas full of miracles.

Zwinger

Dresden, Germany

Dresden, Germany

Dresden, Germany

Dresden, Germany

Dresden, Germany

Dresden, Germany

Dresden, Germany

Dresden, Germany

Dresden, Germany

Dresden, Germany

Dresden, Germany

Dresden, Germany

Dresden, Germany

Dresden, Germany

Dresden, Germany

Dresden, Germany

To the Castle

Prague, Czech Republic

Prague, Czech Republic

Prague, Czech Republic

Prague, Czech Republic

Prague, Czech Republic

Prague, Czech Republic

Prague, Czech Republic

Prague, Czech Republic

Prague, Czech Republic

Prague, Czech Republic

Prague, Czech Republic

Prague, Czech Republic

Prague, Czech Republic

Prague, Czech Republic

Sing Along

Detroit, Michigan

Detroit, Michigan

Detroit, Michigan

Detroit, Michigan

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