Shimmering like a radiant jewel box, Sainte-Chapelle is often overlooked by visitors to Paris, who only visit Notre Dame Cathedral. I’d long read how Sainte-Chapelle is a must-see and favorite among shutterbugs, yet it took me several visits to the City of Light to see this Gothic masterpiece.
I recently happened upon the beautiful, timeless work of Maurice Sapiro, an accomplished photographer, painter and sculptor who calls Connecticut home. The images from his Europe gallery, circa 1956, are what captivated me: honey-toned scenes of Venetian gondoliers gracefully powering delicate boats across a lagoon; black and white images of Bavarians in frenzied celebration; silhouetted-figuresContinue reading “Europe, Somewhere in Time: An Interview with Artist & Photographer, Maurice Sapiro”
I’ve long been a francophile. When I first visited Paris at the age of 16, my father snapped an image of me pretending to hold up the legendary structure. Thereafter, miniature versions of engineer Gustave Eiffel’s masterpiece cropped up in my home – from an Eiffel Tower retro lamp base to a silver pendant onContinue reading “Love for La Tour Eiffel”
This autumn, I found my new favorite niche of Notre Dame Cathedral… During past journeys to Paris, I’ve visited the Gothic masterpiece in varying seasons. I once rang in a new year on the edge of the Seine while the magnificent cathedral towered over revelers with her exquisite and graceful silhouette. On the chilliest ofContinue reading “An Ascent at Notre Dame”
On a September day that was replete with sunshine, we voyaged to Versailles, the decadent Baroque palace of France’s roi soleil (sun king). As Shawn and I wandered among the palace’s 250 gardened acres and peered through windows into the gilded interiors — just as a subject might have done 300 years ago — I was remindedContinue reading “A Day at Versailles: Visiting the Palace of the Sun King”
Père-Lachaise Cemetery has such extraordinary, moving details. Here is a second photo essay dedicated to Paris’ largest cemetery. If you’d like to see Part I of my Père-Lachaise Cemetery series, see: If Headstones Could Talk: Pondering at Paris’ Père-Lachaise Cemetery.
I had long wanted to visit Paris’ storied Père-Lachaise Cemetery. However, during past jaunts to the ‘City of Lights,’ the Eiffel Tower, Champs Elysées, and Notre Dame had taken center stage on my itinerary. During our most recent trip to Paris, our hotel in Paris’ 11th arrondissement was a short walk from the cemetery. WithContinue reading “If Headstones Could Talk: Pondering at Paris’ Père-Lachaise Cemetery”