Tag: Art

Giverney: One of France’s Most Popular Spots

On a recent trip to France, I was finally going to see Monet’s house and gardens, one of the most popular tourist sites in France. Monet lived there for many years with his large family, and often entertained artists, who came to set up easels and sketch.  In fact, he is said to have started the…

Paris: Montmarte Walk, Not to Miss

I used to get the Montmarte and Montparnasse neighborhoods mixed up.  That is until we  took a Viator guided walk through Montmarte, the highest point of the city and directly behind the Sacre-Coeur.  Montparnasse is the Left Bank neighborhood below St. Germain de Pres. It’s hard to believe that until 1860 Montmarte was a small village…

Lima, Peru: An Inviting South American City

If you’re going to Peru to visit Macchu Picchu, or Cuzco, or to catch a plane to Iquitos, the center for travel in the rain forest, don’t ignore Lima, the largest city in Peru, which spreads out over several valleys, and has a population of 10 million. Before the trip we had a list of…

London’s Foundling Museum, Compliments of Hogarth and Handel

When I first saw the Foundling Museum in a guidebook, I thought “Oh, no, we’ll view depressing images of poor emaciated orphans.” Quite the contrary. Located at 40 Brunswick Square, a short walk northeast of the British Museum, it’s one of the city’s best small collections, with vibrant and with touching connections to art and…