Last Chance to Visit the NGA

We are eight months into this pandemic and life continues to become more unnerving each day. As an educator visiting art galleries has become an important diversion for those of us who must have a weekly dose of paintings, sculptures, and music to stay focused and centered.

I couldn’t believe an email I received this afternoon indicating the National Gallery of Art will be closing [again] to the public on Saturday, November 21 out of caution and the response to the rising number of COVID-19 cases in the region, which I totally understand and agree with wholeheartedly.

I’m so looking forward to 2021 with hopes the new year will bring the opportunity to start anew. Luckily, a few of us were able to visit the National Gallery in October, and took photos to peruse until we can once again return.

1} Place du Carrousel, Paris by Camille Pissarro, oil of canvas, 1900 2} The Japanese Footbridge by Claude Monet, oil on canvas, 1899 3} Boulevard des Italiens, Morning, Sunlight by Camille Pissarro, oil on canvas, 1897 4} Masked Ball at the Opera by Edouard Manet, oil on canvas, 1873 5} Fruit, Jug, and a Glass by Jean Simeon Chardin, oil on canvas, 1726/1728.

Check out the link to the National Gallery of Art Blog

Stay safe and enjoy,

Favoris de Paris

La Ville des Lumières

The Eiffel Tower is the “Erector Set” of the 1880’s. As children my oldest brother had this brand of metal toy that he played with and would construct a myriad of versatile objects. Gustave Eiffel built this wrought-iron lattice tower on the Champ de Mars for the 1889 World’s Fair, and as Parisian’s like to indicate on a regular basis…… it was not meant to be a permanent structure.

We spent seven hours in the Louvre on Saturday after it reopened and my absolute must see upon each visit is the Nike of Samothrace. This 2nd century Hellenistic sculpture has been a favorite of mine since college and has been prominently displayed at the Louvre since 1884.

It has been years since I frequented a tearoom and these tasty desserts are from the Café Richelieu-Angelina in the Louvre. The combination of elegance, charm and refinement are part of a breathtaking setting that over looks the main courtyard with the Pyramid [designed by I. M. Pei]. Angelina’s is famous for l’Africain an insanely rich hot chocolate that is served in a white ceramic pitcher with unsweetened whipped cream and powdered chocolate sprinkled everywhere …. and even you aren’t a chocoholic … this drink will blow your away!!! Next to the l’Africain is the pear and apple tart that if I can ever reproduce at home would be my crowning glory!

Still more to come,