11/11/2017- Honoring the men and women who gave their lives for this country in legitimate wars, and those who died in senseless wars that should never have happened. May this country’s leaders be kinder to future generations. Here are some photos of the World War II and Korean War memorials, at the Mall in Washington, D.C.. Unfortunately, I didn’t make it to the Vietnam Memorial this time around, but my thoughts are with all Veterans.
This week I saw Yayio Kusuma’s jaw-dropping exhibition, “Infinity Mirrors,” at the Broad Museum here in Los Angeles. They only give you 30 seconds (Yes, 30 miserable seconds!) in each room (the crowds are huge so they must limit the time). But who can live the magic and beauty of those whimsical installations and photograph them at the same time? Well, since everybody is a photographer these days, people desperately try to do both, leaving the exhibition with a sense of wonder and frustration at the same time. Anyway, these photos are not great, and I can’t stand the idea of being in all of them (mirrors…), but for those who may not have seen her work or even heard about this magnificent artist, here’s a modest illustration of “Infinity Mirrors.”
Old door, Palais des Papes (Palace of the Popes), Avignon, France.
The Palais des Papes is the largest Gothic palace in the world. There are 15,000 square meters of living space, which is the equivalent of 4 Gothic cathedrals. Its construction began in AD 1252 and it became the residence of the Popes in 1309. The huge structure is actually two palaces joined together, each built for a different pope. The palace was seized and sacked by revolutionary forces during the French Revolution in 1789 so most rooms are totally empty, but some beautiful frescos were preserved.
The Courtyard (the old door can be seen on the far right).
The Palais de Papes external view. Detail of the main entrance and towers.
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Wanderlust: a strong desire to travel. I’ve always liked traveling and discovering new places and people. Then, I married a man who likes to travel so much that as soon as we get back from a trip, he starts talking about and planning the next one! Our most recent trip included four cities in three countries: Italy, Spain and France. I’m still sorting the 2000+ photos I took during the three-week trip and in ten days we’ll be off again, but I won’t go into that now. Here are highlights of our recent trip.
The doors of the Sagrada Familia, in Barcelona, are something to admire in wonder. I posted about the basilica earlier this week but left the door photos for Norm’s Thursday doors.
- The main door of the Nativity entrance to the basilica is seven meters high and three meters wide. It is made of bronze and decorated with a large number of motifs from nature, such as leaves, plants, various flowers and all kinds of insects. It is predominately green, with some yellow flowers on its lower part and a band of red leaves on its upper part. I wish I wasn’t rushing so much when I took the photos, but we got tickets for the last hour of the day and, as it happened the first time we were at Sagrada Familia, it was raining! So we rushed inside.
- A lateral door, also on the side of the Nativity entrance, very ornate with flowers, leaves, insects, bird nests, and other small creatures, but in blue and pink colors. The forth photo shows a detail of this door. See if you can spot something.
- There are other doors to the Basilica,such as the “Prayer Door, on the Passion entrance. We didn’t come in through that side this time around, so I didn’t have time to photograph them. But they are beautiful. Here are a couple of not very revealing photos from my 2012 visit. Also, in bronze, the Prayer door has the prayer “Give us this day our daily bread” inscribed in 50 languages. Some words are highlighted with gold, including Jesus, which can be seen in the photos.