Friday, August 22, 2014

New life!

While my sister Marta is in Brazil visiting family and resolving some business so she can begin her canonical year of the novitiate, she was able to visit the newest member of the family, little Nicola, with his glowing young mother, our niece Julia! I am a great-aunt again!

In the picture, our own dear great-aunt is pictured also! It was a delicious conversation I had with her the other day, telling her of our trip and having her remember and reminisce of her own own months-long tour of Europe many, many years ago!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Art Download from the Met!

So I just fond this online!

On Friday, The Metropolitan Museum of Art announced that “more than 400,000 high-resolution digital images of public domain works in the Museum’s world-renowned collection may be downloaded directly from the Museum’s website for non-commercial use.” Even better, the images can be used at no charge (and without getting permission from the museum). In making this announcement, the Met joined other world-class museums in putting put large troves of digital art online. Witness the 87,000 images from the Getty in L.A., the 125,000 Dutch masterpieces from the Rijksmuseum, the 35,000 artistic images from the National Gallery, and the 57,000 works of art on Google Art Project.

Around Paris and Eiffel Tower

A refreshment break after Notre Dame at the Cafe across the River Seine. Consulting GoogleMaps... his take on the Coke bottle was, "the USA got man to the moon but can't glue labels on Coke bottles".
So "raisin juice" is actually Grape Juice. And it's much better than American grape juice.

A nursery with herbs, right on the street.

French artifacts.

Our guides and protectors!

The beauty of the Seine bridges.

We found this one made of beach chairs! 

The entrance to the  Louvre!

Champs de Mars, seeing the Obelisk and the Arch of Triumph all lined up.

First to spot the Eiffel Tower!


Selfie for Facebook! It was very popular for some reason! 

It is gorgeous!

Actually all of Paris is gorgeous!

Husband decided to treat us to a sit-down, real French meal!

Aaah... real, delicious food! The last day during the train trip we had grocery store snacks for all meals! 

To be in a French restaurant... in Paris!!!


Creme Caramel for dessert!

Where's the Metro Station?

Are we lost?

European cars, tsk tsk...

No. we are not lost!

Let's take an electric car!

These electric cars are plugged in all over the city.

Glad the metro was under construction. The "castor" bus was much more pleasant! Number Seven made friends with an American family whose daughter  was trying out for the Olympics for Rugby!

A bus is great for photo-taking! 

A beautiful if rainy side view of Notre Dame from the bus.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Paris: Notre Dame!

We started by figuring our the intricacies of Paris' streets... and our hotel happened to be walking distance from the train station. We departed after breakfast to Notre Dame just a few metro stations away, and it was early enough to tour Notre Dame without the flood of tourists that was arriving as we left. Notre Dame was breathtaking in every sense of the word. 

Map-reader extraordinaire.

Every window in Paris seems to be charming,

We had two Juliette-balconies in our family room with four beds.

A simple but delicious breakfast.

Bye bye hotel!

It felt unbelievable to be there.

One more!

"I found Charlemagne"!

A magnificent statue!

Each time you look up...

The weight of History, and Faith, is on you.

And the saints look at you from above.

That's a door handle!

Notre Dame is an active Catholic parish, with masses and concerts reflecting the historical richness of the Church!

850 years...

The majestic organ!

The beauty takes the breath away,

Husband was absolutely marveled.

Back altar.

Come, you are called!

Number Seven was the first to light a votive. We prayed for many intentions!

I was taken buy these bas-reliefs. At times I wished I had taken my nice Canon.

Art project for a Christmas card?

With this one a series of construction stage posters begin. 

"Notre Dame Today"

Each side chapel was a magnificent work of art on its own. 

Medieval art!

A model of the construction times.

Look at this model!

Number Four was amazed by the detail.

An altar such as this lifts the soul to God.

There were "silence" posters everywhere, and they were respected.

Washing of feet.

Passion bas-relief.

Number Four found his patron saint!!

Number Six found her Confirmation saint! 

The Rosetta in glass...

What colors!!

St Joan of Arc, patroness of France!

Stain glass windows like nowhere else!

Detail, David chanting the Psalms...

Blurry--but lovely--photo.

Photo op of the side view.

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