|The Chrysler Building|
It is tiring but it gives me lots of memories too. In December 2014 and May 2015 I was lucky enough to travel to New York. I love The Metropolitan Museum and they have had some really great exhibitions on lately. Instead of buying a ticket to enter (although you can pay what you like) I bought myself a membership - not only does this give me entry to the museum as often as I want, but it also means you can use the Members' Dining Room which is one of the very few places in NY that I have found that serves decent proper food. On my travels I have found the worst place for food is Paris. I have just been unable to find good food at a reasonable price there and on my last trip the one place I did like has closed - yes the French Onion Soup restaurant! I could have cried.
I was discussing this very issue with a top London Chef and he agreed with me about Paris - apparently the chefs leave Paris to cook elsewhere to gain experience so the one place you would think would have great food does not. Anyone got any thoughts on this issue?!
So as well as New York I have been to Venice (Carnival), Amsterdam, Gloucestershire/Highgrove Gardens, Barcelona, London, Paris, Barnard Castle, Northern Ireland. I have lots of upcoming trips too to Copenhagen, Vienna, Amsterdam, London so you can see I am often not home and I really don't know where to start blogging all these trips! I do Tweet photos when I am on my travels so that is quite good for keeping up (@Scarf_Addict). I love Twitter - it gives me so much information about exhibitions and ballet etc...
One of my favourite things in NY is to wander the art galleries in The Met Museum. It's not as crazy busy as other paces and to be able to stand in front of a painting without crowds pushing and shoving is sheer joy.
|Degas - Little Dancer bronze|
|Some of the famous Degas paintings of dancers in Paris|
|Renoir - probably my most favourite Impressionist artist of all. |
This is an 1878 painting called Madame Georges Charpentier and Her Children
Look at the dog...
|...as you can see the child (actually a boy dressed as a girl |
as they did in those days) sitting on the dog...
|...no wonder he does not look too happy!|
|I loved this abstract painting - its shape and colours appeal to me|
|Here you can read about it.|
|Up close you can see the brush strokes.|