Category Archives: Art
A quick post as I’ve been super busy all day today: we got back last night from a 2-day whirlwind road trip, and as always, the priority is to get some new pics up on BumpyTours!
So to say “hello” and send a smile here are some fun guys I found hanging out on a wall in Durnstein, on the Donau river.
And coming into third place: Brillant Window (no, there is no typo, that’s what I can read from the sign!) – in fact, I think I can read “Brillant Belge” (Belgian Brilliant).
Gee Whiz, I make this text sound as if I am at the opthamologist (scene: in a darkened white room at 3 pm somewhere off of Park Ave., pupils dilated, the always pleasant doctor asking me to “please read the third line from the bottom”, and then as I have Frankenstein spectacles weighing very heavily on the bridge of my nose, in order to see (ha ha) if I need a new perscription: “Better / Worse” as they flip between two lenses. Ugh. Glad those days are over (smile at Mr. Lasik).
In continuation from yesterdays post featuring painted wall advertising, here is “Chocolat Menier”: one of France’s traditional dark baking chocolates. It is still available in shops today, and a basic item in my cupboard. (Yum!).
One of the things I love when we drive the “routes departementales” (small roads) in France, is that they take you thru villages, some more alive than others.
In the good old days: sometime after milestones but before bill boards, marquees and neon, advertising on walls was painted by hand. Vestiges of this almost-lost art immediately catch my eye as they are simple, graphic and beautiful in that they capture a very specific time is history.
Oh how I love surprises! This morning I received a package postmarked Oregon, from my friend Cassondra. I eagerly opened the envelope to find enclosed a gift! Even better, was that inside there were two more gifts! I was enjoying this.
The first one I opened was a gorgeous handmade notebook, filled with photos I had taken, bits of paper from old times and places, buttons and sparkly things….it is a little treasure book to write in, but I’m not sure I dare to. The second gift was in a little brown box with satin ribbon and a handmade tag with “A’” on it. Inside I discovered clipped to an antique note card, were handmade earrings! So very lovely!
Please have a look at Cassondra’s beautiful art work…she has so much talent we need to see more (hint hint: time to start a blog!).
On Christmas Day we went for a walk around the “Petit France” district in Strasbourg, where houses date back several centuries. While admiring the lovely little streets and antique buildings, I found my gift for the day: this little girl looking out her “window”. She watches endlessly as the world and time go by. I wonder what she’ll see in 2010?!
Happy New Year to all!