Château de Chantilly – Before We Head In

Château de Chantilly, located a short train ride from Paris, makes for an enjoyable day trip. But before we head into the chateau, I thought we’d take a walk around the impressive property. I’ve taken a lot of photos and struggled to pare them down. But I don’t think anyone will blame me once you…… Continue reading Château de Chantilly – Before We Head In

North Fork Yachats River Covered Bridge

Leaving the small seaside town of Yachats, James and I headed into the countryside. After driving along a windy road surrounded by trees and fields for approximately 20 minutes, we reached our destination: the rustic and historic covered bridge I’d seen online. Originally built in 1938 by veteran bridge builder Otis Hamer, this queenpost truss…… Continue reading North Fork Yachats River Covered Bridge

Paris Street Art – Rue du Prévôt

It’s no secret that Paris is bursting at the seams with galleries, monuments and galleries. There’s always so much to see. Some of my favourite art can be found outside, by way of graffiti – or what I prefer to call street art. I stumbled upon this collection on The du Prévôt, next to the…… Continue reading Paris Street Art – Rue du Prévôt

B is for .. Bayeux Cathedral

In this installation of my biweekly Alphabet series, I’m sharing with you some photos taken at Bayeux Cathedral – or Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Bayeux. After parking our rental car and making our way to check-in at our hotel, it’s quite possible that I was almost hit by a car or two. Or maybe not. I…… Continue reading B is for .. Bayeux Cathedral

Basilica of Santa Maria in Trastevere – Portico

To enter into Basilica of Santa Maria in Trastevere, you must first pass through its portico. While not an original feature, this current architectural feature was designed by Carlo Fontana back in 1702. So newish in relation to the church itself, but definitely not new. The walls are covered with an interesting assortment of tombstone…… Continue reading Basilica of Santa Maria in Trastevere – Portico

Basilica di Santa Maria in Trastevere

Today we’re headed to Rome, to visit one of my favourite churches; Basilica di Santa Maria in Trastevere. The site of Basilica di Santa Maria in Trastevere, or Our Lady in Trastevere for us anglophones, has a long history. Back in the 3rd Century it was home to a refuge for retired soldiers (Taberna meritoria).…… Continue reading Basilica di Santa Maria in Trastevere

Palais Garnier – Last But Not Least

It’s been fun for me to revisit Palais Garnier over the past week. I love how this blog gives me a reason to look through photos that would otherwise be forgotten. While many photos can be lumped together in themed posts, many are stand-alones that would otherwise never see the light of day. So please…… Continue reading Palais Garnier – Last But Not Least

Palais Garnier – The Loggia

Shall we step outside for some air? Off of the Grand Foyer is The Loggia, the outdoor space enclosed by columns and topped by 5 mosaic medallions picturing masks. These mosaics were created by lawyer-turned-artist, Antonio Salviati, who was known for his Venetian artistic glass and decorative mosaics. One last look before we head back…… Continue reading Palais Garnier – The Loggia

Palais Garnier – Looking Down

Yesterday I shared photos taken while looking up. Today we’ll, you guessed it, focus on the ground. Whether it’s a cobblestone pathway or an intricately patterned tile mosaic floor, I often appreciate the ground upon which I walk as much as the decor around me. The flooring at Palais Garnier was another example of the…… Continue reading Palais Garnier – Looking Down