Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art

Perhaps surprisingly to some, there is much more to do in Las Vegas than engaging in drunken shenanigans, baking in the sun next to the pool or gambling away your life savings. No judgement from me, but none of those things are my cup of tea. Over the next several days I'll share some of... Continue Reading →

Vegas, You’re Killing Me

I've been here for less than 24 hours and I already feel like I'm having my ass handed to me. I naively forgot just how full-on Sin City can be. It's hot (a scorching 36°C today, compared to 13°C back home in Vancouver), crowded, and loud. Don't get me wrong, it's also very fun. But... Continue Reading →

Napoleon at Chateau de Fontainebleau

It's not uncommon for historic palaces to have the stamps of multiple reigning monarchs in both their design and architecture. Napoleon I (aka Napoleon Bonaparte for those who, like me, struggle to keep track) was just one of many in the history of Chateau de Fontainebleau to have made his lasting mark. Today there's even... Continue Reading →

Gallery of Francis I

If you've been to Château de Fontainebleau before you'll be familiar with the grand Gallery of Francis I decorated in the beautiful Italian Renaissance style. While the gallery is a stunning showstopper for many visitors, Francis I built it as a passageway to link his apartments to The Chapel of the Trinity. Passageway sounds so... Continue Reading →

A Bedroom Fit for a Queen

I'm sitting on my bed as I write this post, and I can't help but look around and notice the stark contrast between my simple surroundings and those created for the French Queens and Empresses. While I don't have what you'd call extravagant tastes, it's easy for me to imagine spending my days amongst such... Continue Reading →

The Chapel of the Trinity

Le Chapelle de la Trinite, or The Chapel of the Trinity, took my breath away with its over-the-top-ness (for lack of a better word). There's so much going on, as is typical with ornate Baroque style, that it's difficult to know where to look. Steeped in history, the Chapel was originally a monastery church belonging... Continue Reading →

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