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

Thursday Doors – Paris

It seems only right that this week’s Thursday Door be from Palais Garnier. Please join me tomorrow for more Palais Garnier content. Bonne journée! Marla Thursday Doors is a weekly feature allowing door lovers to come together to admire and share their favorite door photos from around the world. Feel free to join in on…… Continue reading Thursday Doors – Paris

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

Palais Garnier – Auditorium

While I wasn’t at Palais Garnier to take in a performance, I did get to see the gorgeous auditorium during my visit. Built in a traditional Italian horseshoe shape, the 5 level auditorium is 60 metres high and seats over 2000 people. Decorated with red velvet, stucco, marble and gold leaf, the room is a…… Continue reading Palais Garnier – Auditorium