A Travellerspoint blog

November 2020

Famous Pittsburghers at National Portrait Gallery exhibit

General George Washington, Noel Le Mire, 1780; Washington volunteered to survey French holdings in the winter of 1753 with his findings helping to ignite the French and Indian War; he's credited with founding Pittsburgh

General George Washington, Noel Le Mire, 1780; Washington volunteered to survey French holdings in the winter of 1753 with his findings helping to ignite the French and Indian War; he's credited with founding Pittsburgh

George Westinghouse, JG Gessford, 1906; this industrialist founded 90  companies and pioneered air brakes, electric power distribution and shock absorbers among others

George Westinghouse, JG Gessford, 1906; this industrialist founded 90+ companies and pioneered air brakes, electric power distribution and shock absorbers among others

Rachel Carson, Alfred Eisenstadt, 1962; her expose on the impact of chemicals and industry on nature, Silent Spring (a tremendous book!!), laid the foundation for the modern environmental movement

Rachel Carson, Alfred Eisenstadt, 1962; her expose on the impact of chemicals and industry on nature, Silent Spring (a tremendous book!!), laid the foundation for the modern environmental movement

Andrew William Mellon, Sir Oswald Hornby Joseph Birley, 1923; Pittsburgh native Mellon, who served as Secretary of the Treasury under 3 presidents, gave part of his art collection to found the National Gallery of Art

Andrew William Mellon, Sir Oswald Hornby Joseph Birley, 1923; Pittsburgh native Mellon, who served as Secretary of the Treasury under 3 presidents, gave part of his art collection to found the National Gallery of Art

Fred Rogers, Nathan Benn, 1990; ordained as a Presbyterian minister, Mister Rogers recognized the power of television and focused his life on using the medium for the good of children

Fred Rogers, Nathan Benn, 1990; ordained as a Presbyterian minister, Mister Rogers recognized the power of television and focused his life on using the medium for the good of children

Roberto Clemente, Charles Harris, 1963; a critical team member of the 1960 Pirates World Series championship, in 18 seasons Clemente won 4 NL batting titles, the 1966 NL MVP Award and 12 straight Golden Gloves Awards

Roberto Clemente, Charles Harris, 1963; a critical team member of the 1960 Pirates World Series championship, in 18 seasons Clemente won 4 NL batting titles, the 1966 NL MVP Award and 12 straight Golden Gloves Awards

Frank Lloyd Wright, Arnold Newman, 1947; his interaction with a Pittsburgh department store family created a masterpiece, Fallingwater

Frank Lloyd Wright, Arnold Newman, 1947; his interaction with a Pittsburgh department store family created a masterpiece, Fallingwater

John Pierpont Morgan, Sr., Adrian Lamb, 1966; this financier and banker founded US Steel Corporation and dominated corporate finance on Wall Street throughout the Gilded Age

John Pierpont Morgan, Sr., Adrian Lamb, 1966; this financier and banker founded US Steel Corporation and dominated corporate finance on Wall Street throughout the Gilded Age

Dr. Jonas Salk, Peter Strongwater, 1982; he led the team at the Univ of Pittsburgh that developed the first safe and effective polio vaccine

Dr. Jonas Salk, Peter Strongwater, 1982; he led the team at the Univ of Pittsburgh that developed the first safe and effective polio vaccine

Getrude Stein, Samuel Johnson Woolf, 1934; she inspired multiple generations of artists with her writing, collecting and determination to live her own life

Getrude Stein, Samuel Johnson Woolf, 1934; she inspired multiple generations of artists with her writing, collecting and determination to live her own life

Meriwether Lewis, William Strickland, 1816; the Lewis and Clark Expedition started from Pittsburgh that established sovereignty over the Louisiana Purchase and helped to strengthen the American concept of manifest destiny

Meriwether Lewis, William Strickland, 1816; the Lewis and Clark Expedition started from Pittsburgh that established sovereignty over the Louisiana Purchase and helped to strengthen the American concept of manifest destiny

Dr. Benjamin Spock, Philippe Halsman, 1966; he revolutionized the way that generations of parents raised their children (my parents used his book too)

Dr. Benjamin Spock, Philippe Halsman, 1966; he revolutionized the way that generations of parents raised their children (my parents used his book too)

Andy Warhol, Hans Namuth, 1981; his visual exploration of mass marketing and consumerism created a new genre of American art, pop art

Andy Warhol, Hans Namuth, 1981; his visual exploration of mass marketing and consumerism created a new genre of American art, pop art

Jimmy Stewart, Ted Allen, 1936; most famous for It's a Wonderful Life in 1946, he also distinguished himself as a combat squadron leader in Europe during World War 2

Jimmy Stewart, Ted Allen, 1936; most famous for It's a Wonderful Life in 1946, he also distinguished himself as a combat squadron leader in Europe during World War 2

Joe Namath, Jack Davis, 1972; flamboyant and outspoken, Broadway Joe's talent and personality drew media attention that materially changed the NFL and pro sports

Joe Namath, Jack Davis, 1972; flamboyant and outspoken, Broadway Joe's talent and personality drew media attention that materially changed the NFL and pro sports

Lena Horne, Florence Meyer Homolka, 1950; getting her start working at her father's Pittsburgh hotel, Horne's role in the all-Black movie musical Stormy Weather made her a star

Lena Horne, Florence Meyer Homolka, 1950; getting her start working at her father's Pittsburgh hotel, Horne's role in the all-Black movie musical Stormy Weather made her a star

Arnold Palmer, Paul Callan Vincent Burns, 1979; in a career spanning 60  years, Arnie won 4 Masters, 2 British Opens and a US Open title among 90  championships

Arnold Palmer, Paul Callan Vincent Burns, 1979; in a career spanning 60+ years, Arnie won 4 Masters, 2 British Opens and a US Open title among 90+ championships

Henry Clay and Helen Frick, Edmund Charles Tarbell, 1910; this complex figure was an industrialist and union buster who was chairman of Carnegie Steel but also, in part, responsible for the Johnstown Flood

Henry Clay and Helen Frick, Edmund Charles Tarbell, 1910; this complex figure was an industrialist and union buster who was chairman of Carnegie Steel but also, in part, responsible for the Johnstown Flood

Ida Tarbell, Samuel Johnson Woolf, 1937; her landmark writings changed the face of American industry and pioneered the field of investigative journalism

Ida Tarbell, Samuel Johnson Woolf, 1937; her landmark writings changed the face of American industry and pioneered the field of investigative journalism

Alexander Hamilton, William Rollinson, 1804; Hamilton first came to Pittsburgh in 1794 in an effort to quell violence caused by the Whiskey Rebellion

Alexander Hamilton, William Rollinson, 1804; Hamilton first came to Pittsburgh in 1794 in an effort to quell violence caused by the Whiskey Rebellion

Johnny Unitas, Marv Corning, 1975; this Pittsburgh native was cut by the Steelers after training camp but went on to become one of the greatest quarterbacks in NFL history for the Baltimore Colts

Johnny Unitas, Marv Corning, 1975; this Pittsburgh native was cut by the Steelers after training camp but went on to become one of the greatest quarterbacks in NFL history for the Baltimore Colts

Gene Kelly's screen-used costume from Singin' in the Rain, 1951; in addition to that blockbuster, Kelly starred in An American in Paris, Anchors Aweigh and On the Town

Gene Kelly's screen-used costume from Singin' in the Rain, 1951; in addition to that blockbuster, Kelly starred in An American in Paris, Anchors Aweigh and On the Town

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Jimmy Carter rose from humble beginnings in Plains, GA

The building which used to be Plains High School (opened in 1921 and closed in 1979) serves as the museum and visitor center for the Jimmy Carter National Historic Site; unfortunately, it was closed due to Covid

The building which used to be Plains High School (opened in 1921 and closed in 1979) serves as the museum and visitor center for the Jimmy Carter National Historic Site; unfortunately, it was closed due to Covid

Standing at 13 feet tall and complete with a cheesy grin, this peanut was built by the Indiana Democratic Party to campaign for Carter’s 1976 bid for the Oval Office; it originally stood at the train depot but is now in a convenience store parking lot

Standing at 13 feet tall and complete with a cheesy grin, this peanut was built by the Indiana Democratic Party to campaign for Carter’s 1976 bid for the Oval Office; it originally stood at the train depot but is now in a convenience store parking lot

The tiny Plains train depot served as the presidential campaign headquarters for Jimmy Carter in 1976; the depot was the scene of many campaign speeches and reminded voters of Carter's small town roots

The tiny Plains train depot served as the presidential campaign headquarters for Jimmy Carter in 1976; the depot was the scene of many campaign speeches and reminded voters of Carter's small town roots

Fourteen men sought the Democratic presidential nomination in 1976; Carter is seen here (with Miss Lillian) accepting a concession call from George Wallace who pledged to support his fellow Southerner

Fourteen men sought the Democratic presidential nomination in 1976; Carter is seen here (with Miss Lillian) accepting a concession call from George Wallace who pledged to support his fellow Southerner

The farm where Jimmy Carter lived from age 4 in 1928 until he left for college in 1941 has been restored to its appearance before electricity was installed (1938); it's incredible how someone growing up in such humble beginnings rose to be president

The farm where Jimmy Carter lived from age 4 in 1928 until he left for college in 1941 has been restored to its appearance before electricity was installed (1938); it's incredible how someone growing up in such humble beginnings rose to be president

Jimmy's boyhood bedroom; his uncle was in the Navy which sparked interest for Jimmy who went on to graduate from the US Naval Academy and have a naval career serving on submarines

Jimmy's boyhood bedroom; his uncle was in the Navy which sparked interest for Jimmy who went on to graduate from the US Naval Academy and have a naval career serving on submarines

It's not Paris but the Carter's made a red clay tennis court next to their house; I wonder what the former president thinks of his many neighbors today that are supporting President Trump

It's not Paris but the Carter's made a red clay tennis court next to their house; I wonder what the former president thinks of his many neighbors today that are supporting President Trump

As a nurse, Miss Lillian was a strong advocate of eating well to stay healthy; most of what the family ate was produced in their fields, pastures and gardens

As a nurse, Miss Lillian was a strong advocate of eating well to stay healthy; most of what the family ate was produced in their fields, pastures and gardens

In 1982, Carter founded the Carter Center to advance human rights and alleviate human suffering; in addition to becoming the longest living president, Carter has become one of the most accomplished and admired former presidents in history

In 1982, Carter founded the Carter Center to advance human rights and alleviate human suffering; in addition to becoming the longest living president, Carter has become one of the most accomplished and admired former presidents in history

Purchased for $100 from a catalog in 1935, this windmill eliminated the need to pump water by hand on the farm; it enabled Carter's home to have running water for the first time

Purchased for $100 from a catalog in 1935, this windmill eliminated the need to pump water by hand on the farm; it enabled Carter's home to have running water for the first time

The Carters built this home in Plains in 1961 and it is the only home they have ever owned; it is off-limits to the public since the Carters still live there

The Carters built this home in Plains in 1961 and it is the only home they have ever owned; it is off-limits to the public since the Carters still live there

This was the gas station owned by President Carter's younger brother Billy from 1972-1981; famous for promoting Billy Beer, Billy Carter died of pancreatic cancer at the age of 51

This was the gas station owned by President Carter's younger brother Billy from 1972-1981; famous for promoting Billy Beer, Billy Carter died of pancreatic cancer at the age of 51

Amy Carter was only 3 when her father was elected governor of Georgia and 9 when they moved to the White House; Carter attended majority black public schools in Washington during her four years in Washington

Amy Carter was only 3 when her father was elected governor of Georgia and 9 when they moved to the White House; Carter attended majority black public schools in Washington during her four years in Washington

Downtown Plains is just half a dozen buildings catering to the few tourists; the town was originally called Plains of Dura after a story in the Bible but was shortened to Plains

Downtown Plains is just half a dozen buildings catering to the few tourists; the town was originally called Plains of Dura after a story in the Bible but was shortened to Plains

President Carter is a deacon and Sunday school teacher at Maranatha Baptist Church; Plains is a tiny town of only 776 people in very rural SW Georgia

President Carter is a deacon and Sunday school teacher at Maranatha Baptist Church; Plains is a tiny town of only 776 people in very rural SW Georgia

This was the hospital were Jimmy and Rosalynn were both born; it is now the Lillian Carter Health and Rehabilitation Center named after the president's mother since she worked there as a nurse

This was the hospital were Jimmy and Rosalynn were both born; it is now the Lillian Carter Health and Rehabilitation Center named after the president's mother since she worked there as a nurse

Jimmy assumed control of the family peanut and farm supply business in 1953 and owned it until its sale in 1981; peanuts are still an important crop for the area as are cotton and timber

Jimmy assumed control of the family peanut and farm supply business in 1953 and owned it until its sale in 1981; peanuts are still an important crop for the area as are cotton and timber

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Idyllic Telluride is the most perfect small town in America

The town of Telluride sits in a box canyon with just one road in and out; the houses are mainly old Victorians which reminded me of the houses in the Heights (but with substantially higher price tags!)

The town of Telluride sits in a box canyon with just one road in and out; the houses are mainly old Victorians which reminded me of the houses in the Heights (but with substantially higher price tags!)

Bridal Veil Falls (365 ft high) lies at the end of the box canyon above Telluride; although illegal, in the winter daredevils try climbing the frozen falls called the most difficult ice climb in North America

Bridal Veil Falls (365 ft high) lies at the end of the box canyon above Telluride; although illegal, in the winter daredevils try climbing the frozen falls called the most difficult ice climb in North America

There are dozens of fantastic hikes around Telluride so each day we tackled a different one; the closest airports are in Montrose (about 90 minutes to the north) or Durango (about 2 hours to the south)

There are dozens of fantastic hikes around Telluride so each day we tackled a different one; the closest airports are in Montrose (about 90 minutes to the north) or Durango (about 2 hours to the south)

Enjoying the sunshine in front of Beattie Peak (13,342 ft above sea level); apparently there are trails to the summit but we weren't that crazy

Enjoying the sunshine in front of Beattie Peak (13,342 ft above sea level); apparently there are trails to the summit but we weren't that crazy

There is a prairie dog colony in the meadow just outside Telluride; they were definitely worth the long walk to go see them!

There is a prairie dog colony in the meadow just outside Telluride; they were definitely worth the long walk to go see them!

It was a treat getting to spend 10 days with Mike and Gary at their place in Telluride; the weather was spectacular and I think it was the best time of year for a visit

It was a treat getting to spend 10 days with Mike and Gary at their place in Telluride; the weather was spectacular and I think it was the best time of year for a visit

San Miguel Peak (13,752 ft above sea level); the terrain around Telluride is covered in wildflowers in June and July

San Miguel Peak (13,752 ft above sea level); the terrain around Telluride is covered in wildflowers in June and July

The quaking aspens were spectacular!; Mike and Gary's place is in Mountain Village which is just over the mountain from Telluride (just an easy gondola ride into town)

The quaking aspens were spectacular!; Mike and Gary's place is in Mountain Village which is just over the mountain from Telluride (just an easy gondola ride into town)

I'm relaxing at Hope Lake while Mike and Gary enjoy their lunch; unfortunately I missed seeing Sarah, Lucas and Ada by a couple of days (Danny joined them the second week)

I'm relaxing at Hope Lake while Mike and Gary enjoy their lunch; unfortunately I missed seeing Sarah, Lucas and Ada by a couple of days (Danny joined them the second week)

Downtown Telluride is a National Historic District; in June, 1889, Butch Cassidy committed his first bank robbery making off with almost $25000 from the San Miguel Valley Bank in Telluride

Downtown Telluride is a National Historic District; in June, 1889, Butch Cassidy committed his first bank robbery making off with almost $25000 from the San Miguel Valley Bank in Telluride

Cornet Falls is an easy walk from downtown Telluride; the city sits at 8750 feet above sea level with only 2300 lucky residents

Cornet Falls is an easy walk from downtown Telluride; the city sits at 8750 feet above sea level with only 2300 lucky residents

You can see how Vermilion Peak (13894 ft above sea level) got its name; Mike and Gary introduced me to the entertaining Great British Bake Off tv show

You can see how Vermilion Peak (13894 ft above sea level) got its name; Mike and Gary introduced me to the entertaining Great British Bake Off tv show

There was no angle I could find where Lizard Head, elevation 13119, actually looked like a lizard head; the rock spire of Lizard Head looks like an old eroded volcanic plug but it is actually composed of extrusive volcanic ash flows

There was no angle I could find where Lizard Head, elevation 13119, actually looked like a lizard head; the rock spire of Lizard Head looks like an old eroded volcanic plug but it is actually composed of extrusive volcanic ash flows

Mining was Telluride’s only industry until 1972, when the first ski lift was installed; the gondola between Telluride and Mountain Village is the first and only free public transportation of its kind in the United States

Mining was Telluride’s only industry until 1972, when the first ski lift was installed; the gondola between Telluride and Mountain Village is the first and only free public transportation of its kind in the United States

At the top of Bridal Veil Falls is the power plant used originally for the Smuggler-Union Mine; George Westinghouse built what was the first successful demonstration of long-distance transmission of industrial-grade alternating current power here

At the top of Bridal Veil Falls is the power plant used originally for the Smuggler-Union Mine; George Westinghouse built what was the first successful demonstration of long-distance transmission of industrial-grade alternating current power here

So there are bears in Telluride!; we saw elk and mule deer but no real bears during our visit; supposedly there are even moose living in the area

So there are bears in Telluride!; we saw elk and mule deer but no real bears during our visit; supposedly there are even moose living in the area

Telluride is a former silver mining camp on the San Miguel River in the western San Juan Mountains in SW Colorado; the first gold mining claim was made in the mountains above Telluride in 1875

Telluride is a former silver mining camp on the San Miguel River in the western San Juan Mountains in SW Colorado; the first gold mining claim was made in the mountains above Telluride in 1875

Blue Lake is nestled in the mountains above Telluride; while Lee and Gary enjoyed their lunches I dozed on a rock only to have a chipmunk run right across me!

Blue Lake is nestled in the mountains above Telluride; while Lee and Gary enjoyed their lunches I dozed on a rock only to have a chipmunk run right across me!

In late Spring the waterfalls around Telluride would be torrents; I wish I was still able to ski since Telluride is a very well-designed resort with plenty of challenging runs

In late Spring the waterfalls around Telluride would be torrents; I wish I was still able to ski since Telluride is a very well-designed resort with plenty of challenging runs

Gary color coordinated with the aspens behind him!; the very popular Kia Telluride is named after the town (although I saw many more Subarus and Jeeps)

Gary color coordinated with the aspens behind him!; the very popular Kia Telluride is named after the town (although I saw many more Subarus and Jeeps)

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Stunning Monet exhibit at the Art Institute of Chicago

Water Lilies, Claude Monet, 1906; the Impressionist movement was named after one of Monet's paintings - Impression, Sunrise

Water Lilies, Claude Monet, 1906; the Impressionist movement was named after one of Monet's paintings - Impression, Sunrise

Venice, Palazza Dario, Claude Monet, 1908; in 1895 the Art Institute gave Monet his first solo museum show in the United States, 20 Works by Claude Monet

Venice, Palazza Dario, Claude Monet, 1908; in 1895 the Art Institute gave Monet his first solo museum show in the United States, 20 Works by Claude Monet

Cliffwalk at Pourville, Claude Monet, 1882; the Art Institute, in 1903, became the first American museum to purchase a Monet painting with its acquisition of Bad Weather, Pourville

Cliffwalk at Pourville, Claude Monet, 1882; the Art Institute, in 1903, became the first American museum to purchase a Monet painting with its acquisition of Bad Weather, Pourville

Etretat: The Beach and the Falaise D'Amont, Claude Monet, 1885; this special Monet exhibition unites more than 70 works from both the Art Institute’s collection and private holdings

Etretat: The Beach and the Falaise D'Amont, Claude Monet, 1885; this special Monet exhibition unites more than 70 works from both the Art Institute’s collection and private holdings

Boats Lying at Low Tide at Fecamp, Claude Monet, 1881; the exhibition is limited to only 25% o capacity according to coronavirus guidelines from the city with the run scheduled until January 18, 2021

Boats Lying at Low Tide at Fecamp, Claude Monet, 1881; the exhibition is limited to only 25% of capacity according to coronavirus guidelines from the city with the run scheduled until January 18, 2021

Apples and Grapes, Claude Monet, 1880; more than a million visitors attended the Monet retrospective at the Art Institute in 1995

Apples and Grapes, Claude Monet, 1880; more than a million visitors attended the Monet retrospective at the Art Institute in 1995

The Parc Monceau, Claude Monet, 1878; thanks in large part to Chicago’s wealthy collecting class, the Art Institute now houses 33 paintings and 13 drawings by the artist—the largest trove of his works outside of Paris

The Parc Monceau, Claude Monet, 1878; thanks in large part to Chicago’s wealthy collecting class, the Art Institute now houses 33 paintings and 13 drawings by the artist—the largest trove of his works outside of Paris

The Artist's House in Argenteuil, Claude Monet, 1873; Monet was born just two days after fellow painter and sculptor, Auguste Rodin and the two would become lifelong friends

The Artist's House in Argenteuil, Claude Monet, 1873; Monet was born just two days after fellow painter and sculptor, Auguste Rodin and the two would become lifelong friends

The Seine at Bougival, Claude Monet, 1869; the Monet exhibit required a timed ticket (reservations were sold out most days) but only cost an extra $7 above regular museum admission

The Seine at Bougival, Claude Monet, 1869; the Monet exhibit required a timed ticket (reservations were sold out most days) but only cost an extra $7 above regular museum admission

The Beach at Sainte-Adresse, Claude Monet, 1867; when Monet’s paintings first appeared alongside his contemporaries in a Chicago gallery in 1888, he was singled out for praise by the press

The Beach at Sainte-Adresse, Claude Monet, 1867; when Monet’s paintings first appeared alongside his contemporaries in a Chicago gallery in 1888, he was singled out for praise by the press

On the Bank of the Seine, Bennecourt, Claude Monet, 1868; four works by Monet were featured in the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition held in Chicago

On the Bank of the Seine, Bennecourt, Claude Monet, 1868; four works by Monet were featured in the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition held in Chicago

Water Lily Pond, Claude Monet, 1901; the artist painted 250  canvases with his beloved water lilies (he even paid his gardener to row out and dust them off before he started painting!)

Water Lily Pond, Claude Monet, 1901; the artist painted 250+ canvases with his beloved water lilies (he even paid his gardener to row out and dust them off before he started painting!)

Irises, Claude Monet, 1914; unlike other artists of his time, Monet would paint a work entirely, from start to finish, outdoors

Irises, Claude Monet, 1914; unlike other artists of his time, Monet would paint a work entirely, from start to finish, outdoors

Houses of Parliament, London, Claude Monet, 1901; the largest collection of Monet's works can be seen at the Musee Marmottan in Paris with the Musee d'Orsay also having a great selection

Houses of Parliament, London, Claude Monet, 1901; the largest collection of Monet's works can be seen at the Musee Marmottan in Paris with the Musee d'Orsay also having a great selection

Water Lilies, Claude Monet, 1905; by the time Monet was 15, he was a successful caricaturist with some of these drawings included in the exhibit

Water Lilies, Claude Monet, 1905; by the time Monet was 15, he was a successful caricaturist with some of these drawings included in the exhibit

Poppy Field (Giverny), Claude Monet, 1891; after the outbreak of the Franco-Prussian War in 1870, Monet and his family sought refuge in England where he studied the works of Constable and Turner

Poppy Field (Giverny), Claude Monet, 1891; after the outbreak of the Franco-Prussian War in 1870, Monet and his family sought refuge in England where he studied the works of Constable and Turner

Stacks of Wheat (End of Day, Autumn), Claude Monet, 1891; a different painting from this series sold for $110.7 million in 2019, making it the most expensive Impressionist artwork ever to be bought at auction

Stacks of Wheat (End of Day, Autumn), Claude Monet, 1891; a different painting from this series sold for $110.7 million in 2019, making it the most expensive Impressionist artwork ever to be bought at auction

Stacks of Wheat (Sunset, Snow Effect), Claude Monet, 1891; in 1891, Chicagoans Bertha and Potter Palmer acquired some 20 paintings by Monet—including several from the Stacks of Wheat series—a fraction of the 90 canvases they would come to own

Stacks of Wheat (Sunset, Snow Effect), Claude Monet, 1891; in 1891, Chicagoans Bertha and Potter Palmer acquired some 20 paintings by Monet—including several from the Stacks of Wheat series—a fraction of the 90 canvases they would come to own

Water Lilies, Claude Monet, 1904; today half a million visitors annually pay homage to Monet's gardens at his home in Giverny, France to see where he created so many of his iconic works

Water Lilies, Claude Monet, 1904; today half a million visitors annually pay homage to Monet's gardens at his home in Giverny, France to see where he created so many of his iconic works

Vase of Dahlias, Claude Monet, 1883; I visited Chicago many times for marathons, triathlons and tennis tournaments but for some reason had never visited this fantastic museum

Vase of Dahlias, Claude Monet, 1883; I visited Chicago many times for marathons, triathlons and tennis tournaments but for some reason had never visited this fantastic museum

The Cliff at Varengeville, Claude Monet, 1882; when Monet was 5 years old his family moved to a seaside area near Le Havre — a move which would shape his artistic life to come

The Cliff at Varengeville, Claude Monet, 1882; when Monet was 5 years old his family moved to a seaside area near Le Havre — a move which would shape his artistic life to come

Landscape with Figures, Giverny, Claude Monet, 1888; the Art Institute of Chicago in Grant Park, founded in 1879, is one of the oldest and largest (and best!) art museums in the United States

Landscape with Figures, Giverny, Claude Monet, 1888; the Art Institute of Chicago in Grant Park, founded in 1879, is one of the oldest and largest (and best!) art museums in the United States

Arrival of the Normandy Train, Gare Saint-Lazare, Claude Monet, 1877; in 1868, an impoverished Monet faced severe depression and attempted to kill himself by jumping off a bridge into the Seine

Arrival of the Normandy Train, Gare Saint-Lazare, Claude Monet, 1877; in 1868, an impoverished Monet faced severe depression and attempted to kill himself by jumping off a bridge into the Seine

Pheasants, Woodcocks, and Partridge, Claude Monet, 1879; in later life Monet developed cataracts which affected his ability to see the full color spectrum and he became legally blind in 1922 but continued painting

Pheasants, Woodcocks, and Partridge, Claude Monet, 1879; in later life Monet developed cataracts which affected his ability to see the full color spectrum and he became legally blind in 1922 but continued painting

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