A Travellerspoint blog

By this Author: VagabondCowboy

Charming Flores was my first stop on first Guatemalan visit

The pastel-colored homes and businesses line narrow cobblestone streets supposedly giving a Mediterranean feel to the island but I wouldn't go that far; tourism has plunged due to Covid and that was evident from the deserted streets

The pastel-colored homes and businesses line narrow cobblestone streets supposedly giving a Mediterranean feel to the island but I wouldn't go that far; tourism has plunged due to Covid and that was evident from the deserted streets

It's easy to walk around the entire island of Flores in 15 minutes; the town is the perfect overnight stop prior to an early morning departure to see the Mayan ruins at Tikal, about an hour away

It's easy to walk around the entire island of Flores in 15 minutes; the town is the perfect overnight stop prior to an early morning departure to see the Mayan ruins at Tikal, about an hour away

A causeway was completed in 1961 to connect the island of Flores with the mainland; the population of this remote part of Guatemala has exploded in recent decades from less than 20,000 fifty years ago to 500,000  today

A causeway was completed in 1961 to connect the island of Flores with the mainland; the population of this remote part of Guatemala has exploded in recent decades from less than 20,000 fifty years ago to 500,000+ today

The colonial hotels have been hurt during the pandemic with extended border closures and the imposition by Belize of expensive, required Covid testing to enter and leave; the Belize border is 90 minutes by car whereas Guatemala City is 8 1/2 hrs  away

The colonial hotels have been hurt during the pandemic with extended border closures and the imposition by Belize of expensive, required Covid testing to enter and leave; the Belize border is 90 minutes by car whereas Guatemala City is 8 1/2 hrs+ away

The Museo Santa Barbara, on this tiny island, houses a small museum of Mayan artifacts and is a bird and iguana sanctuary; the museum keeps irregular hours and was closed when we stopped their on our tour of the lake

The Museo Santa Barbara, on this tiny island, houses a small museum of Mayan artifacts and is a bird and iguana sanctuary; the museum keeps irregular hours and was closed when we stopped their on our tour of the lake

Tourism is the lifeblood of Flores but numbers have been drastically reduced during the pandemic; instead of large numbers of Americans, it's more common to see young Europeans spending weeks or months backpacking through Central America

Tourism is the lifeblood of Flores but numbers have been drastically reduced during the pandemic; instead of large numbers of Americans, it's more common to see young Europeans spending weeks or months backpacking through Central America

Lanchas are boats used to ferry people around Lake Peten Itza; we took one for an afternoon tour of the lake which is the third largest in Guatemala, about 38 square miles in area

Lanchas are boats used to ferry people around Lake Peten Itza; we took one for an afternoon tour of the lake which is the third largest in Guatemala, about 38 square miles in area

Flores is the capital of the Petén department, Guatemala's northernmost department (similar to a US state); grocery prices here were more in line with the US and way less than in Belize where the Chinese and Lebanese have a stranglehold on competition

Flores is the capital of the Petén department, Guatemala's northernmost department (similar to a US state); grocery prices here were more in line with the US and way less than in Belize where the Chinese and Lebanese have a stranglehold on competition

The Catedral Nuestra Señora de Los Remedios y San Pablo Itzá occupies the highest point of the island of Flores; it was here, in 1697, that the last independent Maya state held out against the Spanish conquerors

The Catedral Nuestra Señora de Los Remedios y San Pablo Itzá occupies the highest point of the island of Flores; it was here, in 1697, that the last independent Maya state held out against the Spanish conquerors

Male green iguanas develop an orange to orange-red coloring as breeding season approaches with dominant males often retaining that coloring after breeding season too; these large iguanas were a common sight in Guatemala and Belize

Male green iguanas develop an orange to orange-red coloring as breeding season approaches with dominant males often retaining that coloring after breeding season too; these large iguanas were a common sight in Guatemala and Belize

Picocita is a supposed hangover cure; it is cheap Guatemalan beer, a spoonful of salt, a spoonful of chile/chopped onion/vinegar mix, a generous squeeze of lime, a generous squeeze of Worcestershire sauce and a good dose of lime juice topped with a shrimp

Picocita is a supposed hangover cure; it is cheap Guatemalan beer, a spoonful of salt, a spoonful of chile/chopped onion/vinegar mix, a generous squeeze of lime, a generous squeeze of Worcestershire sauce and a good dose of lime juice topped with a shrimp

Lake Peten Itza is an important migratory stop for birds; Guatemala and Belize have had their land dispute regarding the southern half of what is currently Belize presented to the Internationall Court of Justice (Belize is expected to prevail)

Lake Peten Itza is an important migratory stop for birds; Guatemala and Belize have had their land dispute regarding the southern half of what is currently Belize presented to the Internationall Court of Justice (Belize is expected to prevail)

Posted by VagabondCowboy 09:20 Comments (0)

Oklahoma City Museum of Art and city sights

George Washington, Charles Willson Peale, after 1779; Peale painted Washington far more than any other artist during the president's lifetime; Washington was 46 here and Peale painted 18 different versions

George Washington, Charles Willson Peale, after 1779; Peale painted Washington far more than any other artist during the president's lifetime; Washington was 46 here and Peale painted 18 different versions

Portrait of a Girl, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, 1895; unlike his wealthier Impressionist peers, Renoir took up portrait painting just to make a living; the subject here is the nanny to Renoir's children and not a commissioned work (almost a practice piece)

Portrait of a Girl, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, 1895; unlike his wealthier Impressionist peers, Renoir took up portrait painting just to make a living; the subject here is the nanny to Renoir's children and not a commissioned work (almost a practice piece)

Completed in 1917, the Oklahoma state capitol complex is the only state capitol grounds in the US with active oil rigs; this symbolizes how strongly my views and those of Oklahoma clash

Completed in 1917, the Oklahoma state capitol complex is the only state capitol grounds in the US with active oil rigs; this symbolizes how strongly my views and those of Oklahoma clash

Grand Canal, Venice, Thomas Moran, 1898; inspired by JMW Turner, the artist (primarily known for his landscapes of the American West) ventured to Italy to paint scenes for the American consumer market

Grand Canal, Venice, Thomas Moran, 1898; inspired by JMW Turner, the artist (primarily known for his landscapes of the American West) ventured to Italy to paint scenes for the American consumer market

The Spirit Spout, Frank Stella, 1998; between 1986 and 1997, the artist made a large body of work inspired by Herman Melville's Moby Dick; the Spirit-Spout was the title of the 51st chapter in the book

The Spirit Spout, Frank Stella, 1998; between 1986 and 1997, the artist made a large body of work inspired by Herman Melville's Moby Dick; the Spirit-Spout was the title of the 51st chapter in the book

View of the Bacino di San Marco, Venice, Ippolito Caffi, ca. 1845; the OKC Museum of Art was relatively small with few pieces of note but the Chihuly glass collection made it worth the $16 admission

View of the Bacino di San Marco, Venice, Ippolito Caffi, ca. 1845; the OKC Museum of Art was relatively small with few pieces of note but the Chihuly glass collection made it worth the $16 admission

Anne Boutineau Robinson, John Singleton Copley, 1769; the foremost artist in colonial America, Copley was the first American artist to include frames with his commissioned work (this is the original frame)

Anne Boutineau Robinson, John Singleton Copley, 1769; the foremost artist in colonial America, Copley was the first American artist to include frames with his commissioned work (this is the original frame)

Parrot Tulip, Lowell Nesbitt, 1973; the artist was one of America's preeminent floral painters; to honor Nesbitt's contributions to the art world, in 1980, the US Postal Service issued four stamps based on his floral paintings

Parrot Tulip, Lowell Nesbitt, 1973; the artist was one of America's preeminent floral painters; to honor Nesbitt's contributions to the art world, in 1980, the US Postal Service issued four stamps based on his floral paintings

St. Paul, Anthony Van Dyck, ca. 1616-17; after beginning his career at home in the Netherlands, van Dyck achieved fame as the principal painter to British King Charles I and the English Royal Court

St. Paul, Anthony Van Dyck, ca. 1616-17; after beginning his career at home in the Netherlands, van Dyck achieved fame as the principal painter to British King Charles I and the English Royal Court

Jacob de Graeff, Kehinde Wiley, 2018; the title of the painting comes from a 1674 portrait in the St. Louis Art Museum that Wiley used as a basis for this work featuring a model from Ferguson, Missouri

Jacob de Graeff, Kehinde Wiley, 2018; the title of the painting comes from a 1674 portrait in the St. Louis Art Museum that Wiley used as a basis for this work featuring a model from Ferguson, Missouri

Soil and Subsoil, Alexandre Hogue, 1946; this work illustrates with erosion, on terrain between OKC and Tulsa, the catastrophic environmental consequences of poor agricultural practices

Soil and Subsoil, Alexandre Hogue, 1946; this work illustrates with erosion, on terrain between OKC and Tulsa, the catastrophic environmental consequences of poor agricultural practices

Katherine Cassatt, Mary Cassatt, 1880; other than the OKC National Memorial and the Museum of Art there really wasn't much to see in the city; it is a flat, unattractive expansive of strips malls absent any charm or character

Katherine Cassatt, Mary Cassatt, 1880; other than the OKC National Memorial and the Museum of Art there really wasn't much to see in the city; it is a flat, unattractive expansive of strips malls absent any charm or character

Calla Lily, Georgia O'Keeffe, 1927; historically flowers had been considered suitable subjects for women's art but O'Keeffe showed her rebel nature by making the flower oversized and more abstract

Calla Lily, Georgia O'Keeffe, 1927; historically flowers had been considered suitable subjects for women's art but O'Keeffe showed her rebel nature by making the flower oversized and more abstract

The somber Oklahoma City National Memorial is located downtown on the former site of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building, which was destroyed in the April 15, 1995 bombing which killed 168 people

The somber Oklahoma City National Memorial is located downtown on the former site of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building, which was destroyed in the April 15, 1995 bombing which killed 168 people

The Field of Empty Chairs are hand-crafted from glass, bronze, and stone representing those who lost their lives, with a name etched in the glass base of each; in the background is the 50-story Devon Tower, easily the tallest building in the state

The Field of Empty Chairs are hand-crafted from glass, bronze, and stone representing those who lost their lives, with a name etched in the glass base of each; in the background is the 50-story Devon Tower, easily the tallest building in the state

The Gates of Time bracket the reflecting pool at the OKC National Memorial; an almost entirely unmasked crowd kept me from spending any time inside the adjacent museum

The Gates of Time bracket the reflecting pool at the OKC National Memorial; an almost entirely unmasked crowd kept me from spending any time inside the adjacent museum

Posted by VagabondCowboy 00:38 Comments (0)

Impressive Gilded Age Ringling mansion in Sarasota, FL

Completed in 1926 as the winter residence of circus mogul, capitalist, entrepreneur and art collector John Ringling and his wife Mable, Ca' d'Zan is a Mediterranean revival-style gem on the shores of Sarasota Bay

Completed in 1926 as the winter residence of circus mogul, capitalist, entrepreneur and art collector John Ringling and his wife Mable, Ca' d'Zan is a Mediterranean revival-style gem on the shores of Sarasota Bay

One of America's wealthiest couples, the Ringlings built this 36,000 square-foot house for $1.5 million (roughly $16 million today); it sits on a waterfront site 1,000 feet long and 3,000 feet deep and is five stories tall and has a full basement

One of America's wealthiest couples, the Ringlings built this 36,000 square-foot house for $1.5 million (roughly $16 million today); it sits on a waterfront site 1,000 feet long and 3,000 feet deep and is five stories tall and has a full basement

Ca’ d’Zan means House of John, in the Venetian dialect; inspired by and designed in the Venetian Gothic style of the palazzos that ring the canals, this palatial mansion perfectly captures the splendor and romance of the Italy the Ringlings so loved

Ca’ d’Zan means House of John, in the Venetian dialect; inspired by and designed in the Venetian Gothic style of the palazzos that ring the canals, this palatial mansion perfectly captures the splendor and romance of the Italy the Ringlings so loved

A crystal chandelier from the original Waldorf-Astoria Hotel hangs in the Great Room; it was fashionable at the time for the wealthy to show how cosmopolitan they were by commissioning ceiling murals which the Ringlings' did throughout the house

A crystal chandelier from the original Waldorf-Astoria Hotel hangs in the Great Room; it was fashionable at the time for the wealthy to show how cosmopolitan they were by commissioning ceiling murals which the Ringlings' did throughout the house

The dining room could handle 22 guests; the home features an eclectic array of stylistic influences, including Venetian Gothic, Italian Renaissance, Moorish, and Spanish-inspired elements drawn from different historic periods

The dining room could handle 22 guests; the home features an eclectic array of stylistic influences, including Venetian Gothic, Italian Renaissance, Moorish, and Spanish-inspired elements drawn from different historic periods

Tap Room; the residence is a rare survivor and glamorous icon of the Florida Boom Years of the 1920s, for which John Ringling played a major role as a real estate developer in Sarasota

Tap Room; the residence is a rare survivor and glamorous icon of the Florida Boom Years of the 1920s, for which John Ringling played a major role as a real estate developer in Sarasota

Ballroom; by the 1990s Ca' d'Zan was suffering from years of neglect so that in 1996 it closed for restoration; requiring $15  million, the home finally reopened to the public in 2002 as the grandest mansion on Florida's Sunshine Coast

Ballroom; by the 1990s Ca' d'Zan was suffering from years of neglect so that in 1996 it closed for restoration; requiring $15+ million, the home finally reopened to the public in 2002 as the grandest mansion on Florida's Sunshine Coast

John Ringling purchased this Aeolian Duo-Art organ in 1924 for $25,000; the organ can be played manually, or by paper organ rolls, like a player piano with the echo chamber and  2280 pipes hidden on the mezzanine level behind Flemish tapestries

John Ringling purchased this Aeolian Duo-Art organ in 1924 for $25,000; the organ can be played manually, or by paper organ rolls, like a player piano with the echo chamber and 2280 pipes hidden on the mezzanine level behind Flemish tapestries

When John Ringling died in December of 1936 he bequeathed his estate to the people of Florida, but legal wrangling with his creditors went on for a decade until the property finally passed unencumbered to the state; it re-opened to the public in 1946

When John Ringling died in December of 1936 he bequeathed his estate to the people of Florida, but legal wrangling with his creditors went on for a decade until the property finally passed unencumbered to the state; it re-opened to the public in 1946

Guests entered through a Gothic arched doorway with 12 ft carved walnut doors to give an Old World appearance; the entrance is flanked by two large Flemish tapestries, beneath which are two large 19th century chests

Guests entered through a Gothic arched doorway with 12 ft carved walnut doors to give an Old World appearance; the entrance is flanked by two large Flemish tapestries, beneath which are two large 19th century chests

The upstairs was off-limits due to Covid but photographs were displayed showing the opulence; only three years after the house's completion, Mable, who oversaw every aspect of the construction, died from Addison’s disease and the complications of diabetes

The upstairs was off-limits due to Covid but photographs were displayed showing the opulence; only three years after the house's completion, Mable, who oversaw every aspect of the construction, died from Addison’s disease and the complications of diabetes

Kitchen pantry; the cabinetry displayed the extensive collection of china collected during the Ringlings’ world travels; a custom-made German silver sink provided a soft, forgiving surface to protect the fine crystal, china and earthenware from breakage

Kitchen pantry; the cabinetry displayed the extensive collection of china collected during the Ringlings’ world travels; a custom-made German silver sink provided a soft, forgiving surface to protect the fine crystal, china and earthenware from breakage

Breakfast Room; normally there are guided tours of the house but, with the pandemic, those were not available; there was no signage in the individual rooms but there was an audio guide providing informative commentary

Breakfast Room; normally there are guided tours of the house but, with the pandemic, those were not available; there was no signage in the individual rooms but there was an audio guide providing informative commentary

Posted by VagabondCowboy 11:22 Comments (1)

Works loaned from Boston at Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Dance at Bougival, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, 1883; this is the first time the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, has lent this collection of Impressionist works to another museum with the MFAH being its only US exhibition; the show will run through March 22, 2022

Dance at Bougival, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, 1883; this is the first time the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, has lent this collection of Impressionist works to another museum with the MFAH being its only US exhibition; the show will run through March 22, 2022

Flowers and Fruit on a Table, Henri Fantin-Latour, 1865; the artist met Edouard Manet and Edgar Degas at the Louvre, where they went in the late 1850s and early 1860s to copy Old Master paintings

Flowers and Fruit on a Table, Henri Fantin-Latour, 1865; the artist met Edouard Manet and Edgar Degas at the Louvre, where they went in the late 1850s and early 1860s to copy Old Master paintings

Pontoise, the Road to Gisors in Winter, Camille Pissarro, 1873; this town, 20 miles NW of Paris, was Pissarro's base for close to 20 years and he created around 300 paintings of the town and its environs during that time

Pontoise, the Road to Gisors in Winter, Camille Pissarro, 1873; this town, 20 miles NW of Paris, was Pissarro's base for close to 20 years and he created around 300 paintings of the town and its environs during that time

The Loing at Saint-Mammes, Alfred Sisley, 1882; Sisley fell in love with this tributary of the Seine, painting it nearly 300 times; he's quoted saying 'every picture shows a spot with which the artist has fallen in love'

The Loing at Saint-Mammes, Alfred Sisley, 1882; Sisley fell in love with this tributary of the Seine, painting it nearly 300 times; he's quoted saying 'every picture shows a spot with which the artist has fallen in love'

Port of Le Havre, Eugene Louis Boudin, c. 1886; both Boudin and Claude Monet (16 yrs his junior) grew up in Le Havre and Monet says of Boudin, 'I have said it before and can only repeat that I owe everything to Boudin and I attribute my success to him.'

Port of Le Havre, Eugene Louis Boudin, c. 1886; both Boudin and Claude Monet (16 yrs his junior) grew up in Le Havre and Monet says of Boudin, 'I have said it before and can only repeat that I owe everything to Boudin and I attribute my success to him.'

Mixed Flowers in an Earthenware Pot, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, c. 1869; this painting marks Renoir's closest collaboration with Monet as the young artists painted the same subject, sitting side by side; Monet's version is at the Getty Museum in LA

Mixed Flowers in an Earthenware Pot, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, c. 1869; this painting marks Renoir's closest collaboration with Monet as the young artists painted the same subject, sitting side by side; Monet's version is at the Getty Museum in LA

The Forest of Compiegne, Paul Huet, c. 1830; this forest, 50 miles north of Paris, was the site of the Armistice which marked the end of fighting in WWI on November 11, 1918, as well as the Armistice of June 22, 1940 after the Battle of France in WW2

The Forest of Compiegne, Paul Huet, c. 1830; this forest, 50 miles north of Paris, was the site of the Armistice which marked the end of fighting in WWI on November 11, 1918, as well as the Armistice of June 22, 1940 after the Battle of France in WW2

Souvenir of a Meadow at Brunoy, Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot, c. 1855-65; 100  artworks from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, were part of an excellent temporary exhibition on the early days of Impressionism

Souvenir of a Meadow at Brunoy, Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot, c. 1855-65; 100+ artworks from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, were part of an excellent temporary exhibition on the early days of Impressionism

At the Races in the Countryside, Edgar Degas, 1869; this picture appeared at the first Impressionist exhibition held in Paris in 1874 and provides a nice contrast to the usual ballerina paintings for which Degas is most famous

At the Races in the Countryside, Edgar Degas, 1869; this picture appeared at the first Impressionist exhibition held in Paris in 1874 and provides a nice contrast to the usual ballerina paintings for which Degas is most famous

Spring Pasture, Camille Pissarro, 1889; Pissarro's art transformed in October 1885, when he met the young painters Georges Seurat and Paul Signac, who were exploring scientific theories of colors and optics in a style that came to be known as Pointillism

Spring Pasture, Camille Pissarro, 1889; Pissarro's art transformed in October 1885, when he met the young painters Georges Seurat and Paul Signac, who were exploring scientific theories of colors and optics in a style that came to be known as Pointillism

In the Opera Box (No. 3), Mary Cassatt, c. 1880; this etching is a tour de force with the museum showing some of the preliminary work where Cassatt worked hard to achieve the desired lighting effects

In the Opera Box (No. 3), Mary Cassatt, c. 1880; this etching is a tour de force with the museum showing some of the preliminary work where Cassatt worked hard to achieve the desired lighting effects

Street Singer, Eduoard Manet, 1862; one of the first 19th-century artists to paint modern life, Manet was a pivotal figure in the transition from Realism to Impressionism; his early works are considered watershed paintings marking the start of modern art

Street Singer, Eduoard Manet, 1862; one of the first 19th-century artists to paint modern life, Manet was a pivotal figure in the transition from Realism to Impressionism; his early works are considered watershed paintings marking the start of modern art

Carmen Gaudin in the Artist's Studio, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, 1888; the artist was only 24 when he painted this work which I prefer to his caricatural depictions of cabaret and circus performers which dominate his later works

Carmen Gaudin in the Artist's Studio, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, 1888; the artist was only 24 when he painted this work which I prefer to his caricatural depictions of cabaret and circus performers which dominate his later works

Algerian Girl, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, 1881; Renoir traveled to Algeria seeking to capture the exotic nature of North Africa and emulate the subject matter made famous in France 50 years before by Eugene Delacroix

Algerian Girl, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, 1881; Renoir traveled to Algeria seeking to capture the exotic nature of North Africa and emulate the subject matter made famous in France 50 years before by Eugene Delacroix

Roses in a Glass Vase, Henri Fantin-Latour, 1890; the artist's paintings of flowers sold well with private collectors in England (England had, at this time, surpassed France in the cultivation of roses)

Roses in a Glass Vase, Henri Fantin-Latour, 1890; the artist's paintings of flowers sold well with private collectors in England (England had, at this time, surpassed France in the cultivation of roses)

Grapes and Walnuts on a Table, Alfred Sisley, 1876; this work is believed to have been painted with the encouragement of his friend Claude Monet; Sisley would only paint 9 still lifes in his career, remaining committed to landscapes

Grapes and Walnuts on a Table, Alfred Sisley, 1876; this work is believed to have been painted with the encouragement of his friend Claude Monet; Sisley would only paint 9 still lifes in his career, remaining committed to landscapes

Port of Saint-Cast, Paul Signac, 1890; Signac - 'it will be advisable first to stand far enough away to perceive the impression of the while, then stop and come closer to perceive the play of colored elements.'

Port of Saint-Cast, Paul Signac, 1890; Signac - 'it will be advisable first to stand far enough away to perceive the impression of the while, then stop and come closer to perceive the play of colored elements.'

River View, Frits Thaulow, c. 1890-1900; this noted Norwegian artist moved to France in 1892, living there until his death in 1906; he's famous for his depictions of rippling waterways under different light conditions

River View, Frits Thaulow, c. 1890-1900; this noted Norwegian artist moved to France in 1892, living there until his death in 1906; he's famous for his depictions of rippling waterways under different light conditions

Fashionable Figures on the Beach, Eugene Louis Boudin, 1865; the advent of train travel in the 1850s brought seaside holidays within reach for middle-class Parisians, who flocked to new resort towns on the Normandy coast

Fashionable Figures on the Beach, Eugene Louis Boudin, 1865; the advent of train travel in the 1850s brought seaside holidays within reach for middle-class Parisians, who flocked to new resort towns on the Normandy coast

Millet's Family Home at Gruchy, Jean-Francois Millet, 1854; planning to be a portrait painter, Millet altered direction after meeting landscape artists Constant Troyon and Theodore Rousseau; his works were sold by Paul Durand-Ruel (later Monet's dealer)

Millet's Family Home at Gruchy, Jean-Francois Millet, 1854; planning to be a portrait painter, Millet altered direction after meeting landscape artists Constant Troyon and Theodore Rousseau; his works were sold by Paul Durand-Ruel (later Monet's dealer)

Grand Canal, Venice, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, 1881; Renoir's Venetian pictures generated some hostility from critics when first exhibited, since they constituted a radical departure from tradition where the city's monuments were shown in accurate detail

Grand Canal, Venice, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, 1881; Renoir's Venetian pictures generated some hostility from critics when first exhibited, since they constituted a radical departure from tradition where the city's monuments were shown in accurate detail

Morning Sunlight on the Snow, Eragny-sur-Epte, Camille Pissarro, 1895; committed across several decades to humble rural scenes and flickering brushstrokes, Pissarro varied his style from Impressionism to Pointillism, excelling at both

Morning Sunlight on the Snow, Eragny-sur-Epte, Camille Pissarro, 1895; committed across several decades to humble rural scenes and flickering brushstrokes, Pissarro varied his style from Impressionism to Pointillism, excelling at both

Posted by VagabondCowboy 11:49 Comments (0)

Cambridge, like its UK namesake, is a great walking city

Built in 1759, the home of noted American poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow for almost 50 years had previously served as the HQs of General Washington; Longfellow wrote Hiawatha and Evangeline here and all of the furnishings original to his ownership remain

Built in 1759, the home of noted American poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow for almost 50 years had previously served as the HQs of General Washington; Longfellow wrote Hiawatha and Evangeline here and all of the furnishings original to his ownership remain

In 1837, Ralph Waldo Emerson delivered his famous 'American Scholar' address to Harvard's Phi Beta Kappa Society—referred to by Oliver Wendell Holmes as America's 'Intellectual Declaration of Independence'—at the First Parish Church (established in 1632)

In 1837, Ralph Waldo Emerson delivered his famous 'American Scholar' address to Harvard's Phi Beta Kappa Society—referred to by Oliver Wendell Holmes as America's 'Intellectual Declaration of Independence'—at the First Parish Church (established in 1632)

Brattle House was built in 1727 for Major General William Brattle, at that time the wealthiest man in the Massachusetts Bay Colony and a British loyalist;  John Adams, visited here before his trip to Philadelphia to sign the Declaration of Independence

Brattle House was built in 1727 for Major General William Brattle, at that time the wealthiest man in the Massachusetts Bay Colony and a British loyalist; John Adams, visited here before his trip to Philadelphia to sign the Declaration of Independence

Built in 1761, Christ Church(at Zero Cambridge Common)was designed by Peter Harrison, the first formally trained architect to work in the British colonies; generations of Harvard students from Richard Henry Dana Jr. to Teddy Roosevelt have worshipped here

Built in 1761, Christ Church(at Zero Cambridge Common)was designed by Peter Harrison, the first formally trained architect to work in the British colonies; generations of Harvard students from Richard Henry Dana Jr. to Teddy Roosevelt have worshipped here

The Cooper-Frost-Austin House, built in 1681, is the oldest house in Cambridge; the city of 116,000, home to Harvard and MIT, has 57% of its residents possessing at least a bachelor's degree

The Cooper-Frost-Austin House, built in 1681, is the oldest house in Cambridge; the city of 116,000, home to Harvard and MIT, has 57% of its residents possessing at least a bachelor's degree

The Longfellow Bridge, built in 1906, connects Boston's Beacon Hill neighborhood with Cambridge's Kendall Square near the MIT campus; designed to emulate the great bridges of Europe, locals know it as the Salt   Pepper Bridge due to the shape of its piers

The Longfellow Bridge, built in 1906, connects Boston's Beacon Hill neighborhood with Cambridge's Kendall Square near the MIT campus; designed to emulate the great bridges of Europe, locals know it as the Salt + Pepper Bridge due to the shape of its piers

Elmwood (1767) is known for prominent residents: Thomas Oliver, royal Lt Governor of MA; Elbridge Gerry, signer of the Declaration of Independence, Vice President and eponym of the term 'gerrymandering;' and James Russell Lowell, writer, poet and diplomat

Elmwood (1767) is known for prominent residents: Thomas Oliver, royal Lt Governor of MA; Elbridge Gerry, signer of the Declaration of Independence, Vice President and eponym of the term 'gerrymandering;' and James Russell Lowell, writer, poet and diplomat

Dedicated in 1831, 174-acre Mt Auburn Cemetery was the first garden cemetery in the US transforming the previous harsh view of death and the afterlife embodied by old graveyards and church burial plots; photographed here is the rotunda of Mary Baker Eddy's tomb

Dedicated in 1831, 174-acre Mt Auburn Cemetery was the first garden cemetery in the US transforming the previous harsh view of death and the afterlife embodied by old graveyards and church burial plots; photographed here is the rotunda of Mary Baker Eddy's tomb

Initially constructed in 1685 and enlarged and remodeled many times thereafter, the Cooper-Lee-Nichols House is the second oldest home in Cambridge; the house was once owned by MIT's dean of architecture but it now houses the Cambridge Historical Society

Initially constructed in 1685 and enlarged and remodeled many times thereafter, the Cooper-Lee-Nichols House is the second oldest home in Cambridge; the house was once owned by MIT's dean of architecture but it now houses the Cambridge Historical Society

Senator Elizabeth Warren lives in this home (valued at $2.9 million by Zillow) across the street from the Cooper-Frost-Austin House; my fellow University of Houston alum is married to a professor at Harvard Law School

Senator Elizabeth Warren lives in this home (valued at $2.9 million by Zillow) across the street from the Cooper-Frost-Austin House; my fellow University of Houston alum is married to a professor at Harvard Law School

Dedicated in 1870, this Civil War Memorial including the bronze statue of Abraham Lincoln is on Cambridge Common, bordering Harvard University; Matt Damon and Ben Affleck often played football here in the 1980s

Dedicated in 1870, this Civil War Memorial including the bronze statue of Abraham Lincoln is on Cambridge Common, bordering Harvard University; Matt Damon and Ben Affleck often played football here in the 1980s

The First Church in Cambridge, the 11th oldest congregation in New England, first gathered in 1633; the Massachusetts Constitution, the world’s oldest living constitution, was framed at the church in 1779

The First Church in Cambridge, the 11th oldest congregation in New England, first gathered in 1633; the Massachusetts Constitution, the world’s oldest living constitution, was framed at the church in 1779

Legend has it that George Washington took command of the Continental Army in a ceremony underneath the Washington Elm on Cambridge Common; the original elm tree died in 1923 but the legend lives on

Legend has it that George Washington took command of the Continental Army in a ceremony underneath the Washington Elm on Cambridge Common; the original elm tree died in 1923 but the legend lives on

Brattle Hall (1889) today houses the Brattle Theatre and is located on historic Brattle St, off Harvard Square; over the years residents of Brattle St have given the world baking powder, Fig Newtons, Polaroid cameras and Sadie Hawkins Day

Brattle Hall (1889) today houses the Brattle Theatre and is located on historic Brattle St, off Harvard Square; over the years residents of Brattle St have given the world baking powder, Fig Newtons, Polaroid cameras and Sadie Hawkins Day

This Irish Famine Memorial was dedicated by the President of Ireland on historic Cambridge Common; the Common has long been a site for public gatherings before marching to Boston Common including protests for Civil Rights or against the Vietnam War

This Irish Famine Memorial was dedicated by the President of Ireland on historic Cambridge Common; the Common has long been a site for public gatherings before marching to Boston Common including protests for Civil Rights or against the Vietnam War

Posted by VagabondCowboy 13:02 Comments (0)

(Entries 36 - 40 of 503) « Page .. 3 4 5 6 7 [8] 9 10 11 12 13 .. »