This island looks as if it is floating on the horizon. The abbey soars above a tiny village with one main street. Monks built this church on this rock to be as close to heaven as possible. The pre-Romanesque church was built before the year one thousand. Continue reading “Mont Saint-Michel; Island in France”
The legacy of the Impressionist painters, the so-called Ecole d’Honfleur is obviously prevalent in the multitude of galleries. Cafés and restaurants line the Vieux Bassin (old harbor) so dining options abound as well. Continue reading “Honfleur, France”
The Rouen Cathedral series was painted over 33 times, at different times of the day, in every light, by the French impressionist Claude Monet. The cathedral, built in the Gothic style represents a style of architecture that was admired and adopted by many European Continue reading “Upper Normandy – Rouen, France”
Here we are in beautiful Madrid again. When we were last here we had the pleasure of staying in the flat of a friend who was away. She made some wonderful suggestions for places to go and things to see. We are more familiar with the magnificent city this time, Continue reading “Madrid, Spain”
We arrived in Santillana Del Mar the Town of three Lies, since it is neither saintly, flat or by the sea as implied by its name. However the remains of Santa Juliana (Santa Illana), how the town actually acquired its name, are in the Colegiata, a Romanesque church and former monastery.
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The charming city of Pau and the Le Tour de France roadside attraction were both unexpected and delightful discoveries. Continue reading “Pau, Pyrénées, France”
Gleaming titanium, limestone, glass and steel the museum of modern and contemporary art is built along the Nervion River which runs through the city of Bilbao. It is HUGE, beautiful and an indescribable architectural masterpiece. Tulips, a bouquet of multicolor Continue reading “Bilbao, Spain/Guggenheim Museum”