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Call Me the Breeze

13 Nov

I’m finally home after a year of almost non-stop traveling. In the past 13 months, I have been to Italy, Greece, Israel, Turkey, Germany, Switzerland and France, as well as Chicago (twice). We were supposed to go to Egypt, but the political situation there was too dangerous. Israel was surprisingly safe, but this was in September 2013. I wouldn’t feel at all the same about going there currently.

Each country was wonderful in its own way. As a true art lover, I tended to want to go to every museum I could find. Of course, the Vatican museum blew my mind – All the Ninja Turtles were represented: Leonardo, Michelangelo, Raphael and Donatello. I completely geeked out in the Sistine Chapel, but my bliss was harshed by the very serious-looking men in suits telling us to move along.

Surprisingly to some, I preferred the Musee D’Orsay to the Louvre in Paris, but please believe me when I say, I wouldn’t kick either of them out of my bed. After spending a day in Montmartre, where the Impressionists lived and worked, seeing their pictures in the D’Orsay just made my world a whole lot more colorful. I also recommend a book by Sue Roe called The Private Lives of the Impressionists. It’s a very well-researched look into their lives from the start of their careers onward. Find out who whined and manipulated money out of everyone he met! Who was ravaged by Syphilis? Who left his wife to die at home while cavorting with his mistress at her place? Intrigued? You should be!

If you are anywhere near Chicago, get to the Art Institute. From ancient to modern, they have amazing pieces. My first time there was in a blizzard – my first blizzard too! The snow fell nearly sideways and was too thick to see to drive. Everyone else was fully irritated, but I was like a kid at Christmas. Chicago rocks.

After all this inspiration, I will haul out my paints and see where they take me. Photos to follow!