Category: Paris

Stasis in Sculpture

Umberto Boccioni's Unique Forms of Continuity in Space at the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) in New York City. Photo credit: M. Ciavardini

David Stands, but Unique Forms of Continuity in Space Rocks As much as I love Michelangelo’s David (that stone! that body!), it’s a work of art that’s made to be adored. And indeed it is. David just stands there, commanding…

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How Would You Draw It?

Capture Notre Dame Cathedral--and possibly a spectral presence--in just the right light. Photo credit: V. Laino

Art Tourism at Notre Dame Cathedral As if anyone ever needed an excuse to linger on the Île de la Cité in Paris, sticking around and drawing, or painting, or photographing Notre Dame Cathedral would be a good reason. So…

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Le Penseur Two Ways

Street art in New York City's Little Italy: A version of Auguste Rodin's Le Penseur with a contemporary twist Photo credit: M. Ciaardini

In New York or Paris, Rodin’s Sculpture Charms What sculpture might be as well-known as the Statue of Liberty? Could it be Auguste Rodin’s Le Penseur (The Thinker), accessible at the Musée Rodin in Paris and, with a contemporary twist…

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Finding Napoleon beyond France

Napoleon's army left a cannon behind in the Kremlin, Moscow. Photo credit: M. Ciavardini

Enamored with the French Revolution on my visit to Paris, I pay scant attention to Napoleon during my time there. Stopping by at Les Invalides, I focus more on a car show on its grounds than to the tomb of…

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Depressed in Paris?

Think it's impossible to be depressed in Paris? Michael Caine's character in the film 'Last Love' proves the City of Light isn't inspiring everyone.

There are some places on the planet where gloom just doesn’t settle: Key West, Fla.; New Orleans; Paris. Does anyone visiting these destinations ever have a bad time? How could they? So it is surprising to watch a film about…

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French Film: Crazy on a Bad Day

The film Just a Sigh portrays the fine line between stalking and being adventuresome.

Given that adventuring is all about random encounters, romance, and a little bit of train travel, the film Just a Sigh (2013) provides just the right amount of escapism for anyone contemplating Paris or pursuit of a whim. Emmanuelle Devos,…

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Could This Be a Flying Monkey?

a flying monkey at Notre Dame Cathedral

From the wildest-dreams-sometimes-come-true file is a photo taken from the towers at Notre Dame Cathedral of what looks like a flying monkey. Paris and the Wizard of Oz: Heaven. —Lori Tripoli   ~Advertisement~ ~Advertisement~ Planning for Paris? Please consider these…

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Christ of Many Colors

Jesus at the Church of the Spilt Blood in St. Petersburg, Russia Photo credit: M. Ciavardini

On this Palm Sunday, marvel at the varied images of Jesus depicted in churches and other places around the world. Sometimes he is a baby with the face of someone far more mature, sometimes he is an adult, sometimes with…

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To Which Eiffel Tower Will You Go?

Eiffel Tower

Eiffel Is Everywhere—Orlando, Las Vegas, Paris With the turrets of the Excalibur in view, passing the Statue of Liberty of New York New York, cruising past the dancing fountains of Bellagio, taking in the singing gondoliers at the Venetian, the…

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Visit Paris

We Are All Charlie; Stand with France I remember how much in something of a daze so many New Yorkers were after 9/11. What had happened in Manhattan was simply unfathomable. I imagine now that many Parisians feel the same.…

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