Dramatic Skies in the Palazzo Barberini

Dramatic Skies in the Palazzo Barberini

It was turning into a rainy evening in Rome. The downpour was steady: persistent enough to slowly seep through my raincoat, but not aggressive enough to convince me to stop meandering through the drizzly streets, past intriguing old churches and lazily flowing fountains. Eventually, I made my way to […]

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Monet's Giverny in the Summer

Monet's Giverny in the Summer

Let's travel through time and space to colorful Giverny, France in the summer. Claude Monet made his home at Giverny for over 40 years, until his death in 1926. In the warm season, you can visit his house and studio, as well as the famous flowerbeds and reflecting pond that inspired his sublime paintings. To visit [...]

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Autumn Colors at the Château de Fontainebleau

Autumn Colors at the Château de Fontainebleau

Historic châteaux differ from traditional museums in an important aspect: seasons. When I think about visiting most museums, I focus on what I’ll be seeing on the inside. But with historic châteaux and houses, I add in the factor of the time of year I will be visiting. I love making the pilgrimage to the Château de Malmaison during rose [...]

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Wrap Up of the Creativity Theme "Outdoors"

Wrap Up of the Creativity Theme "Outdoors"

It's the last day of June, and the end of this month's creativity series on the theme of the Outdoors. All month, Garlands in Paris has been looking at art and museums through the lens of this theme: representations of the outdoors in art, objects that were created to be outdoors, the relationship between interior [...]

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Green in the Orsay

Green in the Orsay

This is the first installment of Creative June on the theme of the Outdoors. (If you missed it, check out a description of the project here!) When thinking about the outdoors, the first image that came to mind was the color green. And what better museum to scour for instances of green than the Musée d’Orsay? I first thought of the [...]

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Creative June: Outdoors

Creative June: Outdoors

June is bringing a new direction for Garlands in Paris! In addition to reviews of cultural offerings around Paris, I thought it would be fun to pick a theme for the month and post about the different ways that artworks and museums fit that theme. As the weather has been so beautiful lately, the theme for June will be “Outdoors”. I’m going to [ ... ]

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Daisy Crowns

Daisy Crowns

I was in Toulouse this weekend, visiting a friend’s family. On Sunday, we spent a lazy afternoon lounging in the backyard, soaking in the warm southern sun. We put down blankets and stretched out in the soft grass. It turned out the lawn was scattered with tiny daisies. My friend's cousin's [ ... ]

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