Archive for the ‘Travel’ Category

A Couple of Recommendations!

October 25, 2017

If you ever find yourself in the Eureka Springs area (northwestern Arkansas), there are several neat things to see and do.  Disclaimer: I certainly have not seen or done everything that there is to see or do in Eureka Springs, but there are a few things worthy of mention as “not to miss” if you get the chance (and depending on your interests).  In addition to the numerous art shops and galleries (always worthy of visiting in my opinion), I would highly recommend a visit to the Thorncrown Chapel.  Whether you are interested in the architecture (or not), or just merely want to enjoy the beautiful setting, it would be time well spent.

Another activity that was really well done and that I totally enjoyed was the Great Passion Play.  I’m not exactly sure I was surprised by this but it really exceeded my expectations tremendously and was a very enjoyable way to spend an evening (especially if you arrange to take advantage of the buffet dinner preceding the play).

Another really unique attraction: Quigley’s Castle, aka, “the Ozarks strangest dwelling.” Very unique indeed, but very interesting as well.

Or discover your own “treasures” and favorite attractions in this quaint and charming community nestled in the Ozarks of northwestern Arkansas!

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The Narrows!

September 21, 2017

Zion_NarrowsFor the last several days I have enjoyed being in and around Zion National Park (Utah) where we had the opportunity to hike “the Narrows” as well as several other short hikes along some other trails in the park.  What an awesome experience!   We opted for the top-down hike from Chamberlain Ranch (16-mile trek); our planning began several months ago since we needed to arrange for permits to hike in this direction.  We also were hoping that by going in the fall, despite the possibility of slightly “higher” and colder water, that the weather would be a bit more stable — i.e., less rain and a lower chance of flash flooding hazards. From here we will be heading up to the north rim of the Grand Canyon to hike for a couple of days before returning home. Ah, the joy of being disconnected . . . a little therapy, courtesy of nature!

All the Way From France!

August 7, 2017

RenePaintingHappy Monday!  The check is in the mail.  Well, I believe this is a first! I purchased a painting last week (from the comfort of my apartment) that just happened to be in an exhibit in France!  It was an exhibit of the extraordinarily talented American artist René Shoemaker (of Athens, Georgia [and a personal friend of mine to boot]) entitled: “Memory & Place: Exhibition of Paintings on Silk” at La Mairie de Felletin which opened on June 21st and runs until August 18th.  “This one is titled: “The Table at the Grand Café, Felletin,” and is positively beautiful.  The simplicity and design of the table, coupled with the rich and luscious colors was love at first viewing.  René’s French is much better than mine, but to use the local language . . . merci beaucoup, mon ami!  Continuer le bon travail, et continuez à peindre!

Chihuly “In the Forest!”

August 5, 2017

 

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Ten days ago, I posted my favorite piece from the Dale Chihuly exhibit at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas.  You still have a little over a week to check out this exhibit “in the gallery.”  But, if you can’t make it over in time for the gallery exhibit, the companion exhibit “In the Forest” continues through November 13th, and is certainly worth a look.  Here was my favorite piece from the forest . . . typcial Chihuly “free-spirited” fashion.

International Holidays for August!

August 1, 2017

Here is an updated list of some selective holidays for August from around the World.

August 1 – Tisha b’Av Bank Holiday (Israel)
August 1 – National Day (Switzerland)
August 5 – Nuestra Señora de África (Spain)
August 7 – August Bank Holiday (Australia, Ireland)
August 7 – Picnic Day (Australia)
August 7 – Civic Holiday (Canada)
August 9 – National Day (Singapore)
August 9 – Women’s Day (South Africa)
August 11 – Mountain Day (Japan)
August 12 – Her Majesty the Queen’s Birthday (Thailand)
August 14 – Holiday for Her Majesty the Queen’s Birthday (Thailand)
August 15 – Assumption Day (France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Switzerland)
August 15 – Independence Day (India)
August 15 – Janmashtami (India)
August 15 Kwang Bok Jul (South Korea)
August 16 – Royal Queensland Show (Australia)
August 21 – San Martín Day (Argentina)
August 21 – Discovery Day (Canada)

Source: http://www.qppstudio.net/publicholidays.htm

Twisted Glass!

July 27, 2017

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Earlier this month I availed myself of the opportunity to make the trip to Bentonville, Arkansas, to visit the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art  . . . and their featured exhibit of the art of Dale Chihuly.  Simply marvelous.  There was an inside exhibit (in the Gallery) as well as an outdoor exhibit (in the Forest).  If you are at all interested, there are still a few weeks left to catch the gallery exhibitSteps (it runs through August 14th); the forest exhibit will continue through November 13th.

Due to the numerous pieces that were “orange,” I’m going to claim a “kindred spirit” connection to Mr. Chihuly!  I just loved the quotation on the outdoor staircase leading to the “in the forest” portion of the exhibit: “glass is the most magical of all materials.”  And, after witnessing the creativity and genius of Dale Chihuly and the representation of his art in glass, I couldn’t agree more.

 

Traverse City Film Festival 2017!

July 25, 2017

Lucky number thirteen!  That’s the number of years that Traverse City (Michigan) has hosted their film festival and today marks the kickoff of this year’s festival!  I can’t wait to start seeing movies!  This year I had more than twenty movies on my “to see” list over the six day festival;  I only ended up with seventeen (17) tickets.  And, this year, we are actually sponsoring a movie (in memory of Mom) — Cool Hand Luke, which is celebrating its fiftieth anniversary this year!

The movies that I’m interested in viewing include:

http://www.traversecityfilmfest.org/

 

What a Tree-t!

July 16, 2017

PAM-TreeHere is another exceptional work of art that I discovered last month while at the Phoenix Art Museum.  This sculpture, by Rebecca Campbell, is entitled “Do You Really Want to Hurt Me?” and “is composed of a tree wrapped in black velvet, standing in a base of salt and with tiny, windex-filled glass birds sitting on its branches” (from the media release).  Campbell explained that her inspiration for the sculpture came from seeing a group of burned trees against a stark snowy background.

Here’s a link to an interview with the artist.

Summer Travel Plans?!

July 13, 2017

Now that summer is well underway, have you scheduled your summer travel plans?  If you have, great!  If you haven’t and are looking for some ideas, here is an infographic detailing the 2017 travel trends.

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Fancy Knots!

July 5, 2017

SamuraiKnotA coupe of weeks ago, while in Phoenix, Arizona, attending the Annual Conference of the Special Libraries Association (SLA), I was able to stay one extra day (post-conference) to explore a bit and visit family (my nephew and his fiancée) and dropped in on the Phoenix Art Museum.  There were several wonderful exhibits, including a collection of Samurai armor.  The armor seems to have been held in place using cords with a very intricate (and decorative) knotting convention (or at least for show or display purposes).   Very cool indeed (and a most beautiful color as well).