Friday, April 25, 2014

AT THE MUSEUM



While the Louvre and the Hermitage may have more panache when it comes to reputation and fame, the KunsthistorischeMuseum in Vienna is a giant sleeper among European museums maybe? So much of a sleeper actually, that in 2003 an amateur burglar was able to enter the museum via some construction scaffolding and steal an artifact from 1543! The alt cellar was recovered 3 years later and all is good and better protected we hope. 

I saw the advertising for a FabergĂ© collection, which to be honest was an eye opener. I had no idea his work shop only produced 50 of these fine eggs, but also much much more such as fine jewelry,  intricate sculptures, glass ware and many other cool things on display. 

I bought tickets for a year,  it's serious art overload and it's better to revisit the place a few times to let it all sink in. I covered maybe 15% of the art on display and did not even get to check out the Schatzkammer Collection which is on display. I'll have to go back to Vienna for that, such a shame...

Enjoy the pictures:

www.khm.at



THE HOFBURG

NATURHISTORIC MUSEUM ACROSS FROM THE ART MUSEUM

WAITING TO OPEN

NO PICTURES ALLOWED AT THE FABERGÉ EXHIBITION, EXCEPT THIS ONE...

THAT'S FROM THEIR WEBSITE

THIS OBJECT WENT MISSING FOR THREE YEARS.....

LOTS OF ART


SALOME WITH THE HEAD OF JEAN BABTISTE.....BAD WOMAN




COPYING THE BRUEGEL

LOTS OF KIDS IN THE MUSEUM - COOL STUFF

THE BEGINNING OF THE END.......

HE SAID: "IT'S ALL HER FAULT, LET ME STAY...."

ALARM SYSTEM


A MASSIVE TRIPTYCH

ENDLESS SPACES

AMSTERDAM FISH MARKET CA. 1649. SOME CREATURES ARE EXTINCT NOW

THE DOME

A VERY IMPERIAL COFFEE SHOP

THE STAIRCASE

MORE KIDS LEARNING ABOUT ART BY PAINTING SOME

Monday, April 21, 2014

DAS VIDEO


That iPad is also letting me take videos, which provides me with new ways to bore you.....
Not National Geographic quality, but first attempt. Be patient.




MY FAVORITE SPOT IN HINTERSTODER


video

Thursday, April 17, 2014

THE RIVER



With weather like this, southwest France turns out to be paradise. I went for a walk along the river this afternoon and you can see all the activities happening much earlier this year. The local house boat company is getting their fleet ready for what could be a very long season. 

We watched a private house boat make her way through the locks of Jarnac, always a spectacle. Enjoy the pictures




A GREAT SPRING

HIS FAVORITE RIVER


 A HOUSE BOAT

GOING UPSTREAM

INTO THE LOCKS

IT TAKES A WHILE TO FILL THE LOCK


OPEN THE GATES


NICE AREA TO TIE UP THE HOUSE

LEISURE BOAT

SHE'S BEEN SITTING HERE FOR A FEW YEARS

GETTING THE FLEET READY FOR THE SEASON

RENT A BIKE FOR THE BOAT

BUG FOR SCALE

WHAT A DAY

THE LOCAL TOUR BOAT

RENT A KAYAK

THE BOAT SLIP BY COURVOISIER

STEVE'S YACHT



Sunday, April 13, 2014

LE iPad



Long before we left Canada to visit France, Victoria bought me an E reader from Chapters. What a great machine. No more logging heavy boxes of books when you move. And you can adjust the font size and keep avoiding the issue of reading glasses......how slick is that?
And then, about three years into the life of that thing, it stopped working. What a disappointment. The E reader came everywhere with me, when I traveled, to the beach, even on shorter road trips.  Back tobooks, back to finding books more like it. Not that many good books in English to be found when you live in rural France.

Victoria to the rescue 2.0. She gave me her iPad before leaving for North America and I have been a happy e-reader ever since. But obviously this machine is much more than an overpriced e-book downloading machine. While I am not a propeller head,nor a first adopter, Apple products to me were always simply brilliantly marketed gadgets for consumers who already have it all. Were I to live in the US, I'd still hack away on my Blackberry. That sort of tells you my aversion to trendy objects.......

But all sniping and snarking I did over the years about iPods, iPhones and iPads aside, this one's starting to convert me. I don't think have fully understood more than the basic operation of this tablet, but just the handiness of taking fairly good images without thinking too much, snapshots really, is fantastic. I still have my Nikon Coolpix handy, but not so coolpix it is anymore. Look at the random shots here. All taken with the iPad. Yes, mostly food. I really enjoy the cropping function after taking a picture. Or the filters and the enhancing. 


THE FAMILY, DRAWN BY ISABELLA

EARLIER VERSION

WHAT'S WITH THE BELLY??

TWO KINDS OF MAYO

CAPRESE

 NEW SHOP IN TOWN

BANANA FOR SCALE (INSIDERS...)

NEW OLIVE OIL

SPICY HARICOT VERTS

A BIG NOISETTE

GOAT CHEESES

SALTY SNACKS

GLUTEN FREE WHITE PIZZA WITH PESTO

FRESH LEMONS IN MARCH. HOW COOL IS THAT

THE VIEW IN THE MORNING

NEAR JARNAC



FIGS WILL BE PLENTY THIS YEAR

DOWNTOWN JARNAC