Heavenly Bodies

If you are going to be in New York City before October 9th, you must take the time to see Heavenly Bodies, an exhibit at two locations of the Metropolitain Museum of Art. Today I went to The Cloisters, part of the Met, to see what is actually the second part of the show. Medieval art and architecture are juxtaposed with 20th and 21st century haute couture fashion. Incredible. I can’t wait to see the rest tomorrow.

The Cloisters is a combination of architectural elements from European medieval churches and church related buildings, including four complete French cloisters. I don’t have a lot of information on each area.

Apse from a Spanish church. Wedding dress by Balenciaga. Wonderful lighting design.

By Viktor & Rolf, Dutch, 2018, original design 2000.

Thom Browne, wedding dress, in hall of unicorn tapestries. The Unicorn in Captivity, c. 1495.

John Galliano, House of Dior, 2006, inside staircase possibly belonging to King Francis I. Design relates to Machiavelli, whose writing were outlawed by the church.

Valentino, 2015 and The Annunciation triptych. Painting, workshop of Robert Campin, c.1427.

House of Dior, 2018, original design 1961, Marc Bohan. Wedding dress.

A few of my other favorites.

The last one is by Alexander McQueen, 1997/1998.

On a side note. I am so pleased with the quality of the photos from my new Samsung 9+. Only one of the photos has been edited

Backroads America: Saint Urho, Menahga, Minnesota

Some mythical saints became part of our religious vocabulary over the centuries, like Saint George the dragon slayer. Others, like Saint Urho, are complete fabrications that sprang fully formed as a joke from the minds of two Finns in the 1950s.


Supposedly the patron saint of Finnish vineyard workers, Saint Urho drove the grasshoppers from Finland. Several small towns in Minnesota celebrate Saint Urho Day on March 16. I think they have been grasshopper free for years. 😀

Many Finnish immigrants to the United States settled in Minnesota and worked in the mining and timber industries.

Backroads America: Big Mantrap Lake

Beautiful day for our first day camping at the lake.

Onward to Aix-en-Provence

A charming town in Provence, Aix has churches, fountains, plazas, restaurants, banks, and shops. And masses and masses of students. It was gloriously sunny and mild when I arrived this afternoon. So nice to escape the frigid weather of Beaune.

Chateau de Chateauneuf

On a rocky outcrop overlooking the Burgundy canal sits the Chateau de Chateauneuf and its village. The original keep dates to 1132. It was fortified with towers and a drawbridge in the 14th century during the 100 Years War and is one of the only remaining examples of 14th century Burgundian military architecture. It was remodeled and expanded in the 15th century in the flamboyant Gothic style by Philippe Pot, a member of the Order of the Golden Fleece. It remained in private hands until 1936 when it was donated to the state. The chateau and its village are protected historic monuments.

Heaven is a Parisian Boulangerie

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