Posted: Saturday, October 3, 2015
We began today with Met Curator Dita Amory's lecture on azulejos, Portuguese ceramic tiles. The word "azulejo" comes from the Arabic word "zellige," or "polished stone." Throughout Spain and Portugal, you can't help but marvel at these incredible decorative motifs, which were originally introduced by the Moors.
Posted: Thursday, October 1, 2015
We spent seven days aboard the AmaVida, cruising along the Douro River and stopping in several towns along the way, including Barca d'Alva, Pinhão, Peso da Régua, Entre-os-Rios, and Porto.
Posted: Sunday, September 27, 2015
Posted: Wednesday, July 22, 2015
It was the English King Edward I who finally managed to wrestle a yoke onto the Welsh in 1284. Realizing that one of the great flaws of previous forays into the Welsh territories had been the inability to maintain those footholds, Edward used Wales's great coastline against it.
Posted: Sunday, July 19, 2015
For its ranks of anonymous workers, the Industrial Revolution brought its share of dismal labor conditions and horrific accidents. Nonetheless, the wealth it generated breathed new life into Wales, resulting in some ambitious new homes, from the neo-Romanesque pile of Penrhyn Castle, which we visited, to the elegant Bodnant Garden.
Posted: Thursday, July 16, 2015
Our discovery of Wales started in Cardiff, which is a treat to visit. One of the highlights of our trip was an after-hours tour of the enviable collection of the National Museum Wales, led by its eloquent Keeper of Art Andrew Renton, but in terms of sheer ostentation, Cardiff Castle is hard to beat.
Posted: Tuesday, June 9, 2015
On our last day in Cuba, we were treated to a delicious lunch at the home and studio of artist José Rodríguez Fuster in Jaimanitas, a small neighborhood just outside of Havana.
Posted: Sunday, June 7, 2015
A highlight of our memorable trip to Cuba was an afternoon visit to the Fortaleza de San Carlos de la Cabaña, a hilltop fortress with beautiful views of Havana and the ocean.
Posted: Sunday, March 22, 2015
Our visit to the Burj Khalifa in Dubai reminded me that skyscrapers can be exciting. I was surprised to discover that an old-fashioned ambition like building the world's tallest building could result in a structure that is beautiful from every angle—afar, up close, and inside. From the observatory on the 120th floor, you can see Dubai's past, present, and future.
Posted: Friday, March 20, 2015
Along with visiting new museums featuring contemporary art in Doha and Abu Dhabi, this trip was timed to coincide with Art Dubai and the Sharjah Biennial. Throughout our trip, we questioned our history, our identity, and what was happening around us.