Category Art

Vaux le Vicomte

The weather in Paris this weekend could not have been better.  Warm, sunny, glorious.  Perfect for visiting one of the more notable French chateaux:  Vaux le Vicomte. If you’re a garden/architecture/art nerd like myself, then you’ll know that Vaux le Vicomte was built in the mid-1600s by a guy named Fouquet who was the finance […]

Egypt at the British Museum

Guess what?  When you live in London your Egyptian vacation doesn’t have to end when you come home!  Those acquisitive Brits brought a lot of the good stuff home during their colonial heyday. To be honest, it felt a bit strange to see the statues, sarcophagi, and mummies in the British Museum.  I felt like […]

Temple at Kom Ombo

We sailed from Edfu up the river to Kom Ombo where another temple from the Greco-Roman period of Egypt stood on the shore.  Despite the blistering heat — at 3pm we were at the worst time of day for this, with temperatures well over 100 F — we climbed out and went exploring. We didn’t […]

Temple of Horus at Edfu

Our first stop up the river was the Temple of Horus at Edfu.  We arrived sometime during the night and took a horse buggy into town to see the temple. The temple here is the best preserved of all the temples we saw.  Aside from the early Christians’ attempts to deface the “pagan idols” the […]

Catching up! Let’s start with the temples of Karnak

Sitting here in grey, rainy London (I flew back from Cairo yesterday) the sun and heat and sand of Egypt feel very far away!  But before the memories dim I want to linger a bit longer on the highlights of our journey last week — let’s start with the temples of Karnak . . . […]

Egyptian museum

Before visiting the pyramids we spent the morning at the Egyptian Museum, which is a late 19th Century museum stuffed to the gills with more mind-blowing antiquities than you can believe. In a whirlwind tour with our guide, we all all the greatest hits.  Rameses, Hatshepsut, Tutankamen, the pet mummies, and all the other fascinating […]

Nymphenburg Palace

The upside of staying in a skeezy neighborhood next to the Munich train station?  I was just that much closer to getting out to see Nymphenburg, the Bavarian royal family’s summer palace.  The original baroque palace was built in the 17th Century, and then was expanded in the 18th Century and again in the 19th […]