09.06.2011 - 10.06.2011 64 °F
We have seen so many incredible things on this adventure, many were unknown to us before we started, but some, often the most "real ones" , are the ones that we have heard about, studied, seen pictures of, but had never fully known them. It could be argued that we have seen 5 of the greatest museums in the world in the last 3 weeks ( the Uffisi museum and Vatican in Italy, the Louvre and d'Orsay in France, the Hermitage in Russia).
To see some of the great art masterpieces I studied in high school and college with my children is unreal. To feel the architecture and buildings I have read about with my own eyes is breathtaking. To smell the flowers in the markets of bustling European towns is inspiring. To taste the local food, beers and wines that we have to import is great. And to hear the quietness around the Mona Lisa, and gasps by the Eiffel tower are affirming.
All of the senses are alive and kicking when you see the things that you have known about from a distance but finally get to experience in flesh and blood.
As a family in the last few weeks we have seen more than I can possible list, but here is a tiny example.......
Micheangelo- " David " , the Sistine chapel, La Pieta, countless paintings and buildings that he designed
Da Vinci- Mona Lisa, 2 others of the 13 he was known to paint (can you believe there are only 13 known Da Vinci paintings in the world and 2 are among the most famous)
Van Gogh- Almond branch, Sunflowers, Iris in vase, the Bedroom, Self Portrait, and hundreds more in his museum
Picasso, Rembrandt, Rodain, Gaugin, Monet, Manet, Pissaro, Suerat, Rapheal, Botticelli and many more of the finest painters, sculptures and designers in the world.
The Sistine chapel, the Vatican, the Colluseum, the Uffisi museum, Ponte Vicchio bridge, St. Marks square, Sienna Square, the Spainish steps, the Trevi fountain, the Louvre, the Eiffel tower, d'Orsay, Notre Dame, Mt. Saint Michele, Normandy, Versaille, Tivoli Gardens, the Hermitage, Winters Palace, Russian Ballet, Tallin, Van Gogh museum, red light district, Tulip fields.
I had heard or seen images of all of the above throughout my life, and this trip has now made them a "real" part of my life. My senses are alive and well in Europe!