My Trip To Granville And Christian Dior’s Boyhood Home

Frankly, I hadn’t planned at all to write much about Granville and Christian Dior’s boyhood home. Why? I had other grand plans for even going to Granville on the Normandy  coast, and they had nothing to do with this very famous couturier. I had this great idea of doing the “traversée” of bay Mont Saint Michel… Read More »

Hidden Gardens, Mansions, Minerals And Russian Chanting

Hidden gardens, mansions, and spectacular places not otherwise open to the public are the jewels I love seeing during the weekend of Journees Patrimone or heritage days.  A lot of monuments, châteaux and museums are generally open for free as well. I look forward to it each year and always marvel at the secret beauty… Read More »

Jean Jacques Henner, His Very Revealing Nudes And Portraits

Jean Jacques Henner may not be well known, especially outside of France, but his nudes, religious subjects and  portraits are beautiful  and very provocative. There is very little written about his life, but his art speaks volumes about this obscure artist seen in a self portrait as a young man. The first time I saw… Read More »

Ignorance, Lack Of Empathy And Prejudice Leads To Terrorism

Terrorism never starts suddenly in a vacuum or out of the blue.  No, it starts by ignorance, lack of empathy, and prejudice that grows into intolerance for those different from you. They could have a different color of skin, a different nationality,  a different religion, different sexual orientation or a different ethnicity. Prejudice mixed with scapegoating… Read More »

Mother Mary Procession Along The Seine, Assumption Day In France

August the 15th is Assumption Day and a national holiday in France.  I will be joining the Mother Mary procession along the Seine. It is a special day of celebration for Roman Catholics and Orthodox Christians, who call it  the Dormition of Mary. Assumption is my favourite Marian holiday, that is also the anniversary of… Read More »