Monday, January 30, 2012
Louise Bourgeois spider is on the river side of the Guggenheim. It's called Maman. There are other versions of this elsewhere. Have you seen any of them?
Jeff Koons Puppy is on the plaza by the entrance to the Guggenheim. He is so cute, I mean it, really cute. The people liked it so much that the city bought it rather than having it be removed at the end of the exhibit time. The plantings change with the seasons, I believe. Big, this puppy is BIG!
fire sculpture had come on behind us. I turned around and got this shot of it.
And now a special announcement: My honey is putting more images on his blog. He got some fine photos while in Bilbao. Check them out here.
Antonio Lopez, which was very good. We'd not heard of him, as we aren't very knowledgeable about contemporary Spanish artist (other than Tapies.) This is a view of the museum cafe. I was sitting on a bench and noticed the reflections, how the people inside seemed like a painting, and the passersby, a blue of movement.
Calatrava. Our hotel was just up a bit on the right so we had views of the bridge and part of the Guggenheim from our hotel window. We walked across the bridge in the daytime and the night, quite different experiences visually.
All in all, we were happy to have gone to Bilbao, where we celebrated our wedding anniversary.
Friday, January 27, 2012
We've been in Bilbao, Spain since Tuesday. I can't post photos until we return to Paris, but wanted to post that the city has more to offer than The Guggenheim Museum. Lots of walking since we've been here, in spite of the drizzles. We did have one day of sun, felt fortunate to have that. Oh, the other thing is that my Spanish works! Yay! This is the first time I've used it in a Spanish speaking country. Next post from Paris.
Monday, January 23, 2012
Andrea's weather-grams. I put a used metro ticket up next to it saying "Free Gratuit" with an arrow. This morning, all of the used tickets were gone, and one of the weather grams and a little collage booklet that I offered up. Maybe people thought the metro tickets were what was free? and useable?
We'll be leaving early tomorrow for 5 days away from the computer. I might be able to post some text from my iPod Touch (first generation, no a camera) or not.
See you when I return, with photos from somewhere else.
Sunday, January 22, 2012
More information about this amazing organization can be found here and here.
We saw that there were some people in the group with visible disabilities, but didn't know that the group was dedicated to including them in the choeur.
We'll stop at the Cafetheque (a coffee roasting and drinking place down the street) one day soon, and ask Yadt (who works there) how he got involved with the group.
After the concert, we stopped at a cafe, where I had a vin chaud (hot mulled wine.) Perfect for a dark, chilly, damp night. We took the metros back and popped into another cafe for a coffee.
Wow, caffeine at 10h45 p.m. Guess who was up very late reading last night?
Saturday, January 21, 2012
Jean-Paul Goude exhibit at Musee des Arts Decoratifs. It was really exciting for us. We enjoyed seeing his sketches, his actually pieces of work, and his process for creating. I ejoyed the cut apart photos. They reminded me of the project we used to give our students.
I was still impressed because it sure looked real! The exhibit was huge and very interesting, both the work and the installation.
Friday, January 20, 2012
We were very close to where we had be, just a bit late but had a nice conversation & the potential for a motorcyle ride around town. Here's the church that was the landmark.
View from the window into the courtyard of the apartment our friend rented.
After a late lunch, we went to Hotel de Ville. Oh, an envelope (#10 in USA) with NO stamp on it.
So, I paid the U.S. equivalent of $2 to receive this envelope. I don't want to open it immediately, but savor the possibilities of what it could hold.
Thursday, January 19, 2012
This is Mail Art I made yesterday, using some of the used up tickets from the metro. I have many more as resource material.
I'm working on a project using the Mona Lisa cards. I'll take a photo of them when I get further along. Today, I made four pieces. This is going to be amusing, at least for me.
I passed by the chantier (work site) near Metro St. Paul. They've begun to break up the paving stones, preparing for the new plantings. I think we'll be here long enough to see the results.
Today, the weather was mild, but it was a typical gray, drizzly day. I like the way the city looks when it's gray like this. The light flattens things out. Distances appear changed. Tomorrow, I'll take my camera when we go out in the morning to meet a friend for coffee.