My Virtual Vacation Day 8—Versailles France

We had hoped in retirement to travel the world. So far we have done a pretty good job with trips to Mexico, Hawaii, Holland, Belgium, Switzerland, France, Germany, Austria, Italy, Spain and The Czech Republic. However the pandemic has stopped all of that for a while. So while waiting for Africa, Alaska and Scandinavia, our current travel is going to have to be virtual. Today’s stop is the Paris suburb of Versailles. There are so many reasonable day trips from Paris. Unpack once and train your way to a variety of amazing places.

The Palace of Versailles is an amazing world heritage site, It was the principal royal residence of France from 1682, under Louis XIV, until the start of the French Revolution in 1789, under Louis XVI. It is located in the region of Île-de-France, about 20 kilometers southwest of the centre of Paris.

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Barcelona in Monochrome

Barcelona is a colorful and vibrant city. The buildings are colorful and so are the people. Eating at a tapas restaurant is colorful as is the color of Mediterranean sea. Everywhere you go you see color yet the city is also perfect for monochrome photography. Here are a few from our trip last year.

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Sculpture and Man

Italian Statues Part Two

One of the great things about European cities is the collection of beautiful statues in each city. We also have beautiful outdoor sculptures in The United States but not done by Michelangelo or Donatello to name a couple of the more famous ones. The statues in Italy are amazing. Every city, every courtyard, every plaza is full of beautiful out door sculpture, some famous some not. Here are some more from out recent tour in Italy.

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Italian Sculpture

Italian Sculpture

Italian Sculpture

Italian Sculpture

Italian Statues Part One

One of the great things about European cities is the collection of beautiful statues in each city. We also have beautiful outdoor sculptures in The United States but done by Michelangelo or Donatello to name a couple of the more famous ones. The statues in Italy are amazing. Every city, every courtyard, every plaza is full of beautiful out door sculpture, some famous some not. Here are some from out recent tour in Italy.

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Italian Sculpture

Italian Sculpture

Italian Sculpture

Italian Sculpture

Italian Sculpture

Not Trevi Fountain

Last month I publish some images of the Trevi Fountain in Rome. It is truly a magnificent structure and a must see. However Rome has many beautiful fountains and I found some of the smaller ones just as enjoyable. Here are a couple of the smaller fountains including the one outside the Pantheon.

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Roman Fountains

Roman Fountains

Roman Fountains

The Trevi Fountain

We were there at the totally wrong time of day for photography. It was extremely crowded and impossible to get a wide shot of the entire fountain. It was actually difficult to walk because everybody is pushing to get a shot of a person or a selfie in front of the fountain. It was also the wrong time of day for October. The best time would be early in the morning.

That said it is an amazing structure to see any time of day including nighttime. It is 86 ft high and 161.3 ft wide, it is the largest Baroque fountain in the city and one of the most famous fountains in the world. It was built in 1762 by Nicola Salvi.

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The Trevi Fountain of Rome

The Trevi Fountain of Rome

The Trevi Fountain of Rome

Rome’s MACRO

After four days in Rome seeing antiquites and monuments we decided to do something different and went to The Macro. This is the nickname for Museo d’Arte Contemporanea di Rome or the Museum of Modern Art. It was a great place to cleanse your pallet of the ancient. The elevator itself is a work of art inspired by the Alfred Hitchcock movie Rope.

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Rome’s MACRO

Rome’s MACRO

Rome’s MACRO

A Missing Moment…Jumping Bean

When assembling images for our show, “Moments and Souls” I forgot to include this one. If we ever decide to publish a book I will have to include it. It is a perfect moment captured in front of the Cloud Gate sculpture in Chicago’s Millennium Park. The sculpture is affectionately called The Bean by Second City residents.

This young lady placed a lot of trust in the crowd as she jumped from her boyfriend’s shoulders into their waiting arms.

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Jumping Bean

The Phipps Orchid Show #5

Nothing is better when its freezing outside than visiting The Phipps Conservatory Orchid Show. The orchid room is full of blooming orchids and so warm and moist you won’t want to leave.

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The Phipps Orchid Show #5

Croton at the Phipps Conservatory

Nothing is better when its freezing outside than visiting The Phipps Conservatory Orchid Show. The orchid room is full of blooming orchids and so warm and moist you won’t want to leave.

I assume that everything in The Orchid Room is an orchid but that is not so. Fortunately I always visit with my wife who is somewhat of an expert. There are many succulents and tropical plants like this beautiful croton.

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A Tropical Croton