Celebrating Cinema At The Lumière Museum In Lyon

Poster at the Lumière Museum In Lyon

When I was a child, my parents took our family to Rochester, New York to visit the Kodak Museum (called the George Eastman Museum).  If there was ONE thing that I remember, it was this round cylindrical device that showed moving images. (I’m positive I saw it there!) It was called a Zoetrope and it was invented before “film animation” was created. Since then I have always been intrigued with movie-making, so when I was in France recently, I was able to discover more about the history of cinema at the Lumière Museum in Lyon. Continue reading →

Seeing Optical Illusions At Fondation Vasarely in Aix-en-Provence

Optical illusions at Fondation Vasarely

When I was in Gordes, Provence the very first time in 1978, the Château de Gordes had an art exhibit highlighting the work of Victor Vasarely, the father of “Op Art”.  Op art is a form of abstract art where the illusion of movement is created by the combination of geometry, colours and patterns. What results are amazing optical illusions. I bought a print of one of his paintings but I gave it away many years later. I have always regretted this, which is why, I suppose, I returned to see those optical illusions at Fondation Vasarely in Aix-en-Provence.

Perhaps I wanted to feel the same joy and excitement that I had during my first trip. But sadly, it was a disappointing visit and not because of the art.

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15 Reasons Why You Should Travel To France More Than Once

Rocherfort-en-terre, France

Why should you travel to France more than once? Easy answer: It’s just incredibly beautiful and there is SO much to see and do that you can’t see everything you want in one trip.  It is the world’s top tourist destination with over 84 million visitors and the country has diverse landscapes where you can see sand dunes, mountains, inviting coastlines, picturesque hilltop villages, sculptured gardens, and volcanoes. The list goes on and on. Continue reading →

Quirkiest, Most Imaginative Site In Nantes:  Les Machines de L’île

Grand Elephant at Les Machines de L’île

To say that Les Machines de L’île in Nantes (Machines Of The Isle Of Nantes) is unusual is an understatement. I had read a few articles about a gigantic elephant that was all mechanical and I had to see it. So when I was planning my trip from Brittany to Provence, the perfect opportunity arose: drive to see this unique Nantes attraction and then take a train to Avignon. So much faster and easier than driving to the south. Continue reading →