Claude Monet and his Giverny Waterlilies

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Monet: The Late Years San Francisco’s DeYoung Museum has outdone itself with its stunning 2019 exhibition, Monet: The Late Years. The exhibit covers the last 13 years of the pioneering Impressionist master’s life (1913-1926). It includes almost 50 paintings of his Giverny home and gardens. Although many publicly revered, financially successful artists spend their last [Read more …]

Polar Bear Expedition Overview

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We went to Churchill Manitoba Canada to learn about and to see polar bears–the world’s largest land predator. Along the way, we learned a lot about polar bears and other animals and fauna of the subarctic tundra. While we didn’t necessary look at this trip as educational in terms of climate change, one cannot help [Read more …]

New York City Art

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You can find New York City Art in museums. But you can also find it in other places. Look around you on the streets. Go into galleries. We always find things that catch our eye. On our Fall 2018 trip to New York City, we found a lot of interesting art. School of Visual Arts [Read more …]

DeYoung Museum

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San Francisco’s DeYoung museum is always a treat to visit. We recently checked out two lovely and illuminating special exhibits. Contemporary Muslim Fashions   We are used to seeing the traditional, loose-fitting black abayas and hijabs that Muslim women wear. But this exhibit shows eye-opening fashion that is unlike what we expected. The exhibition showed [Read more …]

The Unreal Garden

A Virtual Stroll through San Francisco’s Unreal Garden What happens when technology and creativity cross paths? Lots of interesting things. And one right in San Francisco. The Unreal Garden is an immersive, 3D Augmented Reality extravaganza that brings art to life. At first glance, you only see a rather pallid-looking physical representation [Read more …]

New York City Theater- Fall 2018

Fall 2018 was a good time to make our semi-annual visit to New York city to check out the newest in theater. Every single play we saw was a winner. Waverly Galley Waverly Gallery is simultaneously funny and profoundly touching. The stellar cast that included comedy legend Elaine May, Joan Allen, Lucas Hedges and Michael [Read more …]

Syracuse New York Museums

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We grew up in Syracuse New York. While that is not a reason for our readers to go there with us, some of the museums in Syracuse New York are noteworthy of a visit if you are in the area as we were recently. Erie Canal Museum If you grew up along the canal path, [Read more …]

International Pinot Noir Celebration, Willamette Valley

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For Pinot Noir fans, there is no better event then the International Pinot Noir Celebration or IPNC. IPNC is an annual celebration that is probably the premier global pinot-focused event in the city. Although roughly 60 percent of the hundreds of participating vendors in 2018 were from Oregon, it also has a number of representative [Read more …]

Highlights of the South Pacific Islands: From Polynesia to Micronesia in Two Months

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Two months is barely enough time to scratch the surface of traveling through a huge, spread-out and diverse region that consists of hundreds of inhabited islands, thousands of uninhabited islets and hundreds of thousands of square miles of ocean. Transportation is challenging. Some destinations are served by only one or two flights per week and [Read more …]

Papua New Guinea: A Nation Lost in Time

It is always nice to travel to a new place. As part of our South PAcific trip, we spent 10 days in Papua New Guinea. But before we get into our adventures, here’s a little bit about the country. Papua New Guinea Papua New Guinea is commonly called PNG. The very name elicits images of [Read more …]