Week 3 - Inspiration: Black and White

“There is a beauty and clarity that comes from simplicity that we sometimes do not appreciate in our thirst for intricate solutions.” - Dieter F. Uchtdorf

Wire-grid Bertoia chairs, circa 1952, Milwaukee Art Museum #2019dogwood52 #dogwoodweek3 #dogwood52

Wire-grid Bertoia chairs, circa 1952, Milwaukee Art Museum #2019dogwood52 #dogwoodweek3 #dogwood52

November in Pictures

“Spring's wakening bugle long is hushed; long dimm'd is Summer's splendour; October yields her easel bright to black and white November!” - James Rigg, "November," Wild Flower Lyrics and Other Poems, 1897

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French Friday: Le Pont des Arts

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« L'amour est plus fort que toutes les raisons. » - Madame de Sévigné

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Le Pont des Arts, linking the Grand Louvre on the Right Bank to the posh St. Germain district on the Left, is one of Paris' loveliest bridges. Originally constructed in 1804, the footbridge has long been a favorite venue for strollers and artists who linger to appreciate its sweeping vistas.

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I first spotted a few padlocks neatly fasted to the Pont des Arts in early 2009, and learned that this tradition originated in Florence on the Ponte Vecchio where lovers began imitating a romantic rite mentioned in two contemporary Italian novels. By 2007, the Italian authorities had outlawed the locks in both Florence and Rome, but by that time, the tradition had spread to Paris and as far as London, Germany, Stockholm, Hungary, Russia, China, and even Brooklyn. 

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Each year, when I returned to the Pont des Arts, there were more and more locks...

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Eric and I traveled to Paris together in November of 2011. Since this was his first time in The City of Love, we participated in all of the clichéd, romantic traditions: strolling hand-in-hand, snuggling on a bateau mouche, kissing under Le Pont Marie, watching the Packers on Thanksgiving in the Latin Quarter -- OK, maybe that is only a romantic tradition for Wisconsinites ;-) Eric engraved a lock previously used on our boat, attached it to our chosen spot on Le Pont des Arts, and threw the lock into the Seine. At the time, it was romantic and I never imagined that we were contributing to the eventual structural damage of the iconic bridge. 

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The number of locks continued to multiply and the bridge became both a safety hazard and an eyesore, with plywood temporarily installed to help maintain its structural integrity. Finally in 2014, the locks were removed, the ironwork was restored, and 110 specially-treated, shatter-resistant, anti-glare plexiglass panels were installed to prohibit future locks and graffiti. 

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Yet, somehow love always finds a way...

Christmastime in the City

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"City sidewalks, busy sidewalks dressed in holiday style. In the air, there's a feeling of Christmas..."

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"I prefer winter and fall, when you feel the bone structure of the landscape. Something waits beneath it; the whole story doesn't show." - Andrew Wyeth

chez Madeline?

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“In an old house in Paris that was covered in vines lived twelve little girls In two straight lines…” - Ludwig Bemelmans, Madeline

Sleepy P

(330/365) • Holiday weekends are exhausting!

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“Let her sleep, for when she wakes, she will shake the world.” - Napoleon [or at least the house!]

A Place in My Heart

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“When you leave a beautiful place, you carry it with you wherever you go.” - Alexandra Stoddard

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Love Actually in Concert

(328/365) “Whenever I get gloomy with the state of the world, I think about the arrivals gate at Heathrow Airport. General opinion’s starting to make out that we live in a world of hatred and greed, but I don’t see that. It seems to me that love is everywhere. Often it’s not particularly dignified or newsworthy, but it’s always there – fathers and sons, mothers and daughters, husbands and wives, boyfriends, girlfriends, old friends. When the planes hit the Twin Towers, as far as I know, none of the phone calls from the people on board were messages of hate or revenge – they were all messages of love. If you look for it, I’ve got a sneaky feeling you’ll find that love actually is all around.” - Love Actually

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Last night we had the pleasure of watching the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra perform the award-winning score live to Love Actually while the film played in high definition on a giant screen at the Riverside Theatre.

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French Friday: Vendredi Noir

(327/365) « Je dépense donc je suis. » - Descartes de Crédit 🤣

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Black Friday -- Non merci! Although I might change my mind if I could shop here (Galeries Lafayette)

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...or here (Printemps Haussmann):

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