The Grand Tour II: ‘Remembrance of hotels past’

PARIS — Part of the fun of traveling is the random discoveries, the things one doesn’t look for but just appear — what the painter Bob Ross calls “the happy accident.” That’s how we ended up in the Le Swann Hotel Littéraire. Much of our European trip had been planned, but leaving room for some flexibility … Continue reading The Grand Tour II: ‘Remembrance of hotels past’

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The Grand Tour II: ‘Reeling’ in history

PARIS —I knew that Lamar University was running a study abroad trip to Paris, but running into my colleague Clinton Rawls was unexpected. Clinton teaches film studies and during our chat he suggested a visit to the Musée du Cinémathèque in the Bercy district. A short metro ride later we found ourselves surrounded by all … Continue reading The Grand Tour II: ‘Reeling’ in history

The Grand Tour II: ‘Masterpiece of bad taste and magnificence’

PARIS — When one goes to Paris, one must visit the Palace of Versailles — I believe it is a condition of entry. Versailles is opulent, extravagant, luxurious and a little bit tacky all at the same time — to be fair, the same could be said for quite a few of the major palaces of … Continue reading The Grand Tour II: ‘Masterpiece of bad taste and magnificence’

The Grand Tour II: D’Orsay is focused and magnificent

PARIS — While the Louvre is a sprawling mass of broad history, the Musée D’Orsay is tight, concise and an art lover’s dream. To use a boxing analogy, it is pound-for-pound one of the best museum’s in the world. The museum features mostly French art from 1848 to 1914, a period that saw a move from … Continue reading The Grand Tour II: D’Orsay is focused and magnificent

The Grand Tour II: The Louvre is a terrible museum!

Paris — Got your attention? Of course, that headline is misleading. The Louvre has one of the greatest collections of art in the world. It has a history and cachet that makes it a required stop for any art lover visiting the French capital. But it is so expansive that it is difficult to enjoy … Continue reading The Grand Tour II: The Louvre is a terrible museum!