June 29, 2015


New Art Museum Opens in Paris

   When we were in Paris in the spring and mentioned to Parisians that we encountered that we planned to spend a day at the new Frank Gehry designed Art Center built by Foundation Louis Vuitton, we got the same response.   “It’s all about the building, not the art.”   In a city chock-a-block [...]

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June 22, 2015

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Vasa Museum–a “must-see” in Stockholm

 Going to  Stockholm and skipping the Vasa Museum would be a big booboo.  I’m still marveling at the glimpse  of early 17th century life I saw there. Time stopped when the Vasa  sank. The seamen’s chests were still packed with tools and clothes.  Barrels of meat lay in the hold.  And the admiral’s table was [...]

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June 15, 2015


My Camino

by R.J. Regan, Guest Blogger In April 2015, I chose to walk the pilgrimage on the Camino de Santiago for my first trip to Europe.  For over a thousand years people from all different backgrounds, faiths and generations have completed the 800 km (about 500 miles) journey from St Jean Pied de Port in southern [...]

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June 8, 2015


Bhutan: Images of a glorious experience

This is is my last blog post (out of six) about Bhutan, unless I think of something else to write about or maybe I’ll get really lucky and get to go back.  I would, actually, like to do that.   Two weeks in the Land of the Thunder Dragon was great, but it simply wasn’t [...]

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June 1, 2015


Bhutan: Architecture and Ornamentation

    The architecture and ornamentation in Bhutan has some fascinating characteristics  I’ll long remember.   Most notable to me is the consistency.  It’s not surprising since the country was isolated from the outside world until until the 1970s.  Only slowly are influences of the rest of the world creeping in.  Bhutan also was never colonized [...]

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May 25, 2015


Bhutan: land of colorful clothing

    What a visual treat to travel in a country where everyone looks like they are in a folk costume headed to a festival. In Bhutan, the National Dress is the norm and “formal” National attire is required in the Dzongs.  There’s no such thing as casual Friday. So, what does this mean? The men [...]

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May 18, 2015


Bhutan: Religion around every bend in the road or river

  I’ve had a lot of people ask me to tell them about my recent trip to Bhutan.  It’s very tempting to respond with “It was interesting” or “I had a great time.”  Instead, I like to answer the question with something specific about the country that will stick in their minds. What sticks in [...]

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May 11, 2015

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Ireland: Crossroads of Art and Design

  Last week I had a chance to visit Ireland in Chicago. Spending a couple of hours at the The Institute of Art’s exhibit “Ireland: Crossroads of Art and Design 1690-1840” was like taking a wee trip to the Emerald Isle. Now I’d rather go to the real Emerald Isle, but this exhibit was a [...]

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May 4, 2015


Faces of Bhutan

    I can’t tell you how many times the thought, “This feels like being in the middle of the pages of National Geography Magazine” popped into my head when I was in Bhutan.   Then I’d pinch myself and say, “I’m really here.” I was lucky and had a chance to go to Bhutan [...]

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April 27, 2015


Bhutan: Splendid Isolation

  The photo above speaks a lot to me about Bhutan, a very small country in the Himalayas.  I was fortunate to be able to visit Bhutan in March (2015) on a tour organized by GeoEx. The photo which I call the Monk and the Hipster is a meshing of the old and the new that [...]

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