the holiday break I took a trip to Pittsburgh, PA to visit my friend. The
freezing temperatures made exploring Pittsburgh unpleasant, so we tried to stay
indoors as much as possible. However, one outdoor attraction made bearing the
cold worthwhile. Hug Robot at Randyland entranceWithin
an average looking neig...
Hassan II Mosque
visiting Morocco last month, I had a very hard time deciding which cities to
visit in just a week. Everything I read hinted that Casablanca was one of the
more disappointing cities to see in Morocco as its name (associated with the
award-winning 1942 movie) carried a lot of weight and romanticized the city.
you turn onto the Rue Yves Saint Laurent in Marrakech, Morocco, you hear many
different languages coming from the line of tourists waiting to enter the Jardin Majorelle. The famous garden
was started in 1923 when artist Jacques Majorelle bought
a four-acre plot of land on the border of a palm grove. Eventually Majore...
Modern Memphis Movement
1981 Memphis Milano or The Modern Memphis Movement began in Milan. A group of
designers led by Ettore
Sottsass gathered to start a revolution against serious and functional
modernist design. The group was named after Bob Dylan’s song "Stuck Inside of
Mobile With the Memphis Blues" as it was believed that they list...
With crisper, more fall-like weather upon us,
one starts to think of all the great fall activities to enjoy. A popular
activity that comes to mind are corn mazes. Mazes are an entertaining form of
recreation. They ultimately give us the same feeling we had from childhood
games-they bring about our curiosity and awa...
Mechelen Patershof Hotel
Built by the
Franciscan monks in 1867, the "Paterskirk" in Mechelen,
Belgium looks like an
ordinary church- which is what I thought it was prior to entering. As I walked
in I was greeted by a doorman ready to take my suitcase.Street view of Martin's PatershofIn 2009 the
Paterskirk church opened as a 4-star hotel known ...
The New York Earth Room
In a highly desired 3,600 square foot Soho loft
with pristine white walls and large windows, lies 280,000 pounds of dirt. The
22-inch-high layer of dirt is 40 years old and is The
New York Earth Room, an interior earth
sculpture by American artist Walter De Maria. This is the third Earth
Room sculpture executed by...
Grassmayr Bell Foundry
Since 1599 the Grassmayr Bell Foundry in Innsbruck, Austria
has been casting bronze bells ranging from small concert bells to iconic church
bells weighing several tons. The Grassmayr family has carried on the bell
making craft for 14 generations. This year the foundry set another record with
the 25-ton bell nicknamed "B...
Art of the In-Between
On view at The Met until September 4th is the “Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between” exhibit. Although best to avoid on rainy weekends, this exhibit is worth a visit for its architectural design and most notably its fashion. Past/Present/Future (above) Birth/Marriage/Death (Below)The ...
A Parisian Hidden Gem: The Sainte-Chapelle
In the heart of Paris, France stands a small Gothic chapel
with a humble exterior but a truly breathtaking interior. The Sainte-Chapelle (“Holy Chapel”) was built in the 13th
century by Pierre de Montreuil for Louis IX to use as his royal chapel and to
house relics of the Passion. The Lower Chapel served pa...