Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Madrid


I stayed in the heart of the city.
On the last day, my colleague and I walked a bit of the city. From the roof of the Beaux Arts museum we saw the angels and guardians of the city.


The stairs back down to street level

Our hotel was in a warren of narrow streets - reminiscent of a mix of nations.

The Plaza Mayor is where the city gathers - and tourists.


Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Au revoir Paris - Hola Madrid

Paris was interesting. Now on to Madrid.

Monday, October 22, 2007

Paris on a quick wander though the city

When we arrived in Paris for the research, the French transit workers decided on a strike and the World Cup of Rugby final was being played in town. The city was packed with partiers and with traffic. Research went well and I got to spend a day wandering the city - occasionally pulling out my camera.

The drive into the city on Saturday after a stop in Versailles.


At the hotel, they'd misplaced my reservation and had to give me the suite - so I slept with a view of the Eiffel tower out one window and Notre Dame out the other, over rooftops.
Each church has it's own feel. This one is all about mementos left to thank the Virgin Mary for answering one's prayers. The church is filled with gold and copper hearts, marble plaques, swords, metals and other things. The mementos climb the walls and cover every surface.


St Eustache feels to me like a set from the Lord of the Rings. Plus the organist was practicing his music that afternoon -so I sat for a long time, listening and watching the sun throw specks of color through the stained glass.


Outside, I must admit that Paris also feels a bit surreal - or unreal - like a set or like aliens landed and set up camp.


And finally the Louvre


To finish the day and the best thing I did in Paris... a luxurious hammam bath at the Paris Mosque - wonderful! Highly recommended.

Then the Metro back to the hotel.

A stroll through the gardens of Versailles

As my hotel was way out here - I decided to stop at Versailles on the way in to Paris. The lines to enter the museum were enormous and the prospect of parking slim, so I drove around the park to another, pedestrian, entrance, and joined the flow of French people into the grounds.


Saturday, October 20, 2007

Fall at the Lake with family



My aunt and uncle came to visit Dad - up from Houston on their way further north to see Acadia National Park. I came up for a quick weekend visit.

Margaret and Floyd


The wonderful wall built near our home (I edited out the silly little concrete toad they've placed under it's jump to the ground.)


Fall colors.

"I see you!" Paquita's entertainment - the chipmunks.

Thursday, October 04, 2007

A Sunday at the Cloisters


I live at the very bottom of the island of Manhattan. Overall I walk most places I go in a normal week - sometimes take the train uptown or to Brooklyn or other parts of the city. But this particular Sunday I decided to go see the Cloisters - a branch of the museum dedicated to Medieval Art. Rather than take the train, I caught a series of busses all the way uptown to the museum. I recommend the trip if you're ever in town - you see so much more than on the train - the stores and buildings that set the context for those getting on and off the bus.

The would be a wonderful site to host an event - this covered courtyard or the summer gardens, even the halls.


More from Burning Man

More from the temple: This one, looking up, early in the morning.




Memories and messages left behind.

And being created.

Center Camp! Coffee, ice, performances, shade, sleep, noise, activity, gathering, departure, discovery....

An odd character - there, performing, half drunk and seemingly most often that way, with a story of fame achieved and lost to drink and self-despair. And he felt to me like he was not ready to leave that space, interested in his story only, speaking and not listening.


The bone tree

Early morning people dancing at the moving dragon.

The little temple made all of recyclable trash.

The giant swing set at dawn.

The Man - his tent removed, and body rebuilt for the burn to come that night.

Images of Burning Man

The treehouse made by people who'd never seen nature.


A caravan, early morning, the cyclists sleeping inside.


Books that take you away on flights of fantasy.


Guardian of Eden - Kate's piece which Spaceman helped with.