Arts & Culture

Arts & Culture

Turkey Flanerie

A Flâneur's Tour of Toronto

"A flâneur is anyone who wanders, and watches, the city. The 19th-century French poet Charles Baudelaire called the flâneur a “perfect idler” and a “passionate observer.” Baudelaire was a flâneur himself and, when he wasn’t writing poems and spending his trust fund on dandy outfits and opium, he drifted through the streets of Paris.

Ansel Adams and Edward Burtynsky

Winter Sunrise, Sierra Nevada from Lone Pine, Calif., 1944.
Photograph by Ansel Adams (Credit: Shelburne Museum)

The Shelburne Museum goes modern! Again. No, not more motorcycles... The museum's fist modern and contemporary photography exhibition, Ansel Adams and Edward Burtynsky: Constructed Landscapes, opened on June 19 and runs until October 24.

Top Landmarks in Montreal

Montreal Landmarks
Montreal, Canada (Photo credit: Michel Filion)

Kristin Kizer posted a tidy sumary of Montreal's most noteworthy landmarks. (Did you know there's also a Montreal, Missouri and a Montreal, Wisconsin? We'll check them out another day. Kizer's landmarks are in Montreal, Canada, the largest city in Quebec province.) Just over an hour north of my home in Essex, New York, Montreal is an alluring and convenient destination for my wife and me. When we want a change from the Adirondacks' Champlain Valley, we head north for world class dining, concerts, art exhibitions, accommodations and cultural outings. We feel fortunate to live close enough to Montreal that we can meet friends for dinner or a concert and still drive home to sleep. But even if you live farther afield, check out these top Montreal landmarks to discover what you've been missing.

Kiyoshi Yamashita: Japan's Naked General

Kiyoshi Yamashita on Ebisubashi Bridge, 1955 (Photo from Wikipedia)

Paris Step by Step: A Romantic Weekend in the 1st

Paris still holds sway over the romantic. I was invited to the wedding of a giggling couple who flew in, dined on the Champs Elysses, proposed on a bateau mouche, and were now sipping champagne before the Eiffel Tower (flashing its illuminations every hour). And this wasn’t even spring – it was midwinter

Georgia O'Keeffe at the Shelburne Museum

Hibiscus with Plumeria, Georgia O'Keefe
Hibiscus with Plumeria, Georgia O'Keefe at the Shelburne Museum.

Hibiscus with Plumeria, Georgia O'Keefe

Georgia O'Keefe's "Hibiscus with Plumeria" was featured at the Shelburne Museum. The exhibition, Simple Beauty: Paintings by Georgia O'Keeffe included about two dozen "sublime landscapes of the American Southwest, breathtaking close-up views of flowers, abstract paintings, still-lifes, and city and farm scenes that are not widely known." Read the full blog post...

Hibiscus with Plumeria, Georgia O'Keefe
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