Monday, December 24, 2012

2012 In Statues

If you can see the inscription on the critter's tablet, it has the Alpha and Omega symbols, the beginning and the end.  I am not going all religious here, but it is almost the end of another year.  As I was looking through photos from the July BFF trip to France, I noticed that I had taken quite a few photos of statues and carvings.  Then, of course, I had to go back to the January and March trips to see if I'd done the same thing.  Oui, it seemed to be theme for me this year.  So, if you enjoy sculpture of various kinds, sit back and scroll through 2012 with me.  I won't provide much in the way of details, just a where, if I can remember!

The January trip with ACIS--
The Grand Palais

Near Le Bon Marché

Inside the Panthéon

A replica of Venus de Milo's foot in a café where I had lunch (and was treated to a limoncello by a charming older gentleman)

Louis XIII at the Place des Vosges

In Pujaut, the village where Mme P lives, in the south of France

In Villeneuve-lez-Avignon

In Washington, DC, during our annual 7th grade class trip-
Some of my favorite men memorialized there-

President Abraham Lincoln

General and President Dwight D. Eisenhower

President Franklin D. Roosevelt's hands

and Fala, his dog

A man during the Depression at the FDR memorial

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

At the Vietnam Memorial

The March trip with my students--
In a passage way in Paris as we were walking around one night after dinner

At the basilica of Saint Denis

Saint Denis himself, at Notre Dame

Atop the Pont Alexandre III bridge

A WWI soldier inside the Arc de Triomphe

A foot inside the Arc from one of the original statues, I'm guessing, from the date

A bust of singer Dalida in Montmartre where she lived (can you guess what visitors rub for good luck?)

One of Degas' ballet dancers at the Musée d'Orsay

I am a Leo-- I love lions.

At the American Cemetery in Normandy

In Notre Dame

Atop the Opéra Garnier

Iconic Paris water fountain

In Avignon, outside the Palais des Papes

Inside the Palais-- a nice little final resting place, n'est-ce pas?

A WWI soldier, a Poilu (hairy one- because they didn't shave?), in Tavel

Water spout/gargoyle at the Palais des Papes

In Tavel, at the Vignerons de Tavel cave

Also in Tavel (I think...)

I "borrowed" a photo from Mme P taken during her trip to DC before coming to Durham for our exchange.

Degas' ballet dancer at the National Gallery of Art

Our visit to Duke University

I cannot remember where we took this one...

Gandhi, in Raleigh

Back to France in July with the BFFs

Sacré Coeur

Atop the July Column where the Bastille prison stood

At Dalida's grave in the Montmartre cemetery

Joan of Arc in Notre Dame

Winged Victory at the Louvre

Inside the Abbaye de Frigolet

In the village of Aubignas

Also in Aubignas, at the church cemetery

An oratoire in Villeneuve-lez-Avignon

Joan of Arc at Mont Saint Michel

At Mont Saint Michel

Saint Thérèse in Notre Dame (I couldn't leave her out!)

One of the bulls on parade around town in Durham (we are the Bull City)

Our family outing for putt-putt near Sunset Beach, NC  (the guys play, I watch, take photos, and referee, if necessary)

Farmers' Market art in Knoxville, TN

It's been a very full year of art and travel!  I am a lucky girl.

Bon appétit, 2012!

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