Museums: Thyssen-Bornemisza – Madrid, Spain

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Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid, Spain. April 2014.

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Cabeza de Hombre, Head of a Man, Pablo Picasso

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Hombre con Clarinete, Man with a Clarinette, Pablo Picasso

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Estates: Palau Güell – Barcelona, Spain

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Palau Güell, Barcelona, Spain. April 2014.

A Gaudi brainchild of a mansion built for Eusebi Güell, Palau Güell is one factory of strange. As a whole, I’m not sure I like it, exactly. Up close there are several details which I really like individually. But maybe maximalism just isn’t my style, because once you put everything together, I find it’s hard to focus on the small details, and some get lost in the shuffle of perhaps too much design.

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Estates: Château de Fontainebleau – Fontainebleau, France

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Château de Fontainebleau, France. January 2015.

Although not as glittering and well-kempt as the more famous Palace of Versailles, the Château de Fontainebleau has a somewhat haunting sort of charm. It might be because there are fewer people milling about, which actually allows you to stick around long enough to appreciate the rooms and everything, or maybe the semi shabby-chic state of the palace lends to it that sort of feeling of having come from some bygone era.

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It’s kind of a photographer’s (or Instagrammer’s) dream, because look at all these tourist-free shots.

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Museums: Uffizi Gallery – Florence, Italy

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Uffizi Gallery. Florence, Italy. October, 2014.

I would love to spend a whole day at the Uffizi Gallery (and I’m hoping I get some time to do just that before I leave Florence), but for a school field trip we did get a concise sort of introductory tour of the place.

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Things are looking impressive already, and this is just the foyer next to the stairs. #fancy #MediciLiving

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Monumental: Loggia dei Lanzi, Florence, Italy

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Florence, Italy. October 2014.

The Loggia dei Lanzi is the open area right outside Palazzo Vecchio where several sculptures are on display, and where you can always see people just hanging out. I came here as part of a sort of field trip for school, and there were so many interesting tidbits about it. Like for example, the two lions that flank the entrance are 1400 years apart in age. The top photo is the “newer” replica, while this lion below is the original, from the first century, making it nearly two thousand years old.

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Rape of the Sabine by Giambologna

Museums: Museo del Tessuto (Textile Museum) – Prato, Italy

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Prato, Florence, Italy. September 2014.

Prato is the textile center of Italy, and this museum, while small and almost modest from the outside, houses a lot of treasures for those who are into history and period fashion and whatnot. The photo above is a fancy man-purse such as the likes that might have been used by the wealthy Medicis. The circle pattern in the fabric is supposed to denote gold coins = wealth.

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There are just crazy gorgeous textiles everywhere, from different periods in Italy, especially from the Renaissance.

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Here, they reproduced exactly the fabrics featured in some notable paintings