Today is International Women’s Day and I thought this was a perfect chance to talk about one of the biggest women’s movements across the world – Girl Guides and Girl Scouts. Present in 146 countries worldwide, reaching ten million girls and young women, it is an incredibly dynamic movement and one which is close to…
Where can you find a British country house, Italian chapel, Spanish monastery, French chateau, sculpture courtyard and Egyptian temple, besides thousands of art treasures, in the middle of New York City? The Metropolitan Museum of Art on Fifth Avenue, backing onto Central Park.
Osborne House, situated on the Isle of Wight, was the family retreat from the city for Queen Victoria and Prince Albert.
Few places come close to the romance of Paris, and Monet’s beautiful Nymphéas, or Water Lilies, in the Musée de l’Orangerie are a must visit to see the his genius.
The Museo del Prado has some beautiful Renaissance paintings, but for me, the jewel in their crown are the beautiful paintings by Titian for his Poesie series for Philip II of Spain.
The best place to go for Bernini in Rome is the Piazza Navona, where you’ll find his beautiful Fountain of the Four Rivers, a sculpture of travertine and marble commissioned by Pope Innocent X.
Bernini is often associated with the magnificence of Baroque Rome – and so he should be. Pope Urban VIII is said to have told him “You are made for Rome and Rome is made for you”.
Just like I wrote practically a mini love letter to Paris, I could also write one to Rome. These European cities are so beautiful, and it is helped completely by the way they are enshrined in literature, film and other forms of popular culture.
Audrey Hepburn is often quoted as saying “Paris is always a good idea”. Why are we so in love with this beautiful historic city?