• Pamela

    From London, Gallery of Miniatures at the V&A

    The dimly lit miniaturist’s gallery in the Victoria & Albert Museum enthralls us with its tiny likenesses, painted by artists called “miniaturists.”  When viewed with a magnifying glass, these miraculously detailed masterpieces achieve a breathtaking three-dimensional quality.  Viewing people from the past in such an intimate way magically transports the viewer into the past, when these tiny portraits were carried as tokens of love and affection, sometimes journeying thousands of miles to distant lands during an era of British exploration and expansion.  Eventually, a few miniaturists traveled to those distant lands themselves. With a few miniaturists based in India, the exchange of portraits between Britain and India became cheap and easy.…

  • Pamela

    From London, Renoir’s “The Umbrellas”

    This is Post #1 from London and Paris. We land at 11:15 am at Heathrow Airport and, after going through Customs, catch the Heathrow Express train to Paddington Station, a short walk from our hotel.  A huge pot of English Breakfast tea is sent up to our room, which helps revive us after the long flight.  Even so, we look a bit bedraggled, for it is now 4 am in Los Angeles. Too excited to take a nap, we catch a cab to the National Gallery. We’ll see if looking at beautiful paintings helps overcome jet lag. Following a hearty lunch, we actually feel almost normal and set off to…

  • Pamela

    Pedaling in the World

    I love my bicycle.  I love that I can ride it to the grocery store, library and yoga studio.  I love that I can work up a sweat in 15 minutes on hilly streets in our neighborhood.  But mostly, I have fun when I’m riding my bike.  I especially love coasting down the hill back to our house at the end of my 25-minute loop I do for my daily exercise.  Natalie often joins me on the loop.  I’ve even realized that bicycling together is a good way to teach traffic safety prior to driver’s training. Here are some interesting facts about bicycling around the world (from AFAR Magazine, “Bicycles…