Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Refresh Your Home For Summer!

At the web shop: Pillow covers with this year's nautical theme:


Anchors by googoo&gaga

Jellyfish by googoo&gaga

Lighthouse by googoo&gaga

Nautical Flags by googoo&gaga

Octopus by googoo&gaga

Paper Boats by googoo&gaga

Sharkfins by goo goo&gag

World Map by googoo&gaga

They are available in three sizes: 30 x 30 cm, 60 x 40 cm and 50 x 50 cm.

Tuesday, 22 April 2014

The Birth Of The Carnaval

Easter Monday is a holiday in France so I took my son to the MuCEM for a show of marionettes. It was a fable of how the carnaval began, and I loved the unique presentation style of this artist. She used a vintage suitcase and vintage-style dolls as puppets.





The show was a great follow-up to last Saturday's activity at the MuCEM … where we had a mask-making workshop followed by a visit of the carnaval exposition.

I enjoyed because even if these events were for kids, I learned a lot too, little facts and nuggets of information about masks and the carnaval in general. Meeting other parents and seeing the creativity and curiosity of all the kids, plus their parents' effort to expose them early on to museum visits and culture.

Thursday, 17 April 2014

The Rialto Bridge

Clueless … I'd never heard of this famous bridge before. The word 'Rialto' reminds me of a thrill ride in Vegas. Turns out, the view from this bridge in Venice, is one of the most mysterious and romantic sights I'd ever come across:


There's a dark allure to it, a perfect setting for film noir or a heist. Which reminds me, at our gondola tour, we saw the area where The Italian Job was filmed, particularly the Venice heist scene.

There were many interesting clocks around the city. This one was by the Rialto market:




Venice is grandiose as it is crumbling. I love the patina, the imperfections, the aging façades.

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

The Peggy Guggenheim Collection

I wanted to see this collection for 10 years … and finally ticked it off my bucket list. I photographed most of my favorite art … as photography without flash was allowed … but I won't post them here so that you're forced to come and see in person.

Courtyard at the Peggy Guggenheim Museum, Venice.




The museum is small, and not too tiring for young children.



The only downside was that there were a lot of young students so some rooms were too overcrowded. We should have visited in the afternoon (as our Concierge advised) as mornings are always full of tour groups. This was true also for The Doge's Palace and the Basilica San Marco … we were advised to avoid mornings and they were right.

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Spring / Summer Is Here

A little commercial break from my Venice travel tales:

googoo&gaga's Spring/Summer collection is at the French webshop.








Sharing with you a few articles featuring this collection, by French bloggers:

http://www.e-zabel.fr/tshirts-printemps-googoogaga/
http://lapruneblogueuse.blogspot.fr/2014/04/la-prune-teste-pour-toi-les-vetements.html
http://www.wonderfulbreizh.fr/2014/04/14/tshirt-phare-sharks-googooandgaga/

Piazza San Marco

We stayed at the Bauer Hotel, just a few steps away from Piazza San Marco:

We climbed the famed bell tower.

Bird's eye view of Venice from the tower.

View of Piazza San Marco from the bell tower.
Fortunately, we missed the carnaval by a week, so there weren't many tourists … no queues to enter the Doge's Palace, no queues to enter the Basilica San Marco, no queues to climb the bell tower. We weren't too paranoid over losing our group of three small kids in a throng of people; and didn't have to be too attentive for pickpockets.

Monday, 14 April 2014

Murano

Since we were with three small kids (who were in Venice for the first time), we did the touristy Murano glass workshop day trip.


Father & son artisans.

Colored sand to make glass.

My 4 year old tries his hand at glass-blowing, and succeeds.

A small but beautiful church in Murano.


A waterway through Murano.