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More Images from the Bosch, Brueghel, and Arcimboldo Experience

I’ve found more images from this year’s Carrières de Lumières program, which features the works of Bosch, Brueghel, and Arcimboldo.

Even these still photographs are awesome. Seeing them in motion, with a soundtrack that ranges from Carl Orff to Vivaldi to Led Zeppelin, must be amazing. There’s a brief video at the above link that will give you a hint of what visitors to the site will experience.

(All photos found on the Net.)

“The Fantastic and Wonderful World of Bosch, Brueghel, and Arcimboldo” is open now, and will run through 7 January 2018.


“The Fantastic and Wonderful World of Bosch, Brueghel, and Arcimboldo”

This year’s Carrières de Lumières program looks like a stunner. It’s called “The Fantastic and Wonderful World of Bosch, Brueghel, and Arcimboldo”, and it runs from 4 March 2017 to 7 January 2018.

Here’s a peek:

Carrières de Lumières is an immersive art and music installation which is staged in what used to be a quarry, in the French village Les Baux de Provence. The massive rock walls of the quarry form the backdrop for a son et lumière program that changes each year.

I’ve posted items about the 2014 Klimt and Vienna and the 2015 Chagall: Midsummer Night’s Dreams programs, and about how much I’d like to work for Culturespaces, the European company that designs and manages events like this for 13 monuments and museums, most of them in France. The only things that are standing in my way are my total lack of artistic talent and my residence on the wrong continent.

Complementing the son et lumière this summer are four monumental sculptures by Philip Haas, which will be on display in the Château des Baux-de-Provence from 23 May through 30 September. The sculptures of the giant heads are inspired by Giuseppe Arcimboldo’s “The Four Seasons” paintings.

“Oh, to be in Provence, Now that Summer’s there”
—Close, but not quite by Robert Browning

Cheverny — Bringing It All Back Home


Last Friday I was making my weekly visit to Calvert Woodley Fine Wines & Spirits, to stock up on bread and cheese and Rosemary ham for the weekend, when I noticed the store’s Wine of the Week:  Domaine Sauger – Cheverny Vieilles Vignes.

Cheverny Vieilles Vignes!


It was like running into an old, fondly remembered acquaintance, except that I didn’t have to exaggerate how well my portfolio was doing, or talk about my imaginary Canadian boyfriend, the college gymnast who works part-time at Abercrombie and Fitch.

Cheverny!   I’d been to the Château de Cheverny just a few weeks ago!  It was the one with the dogs.

After explaining in detail to everyone within earshot what a delightfully serendipitous event they were witnessing—pointing out the tricolour flag patch on my knapsack, the Château de Chenonceau souvenir baseball cap I was wearing, and my fleur-de-lis socks, in case they hadn’t noticed—I put a couple of bottles in my shopping cart and headed for the door.

I’m saving them for a special occasion.

Try as I might, I’ve never really developed a palate for wine, probably because my taste buds have been destroyed by decades of drinking Diet Pepsi, but I think I may finally have the key I need for a breakthrough!

Chagall: Midsummer Night’s Dreams

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I’ve posted before about Les Carrières de Lumières,  the former quarry in Baux-de-Provence, France, that has been transformed into a unique art space.  Culturespaces, the European company that creates installations for museums and historic sites, has been developing “art and music immersive experiences” there since 2012.

This year’s installation is called Chagall:  Midsummer Night’s Dreams.  It will run through 8 January 2017.

Here are some images, all found on the Web, from the site:


Here’s my posting about Les Carrières de Lumières from 2014,  when the subject was Klimt and Vienna.

Last Exit to Chambord

I was tired by the time I got to Château de Chambord, the largest château in the Loire Valley and the final stop on my tour of the great châteaux.  Leonardo da Vinci may have been involved in the creation of the building, which was never completed.

After a v full day of traipsing up and down ancient staircases, I was glad Chambord was last on the list, because there were no great period rooms to explore at the château.  In fact, it’s almost entirely devoid of furniture.

Behind the glory of its stunning exterior, the château is a beautiful, empty shell.

For reasons that have baffled historians for centuries, the Château de Chambord was never given to Diane de Poitiers.

Release the Hounds!

Château de Cheverny is famous for its kennels, which were created in 1850.  Today they house more than 100 hunting dogs.

I didn’t know that when I arrived, and only visited them as an afterthought, because I had a little extra time.  I’m so glad I did!

I don’t know anything about dogs, but, damn, these guys were big and beautiful.  I found out later that they’re a cross of English Fox hounds and French Poitevins.

Feeding Frenzy at Cheverny

The dogs are fed at 11:30 every morning, and the resulting feeding frenzy always draws a crowd.  I was too late to see it, which was probably for the best, since I’ve heard that their meal is made largely of chopped-up American tourists.

A couple of earlier, obviously non-American visitors have posted some exciting videos of the action.