It's been a while since the trip to the Guggenheim in Bilbao, but I am still thinking about it. The whole museum was incredible - gorgeous architecture, crisp lines, bright light, and of course creative ideas every which way I turned. My favorite exhibit was an installation by sculpture artist Richard Serra - part of the Guggenheim's permanent collection. The scale of it was unbelievable; rarely have I seen such giant, overwhelming, consuming works of art. And while I'm usually one to spend hours in front of an impressionist painting, I couldn't stop coming back to walk through Serra's echoing containers again and again.
Bastille Day in France was a sight to see. We headed to the beach at 11pm to see the fireworks - which turned out to be the most magnificent and awe-inspiring firework show I have ever seen. They were fired right at the beach, about 50-100 feet from where I was standing, and when they hit the sky it was like we were underneath a giant umbrella of glittering gold: our very own magical universe.
These photos cannot possibly do the show justice, but I am going to share them here anyways because I find them to be so beautiful.
Gorgeous, no? And here is one slow-motion video from my iPhone of all of the glitter falling from the sky:
From time to time I find myself leaving my camera at home and wandering around with just my iPhone - and so it goes that nearly every time I do this, I find something worth photographing and am left kicking myself for leaving my camera behind. Luckily, this past week I carried my camera around a lot; I never had that regretful, camera-less feeling and got a lot of photos I liked, instead.
The Guggenheim Museum in Bibao is crazy cool - one of the most unique and wonderful museums I have ever seen. The architecture of the building itself is amazing, and so are the art installations outside the building - check out the flowered cat (those are all real flowers!) and the giant spider below!
I love love loved the museum and can't wait to go back as soon as possible.
When I discover new recipes, I find that there are some that I file away to make later - and others that seem so great that I start making them right away. The latter happened on Saturday; I came upon a recipe on Pinterest in the morning (caprese salad with peaches instead of tomatoes!) and made it that evening.
The problem is though, that as much as I love testing out new recipes from tried-and-true blogs and Pinterest alike, not all of the pretty-looking recipes on Pinterest turn out well. The caprese was unfortunately one of those recipes: a great idea, but just not quite right. I actually changed it quite a bit before I made it, but even so I have a lot of changes in mind to test out before I share a recipe here.
So, blog world, coming soon: Peach Caprese Salad!
The South of France is such a beautiful, beautiful place:
I love it here.
It's been a very busy few weeks with lots of beautiful little moments throughout:
I have been to the roof of the Met every week.
I compare Brooklyn to San Francisco pretty frequently; my neighborhood here especially reminds me of where I grew up. But last night there were fireflies dancing right outside my front door - something I have never seen in SF. It was a lovely sight.
In working towards this business launch I have realized that I am at my most indecisive when designing business cards. It took me eight weeks of thinking it over before I placed an order. I ordered two designs: one plain text on thick card stock for weddings, and one with this photo on the back for everything else:
I can't wait to see and share them!
If I were to be asked to pick one favorite place in New York, I would choose the roof of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The Met roof has it all: beautiful city views, fresh air from Central Park, and a new art installation every summer.
The exhibit two years ago was called Cloud City and was unlike anything I had ever seen before: a massive structure made of metal and glass that both reflected and framed the cityscape and greenery. I visited on a weekly basis all summer long: early in the morning right after the museum opened, on weekend afternoons with friends, and even one Saturday evening on a date.
This year's installation, Hedge Two-Way Mirror Walkabout, is pretty different from Cloud City but equally as beautiful and fascinating; it uses ivy and reflective glass to make the Manhattan skyline look like an expressionist painting. I have only visited once so far but plan on going back very soon - and highly recommend a visit to anyone in New York.