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IT WAS A TIME OF TANS, BLONDS AND HOT PANTS, WHEN THE ENDLESS SUMMER WAS JUST A SHORT WALK DOWN A HOT SIDEWALK
Beach Music, an On the Street Where I Livestories is really a tale of two cities; San Juan, Puerto Rico and Santa Monica, California. It was originally published in the LA Times Sunday Magazine.


Beach Music We came to California from Canada, with a detour to Puerto Rico that lasted one endless summer of a year. A year in which I turned 15, and my hair turned blond from living in the sun. “Psst,” the boys and men would call after me in the blue-cobbled streets of San Juan. “Psst! Hey, blondie. Psst! Hey, cutie pie.” I was devastated when my parents said we had to go, that it was time to leave the island so that my older brother, Russell, could get a first rate education. The plan was to drive cross country from Miami and settle in San Francisco so that my brother could finish high school before going on to UC Berkeley. But, once we got there in the fall of 1968, we found that …

Dreaming of France: Guarding the Louvre

When we entered the grounds of the Louvre, this gentleman, standing as still as the statues within its walls, gave us our first glimpse of not only the dizzying financial value of the treasures housed within its walls, but the importance of the Louvre as France's most beloved cultural institution. 


Home to some of the most famous and valuable works of art in the entire world—the Mona Lisa alone was last valued in 1962 at $100 million, and is presumably worth many times that now—and the museum, as the most visited tourist site in Paris, is worth much more than that. 


Over 8 million people visit the Louvre every year and when we were there this past spring, I have to admit it felt as though most of them had come to see the Mona Lisa that same morning. For anyone who wanted to linger and really look at DaVinci's masterpiece—like moi—it was a frustrating experience. 

Liberty Leading the People / Eugene Delacroix

Still, there is so much to see at the Louvre, there is no time to linger in front of the Mona Lisa waiting for a quiet moment. It won't come. Of course, not everyone who visits the Louvre is an art lover but presumably with over 35,000 pieces of art lining its walls and hallways there is something that will stir one to awe. 


Or perhaps a visit to the Louvre is simply an item to be checked off the bucket list?

Posted for Dreaming of France at An Accidental Blog

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  1. Yes, I agree that the crowds around the most popular pieces of art are claustrophobic, and simply turning in the other direction results in some of the most amazing art pieces that aren't clogged with visitors. I love that the crowds drive me to discover other works of art.
    Thanks for sharing and thanks for playing along with Dreaming of France. Here’s my Dreaming of France meme

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