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Gabriel Loire (1904-1996)

Symphony Tower of Joy for Children with staircase - Choukokunomori bijutsukan 彫刻の森美術館 (open-air museum) Hakone 箱根, Japan - 336 m²  - 1973-74

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Blue mosque as seen from Hagia Sofia da Miemo Penttinen
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Travel photography from Istanbul, Turkey. November 2012.

Washington D.C. in 48 hours

From rooftop views of the White House to the best Indian food in the city, Garrett M. Graff, former editor of Washingtonian magazine, reveals how to spend 48 hours in the capital.

Day One

08:00 – Like a local

It’s hard to miss the power and grandeur of Washington, the centre of the city remains a political powerhouse and it permeates nearly every corner, but there’s also much more to the city than simply politics.

After landing at Washington Dulles International Airport and you’ve settled in, start your morning like the locals with coffee and breakfast at the Tryst Coffeehouse in funky Adams Morgan, before heading up to the National Zoo (Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute, to give it its full name). It’s seen a dramatic renovation in recent years that has turned its 163 acres into a shining gem filled with great exhibits from elephants and pandas to American buffalo. Entry is free and it’s open 364 days a year.

Noon – Power lunch

Recharge with a casual pub-style lunch at Duke’s Grocery on 17th Street NW (have the Proper Burger) or indulge in the city’s best Indian food at the fine dining Rasika in Penn Quarter, where you might very well find yourself dining next to a Cabinet member. Don’t miss the palaak chaat – crispy flash-fried spinach – that’s one of the city’s most-requested dishes.

14:00 – Read all about it

Spend the afternoon at the Newseum, the towering interactive museum of news, where you can revisit the world’s most notable events, and lose yourself for hours watching old footage and breaking news coverage. The Washington D.C. Explorer pass offers a package admission to the Newseum and other top D.C. sights like the International Spy Museum.

17:00 – No reservations

Getting into many of Washington’s hottest restaurants has grown harder in recent years, with some of the most popular adopting no reservations policies that can lead to long lines. At Bad Saint, a 24-seat Filipino restaurant – named as the second best new restaurant in the USA by Bon Appetit magazine in 2016 – lines can begin as early as 17:30.

Not up for waiting? Plan ahead with a reservation at Tail Up Goat, a Michelin-starred restaurant featuring creative Mediterranean and Caribbean food by chef Jon Sybert – expand your drinking horizons at the bar by following the lead of sommelier Bill Jensen.

Day Two

08:00 – Morning rush

Breakfast at the Old Ebbitt Grill, one of the city’s oldest restaurants, usually packed with lobbyists and power players first thing in the morning before the tourist crowd sets in during the day. 

09:00 – Famous figures

Across the Potomac River, Arlington National Cemetery is best known for its stark and formal Changing of the Guard ceremonies at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, honouring America’s war dead, but the 600-acre cemetery is home also to the graves of many famous figures like John F. Kennedy – marked with an eternal flame ­­– boxer Joe Lewis, and Pierre L’Enfant, the architect who designed Washington. Save your feet and jump on the Hop-On, Hop-Off trolley.

Noon – Fit for a First Lady 

Lunch on the Georgetown waterfront at Fiola Mare, the glimmering Italian seafood restaurant of chef Fabio Trabocchi – a favourite of Michelle Obama.

13:30 – Remember them

Spend the afternoon wandering ‘America’s Front Lawn’ on the National Mall, starting at the Lincoln Memorial and the Vietnam Wall, then up to the sunken World War II memorial, where you can see the emotional visits of buses filled with veterans, and gaze up at the Washington Monument. [NB the monument is closed until spring 2019 but can still be looked at].

14:30 – A history lesson

Nearby, take in Washington’s hottest new attraction, the giant National Museum of African-American History and Culture, honouring the artistic contributions of African-Americans while also wrestling with the nation’s still-unfolding racial legacy of slavery and civil rights. Plan ahead – or wake up early – to score timed-entry tickets, but it’s well worth the effort.

17:00 – Treats and eats

Spend the evening wandering the environs of 14th Street NW, which has been the centre of Washington’s revitalization over the last decade. Window-shop at the boutique Salt and Sundry, Detroit-made watches and leather goods at the city’s flagship Shinola store, or vintage and antiques at Miss Pixie’s, a long-time 14th Street fixture. 

Once you’re hungry, the area has something for every palate: for the city’s swankiest French bistro, try Le Diplomate, where the breadbasket alone is worth the visit. 

Prefer Latin American? Try Tico for its hibiscus margaritas, tacos, and a delicious shredded cabbage salad. Or, on nearby 17th Street NW, get in line for mouth-burning, authentic Thai food at Little Serow [NB Little Serow is shut for summer 2017, reopening 7 September] from one of Washington’s top chefs, Johnny Monis (if it’s a weeknight, be in line by 17:00 or 17:30 for dinner, if it’s a weekend, try even earlier). Once your name’s on the list, have a drink around the corner at Hank’s Oyster Bar while you wait. 

Where to stay 

W Washington D.C. – head up to the cocktail bar for presidential views down on the neighbouring White House.

Washington Hilton is home to many of the city’s black tie galas, including the star-studded spring White House Correspondents’ Association dinner.

Hilton Garden Inn is a new hotel in the city’s West End, you’ll be just around the corner from where former President Barack Obama has set up his new office.

Plan your Washington trip now

Words by Garrett M. Graff, former editor of Washingtonian magazine 

Photo by tpsdave on Pixabay

Tonight’s Art Moment is “The Lonely Tower,” an etching by Samuel Palmer from 1879. Palmer was deeply pious and experienced a mystical beauty in nature. This late work shows two shepherds guarding their sheep as they watch a distant tower. To the left, a lonely traveler ascends a path with his cart. Palmer’s work is notable for his nuanced approach to the night sky, which includes the constellation of the Great Bear and the waning moon on the horizon. The etching was inspired by the poem “Il Penseroso” by John Milton (1608-1674), which describes a lonely poet working in his tower. Palmer wrote of his aim in this work to convey “mysterious suggestion. More meant than meets the eye….” From the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art’s Facebook page.

anonymous asked:

why have you lived in so many places?

sometimes …. people who are poor …… have to go unconventional routes to accomplish goals

anonymous asked:

war vet steve and civilian Bucky au - a simple ring exchange or a big wedding (OR BOTH ;D)

Part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4, part 5, part 6


“I don’t think it technically counts as eloping if your father and I go with you.”  Bucky could hear the smile in his mother’s voice nonetheless.   

“We both want you there.  And we’ll have a few other people, too.  Becca already said she’d come.  So I guess it’s more of a destination thing?  Anyway, don’t tell me you wouldn’t have more fun than we will.”

She hummed.  “Fair enough.”  Bucky couldn’t hear her next words, likely muffled by her hand over the speaker, but she spoke again soon enough.  “Alright. We’re in.  When’s the flight?”

“Tomorrow evening.  We’ll pick you up?”

“I can’t wait, honey.”

Bucky hung up with a wide smile.  He and Steve (and Bucky’s parents) were going to Paris.  It was corny and romantic and he sort of sprung it on them and he and Steve were so excited to get married.  They’d been to town hall already, so technically they were already married. But they were saving the rings for the ceremony.  Outside the Eiffel Tower (because Bucky wasn’t ashamed to admit to being a giant sap and also he had Steve back so there wasn’t a lot he was willing to put off For Another Time anymore.  So getting married in front of the Eiffel Tower it was). And then an immediate start to the honeymoon by touring the Louvre and the Musee D’Orsey and every other museum in Europe they could get to in two weeks).

“What would you have done if she’d said no?”  Steve mused.

“I’d have driven you over there so you could make puppy eyes at her.”

Steve laughed.  “I’m impressed.  Solid backup plan.”

“Did you finish outlining the rest of our museum visits, by the way?”

“Mm.  I left some space for you, too.  What d’you wanna see?”

Bucky couldn’t help his dopey smile.  “You happy.”

Steve blushed.  “I’m blushing.  Stop. How is it possible you can still make me blush?  You giant sap.  Really, though.  What do you want to see?  We have two whole weeks.”

“I’d just like to get some down time with you.  Sit in some cafes and relax and just.  Enjoy being together.  You’ve –we’ve worked so hard the past couple of years and I want to celebrate that with some time to just…be.”

“You’ve been reading Eat, Pray, Love again.” 


“Nothing.”  Steve smiled. “Just observing.”


Steve had to admit that Bucky’s idea was perfect.  The weather was perfect and they were in the park that surrounded the Eiffel Tower and Bucky’s parents were there (and to be fair, so was Becca –she’d needed less convincing- and so weren’t Dugan and Clint). Winifred had brought a framed picture of Sarah and Joe Rogers with her and Steve cried only a little at the gesture.

Steve had felt like vibrating out of his skin more times than he could count the past couple of years, but this was the best reason he’d ever had.  

The ceremony wasn’t long and before he knew it, he had a gold and silver band on his finger, and so didn’t Bucky.  He couldn’t feel his cheeks he was smiling so wide and the weight on his finger was new but comforting (he kept wiggling his fingers to feel the band shifting along his skin).  

Clint and Dugan and Becca and Bucky’s parents were all clapping and congratulating them but Steve couldn’t hear them (it was a little like that ringing silence after – after something he doesn’t remember but his body does but he shakes the moment free –he’s not always able to, sometimes, but not always, and he attributes his success to his excitement).  He couldn’t look away from Bucky.  Couldn’t really even hear Bucky, if he was honest, but he could read his lips.  

“Love you, husband.”

Steve laughed, and pulled Bucky in for another kiss.  “Love you too, husband.”

My thoughts about Season 2!

I watched it live and there are plenty of spoilers so read at your own risk!

Plot summary first:

Episode 1

Marinette meets Master Fu and Wayzz. Then they discuss about the book. Marinette lies about how she obtained the book at first, and she thinks Adrien is Hawkmoth.

But Nathalie shows photos of Adrien taking the book and Gabriel is beyond mad. He breaks sculptures and throws the photos around. He scolds Adrien to the point that he isn’t allowed to go to school anymore.

When Marinette arrives at school she finds a crying Chloe because of Adrien’s situation. Once she understands the book belongs to Gabriel Agreste, she knows that he is Hawkmoth. She talked to Chat Noir about this and pointed out the butterfly symbol at Gabriel’s brand. That scene was similar to Tangled where Rapunzel saw the kingdom symbols and remembered her true identity. Chat Noir was sad though :(


The Collector is probably the strongest akumatized villain I’ve ever seen. His book absorbed whatever object or person it touched including Nathalie, the gorilla driver, Eiffel Tower, Louvre Museum, Mona Lisa, Chat Noir’s baton and Ladybug’s yoyo. But she had used Lucky charm already so she and Chat Noir defeated him with plenty of CD’s. Then Chat Noir was like are you ok sir and Gabriel thanked both of them.

Later on Marinette explained the truth to Master Fu and they found a solution. He took photos of the pages he needs to use, then he let Marinette take the book back to Agreste Mansion. Marinette gave the book back to Gabriel so that Adrien could come back to the school. Aww :’(

Then our sunshine child (Adrien) got pleenty of hugs! He hugged his dad, then Nino, Chloe and the rest of their class rejoyced when he came back to school. The episode ended with a photo showing Gabriel / Hawkmoth and Nooroo.

I am a huge fan of Hawkmoth so I waited for months to learn his identity. I’m very happy that all of my theories about him being Hawkmoth turned out to be correct. On the other hand I feel sorry for Adrien… I’m sure he wouldn’t want to hurt his dad. I’m starting to think he will side with Gabriel to protect him at some point (mainly due to Civil War tweets of Thomas Astruc).

Adrien is beloved by all of his classmates. I’m happy to see they care about him. This hit close to home, I had the opposite situation before. I used to get leg surgeries until I began high school. Which meant I would be treated during semesters, and I had to stay away from school for so long. When I came back I had a lot of problems about adapting, and sadly nobody cared about me. I thought how lucky Adrien is. I’m also wondering if they will introduce any character with special needs / disability but sadly Thomas Astruc left my tweet unanswered :(

Anyway, I loved the first episode! It was worth the long wait :)

Episode 2

Marinette’s dad is in their class and he shows the class how to make sweets. Then Chloe makes comments about how lame it is. Marinette goes out and shortly after that for some reason there is an alarm ringing. Then Chloe accuses Marinette about something. Adrien immediately tells Marinette didn’t do anything, then Alya says the same. My Spanish isn’t good so I’m only telling what I understood from the visuals. The actual lyrics might be slightly different.

Then Marinette gives hats and accessories to the girls we saw in trailer. Seems like there will be something like a fashion show???

Then Chloe sends invitations for a party. It’s her party but for what? Birthday? Or something else?

The butler is a nice man, he cares deeply about Chloe. He cheers her up with chocolate and then her favorite teddy bear. She remembers her mom at this scene with small drawings. I hope we see her soon!

At the party the butler asks Chloe to be nicer via teddybear. She does try to be nicer. Then the class sees the teddybear and Chloe scolds the butler, leading him to be akumatized.

An interesting point though: Hawkmoth sent the akuma without deciding on a victim. It flew around until the butler was depressed. I thought it would possess Chloe since she is usually cruel, but it didn’t.

Then the butler became tiny teddy akuma. He held people and controlled their minds and souls. Chat Noir was under control once again. He regained himself when he was seperated from the bear.

Another very interesting thing is that CHLOE SAVED LADYBUG FROM CATACLYSM. I guess she can be nice if she wants to. I’m really curious about how she will become Queen Bee.

But my favorite parts were the Adrinette scenes. It was so cute and romantic, aww 😍

I wish I could add photos but I couldn’t get any visuals from the livestream. Both episodes were really good, me and my brother loved watching them.

Stay miraculous! :)