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One Item ticked off my Bucket List.

Mona Lisa from a distance

A Truffle                                                        City Hall Munich



Everyone talks about the Mona Lisa painting at the Louvre.  Don’t understand why it is such a popular painting, it is small, I’m sure there have been other portrait paintings that have been as good or better,  ……….BUT,  this one is supposed to be the MOST valuable painting in the world.  Priceless.

Our chance came to see it in the Louvre on our trip to Paris a few weeks ago.
All roads lead to the Mona Lisa.  Millions of others had the same idea and it was all I could do to lift my camera up above my head and snap away, hoping that I had it aimed correctly.  I do wish that I could have got closer to see if those eyes actually DID follow one.

So: item ticked off on the bucket list. Now for the rest of the trip.
Europe is SO amazing.  I can never get over how magnificent those buildings are. The time and effort that went into building those cathedrals and town halls will never cease to be a ‘wonderment” to me.  The craftsmanship and pride taken has lasted for centuries.  What a sadness that we do not have that anymore.  Minimalistic and plastic.  No more little birds carved out of stone on the top of a huge pillar in a cathedral.  When asked why the artisan had done that when no one could see it, he said.”God can see it!”  Motivation enough.

We were treated to a day in Munich by our son who lives in Stuttgart.  It was October fest time and there were markets everywhere.  At one stall selling vegies they advertised fresh truffles.  Having never seen a truffle we asked to look at it.
The photo above explains it all.  I asked what one did with it and a tourist from the USA said, “we grate it on French Fries!”  So I learned something else.  Not sure that that is what the French chefs do , but good enough at 1 Euro per gram. Only for the rich and famous.

So ends a lovely holiday, feeling very inspired to paint SO many lovely scenes.  To see the first in the series of paintings  from the South of France, please see them on this website.
www.lizmcqueensart.com.

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