Not in this order and I should include Salvador in the list – but that was more or less my week. My final destination (from where I am writing) is Tokyo, where I’ll be staying for a while. Naturally, I have some good tickets for concerts etc – and I’ll let you know. In any case, I have just arrived and all I can say is that so far I am truly impressed.
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As you could see, I was in Washington too, a city I had last visited in 1985! I’ve had a great time there – the National Gallery is a must-see: their Da Vinci is lovely, their Bronzinos are amazing, their Pontormo is probably the best one I have ever seen, the Vermeers are a classic, their collection of Impressionists is a very important one. I could also visit a tiny museum named Phillips Collection, where you can see Renoir’s Luncheon of the Boating Party. I should also mention the National Portrait Gallery, where you can see the only existing portrait of Pocahontas. Although there are only a few true masterpieces, the historical aspect involving those whose portraits hang there is of great interest. For example, I could discover there the story of the great African-American Shakesperian actor Ira Aldridge (an excellent theme for a movie, isn’t it?)
I’ve had bad luck with the weather in Boston – rain and more rain – and taking pictures was quite challenging! If you are in the area, I strongly recommend a visit to Cambridge in order to take a look at Harvard University. It is such a beautiful place and houses so many interesting museums – it is really worth the visit. I had a tight schedule and could only walk around, see the Carpenter building (Le Corbusier’ s only work in America, if I am not mistaken) and the fabulous Fogg Museum, where you can find a rich collection including paintings by Boticelli, Bronzino, Rembrandts, Rubens, Ingres, Van Gogh, Renoir, Monet, Whistler, John Singer Sargent etc.
I have just noticed that my previous post lacked this piece of information. I am visiting my cousin Leila here in Massachusetts and took the opportunity to see some concerts and visiting again the Isabella Stewart Gardiner Museum, this amazing collection of masterpieces masterly disposed as a sort of prototype of what would be later called “installation” as an independent work of art, and the Museum of Fine Arts, which is unfortunately for me (but fortunately for everyone, including me the next time I am here) being renovated and partially closed. On the other hand, there is a most interesting exhibit of Spanish painter and sculptor Antonio Lopez Garcia, who is probably the man who proved that there is still lots to explore in naturalism.
I have just arrived from Santiago, a city I had never visited before. The whole idea was to take a look at the Teatro Municipal, their opera house, which was presenting Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte. As the Chileans are keen on repeating, Santiago is not a touristic place but if you have two days before visiting the beautiful destinations in the countryside, it might be worth the time spent there. The old city center has some beautiful neoclassical building and if there were some charming cafés, nice restaurants or interesting shopping, I am sure it would have an interesting atmosphere. As it is, the Chilean seem to prefer other neighbourhoods. They seem to have a fondness for the Miami-fied Las Condes, but Providencia is one of the most beautiful residential areas I have ever seen. But nothing has caught my attention so vividly as the opera house – it is a small exquisite theatre and their season is certainly interesting. It seems that there is a strong German influence in Santiago and German opera has a special presence in their calendar.