Weekly Photo Challenge: Pure

  This post is in response to the  Weekly Photo Challenge: Pure The SFMOMA has just reopened after three years of renovation.  As a member of SFMOMA for many years,  I am very excited of its new look and expansion. Due to work, I was only able to visit the museum twice on Thursday nights.  Both visits were…

Apsaras in the Art and Architecture of Cambodia

  This post is inspired by a blogger friend Michael Lai.  I had been hibernating and tonight I suddenly wanted to post something.  Having seen Michael’s recent post on apsaras in Cambodia, I went back to my earlier post on this topic and found these.  Angkor Wat is still one of my most favorite travel destinations….

Weekly Photo Challenge: Cover Art (1): Santorini, to dream, to relax and explore.

This is in response to this Week’s Photo Challenge:  http://dailypost.wordpress.com/dp_photo_challenge/cover-art/.  There are so many choices in my mind!  This is one of the pictures that came to my mind immediately:  The cute island Santorini, in Greece.   I did visit this beautiful island with family and friends, and published a book named Turkey and Greece Delights,…

Weekly Photo Challenge: Extra, Extra

In response to the Weekly Photo Challenge:  Extra, Extra,  here are the two pictures I chose for the entries, The first picture was taken in front of the de young Museum in San Francisco.   A  young lady was walking towards the entrance of the museum. The poster is big, but she is small. The…

Highlights of my recent trip to Eastern Europe

Dear  family and friends: Happy New Year! To wish you all a happy new year, I created this video with highlights of some of my photos taken in Eastern Europe. I did not have much time to write about this trip on my blogs, but hope that you would like the video and the music…

I just published my second book: Angkor Wat, Cambodia

Angkor Wat, Cambodia by Denise | Make Your Own Book Dear friends: Please join me to appreciate the architectural wonder of Angkor Wat, and the beautiful art and culture of the Cambodian people. Sincerely, Denise

Eastern Europe 2013 #2 – St. Mary’s Altar, Krakow, Poland

If you ask me what impressed me most during this trip, without hesitation, I would say ” St. Mary’s Altar.”   It is called Altarpiece of Veit Stoss, at St. Mary’s Basilica in Krakow, Poland.  The altarpiece was carved between 1477 and 1489 by the Bavarian sculptor Veit Stoss.   If you google this title, all you can see…

Five or Six Maidens? The Porch of the Maidens in Athens, Greece

Please refer to my previous post which is reblogged from my friend Clanmother’s post The Philosopher who loved numbers.  When I saw her picture, I asked her when and where she took this picture.  She told me it was taken in May, 2011 at the Acropolis.  I said, I visited the same site in April, 2011…

Musical Instruments in Turkey and Xinjiang

This post was inspired by my blogger friend musiqdragonfly’s post on Bologna of Italy, a college town. As she has been particularly inspirational to me in her music posts, I would like to dedicate this post to her.  This is a picture that I took in 2011 in Istanbul, Turkey.  A gentleman was playing this musical instrument…

Weekly Photo Challenge – My 2012 in Pictures

This post is in response to the Weekly Photo Challenge: my 2012 in pictures. In 2012, I have adopted a new hobby and a new passion:  Blogging!  The slideshow below shows all the six active blogs that I created in 2012 on WordPress.  You can see the captions and a short description in each picture. In…

Weekly Travel Theme – Bright

This post is in response to the Weekly Travel Theme: Bright. My interpretation is “what makes your day bright? ”  The  beautiful flowers in these pictures?  A window with an ocean view ?  The beautiful design of the ceiling of the Bellagio Hotel?  Or a piece of fantastic artwork “Breathing flower” in front of San Francisco…

Lang Lang – A True Classical Super Star

   I never lined up to ask anyone to sign an autograph, especially if the line was long. However , I did it tonight! Lang Lang had a wonderful performance at San Francisco Symphony tonight. He played Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 3 in C major, Opus 26 (1921). I bought his new CD like many…

Weekly Photo Challenge: Foreign — McDonald’s in Salzburg, Austria

McDonald’s has flowers arrangement on its tables!  It is in Salzburg, not any place in the United States! This post is in response to Weekly Photo Challenge : Foreign The picture was taken in the “Old Town” of Salzburg, Austria.  Salzburg is the birthplace of Mozart and also part of the setting of the musical…