Leaning Tower of Pisa & Galileo Galilei

There are two reasons for Tower of Pisa is so special. First, it has been leaning for over 900 years. Secondly, Galileo Galilei dropped two cannonballs from the top of Pisa tower and proved the theory of gravity in physics. The Tower began to lean when the construction reached about 23m high some when around the year 1178, due to the soft ground could not properly … Continue reading Leaning Tower of Pisa & Galileo Galilei

“Libiamo ne’ lieti calici” (Drink from Joyful Cups) in Rome

My husband and I recently visited Italy for our anniversary. We had wonderful time there. Italy is a fabulous mix of history, religion, archeology, art, delicious food and great music. While traveling from Venice to the south Amalfi, my favorite place is Rome. Rome is a museum itself.  There are so many historical places to see: Colosseum, St Peter’s Basilica, Vatican Museum & Sistine Chapel, Trevi Fountain, … Continue reading “Libiamo ne’ lieti calici” (Drink from Joyful Cups) in Rome

World Book Day-Shakespeare Bookstore in Paris

Today is World Book Day, the day of celebrating of books and joys of reading. My legendary bookstore experience was in Shakespeare & Company in Paris. Located on the bank of the Seine opposite Notre-Dame, it is the one of the most famous booksellers in the world. Sylvia Beach, an American expat established Shakespeare and Company in 1919. In his book “A moveable feast”, Ernest … Continue reading World Book Day-Shakespeare Bookstore in Paris

Colors from Museums Brought to Life

Art improves our quality of life. It gives us immense pleasure and relief from stress. Although I am fond of traditional paintings, now I have been finding myself enjoying modern art more and more.   I learned about the interesting modern art and history at the Musée Matisse in Nice, France. Henri Matisse (1869-1954) is widely regarded as the greatest colorist of the 20th century, … Continue reading Colors from Museums Brought to Life

Merry Christmas from Nice, France

It is lovely to spend Christmas Day in Nice, a beautiful city on the French Riviera. It has sunshine, deep blue water, Promenade des Anglais, Vieux Nice, art work, and delicious food. A surprising Christmas gift was the ballet of “Don Quixote“ at Opéra de Nice. The theater is beautiful with an interesting history. I love ballet, but don’t have many opportunities to watch it … Continue reading Merry Christmas from Nice, France

First Two Days in Nice France

It is not easy to have an international trip during COVID time. Right now, France and the United Kingdom both request international travelers to submit a negative COVID testing within 48 hour departure, plus the certification of vaccination if you have. I went to Nice to visit my daughter who is currently staying in Nice France. Submitted all the paperwork of COVID testing and vaccination … Continue reading First Two Days in Nice France

Lavoisier & French Revolution

Antoine Lavoisier (26 August 1743 – 8 May 1794), a French nobleman and chemist, has been widely considered as the “father of modern chemistry”. Lavoisier was central to the 18th-century chemical revolution, which transited from alchemy to modern chemistry. Why Lavoisier was considered as the father of modern chemistry? Antoine Lavoisier determined that oxygen was a key substance in combustion and respiration. He discovered that water … Continue reading Lavoisier & French Revolution