Thursday, March 4, 2010

Smithsonian Jaunt I

One of the benefits of living a short Metro ride away from the Smithsonian Museums is the opportunity to spend winter weekdays “ far from the maddening crowds” in peaceful exploration of amazing treasures. This morning I visited the Freer and Sackler Galleries, which house the Smithsonian’s collection of Asian art, and enjoyed viewing the kinds of Asian objects d’art that inspired the 19th century Japonisme craze.

Section from Emperor Minghuang's Journey to Sichuan; Ming Dinasty (1368-1644) Chinese handscroll painting on silk


  1. Cassandra it sounds like you had a wonderful day. I love taking time to myself and exploring museums. Time just slips by and that is half the fun of it. Welcome to the blogging world...I am sure you will enjoy it as much as I have. I look forward to following your wonderful blog filled with so many inspiring posts.
    Jeanne :)

  2. Thank you for your kind words, Jeanne. In the future, I plan to post more photos and discoveries of DC museum visits and hope you will do the same in London. I have always been a dedicated anglophile - the British Isles are certainly in my DNA!!!

    I am so enjoying your blogs. Your photography is inspiring! Loved your posting today and Egmont's correspondence - it remided me of a quote posted on my blog:

    "Life is full of beauty. Notice it. Notice the bumble bee, the small child, and the smiling faces. Smell the rain and feel the wind. Live your life to the fullest potential, and fight for your dreams." ~ Ashley Smith

    All the very best, Cassandra ♥


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