More Faces in the Crowd

Love this week’s Daily Post Photo Challenge. Self has tons of “faces in the crowd” pictures. TONS.

Here are three more:

  • Waterloo Bridge, June 2017


  • The Louvre, May 2017


  • The Crowd in Front of the Mona Lisa, May 2017: This has to be seen to be believed. As you probably can guess, the Mona Lisa is on the left.


Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.


Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: X Needs to be Anywhere in the Word

Self’s word is JUXTAPOSITION.

The I. M. Pei Pyramid in front of the Louvre is juxtaposed between two classic buildings:


The Main Courtyard of the Louvre: Christmas Day, 2017

It was chilly that day, self recalls. Someone told her that the Louvre stays open on Christmas Day; it was. When she got there, she changed her mind about going inside. Instead, she walked from the Louvre to the Tuileries.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

Beloved: The Daily Post Photo Challenge, 31 January 2018

Can you believe January 2018 is over? Self can’t.

This week’s Daily Post Photo Challenge is BELOVED.

We’re asked to “share a photo of something that is dearly loved.”

Here are a couple:

Museums. Self loves museums. This one is a picture of the last museum she visited, in the University of Santo Tomas, the oldest university in Manila (founded 1611):


The Art and Natural History Museum, University of Santo Tomas

Another thing self loves is history. And the University of Santo Tomas having been founded in 1611, there’s a lot of history there. Here’s the Main Building:


Main Building, University of Santo Tomas

Last but not least, she loves her son. Here she is with him, in a picture taken about 10 years ago. He lives in southern California and last October married a wonderful girl, Jennie, who hails from New Mexico:


Andrew and Self at the Beach Chalet off the Great Highway, in San Francisco. The picture was taken approximately 10 years ago.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.


More Merry, Merry


4th Floor, near Charles de Gaulle. The first floor of this building is a store that sells harps. The window stays lighted at night, and she loves to look at the harps on display.

Self was planning to walk along the Champs Elysée. She’s had a big breakfast and is now back in her room, writing her novel-in-progress.

Last night, she walked a few blocks to the Arc de Triomphe and got off this moody night-time shot:


Christmas Eve, 2017

This morning, she went down for breakfast, and eavesdropped on the other guests: they talked of reading books, falling asleep at midnight, taking a leisurely stroll.

She will spend Christmas Day writing.

(Oops, not quite. She remembers the artists in Tyrone Guthrie telling her that things do not all close down on Christmas. She looked up the Louvre. It is open today. The hotel has been asking her to let them clean her room because she’s been inside most of the last two days. So that’s what she’ll do: she’ll take the metro to the Louvre)

Stay tuned.

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Must Start With R and Have At Least 6 Letters

RAISED by Wolves

Jim Goldberg photo essay on child runaways in Seattle, at San Francisco MOMA, 1995:



Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

More Rounded: Scythians at the British Museum and a Cake Decorated With Chocolate Flowers

So many grrreat examples of ROUNDED, everywhere self looks.

First, this from the Scythian Exhibit at the British Museum (The special exhibit is 16.50 GBP, but the rest of the museum is free. This beauty is just standing in the lobby, next to a concession stand):


The Scythians, self learned from the exhibit, were nomads who roamed the wild Russian steppes. Everything of value to them was either made of fur or minted of gold. There are the most intricate golden belt buckles, as well as gold appliqués on thick fur coats.

Moving on:

Last night, self watched a play at The Gielgud: The Ferryman. The play was three hours and 15 minutes, one proper intermission, and a three-minute break to allow the audience to get up and stretch. During the first intermission, they sold Haagen Dasz caramel salt ice cream bars in the stalls (3 GBP)

Searing. The women actors were amazing. As was a live baby, who got onstage to get a diaper change and whose part was very nicely done (Baby never cried)


Display Window, Caffé Concerto, Across from the Gielgud on Shaftesbury Ave.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

ROUNDED: London in the Fall

London is beautiful at any time of year, but this is self’s first time to visit it in the Fall. She had some misgivings, but all of that were thrown out the window when she saw the lovely weather, and the familiar old buildings, and the fewer crowds.

So here, in honor of her first full day in London, three pictures of where she spent the day:

The Science Museum


The Serpentine Pavilion 2017, by Francis Kéré, in Hyde Park


The Serpentine Sackler Gallery, Hyde Park


Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

Rounded: Today at the Brooklyn Museum

It was self’s first time in the Brooklyn Museum.

The first floor had objects selected for an exhibit on the color BLUE. Which was such an interesting concept, self doesn’t think she’s ever seen color so directly addressed by any museum, anywhere (and she’s been to A LOT of museums). The objects ranged from medieval depictions of the Blessed Virgin to work by contemporary artists. That’s where she discovered the two Korean artists mentioned below.


Detail, Robert Longo’s Bullet Hole, at the Brooklyn Museum

The fifth floor was where she found the Robert Longo photograph above, Bullet Hole.


Korean Artist Ran Hwang’s East Wind (2012) at the Brooklyn Museum


Korean Artist Lee Ufan’s Untitled (1973) at the Brooklyn Museum

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.


More Rounded: Still Albuquerque

More pictures from the fabulous Albuquerque trip self took, to attend son’s wedding, two weeks ago:

One of her first stops (post-wedding) was the Albuquerque Museum of Art.

Below, pieces by Jorge de Rivera (born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, 1904, died New York City, 1985) and Paul Sarkisian, current Artist-in-Residence


Jorge de Rivera, Albuquerque Museum of Art


Paul Sarkisian, Artist in Residence, Albuquerque Museum of Art


Garden Wedding (Son and Jennie’s) in Albuquerque Hotel, October 2017

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.


Share Your World: 16 October 2017

How SYW (Share Your World) Works:

Create your post answering the four questions below, then post a link to Cee Neuner’s blog in the comment box.

  1. If you had to move to a country besides the one you currently live in, where would you move and why?
  2. What color would you like your bedroom to be?
  3. What makes you Happy? Make a list of things in your life that bring you joy.
  4. What inspired you or what did you appreciate this past week?

Here are self’s answers:

If you had to move to a country besides the one you currently live in, where would you move and why?

The Philippines, since I grew up there.

England, because I adore theatre and everything related to. And because it’s an easy hop from there to my other favorite country: Ireland.

What color would you like your bedroom to be?

A deep red. The kind I first saw in Edinburgh, in 2012.

What makes you happy? Make a list of things in your life that bring you joy.

  • Discovering new places
  • Visiting museums
  • Being with son, his wife Jennie, and their friends
  • Writing
  • Reading a good book
  • Looking at flowers

What inspired you or what did you appreciate this past week?

Eating Bone Marrow Tapas at Mas Tapas y Vino on 2nd in downtown Albuquerque.

Haven’t had bone marrow in soooo long. Self loved it growing up in the Philippines.




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