Gustav Klimt and The Kiss

The Kiss by Gustav Klimt is my absolute favorite painting in the world. 

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The Kiss by Gustav Klimt

How and why do I love it so much? Let me count the ways.*

1. The colors – Look at all of that gold! Painted during Klimt’s “Golden Period,” the beautiful sparks of gold on the painting call out to the viewer, luring you further into the painting and the kiss.

2. The subject matter – Love!

3. The expression – Complete, utter happiness. There is nowhere else in the world that she’d rather be than in his arms.

4. The embrace – The world’s most tender two-dimensional hug

5. The kiss itself – The sweetness of the kiss is what I think I love the most.  It’s a simple kiss on the cheek, and yet there is an incredible amount of love, passion, and happiness that is represented in this simple act.

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Gardens at the Belvedere Museum in Vienna, Austria

One of the most thoughtful housewarming gifts that I’ve received was a printed canvas of The Kiss from my favorite Englishman. As I opened the package and saw the beautiful kiss and enraptured look of the lovers, I couldn’t help but sigh and stare. I have The Kiss in my apartment!

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What better way to start off the day than with champagne and Klimt?

You can view “The Kiss” in person at the Belvedere Museum in Vienna.

Prinz Eugen-Straße 27, 1030 Vienna

Austria

*Major props if you got my reference to Elizabeth Barrett Brownings poem, “How do I Love Thee?” (Sonnet 43).

Blenheim Palace: An English Paradise

Last weekend, I had the pleasure of visiting beautiful England.  I fall more in love with this incredible country every time I go. Though, it is impossible not to feel this way, especially if you get a chance to visit to the magnificent Blenheim Palace.

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Blenheim Palace

My handsome Englishman had the brilliant idea of taking a drive over to the palace, and I could not have been happier!  I am a huge Downton Abbey fan, so visiting a palace like my beloved Downton was a dream come true! To be honest, Blenheim Palace is even more beautiful than Highclere Castle, I think…and that’s saying a lot. I will have to visit Highclere this spring in order to confirm, though.

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Blenheim grounds

It was a crisp, gorgeous day; we got so lucky with the weather! The lawns were a bright green that I am convinced can be found only in England.  Walking around the palace and the grounds made me feel like I was in a movie or a dream. It turns out that the house is actually where Sir Winston Churchill was born and where he spent a good part of his life growing up.  There was a fascinating Churchill Exhibition, which I really enjoyed. For those interested in English history, Sir Winston Churchill, and/or World War II, this is definitely a place to visit.

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Queen Pool and Lake

The palace grounds are also the location of the Blenheim Triathlon, which takes place this coming year on June 9 – 10, 2013.  The park and grounds are open year-round for visitors.  It’s a lovely place to walk, run, and take your family  (dogs, too!). There is a little train that kids will love, though the picturesque setting and open fields are more than enough to keep everyone happy and entertained.

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A beautifully decorated Blenheim Palace

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The Gardens at Blenheim Palace

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Water gardens at Blenheim Palace

After a fascinating tour of the castle, take a stroll around the water gardens. Finish the day by treating yourself to a glass of champagne and a delicious mince pie, and enjoy the view.

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A marvelous end to the day at Blenheim Palace

Blenheim Palace
Woodstock
Oxfordshire OX20 1PP

http://www.blenheimpalace.com/