Mirzo Ulugbek

Ulugbek of Uzbekistan—reaching for the stars

Recent travels in Central Asia introduced me to one of the most famous Uzbeks I never heard of: Mirzo Ulugbek – Uzbekistan’s “Great Observer”....
“Maman”, Louise Bourgeois, Riehen, Switzerland

2011–My year in art

“Maman”, Louise Bourgeois, Riehen, Switzerland “One has to take several different shots of a subject, from different points of view and in different situations, as...
Detail from 15th-century Koran, Uzbekistan

The Met’s new Islamic wing

This is a slice of a page from a monumental rendering of the Koran, from present-day Uzbekistan. Almost as tall as a door, it...
Frangipani, Cheoung Ek killing fields, Cambodia

The day I met Bou Meng

Frangipani wafted in the early morning air and butterflies were everywhere, when I visited Cheoung Ek, the best known of Cambodia’s infamous killing fields.   The...
Place François-Rude, Dijon, France

I heart Dijon (Burgundy)

  Place François-Rude is at the heart of Dijon’s pedestrian zone. The capital of Burgundy is visitor-friendly, its compact historical center chock-a-block with parks and...
The David, Piazzale Michelangelo, Florence, Italy

Fine-tuning Florence

The #12 bus from Santa Maria Novella station rounds the Fortezza da Basso, then turns back and crosses the Arno, before winding its way...
Car bursting through the wall by Birgit Kinder-East Side Gallery, Berlin, Germany

Berlin’s East Side Gallery–Thank you GDR

See more works by Birgit Kinder The art to be found in Berlin's old eastern quarters is the stuff of legend. The venerable museums on...
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