The Escadaria Selarón

The Escadaria Selarón is a beautiful work of art bordering the neighborhood of Lapa in Rio de Janeiro. It consists of 215 steps, leading to the Convent of Santa Teresa. The artist, Jorge Sealrón, moved to Lapa in the 1980s, where he fell in love with the Brazilian culture and decided to stay. In 1990, [...]

The Palace of Versailles

The Palace of Versailles was absolutely beautiful. This elaborate structure has a history as rich as the royals who once resided there, and has served various roles in French society across the decades.   Dauphin, the future Louis XIII, first came to Versailles for a hunting trip in 1607.  At the time, Versailles was just [...]

The True Beauty of the Musée d’Orsay

Our first evening in Paris, we visited the Musée d'Orsay. Constructed in a former train station and hotel, this place holds awe-inspiring works, such as those of Monet and Van Gogh. It really made me appreciate the higher level of human understanding that art allows us to access. At first, looking at paintings can seem [...]

What Makes Korean Pottery So Unique?

Korea is renowned for its beautiful pottery, and its interesting to see how their distinct style formed over time. Early Neolithic pottery had narrow bases, a shape that can be seen in much later ceramics as well. They often included “comb patterns”, featuring parallel lines and dots.   Specimens from the Silla (57 BCE – 935 [...]