I was invited to attend the Pardon at St. Anne la Palud in France where St. Anne, the Virgin Mary’s mother, is patron saint of Brittany. Gauguin joined many famous Breton artists in painting this beautiful tribute! At St. Anne la Palud this year a visiting bishop of Notre Dame in Paris joins the thousands in procession up the hill to Pardon the earth and the sea!
She was the attraction of the third largest pilgrimage site in Europe after Rome and Compostela’s “Way of Santiago.” The Black Virgin of Pribram (Příbram) still reigns over a beautiful cathedral just outside of Prague.
I have just led a private tour for ten of the Dibner Library of Science and Technology, one of the most fascinating of the twenty-one Smithsonian Libraries. Here’s one of my favorite documents – Sir Issac Newton’s notes, written in his kitchen garden in Cambridge. The librarians brought this document out when we were giving an earlier private tour to the ambassador of the Czech Republic and the Have
Artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser designed a magical house, now a museum, where I used to have lunch when I lived in Vienna writing The Magic Circle. (The photos at end are the cardboard admission tickets to the museum.)