Work and Play: The Artful Sessions

I had a month to relax and visit friends and loved ones. Even though it was partly work on some days, I did manage to remember to take mobile images of some leisurely moments.

Without inundating you with three hundred photos of food and copious amounts of beautiful clouds amid vibrant and dusky hues, I thought it would be best to consolidate it all. Of course, there will still be plenty of sky footage to view because I am a smidgen obsessed with them, remember? But, perhaps I will leave that to the Instagram uploads.

Here’s a delightful roundup of my end of the summer thumbnails, and few other mobile snapshots of weekly activities from my preceding holiday. Including museum time, architecture and gourmet edibles, which I barely captured because we inhaled most of the food before remembering to document. But, I'm sure you all have been there one time or another. 

I hope you enjoy this artful brew!

I fell in love with much of the artwork at the deYoung-Legion of Honour museum. There was loads to view. This particular exhibition included marvellous French Neoclassical interior architecture in The Salon Doré of the Hôtel de La Trémoille, Henri Matisse's, Matisse and the Artist Book, and The Poetry of Parmigianino's "Schiava Turca," and Masters of Fire: The Copper Age in the Holy Land during the (Chalcolithic period) Copper Stone Age ca. 5500–3500 BC.
Above: intricate golden details; the conservation and restoration was done for the entire Hotel installation. View the video and more information about the complete move here. Lastly, I couldn't resist the photo beside the statue out front of Auguste Rodin's The Thinker, which was first conceived circa 1880–1881 as a depiction of the poet Dante. The first over-life-size augmentation was displayed at the Salon of 1904.
Neptune Fountain-Schloss Schönbrunn taken in Vienna, This wooden hand-carved elephant from Ghana was a new family piece gifted to me to add to our home, Visiting the Clock Tower of Prague, Another trip to Österreich (Austria) in Linz near my sister's Hall, An inside photo taken of the Hotel exhibit with much reflective light.
 
A random in-flight sky snapshot, Listening to now: Young Summer album is pretty great. Her voice is really lovely, somewhat soothing indie-pop-esque, which made for a good in-between music mix on the plane, Our family crawfish seafood feast waiting for us upon arrival and it was incredibly delicious, A weeknight easy dinner of spicy cod/fish tacos.

More paintings from the museum, An early morning desert hike, The chandelier in the Salon Doré, Enjoying a night out at a Moroccan restaurant (alarming flash attack), Gourmet snacks with a truffle cheese platter of indulgence (tasted heavenly), Inside details of our Moroccan dining with silk threads, and mosaic art, Nightscape colours from the sky on an evening drive to the hotel, Weekend fairgrounds and sitting up high in the sky on a ride at the carnival with my nephew.

Gallery: beautiful tea station with embellished artwork on display, Home cooked dinner preparations with roasted brussels sprouts (and a mushroom risotto side), Californian palm trees, An in-flight farewell snapshot.

Well, I've adjusted settling back into waking up early. I'll likely be focussed on getting back to my normal workout routine, because I also had too many incredible curries, succulent seafood pastas, and fresh baked bread. However, life is about enjoying it, and I have no regrets!

What did you enjoy most this summer? 

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42 comments

  1. Morning Madison! For sure, I do enjoy all your pics, actually seeing them in this Mon morning killed me, miss the summertime so bad now!:) You look lovely as well and Im glad you had a nice time. Many kisses! xo

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  2. Vix Brearley20 October, 2014

    What a beautiful start to a Monday morning! Too many curries? That's my life when I don't go anywhere! xxx

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  3. Lots of beautiful places, gorgeous photos :))) Am glad you had a wonderful time!! Have a sweet week xx

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  4. Lovely roundup, Madison! Wow! You've been busy, and have seen so many awesome things:)

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  5. What a trip! So wonderful... x

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  6. Wow you have seen so wonderful things, jealous with you girl. Not feeling well...you look sooo cute, Glad you had wonderful time. Kisses <3

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  7. Elsie Davies20 October, 2014

    Great photos Madison. I love the elephant carving from Ghana. xoxo

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  8. I absolutely agree. I don't understand people who are obsessed with eating "healthy" only. Maybe it's wrong what I am saying, but honestly, how could you miss all the amazing food that is waiting out there, haha. Anyways, the photos are lovely. Especially the travel ones!


    sunandsany

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  9. Oh to Be a Muse20 October, 2014

    Swooning over the hand carved elephant from Ghana. That is pretty awesome. I actually have something similar on my wall. And I have a Big 5 display from South Africa too. Lovely art.

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  10. Love the museum art pictures and ur leopard tunic!! Hope you are having a wonderful day!
    -Jyoti
    Style Delights Blog

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  11. Glam up your Lifestyle20 October, 2014

    Deine Museums-Fotos sind klasse. Das erinnert mich daran, dass ich mal wieder in ein Museum gehen möchte. Danke für die Inspiration. Auch mit deinem Outfit.

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  12. Ich war schon sehr lange in keinem Museum :(((( Wirklich tolle Fotos! Deine Schuhe sind toll :)
    liebe Grüße

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  13. Thank you for sharing this lovely dosage of art, food and pretty scenery Madison. It must've been such a treat to see that beautiful art and design in person.

    Rowena @ rolala loves

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  14. Couture Trend20 October, 2014

    Omg... amazing pictures.

    Cultureandtrend

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  15. Allie Mackin21 October, 2014

    Oh the museum looked great. My New Year's resolution this year is going to be getting to more museums and galleries.

    Allie of ALLIE NYC

    www.allienyc.com

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  16. i love that outdoor sculpture. so pretty. ahhhh, i love crawfish madison. those looked delicious. i really enjoyed seeing the princess diana exhibition this summer.

    http://www.averysweetblog.com/

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  17. Beautiful photos.
    http://sophialastyles.blogspot.co.uk/

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  18. So happy that you had a month to visit and relax! Looks like it was fantastic and you got to do so much! Love the art and museums! The buildings look like they have so much history to them! Those fish tacos look so delicious!


    Rebecca
    www.winnipegstyle.ca

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  19. A whole month away to relax and spend time with loved ones? How absolutely wonderful - you're a lucky lady, Madison. Based on these snapshots, it looks like you truly enjoyed yourself, fresh baked bread, curries and all. And that really is what life is all about :)
    xox,
    Cee

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  20. Erika Sorocco21 October, 2014

    That tea station is so charming! What a brilliant way to spend your summer vacay, Madison!!

    xx

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  21. Great collection of photos with art, food and travel. This summer was without sea but with lots of outs to the mountains. xoxo

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  22. I like doing cultural escapes like these, they make you look at the present from a different point of view. So inspiring!

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  23. looks like you had a great summer

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  24. Bella Pummarola22 October, 2014

    Beautiful shots! I really enjoyed this post :)

    http://bellapummarola.blogspot.it

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  25. Hi Lola, dankeschön!
    Liebe Grüße, Madison xx

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  26. Exactly! Thanks for your comment. Glad that you liked my photos. :)

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  27. Thanks, Cheryl, it was definitely a special piece to add to our collection! :)

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  28. I knew you would understand, yes that crawfish was amazing. hehe. Thanks Kim!

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  29. Thanks Rebecca! I had an incredible time. I try to make art always apart of my holidays. :) x

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  30. It was marvellous, thanks so much for your comment Cee! xx

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  31. Thanks Mica! It was great!

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  32. Sounds lovely! Thanks for your comment. :) xo

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  33. I agree, there is so much to see, and it was really nice too! Thanks for your comment Anouk!

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  34. Thanks dear Lilli, I appreciate your sweet comments. xx

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  35. Haha, I knew you would understand, thanks! Yes, aren't curries the best? x

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  36. Thanks dear. I hope you're feeling better now. xx

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  37. Cla, Danke! Ich bin froh, dass Sie inspiriert wurden.
    Liebe Grüße,
    Madison xx

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  38. Dressed with soul23 October, 2014

    Liebe Madison, ah, Du warst in Linz! Dort war ich früher öfter, denn die Zentrale der Firma für die ich gearbeitet habe, war in dieser Stadt. Und das Museum hätte mir auch gefallen :) Schön siehst Du wieder aus in Deinem Look mit dem Leo-Shirt! Ich bin diesen Sommer viel gewandert und wir haben schöne Ausflüge in Bayern und nach Österreich gemacht.

    Alles Liebe von Rena


    www.dressedwithsoul.com

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  39. really lovely photos! it looks like you had a magnificent time!


    rae of love from berlin

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  40. Liebe Rena, Oh, verpassten wir uns gegenseitig. Vielleicht können wir einen Zeitpunkt in der Zukunft gerecht zu werden. <3
    Alles Liebe von Madison

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