Monday, December 30, 2013

My Top 7 Posts of 2013

Y’all, 2013 is over in less than 36 hours. WHERE DID IT GO?

While my frequency in posting has slacked off a little thanks to the fatigue of growing a human, I think A Sense of Place has had a lot of useful, engaging posts this year. ArtSmart is always popular and there were some others, too.

Without further ado, the top 7 posts this year:

1.) 12 Tips for Visiting Dublin


I put this guide together ahead of TBEX Dublin. It’s been a few years since I studied there, but I’ve been back often enough to remember what’s not so obvious for first timers.

2.) Chartres Cathedral in 18 Photos



My second favorite church in France (after Sainte-Chapelle). In fact, my undergrad advisor has written books about the stained glass here as most is original Gothic. This was one of my favorite days on our Paris trip, and I took plenty of photos while I was there.

3.) ArtSmart Roundtable: The Best Hidden Museum in Paris Is All Architecture


This museum isn’t on the “must-see” lists in guidebooks or listicles, but I think it is an absolutely fantastic museum for architecture geeks. It’s in the Trocadero complex directly across from the Eiffel Tower, so you have some amazing views before you’re even inside.

4.) Arancello Rosso Recipe

Infusing vodka with blood orange peels.

I mean, a recipe for booze. What more do you want? While I missed blood orange season when we went to Rome, I did sample limoncello…quite often.

5.) ArtSmart Roundtable: Medieval Monks Had a Sense of Humor

Unknown  Italian, about 1460 - 1480  Tempera colors, gold leaf, and ink on parchment  23 3/4 x 17 5/16 in.  MS. LUDWIG VI 2

Italian, about 1460 – 1480
Tempera colors, gold leaf, and ink on parchment
23 3/4 x 17 5/16 in.

Many of people think of medieval art as all religious and that the artists must’ve been pious and stuffy. Actually, you can find a lot of ridiculous images, raunchy images, and hilarious ones, too. Plus monks would write jokes and poems in the margins of manuscripts.

6.) Gin and Tonic Cupcakes

cocktail, cupcake, booze cake

My favorite cocktail in cupcake form. Because gin.

7.) Street Art in Paris

political art, street art, Marais

While you can easily spend weeks inside museums and churches in Paris, there’s plenty of art to see outside on walls and fences. Be sure to look around you instead of hurrying from one place to another.

Those are 2013’s top posts. The year went by so fast, but it was full of so many wonderful trips and experiences. I can’t wait for what 2014 will hold!


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4 Responses to “My Top 7 Posts of 2013”

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    Christina — December 30, 2013 @ 7:48 pm

    Your “The Best Hidden Museum in Paris Is All Architecture” post is absolutely one of my favorites. The architectural bliss really comes through 😀

    Good luck growing that human! 😉

    • ehalvey replied: — December 30th, 2013 @ 9:39 pm

      Thanks 🙂 I really geeked out at that museum, haha.

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    Hogga — January 2, 2014 @ 12:53 pm

    happy new year!

    • ehalvey replied: — January 4th, 2014 @ 10:12 am

      Happy New Year to you, too!

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