Recently I asked a few of my friends (and admired artsy acquaintances) to pretend they had time to go through an old trunk of memories. "If you could be whisked away by private jet, just for a day, what old haunt would you return to? Inspiration, not shopping, is the purpose of the adventure."
First I'll share my friend Cameron's picks: classic spots in Europe.
"During the year I lived in Paris, I frequently went to Sainte-Chapelle to see the amazing stained glass. During World War II, every single piece was removed, catalogued, packaged and stored in a safe house so that the bombings would not destroy it. There is no place like it...gives me chills every time."
"If I could only visit one museum, it would be L'Orangerie. It is tiny but has a great collection of Cezannes and Gauguins. There is also a beautiful installation of Monet's water lilies in the basement."
"I applied a few times to go and see the original cave of Lascaux, but was not accepted. Really only French scholars and PhD level archeologists or art historians ever get to go. I think it would be so cool to visit."
"You know what else I would really love to do? Be the only person in the Sistine Chapel. It is jammed with tourists, and I'd love to have it empty and just lay in the middle of the floor and stare at the ceiling. But probably what I like the most is simply touring down random streets anywhere in Europe. Every corner seems to hold little gems...well, back to reality and more laundry..."
BTW: The textile-covered trunks above are from Guinevere in London. They are yet another thing I read about going through all those back issues of Selvedge. According to journalist Beth Smith, the textiles expert, Heather Weaver, sources antiques such as Indian dhurries (heavy flat-woven cotton or wool cloths) that are used to cover bespoke steamer trunks.
View of Paris, courtesy Mary Laura
Sainte-Chapelle images are from the site linked here
Monet's Water Lilies courtesy Allie Caulfield
Lascaux image is courtesy the French Ministry of Culture and Communication