Dear artblog readers, I will be absent for two weeks for some R&R in Germany and Paris. Stay cool (if there’s a heatwave) or warm (if there’s a cooling spell). I will post some pictures periodically and will have a report when I return. Below are a couple shots from our apartment windows in Karlsruhe, where Steve is visiting professor for the summer and Stella and I are visiting the visitor.
Steve’s apartment is on Turmbergstrasse. And when they use berg in that name they are not kidding. Its a minor mountain you have to climb to get up here. We are not on the tip top of the mountain and there is a tram line, which originated in 1888, and a tower atop the mountain!
Karlsruhe is higher longitudinally than Philadelphia (which lines up roughly with Rome, for comparison). There is some Mediterranean influence which keeps it moist, and the plants love it. Right now the lilacs are blooming in the backyard — what a treat for the eye.
That is it for now. I am looking forward to going to the ZKM museum, which opens a show of Matthew Day Jackson tonight.
I just read the Susan Orlean piece in the New Yorker (read part of it here) about treadmill desks and I Want One! Ciao, bambini!