The Phenomenon of Art Nouveau in Europe

The Art Nouveau movement began in Europe at the end of the nineteenth century and peaked in the beginning of the twentieth. Art Nouveau means “new art”. The phrase first appeared in the 1880s to describe the work of artists influenced by the Arts and Crafts movement which also incorporated themes from Japanese art and Celtic designs. These artists introduced organic elements such as animals and plants together with floral embellishments and gracefully flowing lines. The movement became popular in 1895 when Siegfried Bing opened L’Art Nouveau, an art gallery in Paris which featured the new style.

A large part of Art Nouveau’s popularity was its blending of art with ordinary life. Art Deco patterns were incorporated into everyday objects such as glassware, textiles, cigarette cases, ceramics, furniture, jewelry, combs and other adornments, and had a strong influence on architecture and interior design as well. Whorls and curlicues were featured in doors, arches, and windows and moldings displayed the floral patterns typical of Art Deco. Interior decorators incorporated the shell and flame motifs borrowed from the Rococo style, and added new natural elements inspired by grasses, insects, ocean waves and seaweed.

Art Nouveau was introduced in Paris in 1894 by Czech artist Alphonse Mucha, best known for his posters and advertisements. His first successful project was a theater poster he designed to advertise a play starring Sarah Bernhardt, the most famous actress in Paris at the time. His poster of the play Gismonda became an instant sensation when it appeared on the streets of Paris. This success led to a contract between Mucha and Bernhardt, and he subsequently designed jewelry, costumes, posters, and theater sets. His posters featured women with long, flowing hair adorned with flowers, and surrounded by curving lines and other organic elements. The style spread throughout Europe, promulgated by such notables as Aubrey Beardsley in England, Charles Rennie Mackintosh in Scotland, Antonio Gaudí in Spain, and Victor Horta in Belgium. Art Deco also achieved popularity in the United States, where Louis Comfort Tiffany incorporated the style in his leaded glass lamps which featured patterns of animals, insects, and plants on brass stands.

Experience the Coast the Bodega Bay Way

Bodega Bay, located just one hour away from San Francisco, California, along the scenic North Highway One, is the ideal place to vacation in a rental home. The perfect way to experience and enjoy the coast, Bodega Bay is a small town that still is a working fishing village.

You can engage in activities, such as visiting local wineries. You can gain easy access to Russian River Wine Road where there are approximately 150 wineries for your visiting pleasure. This includes Sonoma and Napa wineries as well.

Other activities that you can enjoy while staying at your Bodega Bay vacation rental home are hiking, biking, horseback riding, golfing, kite flying and numerous water activities. Some of the water activities that you may enjoy participating in on your Bodega Bay vacation are diving, swimming, surfing, diving, deep sea fishing, boating, whale watching and more.

If shopping and dining are appealing to you then you will not have far to travel to enjoy an array of gourmet restaurants, such, which include fresh seafood in a variety of local area restaurants, such as The Boat House, Blue Water Bistro, Spud Point Crab and Tides Wharf. Enjoy fresh baked goods at Tomales Bakery and Wild Flour Bakery, serving organic, as well as traditional favorites.

Do you enjoy a bit of pampering? Who doesn’t? You can enjoy an assortment of salons and spas, which specialize in hair styling, manicures, pedicures and massages all within close proximity. Osmosis is a well-known favorite and known for their enzyme baths, facials and massage treatments.

Several area art galleries also can be seen on your coastal getaway. These include the Artisan’s Co-Osteoporosis, Dodrill Gallery, Local Color Artist Gallery, Heritage Gallery, Bodega Landmark Studio, Branscomb Gallery and the Ren Brown Gallery.

Anyone cheese lovers out there? You are in for a real treat then when you visit the cheese tours available when you are enjoying your Bodega Bay vacation. Tours are available at several farms that include Bellwether Farms, Spring Hill Jersey Cheese and Cow Girl Creamery.

Your Bodega Bay vacation rental home is also very close to the Sonoma County beaches and parks. You can enjoy sitting at the water’s edge and strolling along the moonlight waters for a relaxing evening out.

Bird watching is a favorite pastime throughout Sonoma County and many enjoy this, as the coast is known to have the best birding watching. You will enjoy watching the antics of the Western Gulls, the Black Oystercatchers and the Semipalmated Plovers, just to name a few.

If you are looking for larger wildlife creatures to behold travel to Safari West where you will be able to view and visit over 400 exotic birds and free roaming cheetahs, antelope, zebras, blue wildebeests and more.

Organic Food in Chiang Mai – Living Healthy While On Thailand Holiday

Have you recently moved to Chiang Mai, are you planning to move there, or are you just planning a trip to this cultural capital of northern Thailand? Are you worried that you will have to pause your super-healthy diet or worse ruin it while on a holiday? Have no fear-the city has enough healthy food and organic supplies to go around, providing for all your diet-conscious grocery needs as well as breakfast, lunch, dinner… all the way down to coffee and ice cream (yes indeed, there is such a thing as organic ice cream as well as fat-free versions). Just walking around the city, or the city’s largest mall the Central Airport Plaza (also known as Robinson Airport Plaza) will spoil you for choice, and that’s just the start.

Suan Pak

This lovely restaurant boasts their very own hydroponic vegetable garden and takes great pride in feeding you those vegetables in innovative, tasty salad dishes that are a fusion of western and Thai salads. Located just next to the Central Airport Plaza. Don’t forget to ask for a tour of their gardens!

Royal Project Outlets

The Royal Project focuses on increasing the living standards of northern hill tribes. One of the ways they do this is by making agricultural produce from said tribes economically viable: Royal Project outlets throughout the country sell these products, which are very much organic and grown on the lofty heights of Doi Suthep, at affordable prices. They range from grocery (fresh vegetables, mushrooms, chili paste, jam, fruit juice) to bakery products including but not limited to excellent cereal arabica biscuits, potato bread, and-when you are lucky enough to catch them during a food fair or exhibition-amazing cake (passion fruit and orange highly recommended). In Chiang Mai, you can find a Royal Project shop at the airport, though there is also another near the University of Chiang Mai.

Rimping Supermarket

Remarkable for its range of imported goods, but also because it sells both fresh groceries from the Royal Project as well as gives support to many local farmers and agricultural firms, giving you an even bigger range to choose from. Many small Thai brands, especially those originating from Chiang Mai and surrounding provinces (Lampang, Lamphun) get their first commercial distribution here. There are at least four branches of Rimping in Chiang Mai, but the three largest ones are located respectively near Central Airport Plaza, near the Mae Ping river by Nawarat Bridge, and in Tarad Ruam Choak.