Google’s Art Project Brings the Museum to You

Vintage photo of man standing facing away at the start of an elaborate Versailles hall. A Yank in Versailles / World Telegram & Sun photo by Bert Brandt, 1944. Image courtesy Library of Congress.

Stuck at home in deep thundersnow? Google can help you break the monotony. Yesterday Google launched its new Art Project, which combines its Street View technology controls with inside views—literally—of 17 major art museums from around the world.

The Best Places to Travel in the U.S. in 2011

Whether you’re a budget-conscious family or a couple looking for a romantic getaway, you’re sure to find an ideal vacation spot in the U.S. this year. To help point you in the right direction, here are Laura Martone’s picks for the top U.S. travel destinations in 2011.

Rodin Under the Mango Trees

When I first heard about the plans to open a Rodin museum in my adopted hometown of Salvador, the idea struck me as something straight out of a Gabriel Garcia Márquez novel. However, this was no piece of fiction and, in 2006, Brazil’s first Museu Rodin was inaugurated just a few blocks away from me in the leafy midst of the staid, old money, residential neighborhood of Graça.