#94 Update: Carter and Toledo

While in Atlanta in May making a video of Charlie Brouwer’s Rise Up Atlanta, I found a couple of hours to visit the Carter Center, which was just a few blocks away. It’s a beautiful building, half museum and half activity center, which the Carter foundation operates out of. The museum part begins with a biographical movie — narrated by Martin Sheen, no less — and includes lots of well-designed exhibits and displays. The highest praise is reserved for the Camp David peace accords, but there’s a lot of other worthy info about the Carter years as well.  For example, when the President announced the U. S. boycott of the 1980 Moscow Olympics, it was in part because a significant number of Olympic athletes wanted him to do just that. Didn’t know that…

Recently I had a chance to visit the Toledo Museum of Art, a place I have never been to before, even though it’s just an hour away from my home.  I met my friend Jay down there (nice lunch at the museum cafe) and was really surprised as to how expansive the facility is… it’s really a world-class museum in terms of size and collection.

There's a whole separate pavilion for glass items only!

Detail from a VanGogh piece:

There’s a cool cloister that is comprised of four different types of columns, sourced from four different locations in Europe. The setting made me think of the cloister in the early scenes of The Sound of Music, but maybe that’s just something for movie dorks like me.

All in all, it’s really a great museum; perfect place to spend a day…

About John

Part-time blogger, full-time geek from southeastern Michigan. Disney fan, cyclist, watcher of too many movies for my own good.
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