Northeastern France and some Germany, January 15

I eagerly checked email first thing to see what Capital One would tell me. I’m supposed to call again, collect (but on a prepaid cell? A Swiss one at that?????). They’re worried about fraud, despite my call and my filing an online travel advice. They don’t seem to understand how phones work (or not) — or else these are still folks in the Philippines who don’t understand how Americans do business. I’ve now sent back and forth several messages, including a note to catch my blog, since they think this is fraud. Security can be overdone.

This morning Jacqueline and I set out to visit three glass museums: the Lalique Museum in Wingen-sur-Moder, the Centre International d’Art Verrier in Meisenthal and the Musée du Cristal at St.-Louis-lès-Bitche (very important to note “lès-Bitche” because it turns out there are a lot of St. Louis in France). We ended up at the Lalique Museum first — closed for the rest of January. Who would expect that??? Then we went to Meisenthal, to find it also closed, too, but with unclear instructions as to when it would be open in January. We got lucky with the Musée du Cristal-St. Louis. It’s renovated inside an old building. It looks like you can watch them work, but no one was today. The museum has quite a lot of crystal, with explanations of techniques and the history. Unfortunately, no photos of any kind are allowed.

Glass snowman outside the Musée du Cristal in St. -Louis-lès-Bitche

Glass snowman outside the Musée du Cristal in St. -Louis-lès-Bitche

Stained glass butterfly, one of two as you enter St.-Louis-lès-Bitche

Stained glass butterfly, one of two as you enter St.-Louis-lès-Bitche

Church up on a hill in St.-Louis-lès-Bitche

Church up on a hill in St.-Louis-lès-Bitche

Since we were close to the border of Germany, we went to Zweibrücken, to the Style Outlets. Pretty much every big-name clothing manufacturer is there, from Versace to Ralph Lauren. We shopped and had lunch — Jacqueline soup and me noodles with tomato sauce and grated Emmenthal cheese — and a hair that wasn’t my color. My lunch was free in the end AND we were invited for coffee, which we would otherwise have had elsewhere.

We had an uneventful drive back. Jacqueline looked at the items I’d brought to show and is trying to get me organized (for a change) and coming up with some ideas on how best to display pieces. I brought:
– five color enlargements of pieces
– two framed pieces (Red

Red, fused glass with mica, mounted over mirror, by Diane C Taylor

Red, fused glass with mica, mounted over mirror, by Diane C Taylor

and Mustangs across the Desert

Mustangs Across the Desert, fused glass by Diane C Taylor

Mustangs Across the Desert, fused glass by Diane C Taylor

along with a new piece, Looking Through the Leaves, which I don’t have photos of (The stand was just made by Tucson metal artist James Meador.)
– a few necklaces and some pins that are like the French flag. – Jacqueline asked me to make a picture frame like the French flag — I brought two, because I wasn’t super happy with the way they turned out. She has a plant stake from my last visit that I’ll borrow. And she got a plant to put it in. The mayor’s office in Seichamps is providing a table and some grids. I have my laptop with a slide show of pieces. And it’s supposed to be show, not sell. Still, I hope I have enough cards with me.

According to today’s forecasts, it may snow over the weekend, when this show is to be held. We’ll see…

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