The Grand (Golden) Tour
you ever read about the days of the Grand Tour - the idea of
young people spending several months in Europe, absorbing enough
Culture to last 'em a lifetime before returning home to 'settle
down'... Wouldn't that be lovely?
did travel to Europe when I was young enough to be able to get
a Working Holiday visa - the problem being I spent so much time
working, I only managed to see that which was accessible at
the major galleries in London & Paris - so there's still
so much to see. And where to start? How to find those out-of-the-way
cultural treasures that are still located where they belong,
as opposed to having been ripped from their intended home to
be conveniently located for intensive viewing by city dwellers
and hurried tourists?
I'd love to visit the sources I've used to make these collages,
and I guess the first stage in planning that dream journey is
to work out where they all are.
thinking that perhaps local Golden Tarot fans who are lucky
enough to live near where the paintings are may be willing to
act as virtual tour guides, submitting first-hand accounts,
photos, local advice to help Golden tourists and the like.
first step will be to enter all of the source information into
a spreadsheet so I can sort it by country, and then by city,
town or region. Then, I'll start a page for each local area,
listing the sources and how and where you can access them (if
they're open to the public, that is). I could also add links
to other sites of local interest.
you happen to live near any of the sources, or even have just
been a tourist in any of the locations and have stories to tell
that may be helpful to others interested in seeing the sources
'in the flesh' then drop me an email on email@example.com.
only just discovered that the late and much-missed Brian Williams
(author/artist of the Renaissance Tarot etc) hosted two incredible
Tarot Tours in Italy.
accounts by several of Tarot's royalty:
Ando, US: www.tarotpassages.com/bw-ando.htm
K. Greer, US: home.pacbell.net/mkgreer/TarotTour.html
Fern Mercier, NZ: www.tarot.net.nz/pages/talk.htm
Ovenall and Georg Patterson, US: www.funnystrange.com/italy/
I doubt these tours could ever be equalled, but at least there's
a path to follow :)