Gulbenkian!

U.S. by us

Seven hills and so many neighborhoods and directions to explore. We were headed to the Gulbenkian Museum. We walked uphill (no surprise) this time on not so steep an incline. The road was wide with a center tree-lined walking area. It had the feel of Fifth, Madison and Park Avenues all rolled into one, filled with designer stores, upscale cafés and even a magnificent wall mosaic sculpture.We turned to a quieter street and found a walled park; this was the entrance to the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum and grounds. The Museum is spread across two buildings on a park campus with an amphitheater, ponds and brooks, and lots of quiet places to sit and reflect.

Both the permanent collection and the special exhibitions were filled with incredible works and examples of fine art from all around the globe.Who was this incredible collector and why and how did it end…

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