Bernini is often associated with the magnificence of Baroque Rome - and so he should be. Pope Urban VIII is said to have told him "You are made for Rome and Rome is made for you".
Just like I wrote practically a mini love letter to Paris, I could also write one to Rome. These European cities are so beautiful, and it is helped completely by the way they are enshrined in literature, film and other forms of popular culture.
In the nineteenth century, Paris became the city of modernity. But art, it seemed, needed to catch up - and Baudelaire's call for artists to paint modern life is truly evident at the d'Orsay.
Whilst Leonardo is undoubtedly one of the stars of the Louvre, there is a tendency to forget its other treasures - which can often be discovered by accident on your way to finding something on the museum map.
The Louvre... absolutely huge, it used to be a royal palace. It comprises three wings, several floors and several thousand objects, with the crowning jewel often perceived to be Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa.
Audrey Hepburn is often quoted as saying "Paris is always a good idea". Why are we so in love with this beautiful historic city?
I used to think art was just pretty pictures – particularly when you see portraits of glamorous women in country houses. My personal favourite when I was younger was a beautiful portrait of a woman in the study of Sudbury Hall who was wearing a pink dress and holding a huge pink feather – mainly…