Welcome to my travel blog!

In exactly one month, I will be embarking on a 2-week mission to retrace the footsteps of my grandfather, Monuments Man, James J. Rorimer.

I was originally inspired to make this journey back in 2009 when Robert M. Edsel published his bestselling book “The Monuments Men.” Inside the front cover there was a map with a detailed route of my grandfather’s path during World War II. Everything was already mapped out! It was a trip begging to be taken! Then, in February 2014, with the release of the major motion picture and a heightened sense of awareness about the importance of this previously untold story, I decided that it was time to begin my own research project, as Monuments Girl!

The purpose of this trip is to learn about my family history and also to gain a deeper understanding of world history and what has been coined as, “the greatest treasure hunt on earth.” It is my hope that seeing and experiencing these places in person will make history come alive.

My primary sources will be Robert Edsel’s book “The Monuments Men,” Lynn Nicholas’ book “The Rape of Europa,” James J. Rorimer’s book “Survival: The Salvage and Protection of Art in War,” and wartime letters written by my grandfather.

Come, follow me! Let’s discover this story together!


20 thoughts on “Welcome to my travel blog!

  1. Sarah, what a wonderful testament to your grandfather! I look forward to reading about your thoughts and impressions as your journey unfolds! I’m sure your grandparents would be very proud of you as you undertake this project to learn more about your family heritage! Cousin Jon

    • Thanks Cousin Jon! So glad you’ve tuned in! K.K. always championed my grandfather’s work, so I know she’d be pleased with the recent buzz and the fact that the story is out there now!

  2. Excited to read about your trip and all you uncover about your family history – and the history of the art rescued in WWII! – Marisol

  3. I’m looking forward to reading about your adventures! You’re such an intrepid explorer and thoughtful writer, I’m so glad you’re combining these two passions here on this blog. I hope you post lots of photos too! XO, Alycia

  4. Why am I not surprised that you have taken on this mission?
    You are a beautiful bundle of energy with a love of learning to boot. Good luck. I look forward to reading how your journey enfolds.

  5. Félicitations Sarah, ton blog est super! ~ Bon voyage et amuse-toi bien ~
    I’m looking forward to read about your experiences, impressions and feelings….

  6. Excellent work! I was in Paris in May and one of my stops was to go to the Jeu de Palme and as luck would have it, the museum was closed for renovations. I read The Monuments Men, those men and women contributed greatly to saving a part of our civilization and you have done your grandfather proud by your Monuments Girl journey.

    Bill Hampton Twsp., NJ

      • Your welcome Sarah. I’m looking forward to future blogs. I am a history professor and I have used sources from The Monuments Men in my lectures. Keep up the good work.

      • Hi Sarah, since we corresponded last, (can’t believe it’s been two years!) I have started a World war Two and Holocaust Center at the college where I teach. I would like very much for you to come and speak to us about the Monuments Men and your grandfather. I have Robert Edsel’s books in my collection for the Center. Let me know. Thanks.
        Bill Lorenzo
        Senior Adjunct Professor of History
        Director, World War Two and Holocaust Center
        Warren County Community College
        Washington, NJ

  7. Your adventure has “legs.” Are you thinking of going to speak? What a nice tribute to you and your grandfather.
    I will babysit Em if you would like Allegra to go with you and she can be persuaded. (any excuse to babysit I can find or manufacture)
    Is Em not a “hoot and a holler” now that he is talking more. What a delight! He puts a smile in my heart.
    I hope you get to see him on Sundays, “Auntie” Sarah.
    All the best,

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