The famous (and huge) Louvre art museum in Paris was once a palace, so one doesn’t just look at paintings. Architectural splendor abounds. Most of it is quite ornamental and historic, so imagine my surprise at seeing this ceiling in one of the galleries! This tribute to Greek discoveries in science fit with the Greco-Roman […]Read More Squares of Blue: Surprise at the Louvre
Frank Jansen at Dutch Goes the Photo has selected worship as his photo challenge theme for Holy Week. I share the sadness of the world for the devastating fire at Notre-Dame de Paris. But there are many holy places around the world that inspire awe where people worship. Below are photos of worship from Judaism, […]Read More Worship in the Middle East
Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge this week is all about textures. As the icicles on my house melt in a freeze-thaw cycle, the dripping water forms little ice bubbles on the snow-ice on the porch steps below. I took a photo of a wall at the Field Museum in Chicago yesterday, because it LOOKS textured. It’s […]Read More CFFC: Texture
December 25, 2018 The Egyptian Antiquities Museum in Cairo is a huge neoclassical building which is home to the world’s largest collection of ancient Egyptian artifacts. The collection contains over 100,000 pieces, so it is said that if you spend just one minute on each piece, it would take over nine months to complete the […]Read More Journey to Egypt, Part 5: Cairo Museum of Egyptian Antiquities
June 16, 2018 Heading northeast toward Chicago, we passed up Towanda, which has a couple of sites worth mentioning; mainly “A Geographical Journey” Parkway with interpretive kiosks along the road, and Towanda Dead Man’s Curve, part of the original 66 before the 1940s and now on Old Route 4. We intended to stop in Lexington […]Read More Getting Our Kicks: Homeward Bound (Route 66, Day 9-Part 2)
In Evanston is a small museum that most residents don’t even know exists. We didn’t either, until Open House Chicago listed it in the sites to tour in Evanston. In fact, I didn’t know what a Toby jug was. Nevertheless, located at 910 Chicago Ave. in Evanston, IL, the museum hosts thousands of visitors per […]Read More Open House Chicago-Part 4: The American Toby Jug Museum
The theme for Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge this week is: Funny. I looked through my photos to see which ones really made me laugh. Here’s what I came up with. Fish mailbox (Dempster Ave., Des Plaines) Speaking of fish, here are fish and duck Toby jugs: Dog Toby jugs: (If you are scratching your head, […]Read More CFFC: Make Me Laugh!
After leaving Uranus, we finally arrived at Devils Elbow Bridge. Our AAA guide said, “This 1920s-era bridge takes the original 66 roadway across the Big Piney River. Named for the tight bend in the river, the bridge and adjacent town were (and still are) considered one of the most scenic spots on the route.” After […]Read More Getting our kicks in Missouri: Vacuum Cleaners, Murals and Bridges – Day 8 (Part 2)
Lens-Artists’ photo challenge this week is: BIG Can Be Beautiful Too! Denali – Tallest mountain in the Western Hemisphere (Denali National Park, Alaska, 2016) American Eagle Roller Coaster made out of Legos, using 14,500 Lego bricks with 9,300 feet of track (Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago, 2017) Big statue being carved out of rock […]Read More BIG Can Be Beautiful!
June 14, 2018 Catoosa, OK has at least 3 attractions worth stopping for: Interested in river history? Arkansas River Historical Society Museum, 5350 Cimarron Rd., Catoosa, OK Ready for a hike and a picnic? Redbud Valley Nature Preserve, 16150 Redbud Dr., Catoosa, OK Want to see something kitschy (hokey) that has even appeared on a […]Read More Getting Our Kicks with Route 66 Kitsch (Day 7, Part 2)