Wednesday, November 30, 2011
This is the Excelsior House Hotel in Jefferson, Texas. It has been open since 1850 and boasts some impressive names in it's register, and the best orange blossom muffins for two hundred miles! Oscar Wilde, two US presidents, Grant and Hayes and a first lady who grew up nearby, Lady Bird Johnson have all spent the night here.
If you make a reservation be sure you ask for one of the historic rooms (the others are tiny). I have stayed in the Hayes room and it's grand.
Steven Spielberg was a guest back in the 1970's in the Jay Gould room. Rumor has it he was visited by a hotel "spirit" was frightened and checked out before daybreak!
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
If you ever find yourself in east Texas, stop over in Jefferson. It is a sweet little place with an abundance of restored Victorian homes, many that are B&B's and Inns. It was a river port back in the mid 1800. Barges would come up from New Orleans on the Big Cypress Bayou.The town (like so many others) almost dried up when it was by- passed by the trains later in that century. The Schluter home pictured here is on the ever popular ghost tour...more about that tomorrow
Saturday, November 26, 2011
Attended the one woman play "Ann" last night in Chicago. Ann is Ann Richards the second woman Governor of the state of Texas. This lighthearted portrayal of the strong willed, opinionated , home grown Texas lady was delightfully acted out by talented actress Holland Taylor who also wrote the play.
Friday, November 25, 2011
We are visiting our youngest daughter in Chicago. Katy loves to cook so I was just a "helper" when it came to cooking the huge Thanksgiving meal. To start the day off...she served a delicious, healthy layered baked oatmeal. The bottom layer was sliced bananas..and I lost count after that. I know there were sliced apples, blueberries , oatmeal, maple syrup, and pecans. It sure was good!
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Monday, November 21, 2011
Tom and I are driving from Texas to Chicago, Illinois...and we are taking our time doing it. Some days you just need to get off of the freeways and roll along the little state highways. The weather wasn't too nice today...so I didn't take very many pictures. I did get him to pull off when I saw this old stone store in northern Arkansas...problem is ...he didn't give me enough time to actually go in!
Saturday, November 19, 2011
Friday, November 18, 2011
Thursday, November 17, 2011
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
I am fascinated by the Basque culture...which is alive and well in a pocket of both Spain and France...a land they still consider their own. I read where their physical chacteristists are long straight noses, thick eyebrows, strong chins and long earlobes. These , apparent good friends, were visiting on a harbor bench in Lekeitio, Spain. They agreed to pose for a picture and answered "of course" when asked them if they were Basque!
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
San Sebastian is a small town that has a big city feel on the northwestern coast of Spain... very near the French border. There is a coastal road south of there that is worth the trip.It's a winding road with spectacular views arriving occasionlly at a sleepy fishing port. The way the dramatic cliffs spill into the sea reminds me of the west coast of the USA.
Monday, November 14, 2011
Sunday, November 13, 2011
Though it seemed a bit touristy(especially to my husband) we had dinner cruising along the Seine. We were trying to figure out which starter (appetizer) we wanted to select. The waiter explained to us that we did not need to choose.Each diner gets all five!
Saturday, November 12, 2011
Friday, November 11, 2011
Thursday, November 10, 2011
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
One of the castles we toured in the Dordogne Valley was Castlenaud. They have locals dressed up in medieval costumes re-createing castle life. I was not sure I liked this. It felt a bit like walking around Disneyworld. But, when we got to the tower, and a beautiful maiden, with a soprano voice and perfect pitch, was singing a heavenly song....I changed my mind.
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
I saw several places to rent canoes and kayaks along the Dordogne River, but in the village of La Roque Gageac you could take a boat ride. Flat bottomed boats called gabarres would take you for 8.50 euros on an hour ride past five castles. I took this picture of two gabarres from inside one of them, Castlenaud.
Monday, November 7, 2011
Sunday, November 6, 2011
We enjoyed the Basque Country in southwestern France....which also dips down into northern Spain. Lush green mountains meet beautiful white beaches..where locals are again free to speak their own language,Euskara. You feel like you have left France (or Spain) for another country all together! This symbol seemed to be everywhere including on souvenirs ...and I can't seem to find any info on it?
Saturday, November 5, 2011
Friday, November 4, 2011
These Plane trees, trimmed for winter (St Jean de Luz, France) are all over southern France. They are a cousin to the American Sycamore tree. Many of these trees were ordered planted by Napoleon to keep his marching troops shaded (especially in Provence).
Thursday, November 3, 2011
Wednesday, November 2, 2011
You can imagine my surprise when a fellow blogger changed the header on her blog. Virginia who has a wonderful blog, Paris Through My Lens. The new picture she featured was one I had just taken days before. Of all of the things to photograph in Paris....I was amazed that we snapped the same picture...and in such an out of the way place!