Saw these at the Arboretum the other day. After all, Halloween is just around the corner…. (America’s obsession with consumerism, Christmas is always just around the corner.)
But some of these are kinda kool
The Blue Ridge Mountains, western Virginia.
We went to gawk at the fall foliage along with everybody else. It was worth it, tho. Lovely day.
From the Public Gardens we made our way up the hill to the Citadel. It is a star shaped fort that has been restored to its glory during the period from 1869 to 1871. The 78th Highlanders were in garrison at the time so it is now populated with “soldiers” in traditional Scottish dress. They conduct tours and provide “color”.
There were several museums inside the fort. One was a military museum that spanned multiple wars including World War II. I especially like this lamp.
From there we walked down the hill, much easier than up, and looked for someplace to sit down and have a beverage. It was hot. Very hot. We found a Starbucks and air conditioning and eventually I was ready to continue the tour.
We discovered that they make crystal in Nova Scotia. We saw several crystal shops and even came across these glass blowers.
We had a decent lunch with some good beer and hit the Maritime Museum. I learned that Halifax played an important role in the Titanic’s history. Four ships were dispatched from Halifax in April, 1912, with a minister, an undertaker, a cargo of ice, coffins and canvas bags aboard. In total they found 328 bodies. Of those recovered 209 were brought to land and the rest were buried at sea. Fifty-nine bodies were shipped by train to their families and the rest were buried in three different cemeteries in Halifax. Religious services were held for all. There were several recovered artifacts on view at the Maritime Museum.
The next day we rented a car and drove down the coast. Noah had decided we needed to immerse ourselves in French so we only listened to French radio. He understood nothing, and I caught bits and pieces. But the music was eclectic enough to keep us both happy.
We started out trying to find all the lighthouses and the map promised us many. Turned out either they weren’t there or we couldn’t find them. We found a few but only one we were at all impressed with.
The countryside, however, was spectacular.
I visited Madison, Wisconsin recently. It is the capital of Wisconsin and has a capital building housing both chambers of the Wisconsin legislature as well as the Wisconsin Supreme Court and the Governor’s office. It was recently the site of a major demonstration against the Governor that ultimately led to the people of Wisconsin voting on the repeal of the Governor. He was not repealed.
The building itself was completed in 1917. The architect was George Post of New York and it cost $7.25 million to build. It is 284 ft, 5 in. to the top of the dome, three feet shorter than the capital building in Washington, DC.
The white granite on the outside is from Vermont and makes the dome the only granite dome in the United States. It is the also the largest dome by volume in the United States and one of the largest in the world. Inside the rotunda there is marble from Greece, Algeria, Italy and France; limestone from Minnesota; red granite from Wisconsin.
It was designated a National Historic Landmark in 2001
It is Cherry Blossom Festival time in DC once again. I went down to take a few photos with the masses. I didn’t realize it was parade day but I still managed to fight the crowds and get a few good pictures.
In 1912 the Japanese government gave the USA over 2000 cherry blossom trees. Between 1913 and 1920 they were planted all around the Tidal Basin in Washington DC. Today there are 3,570 trees around the basin and in neighboring parks.
I bet a few of you have been to the Keukenhof in the Netherlands. My mother fell in love with tulips when they moved to The Hague. I sent her tulips for Mother’s Day. Here are some for you.