A Travellerspoint blog

November 2021

My favorites from the terrific Legion of Honor in SF

The plaza and fountain in front of the Legion of Honor is the western terminus of the 3389 mile Lincoln Highway, the first improved road for automobiles across America (the eastern terminus is NYC's Times Square)

The plaza and fountain in front of the Legion of Honor is the western terminus of the 3389 mile Lincoln Highway, the first improved road for automobiles across America (the eastern terminus is NYC's Times Square)

Eiffel Tower, Georges Seurat, ca. 1889; the Eiffel Tower, the great symbol of industrial modernity that was built for the 1889 Exposition Universelle, wasn't quite finished when this painting was completed (it just fades into the sky)

Eiffel Tower, Georges Seurat, ca. 1889; the Eiffel Tower, the great symbol of industrial modernity that was built for the 1889 Exposition Universelle, wasn't quite finished when this painting was completed (it just fades into the sky)

Water Lilies, Claude Monet, ca. 1914-17; the Legion of Honor was the gift of Alma de Bretteville Spreckels, wife of the sugar magnate and thoroughbred racehorse owner/breeder Adolph B. Spreckels

Water Lilies, Claude Monet, ca. 1914-17; the Legion of Honor was the gift of Alma de Bretteville Spreckels, wife of the sugar magnate and thoroughbred racehorse owner/breeder Adolph B. Spreckels

The Three Shades, Auguste Rodin, 1898; originally intended to be atop Rodin's Gates of Hell; this never completed project was Rodin's answer to Ghiberti's massive Gates of Paradise (1425-1452) for the Baptistry in Florence

The Three Shades, Auguste Rodin, 1898; originally intended to be atop Rodin's Gates of Hell; this never completed project was Rodin's answer to Ghiberti's massive Gates of Paradise (1425-1452) for the Baptistry in Florence

Joris de Caullery, Rembrandt van Rijn, 1632; this sitter was a militiaman (gentleman soldier) from The Hague, who had a long and distinguished naval career, including service during the Dutch maritime wars with England and the Baltic States

Joris de Caullery, Rembrandt van Rijn, 1632; this sitter was a militiaman (gentleman soldier) from The Hague, who had a long and distinguished naval career, including service during the Dutch maritime wars with England and the Baltic States

The scene on the front of this colossal krater (ca. 330 BC) captures the climatic moment in the Trojan War narrated in Homer's Iliad when Iris, the gods' winged messenger, urges the mourning Greek hero Achilles to return to the fray

The scene on the front of this colossal krater (ca. 330 BC) captures the climatic moment in the Trojan War narrated in Homer's Iliad when Iris, the gods' winged messenger, urges the mourning Greek hero Achilles to return to the fray

Portrait of a Gentleman in White, Frans Hals, ca. 1637; this Dutch Golden Age portrait artist painted faces that were not idealized and were clearly distinguishable, with their personalities revealed in a variety of poses and facial expressions

Portrait of a Gentleman in White, Frans Hals, ca. 1637; this Dutch Golden Age portrait artist painted faces that were not idealized and were clearly distinguishable, with their personalities revealed in a variety of poses and facial expressions

Peasant Girl with Sheep, Julien Dupre, ca. 1895; the Legion of Honor is seen in the Alfred Hitchcock movie Vertigo (1958) when Scottie (played by James Stewart) follows Madeleine Elster (played by Kim Novak) to the museum

Peasant Girl with Sheep, Julien Dupre, ca. 1895; the Legion of Honor is seen in the Alfred Hitchcock movie Vertigo (1958) when Scottie (played by James Stewart) follows Madeleine Elster (played by Kim Novak) to the museum

Sunflowers along the Seine, Gustave Caillebotte, ca. 1885-86; Caillebotte was a model for his friend Auguste Renoir's 1881 painting, Luncheon of the Boating Party; he stopped exhibiting at 34, instead gardening and building and racing yachts

Sunflowers along the Seine, Gustave Caillebotte, ca. 1885-86; Caillebotte was a model for his friend Auguste Renoir's 1881 painting, Luncheon of the Boating Party; he stopped exhibiting at 34, instead gardening and building and racing yachts

View of Rome: The Bridge and Castel Sant'Angelo with the Cupola of St. Peter's, Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot, 1826-27; by painting outdoors and focusing on the element of light, Corot heavily influenced later Impressionists

View of Rome: The Bridge and Castel Sant'Angelo with the Cupola of St. Peter's, Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot, 1826-27; by painting outdoors and focusing on the element of light, Corot heavily influenced later Impressionists

At the Milliner's, Eduoard Manet, 1881; Manet's frank depictions of modern women, often in informal moments, astonished a French public accustomed to female models as mythological or historical characters

At the Milliner's, Eduoard Manet, 1881; Manet's frank depictions of modern women, often in informal moments, astonished a French public accustomed to female models as mythological or historical characters

Peapods and Insects, Jan van Kessel II, ca. 1650; fun fact - Levi Strauss, a Bavarian immigrant, came to San Francisco in the 1850’s and quickly saw a business opportunity for creating must-needed clothing for the gold rush miners

Peapods and Insects, Jan van Kessel II, ca. 1650; fun fact - Levi Strauss, a Bavarian immigrant, came to San Francisco in the 1850’s and quickly saw a business opportunity for creating must-needed clothing for the gold rush miners

Sailboats on the Seine at Petit-Gennevilliers, Claude Monet, 1874; it has been suggested that this picture is the canvas seen on the easel in Eduoard Manet's famous Monet Painting in his Studio Boat

Sailboats on the Seine at Petit-Gennevilliers, Claude Monet, 1874; it has been suggested that this picture is the canvas seen on the easel in Eduoard Manet's famous Monet Painting in his Studio Boat

Isabella and the Pot of Basil, William Holman Hunt, 1868; this work, depicting a scene from John Keats's poem Isabella, or the Pot of Basil, shows the heroine caressing the basil pot in which she had buried the severed head of her murdered lover Lorenzo

Isabella and the Pot of Basil, William Holman Hunt, 1868; this work, depicting a scene from John Keats's poem Isabella, or the Pot of Basil, shows the heroine caressing the basil pot in which she had buried the severed head of her murdered lover Lorenzo

Mme Clementine Valensi Stora, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, 1870; this piece depicts a young Jewish woman in Algerian costume and is not typical of Renoir's work; Stora called it horrible and the painting was once owned by Claude Monet

Mme Clementine Valensi Stora, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, 1870; this piece depicts a young Jewish woman in Algerian costume and is not typical of Renoir's work; Stora called it horrible and the painting was once owned by Claude Monet

Portrait of Charles de Verninac, Eugene Delacroix, ca. 1826; the Legion of Honor appears in the 1993 miniseries Tales of the City, based on the first of the Tales of the City series of novels by Armistead Maupin

Portrait of Charles de Verninac, Eugene Delacroix, ca. 1826; the Legion of Honor appears in the 1993 miniseries Tales of the City, based on the first of the Tales of the City series of novels by Armistead Maupin

The Tribute Money, Peter Paul Rubens, ca. 1610-15; Rubens tended to paint mythical and biblical themes, but wasn’t the only artist to render The Tribute Money; Masaccio and Titian did their own (better known) versions in 1427 and 1516, respectively

The Tribute Money, Peter Paul Rubens, ca. 1610-15; Rubens tended to paint mythical and biblical themes, but wasn’t the only artist to render The Tribute Money; Masaccio and Titian did their own (better known) versions in 1427 and 1516, respectively

The Marriage of Tobias and Sarah, Jan Steen, ca. 1673; a 17th century take on an Old Testament story in which Sarah has been married 7 times previously and all 7 husbands died on their wedding nights

The Marriage of Tobias and Sarah, Jan Steen, ca. 1673; a 17th century take on an Old Testament story in which Sarah has been married 7 times previously and all 7 husbands died on their wedding nights

Flowers in a Vase, Henri Fantin-Latour, 1882; the Legion of Honor was modeled after the Palais de la Légion d’Honneur in Paris, one of the distinguished 18th-century landmarks on the left bank of the Seine

Flowers in a Vase, Henri Fantin-Latour, 1882; the Legion of Honor was modeled after the Palais de la Légion d’Honneur in Paris, one of the distinguished 18th-century landmarks on the left bank of the Seine

The Russian Bride's Attire, Konstantin Makovsky, 1889; despite being only 7 sq mi, SF has poor public transit within the city as most routes are designed only to get people into downtown; most intersections are 4 way stops making it safer for pedestrians

The Russian Bride's Attire, Konstantin Makovsky, 1889; despite being only 7 sq mi, SF has poor public transit within the city as most routes are designed only to get people into downtown; most intersections are 4 way stops making it safer for pedestrians

Flowers in a Silver Vase, Willem van Aelst, 1663; I'm just drawn to the precision and attention to detail in these still life paintings; this artist was from Delft which is a charming and very interesting Dutch town

Flowers in a Silver Vase, Willem van Aelst, 1663; I'm just drawn to the precision and attention to detail in these still life paintings; this artist was from Delft which is a charming and very interesting Dutch town

Mary Queen of Scots, Albert Carrier-Belleuse, ca. 1860-69; built to commemorate Californian soldiers who died in World War I, the Legion of Honor is a beautiful Beaux-arts building with an impressive collection of 4,000 yrs of ancient and European art

Mary Queen of Scots, Albert Carrier-Belleuse, ca. 1860-69; built to commemorate Californian soldiers who died in World War I, the Legion of Honor is a beautiful Beaux-arts building with an impressive collection of 4,000 yrs of ancient and European art

The Merry Company, Dierk Hals, 1626; younger brother to Frans Hals, the artist was a noted Dutch Golden Age painter of merry company scenes, festivals and ballroom scenes; he was born in Haarlem, one of my favorite Dutch towns

The Merry Company, Dierk Hals, 1626; younger brother to Frans Hals, the artist was a noted Dutch Golden Age painter of merry company scenes, festivals and ballroom scenes; he was born in Haarlem, one of my favorite Dutch towns

The Grand Canal, Venice, Claude Monet, 1908; Alma Spreckels created the Book of Gold in which the names of 3600  Californians who died in WW1 are inscribed; the book was dedicated to the Gold Star mothers

The Grand Canal, Venice, Claude Monet, 1908; Alma Spreckels created the Book of Gold in which the names of 3600+ Californians who died in WW1 are inscribed; the book was dedicated to the Gold Star mothers

Victor Hugo, Auguste Rodin, 1883; most of the Rodin's here were acquired directly from the sculptor's studio, making it one of the precious few collections anywhere of casts made during the artist's lifetime

Victor Hugo, Auguste Rodin, 1883; most of the Rodin's here were acquired directly from the sculptor's studio, making it one of the precious few collections anywhere of casts made during the artist's lifetime

The 1924 Spreckels Organ was designed to blend into the museum's structure with its 4,500 pipes not visible; the ceiling of the gallery is canvas so that the organ can be heard throughout the gallery and museum with concerts every Saturday at 4pm

The 1924 Spreckels Organ was designed to blend into the museum's structure with its 4,500 pipes not visible; the ceiling of the gallery is canvas so that the organ can be heard throughout the gallery and museum with concerts every Saturday at 4pm

Alma Spreckels started collecting Rodin sculptures after meeting him in Paris in 1914; part of the museum's founding collection, the Rodin's grew to more than 100 by the 1940s

Alma Spreckels started collecting Rodin sculptures after meeting him in Paris in 1914; part of the museum's founding collection, the Rodin's grew to more than 100 by the 1940s

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Stunning Tiffany collection at NY Historical Society, pt 2

Favrile Shade, ca. 1910; the New-York Historical Society's Tiffany Lamp Collection is regarded as one of the world’s largest and most encyclopedic

Favrile Shade, ca. 1910; the New-York Historical Society's Tiffany Lamp Collection is regarded as one of the world’s largest and most encyclopedic

Daffodil Hanging Shade, ca. 1900-06; Clara Driscoll, head of the Women’s Glass Cutting Department from 1892 to 1909, has recently been revealed as the designer of many of the firm’s leaded glass shades

Daffodil Hanging Shade, ca. 1900-06; Clara Driscoll, head of the Women’s Glass Cutting Department from 1892 to 1909, has recently been revealed as the designer of many of the firm’s leaded glass shades

Oriental Poppy Shade, ca. 1910-13; Clara Driscoll’s weekly salary of $35 was on par with that of Tiffany Studio’s male designers, a reflection of Louis Comfort Tiffany's regard for her abilities

Oriental Poppy Shade, ca. 1910-13; Clara Driscoll’s weekly salary of $35 was on par with that of Tiffany Studio’s male designers, a reflection of Louis Comfort Tiffany's regard for her abilities

Snowball Shade, ca. 1900-06; the lamps in this exhibition reflected the prodigious talent of designers and artisans who worked in anonymity to fulfill Tiffany’s aesthetic vision

Snowball Shade, ca. 1900-06; the lamps in this exhibition reflected the prodigious talent of designers and artisans who worked in anonymity to fulfill Tiffany’s aesthetic vision

Laburnum Shade, ca. 1901-06; you can now get Covid face masks in some of the Tiffany shade designs from the New-York Historical Society's website

Laburnum Shade, ca. 1901-06; you can now get Covid face masks in some of the Tiffany shade designs from the New-York Historical Society's website

Nasturtium Hanging Shade, ca. 1900-06; the Morse Museum of Art in Winter Park, FL houses the world's most comprehensive collection of the works of Louis Comfort Tiffany, including the Tiffany Chapel he designed for the 1893 Chicago World's Fair

Nasturtium Hanging Shade, ca. 1900-06; the Morse Museum of Art in Winter Park, FL houses the world's most comprehensive collection of the works of Louis Comfort Tiffany, including the Tiffany Chapel he designed for the 1893 Chicago World's Fair

Grape Hanging Shade, ca. 1900-06; the New-York Historical Society rents out the Gallery of Tiffany Lamps space which can accommodate up to 350 guests with a glass staircase connecting the two levels

Grape Hanging Shade, ca. 1900-06; the New-York Historical Society rents out the Gallery of Tiffany Lamps space which can accommodate up to 350 guests with a glass staircase connecting the two levels

Snowball Hanging Shade, ca. 1900-06; Clara Driscoll was hired by Louis Comfort Tiffany to work at Tiffany Glass Company (later known as Tiffany Studios) in 1888 where she would work for most of the next 20 years

Snowball Hanging Shade, ca. 1900-06; Clara Driscoll was hired by Louis Comfort Tiffany to work at Tiffany Glass Company (later known as Tiffany Studios) in 1888 where she would work for most of the next 20 years

Fifteenth Century Base (ca. 1906-10) with Empire Shade (ca. 1910-13); I especially enjoyed seeing unique shades such as this one that departed from what we consider the traditional floral Tiffany shade

Fifteenth Century Base (ca. 1906-10) with Empire Shade (ca. 1910-13); I especially enjoyed seeing unique shades such as this one that departed from what we consider the traditional floral Tiffany shade

Mushroom Base (ca. 1900-02) with Lotus, Pagoda Shade (ca. 1900-04); in Boston is the Frederick Ayer Mansion, one of three surviving examples of Tiffany interiors, and the only surviving building also possessing exterior mosaics designed by Tiffany

Mushroom Base (ca. 1900-02) with Lotus, Pagoda Shade (ca. 1900-04); in Boston is the Frederick Ayer Mansion, one of three surviving examples of Tiffany interiors, and the only surviving building also possessing exterior mosaics designed by Tiffany

Turtleback Lantern (ca. 1900-06); artisans made the irregularly shaped turtlebacks, a Tiffany Studios invention, by pressing glass into molds; the thick, iridescent tiles were then incorporated into various products to dramatic effect

Turtleback Lantern (ca. 1900-06); artisans made the irregularly shaped turtlebacks, a Tiffany Studios invention, by pressing glass into molds; the thick, iridescent tiles were then incorporated into various products to dramatic effect

Roman Base (ca. 1906-10) with Rose Shade (ca. 1910-13); Clara Driscoll was one of the highest-paid women of her time, earning $10,000 per year (the year is not mentioned but I assume this was close to when she left in 1909)

Roman Base (ca. 1906-10) with Rose Shade (ca. 1910-13); Clara Driscoll was one of the highest-paid women of her time, earning $10,000 per year (the year is not mentioned but I assume this was close to when she left in 1909)

Roman Base (ca. 1906-10) with Colonial Shade (ca. 1906-10); around 1910, Tiffany Studios scaled back its production of nature-themed shades and introduced more historicizing models such as the Colonial

Roman Base (ca. 1906-10) with Colonial Shade (ca. 1906-10); around 1910, Tiffany Studios scaled back its production of nature-themed shades and introduced more historicizing models such as the Colonial

Library Standard Base with Favrile Glass Balls (ca. 1900-06) with Daffodil Shade (ca. 1900-06); believing that women possessed greater sensitivity to color than men, Tiffany relied on them to select glass for leaded shades with naturalistic designs

Library Standard Base with Favrile Glass Balls (ca. 1900-06) with Daffodil Shade (ca. 1900-06); believing that women possessed greater sensitivity to color than men, Tiffany relied on them to select glass for leaded shades with naturalistic designs

Wisteria Table Lamp (ca. 1901); one of Tiffany Studios most popular models, the Wisteria was priced at $400 in 1906 (about $12,000 today!), placing it among the firm's most costly lamps

Wisteria Table Lamp (ca. 1901); one of Tiffany Studios most popular models, the Wisteria was priced at $400 in 1906 (about $12,000 today!), placing it among the firm's most costly lamps

Peony Shade (ca. 1900-04); engaged or married women were not allowed to work at the company so Clara Driscoll quit when she got married but her husband died 3 years later; her second fiance mysteriously disappeared

Peony Shade (ca. 1900-04); engaged or married women were not allowed to work at the company so Clara Driscoll quit when she got married but her husband died 3 years later; her second fiance mysteriously disappeared

Tulip Shade (ca. 1906-10); several companies mimicked the Tiffany lamp style in the 1920s with cheaper, lesser quality models; in the past 30 to 40 years, forgeries have hit the market that can fool collectors and experts alike

Tulip Shade (ca. 1906-10); several companies mimicked the Tiffany lamp style in the 1920s with cheaper, lesser quality models; in the past 30 to 40 years, forgeries have hit the market that can fool collectors and experts alike

Cattail, Pond Lily Base (ca. 1900-04) with Arrowhead Shade (ca. 1904); workers in the Corona factory soldered together shades over a wooden mold incised with the pattern; they pinned the foil-edged glass segments in place, then bonded them together

Cattail, Pond Lily Base (ca. 1900-04) with Arrowhead Shade (ca. 1904); workers in the Corona factory soldered together shades over a wooden mold incised with the pattern; they pinned the foil-edged glass segments in place, then bonded them together

Apple Blossom Hanging Shade (ca. 1900-06); here's a link to a book on Tiffany lamps https://shop.nyhistory.org/collections/louis-c-tiffany/products/the-lamps-of-tiffany-studios-nature-illuminated?variant=25019050760

Apple Blossom Hanging Shade (ca. 1900-06); here's a link to a book on Tiffany lamps https://shop.nyhistory.org/collections/louis-c-tiffany/products/the-lamps-of-tiffany-studios-nature-illuminated?variant=25019050760

Hammered Cushion Base with Dragonfly Shade (both ca. 1900-06); Clara Driscoll ingenuously conceived of using a metal filigree overlay to render the delicate insect wings in her Dragonfly designs

Hammered Cushion Base with Dragonfly Shade (both ca. 1900-06); Clara Driscoll ingenuously conceived of using a metal filigree overlay to render the delicate insect wings in her Dragonfly designs

Good Shepherd with Landscape, 1909; this was designed for the chapel of Stony Wold, a charitable sanatorium in the Adirondacks that provided the wilderness cure for underprivileged women suffering from tuberculosis

Good Shepherd with Landscape, 1909; this was designed for the chapel of Stony Wold, a charitable sanatorium in the Adirondacks that provided the wilderness cure for underprivileged women suffering from tuberculosis

Seal Lamp with Turtleback Tiles (ca. 1900-06); in 1889 at the Paris Exposition, Tiffany was said to have been overwhelmed by the glass work of Émile Gallé, French Art Nouveau artisan and one of my favorites

Seal Lamp with Turtleback Tiles (ca. 1900-06); in 1889 at the Paris Exposition, Tiffany was said to have been overwhelmed by the glass work of Émile Gallé, French Art Nouveau artisan and one of my favorites

Bookmark Shade (ca. 1906-10); this is the only known Bookmark shade which was probably commissioned for a book collector's library; the shade design pays homage to 15th and 16th century printers through roundels depicting their marks

Bookmark Shade (ca. 1906-10); this is the only known Bookmark shade which was probably commissioned for a book collector's library; the shade design pays homage to 15th and 16th century printers through roundels depicting their marks

Water Lily, Twisted Stem Base (ca. 1900-06) with Old English Shade (ca. 1910-13); reminiscent of medieval stained glass, many of these historicizing shades paralleled desk set designs and were intended to outfit a gentleman's library

Water Lily, Twisted Stem Base (ca. 1900-06) with Old English Shade (ca. 1910-13); reminiscent of medieval stained glass, many of these historicizing shades paralleled desk set designs and were intended to outfit a gentleman's library

Woodbine Hanging Shade (ca. 1900-06); in 1881 Tiffany did the interior design of the 25-room, 11,500 sq ft Mark Twain House in Hartford, Connecticut, which is now open as a museum

Woodbine Hanging Shade (ca. 1900-06); in 1881 Tiffany did the interior design of the 25-room, 11,500 sq ft Mark Twain House in Hartford, Connecticut, which is now open as a museum

Water Lily, Twisted Stem Base (ca. 1900-06) with Poinsettia Shade (ca. 1906-10); Louis Comfort Tiffany was the first design director at his family company, Tiffany   Co., founded by his father Charles Lewis Tiffany

Water Lily, Twisted Stem Base (ca. 1900-06) with Poinsettia Shade (ca. 1906-10); Louis Comfort Tiffany was the first design director at his family company, Tiffany + Co., founded by his father Charles Lewis Tiffany

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Highlights from a couple of days in Augusta, Georgia

The Headgates of the Augusta Canal (1880s) were devised to harness the water power of the Savannah River to drive mills, to provide transportation of goods, and to provide a municipal water supply; it was a pretty area for walking, biking and kayaking

The Headgates of the Augusta Canal (1880s) were devised to harness the water power of the Savannah River to drive mills, to provide transportation of goods, and to provide a municipal water supply; it was a pretty area for walking, biking and kayaking

In 1867, Morehouse College, the only all-male, historically Black undergraduate institution, was founded here in the basement of Springfield Baptist Church; the school moved to Atlanta in 1879

In 1867, Morehouse College, the only all-male, historically Black undergraduate institution, was founded here in the basement of Springfield Baptist Church; the school moved to Atlanta in 1879

This is the boyhood home of future President Woodrow Wilson; his father was pastor at the First Presbyterian Church across the street; Wilson was president of Princeton University, governor of NJ and founded the League of Nations

This is the boyhood home of future President Woodrow Wilson; his father was pastor at the First Presbyterian Church across the street; Wilson was president of Princeton University, governor of NJ and founded the League of Nations

In a career that lasted 50  years, James Brown was one of the first ten inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at ceremonies in New York City on January 23, 1986; he's been called the Godfather of Soul

In a career that lasted 50+ years, James Brown was one of the first ten inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at ceremonies in New York City on January 23, 1986; he's been called the Godfather of Soul

The city of Augusta, population 200,000, is the second largest in Georgia (the metro area has 600,000 residents); the city was established in 1736 and named after Princess Augusta of Saxe-Gotha (1719–1772), mother of the British monarch George III

The city of Augusta, population 200,000, is the second largest in Georgia (the metro area has 600,000 residents); the city was established in 1736 and named after Princess Augusta of Saxe-Gotha (1719–1772), mother of the British monarch George III

Founded in 1932, the for-profit Augusta National Golf Club is famous for hosting the Masters Tournament (this was as close as I could get); the club didn't admit its first Black member until 1990 and first female members until 2012

Founded in 1932, the for-profit Augusta National Golf Club is famous for hosting the Masters Tournament (this was as close as I could get); the club didn't admit its first Black member until 1990 and first female members until 2012

Riverwalk Augusta is a city park along the Savannah River in downtown Augusta that is alongside and on top of Augusta's levee; it was the nicest feature in what seemed to be a largely deserted downtown area

Riverwalk Augusta is a city park along the Savannah River in downtown Augusta that is alongside and on top of Augusta's levee; it was the nicest feature in what seemed to be a largely deserted downtown area

The 17-story Lamar Building, built in 1918, is the tallest building in Augusta; a penthouse level was added in 1976, designed by I. M. Pei, that presaged the glass pyramid he designed for The Louvre in Paris

The 17-story Lamar Building, built in 1918, is the tallest building in Augusta; a penthouse level was added in 1976, designed by I. M. Pei, that presaged the glass pyramid he designed for The Louvre in Paris

The Butt (dedicated to Major Archibald Butt, born in Augusta who died on the Titanic) Memorial Bridge was erected in 1914 and dedicated by President Taft, a friend of Butt's; it was the first memorial erected to remember the Titanic disaster

The Butt (dedicated to Major Archibald Butt, born in Augusta who died on the Titanic) Memorial Bridge was erected in 1914 and dedicated by President Taft, a friend of Butt's; it was the first memorial erected to remember the Titanic disaster

Founded in 1937, the large Augusta Museum of History is located in one of the many historic textile mill buildings (most, unfortunately, are still abandoned); rated #4 by TripAdvisor of best things to do here (#1 was the Masters)

Founded in 1937, the large Augusta Museum of History is located in one of the many historic textile mill buildings (most, unfortunately, are still abandoned); rated #4 by TripAdvisor of best things to do here (#1 was the Masters)

Anthony Bristol attended this elementary school when growing up here; along with University Hospital, the Medical District of Augusta employs 25,000  people (and was where Anthony's father worked)

Anthony Bristol attended this elementary school when growing up here; along with University Hospital, the Medical District of Augusta employs 25,000+ people (and was where Anthony's father worked)

This was the boyhood home of Joseph Lamar who was best friends with his next door neighbor Woodrow Wilson; although a Democrat, he was appointed to the US Supreme Court by Republican President Taft in 1911

This was the boyhood home of Joseph Lamar who was best friends with his next door neighbor Woodrow Wilson; although a Democrat, he was appointed to the US Supreme Court by Republican President Taft in 1911

Springfield Baptist Church, considered the oldest Black church in America, was established in 1774 with this brick building dating to 1844; during the antebellum years, it had 1,000  members and was the largest congregation of any Baptist church in GA

Springfield Baptist Church, considered the oldest Black church in America, was established in 1774 with this brick building dating to 1844; during the antebellum years, it had 1,000+ members and was the largest congregation of any Baptist church in GA

In addition to Brown, famous people from Augusta include Amy Grant, Hulk Hogan, Butterfly McQueen, Jasper Johns, Ben Bernanke, Bobby Jones, Judy Woodruff and Laurence Fishburne

In addition to Brown, famous people from Augusta include Amy Grant, Hulk Hogan, Butterfly McQueen, Jasper Johns, Ben Bernanke, Bobby Jones, Judy Woodruff and Laurence Fishburne

Augusta is located about halfway up the 301-mile long Savannah River on the fall line; forming most of the border between GA and SC, the river has the fourth-highest toxic discharge in the country, according to a 2009 report by Environment America

Augusta is located about halfway up the 301-mile long Savannah River on the fall line; forming most of the border between GA and SC, the river has the fourth-highest toxic discharge in the country, according to a 2009 report by Environment America

Built in 1900, the Sacred Heart Cultural Center was once a Roman Catholic Church before it closed in 1971 when most of its congregation moved to the suburbs; it was one of the most architecturally attractive buildings here

Built in 1900, the Sacred Heart Cultural Center was once a Roman Catholic Church before it closed in 1971 when most of its congregation moved to the suburbs; it was one of the most architecturally attractive buildings here

This attractive amphitheater overlooks the Savannah River and the large houses across the border in SC; it is part of Riverwalk Augusta on which you'll find the Morris Museum of Art, an excellent museum focused on the South

This attractive amphitheater overlooks the Savannah River and the large houses across the border in SC; it is part of Riverwalk Augusta on which you'll find the Morris Museum of Art, an excellent museum focused on the South

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The very unique landscape in Joshua Tree National Park

Shortly after this photo was taken, the guys were good samaritans and assisted a group carrying a man who had broken his leg bouldering; we then took the injured man to the regional hospital since his small car was not practical while we had 2 small SUVs

Shortly after this photo was taken, the guys were good samaritans and assisted a group carrying a man who had broken his leg bouldering; we then took the injured man to the regional hospital since his small car was not practical while we had 2 small SUVs

Visitors see only about 15% of the park area with the remaining 85% managed as wilderness; Joshua Tree sits at the confluence of three unique ecosystems - Mojave Desert in the north; San Bernardino Mountains in the west and Colorado Desert in the south

Visitors see only about 15% of the park area with the remaining 85% managed as wilderness; Joshua Tree sits at the confluence of three unique ecosystems - Mojave Desert in the north; San Bernardino Mountains in the west and Colorado Desert in the south

2.5 million years ago Joshua trees lived side by side with mammoths, ground sloths, and saber-toothed cats; in that early time it may have been the giant Shasta Ground Sloths who were responsible for helping to spread Joshua tree seeds

2.5 million years ago Joshua trees lived side by side with mammoths, ground sloths, and saber-toothed cats; in that early time it may have been the giant Shasta Ground Sloths who were responsible for helping to spread Joshua tree seeds

Roadrunner; the Joshua tree is not actually a tree but a type of grass-like flowering plant called a monocot (that would be a good Scrabble word); until recently, the Joshua tree was considered a member of the lily family

Roadrunner; the Joshua tree is not actually a tree but a type of grass-like flowering plant called a monocot (that would be a good Scrabble word); until recently, the Joshua tree was considered a member of the lily family

Skull Rock is among the most photographed of the thousands of rocks that decorate Joshua Tree National Park; the lily family has now been split into 40 separate plant families, and the Joshua tree has found its rightful place in the agave family

Skull Rock is among the most photographed of the thousands of rocks that decorate Joshua Tree National Park; the lily family has now been split into 40 separate plant families, and the Joshua tree has found its rightful place in the agave family

The park is 1235 sq mi (slightly larger than Rhode Island) and was first declared a national monument in 1936 before becoming a national park in 1994; Joshua trees only grow in the Mojave Desert at altitudes between 2000 and 6000 ft above sea level and can live 150  years

The park is 1235 sq mi (slightly larger than Rhode Island) and was first declared a national monument in 1936 before becoming a national park in 1994; Joshua trees only grow in the Mojave Desert at altitudes between 2000 and 6000 ft above sea level and can live 150+ years

This natural bridge was on the Hidden Valley Loop Trail; Palm Springs is roughly an hour from either the north (Mojave Desert) or south (Colorado Desert) entrance to the park; the entrances are 60 miles or a 90 minute drive apart

This natural bridge was on the Hidden Valley Loop Trail; Palm Springs is roughly an hour from either the north (Mojave Desert) or south (Colorado Desert) entrance to the park; the entrances are 60 miles or a 90 minute drive apart

We walked the Hidden Valley and Barker Dam Loop Trails admiring the unique desert landscape such as this prickly pear cactus; widespread fascination with the Joshua tree arguably began when U2’s landmark Joshua Tree album was released in 1987

We walked the Hidden Valley and Barker Dam Loop Trails admiring the unique desert landscape such as this prickly pear cactus; widespread fascination with the Joshua tree arguably began when U2’s landmark Joshua Tree album was released in 1987

I wanted to stop at the World Famous Crochet Museum for Mike but, unfortunately, it wasn't open; the former Fotomat booth is stuffed with all sorts of crocheted pieces and is now featured in an HSBC ad campaign

I wanted to stop at the World Famous Crochet Museum for Mike but, unfortunately, it wasn't open; the former Fotomat booth is stuffed with all sorts of crocheted pieces and is now featured in an HSBC ad campaign

The cholla cactus garden in Joshua Tree lies near the transition zone between the Colorado and Mohave Deserts; they inhabit a very small, but specific part of the Colorado Desert and disappeared altogether before we reached the southern exit

The cholla cactus garden in Joshua Tree lies near the transition zone between the Colorado and Mohave Deserts; they inhabit a very small, but specific part of the Colorado Desert and disappeared altogether before we reached the southern exit

The guys were all excited about getting me a haircut but, alas, the salon was closed; Joshua Tree National Park is open 365 days a year and 24 hours a day with a $30 entrance fee per car good for 7 days

The guys were all excited about getting me a haircut but, alas, the salon was closed; Joshua Tree National Park is open 365 days a year and 24 hours a day with a $30 entrance fee per car good for 7 days

Barker Dam was built by cowboys to water their cattle in an era before climate change; in the late 1800s, 10 inches of rain fell here annually but now the average is only 2-5 which is not enough to support ranching

Barker Dam was built by cowboys to water their cattle in an era before climate change; in the late 1800s, 10 inches of rain fell here annually but now the average is only 2-5 which is not enough to support ranching

The beavertail cactus is the only type of prickly pear cactus without spines; the Cahuilla Native Americans used beavertail as a food staple with the buds cooked or steamed and the seeds ground into mush

The beavertail cactus is the only type of prickly pear cactus without spines; the Cahuilla Native Americans used beavertail as a food staple with the buds cooked or steamed and the seeds ground into mush

California scrub jay; John C. Frémont of the US Army Corps of Topographical Engineers was the first settler to write about Joshua trees in 1844: …their stiff and ungraceful form makes them to the traveler the most repulsive tree in the vegetable kingdom

California scrub jay; John C. Frémont of the US Army Corps of Topographical Engineers was the first settler to write about Joshua trees in 1844: …their stiff and ungraceful form makes them to the traveler the most repulsive tree in the vegetable kingdom

The cholla cactus has been nicknamed the teddy bear cactus due to it’s friendly look but do not be fooled!; also known as the jumping cactus, the chollas have a way of snagging feet and legs with thorns that are difficult to extract

The cholla cactus has been nicknamed the teddy bear cactus due to it’s friendly look but do not be fooled!; also known as the jumping cactus, the chollas have a way of snagging feet and legs with thorns that are difficult to extract

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So many fantastic sights to enjoy around Central Park, pt 1

Gorgeous Bethesda Fountain, designed by Emma Stebbins, was unveiled in 1873; Stebbins was the first woman to receive a public commission for a major work of art in New York City

Gorgeous Bethesda Fountain, designed by Emma Stebbins, was unveiled in 1873; Stebbins was the first woman to receive a public commission for a major work of art in New York City

The 6 acre Conservatory Garden, accessed through the ornate Vanderbilt Gate on Fifth Avenue, is Central Park’s formal garden and one of the most significant public gardens in New York City; too bad it wasn't springtime

The 6 acre Conservatory Garden, accessed through the ornate Vanderbilt Gate on Fifth Avenue, is Central Park’s formal garden and one of the most significant public gardens in New York City; too bad it wasn't springtime

The 1916 Pulitzer Fountain is in Grand Army Plaza at the SE (and most upscale) corner of Central Park; newspaper publisher Joseph Pulitzer died in 1911 and bequeathed $50,000 for the creation of the fountain

The 1916 Pulitzer Fountain is in Grand Army Plaza at the SE (and most upscale) corner of Central Park; newspaper publisher Joseph Pulitzer died in 1911 and bequeathed $50,000 for the creation of the fountain

The Duke Ellington Memorial by sculptor Robert Graham was erected in 1997 in Duke Ellington Circle which is the NE corner of Central Park; it is at Fifth Avenue and 110th Street

The Duke Ellington Memorial by sculptor Robert Graham was erected in 1997 in Duke Ellington Circle which is the NE corner of Central Park; it is at Fifth Avenue and 110th Street

The USS Maine National Monument is at the Merchants' Gate entrance to Central Park; dedicated in 1913, the monument memorializes the men who died when the USS Maine sank in Havana Harbor contributing to the outbreak of the Spanish–American War

The USS Maine National Monument is at the Merchants' Gate entrance to Central Park; dedicated in 1913, the monument memorializes the men who died when the USS Maine sank in Havana Harbor contributing to the outbreak of the Spanish–American War

I visited the Neue Galerie which is a museum of early twentieth-century German and Austrian art and design located in the William Starr Miller House at 86th Street and Fifth Avenue; it's quite small but seeing The Lady in Gold by Klimt was worth it

I visited the Neue Galerie which is a museum of early twentieth-century German and Austrian art and design located in the William Starr Miller House at 86th Street and Fifth Avenue; it's quite small but seeing The Lady in Gold by Klimt was worth it

The Untermyer Fountain (1947), featuring a bronze cast of Walter Schott’s Three Dancing Maidens, adorns the northern section of the Conservatory Garden and is a memorial to civic leader Samuel Untermyer and his wife, cultural patroness Minnie Untermyer

The Untermyer Fountain (1947), featuring a bronze cast of Walter Schott’s Three Dancing Maidens, adorns the northern section of the Conservatory Garden and is a memorial to civic leader Samuel Untermyer and his wife, cultural patroness Minnie Untermyer

Mike and I enjoyed visiting the Museum of the City of New York which is at the northern end of the Museum Mile on Fifth Avenue; founded in 1923, the museum was originally located in Gracie Mansion which is now the residence of the mayor

Mike and I enjoyed visiting the Museum of the City of New York which is at the northern end of the Museum Mile on Fifth Avenue; founded in 1923, the museum was originally located in Gracie Mansion which is now the residence of the mayor

Hidden along a steep hillside below Belvedere Castle is the enchanting Shakespeare Garden; the four-acre space is densely planted with trees, shrubs, flowers, and herbs mentioned in William Shakespeare’s plays and poems

Hidden along a steep hillside below Belvedere Castle is the enchanting Shakespeare Garden; the four-acre space is densely planted with trees, shrubs, flowers, and herbs mentioned in William Shakespeare’s plays and poems

The Naumburg Bandshell, completed in 1923, is the only Neoclassical building in the Park, a striking contrast to the Park’s predominantly Victorian or Victorian-inspired architecture and design

The Naumburg Bandshell, completed in 1923, is the only Neoclassical building in the Park, a striking contrast to the Park’s predominantly Victorian or Victorian-inspired architecture and design

The William Tecumseh Sherman Monument by Augustus Saint-Gaudens (1903) was the artist's last major monument and his crowning achievement; Sherman succeeded Ulysses S Grant as commander of the Union forces during the Civil War

The William Tecumseh Sherman Monument by Augustus Saint-Gaudens (1903) was the artist's last major monument and his crowning achievement; Sherman succeeded Ulysses S Grant as commander of the Union forces during the Civil War

The New-York Historical Society was founded in 1804 as New York's first museum; it's on Central Park West at 77th Street and was worth visiting for the Tiffany lamp collection alone

The New-York Historical Society was founded in 1804 as New York's first museum; it's on Central Park West at 77th Street and was worth visiting for the Tiffany lamp collection alone

The 1896 Gapstow Bridge spans the Pond near the SE corner of the Park; there are 30 ornamental bridges and arches in the Park today which allow different modes of transportation to circulate safely

The 1896 Gapstow Bridge spans the Pond near the SE corner of the Park; there are 30 ornamental bridges and arches in the Park today which allow different modes of transportation to circulate safely

Central Park was once run-down and unsafe, but starting in the 1980s it has been run by the Central Park Conservancy which has greatly improved the park; unfortunately, even in broad daylight, there are still plenty of unwanted visitors

Central Park was once run-down and unsafe, but starting in the 1980s it has been run by the Central Park Conservancy which has greatly improved the park; unfortunately, even in broad daylight, there are still plenty of unwanted visitors

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, built in 1872, anchors the Museum Mile; many of the world's most famous works of art are here in the 2  million sq ft of exhibit space

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, built in 1872, anchors the Museum Mile; many of the world's most famous works of art are here in the 2+ million sq ft of exhibit space

Many American traditions have their roots in NYC, like Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade which starts at the American Museum of Natural History; the world's largest parade, it was the setting at the beginning of the 1947 classic film, Miracle on 34th Street

Many American traditions have their roots in NYC, like Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade which starts at the American Museum of Natural History; the world's largest parade, it was the setting at the beginning of the 1947 classic film, Miracle on 34th Street

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