A Travellerspoint blog

December 2021

Colorful Campeche, MX is worthy UNESCO World Heritage Site

The Catedral de la Nuestra Senora de la Purisma Concepcion was begun in 1540 but not completed until 1760; it is notable for having one of the few Baroque church facades on the Yucatan peninsula

The Catedral de la Nuestra Senora de la Purisma Concepcion was begun in 1540 but not completed until 1760; it is notable for having one of the few Baroque church facades on the Yucatan peninsula

Campeche, a city of roughly 250000, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site in recognition of the state of preservation and quality of its architecture; early Campeche was terrorized by pirates and marauders until the city started fortification in 1676

Campeche, a city of roughly 250000, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site in recognition of the state of preservation and quality of its architecture; early Campeche was terrorized by pirates and marauders until the city started fortification in 1676

Campeche City was founded in 1540 by Spanish conquistadores atop the pre-existing Maya city of Can Pech; originally, the Spaniards lived inside the walled city, while the indigenous Maya people lived in the surrounding barrios (the word Maya is used to designate people, places and culture while Mayan is the spoken language)

Campeche City was founded in 1540 by Spanish conquistadores atop the pre-existing Maya city of Can Pech; originally, the Spaniards lived inside the walled city, while the indigenous Maya people lived in the surrounding barrios (the word Maya is used to designate people, places and culture while Mayan is the spoken language)

Within this beautiful arcade, on the city's central square, is the former city hall which is now a cultural center; nightly (except Mondays), a spectacular sound and light show is projected onto this building celebrating Campeche's history and Maya roots

Within this beautiful arcade, on the city's central square, is the former city hall which is now a cultural center; nightly (except Mondays), a spectacular sound and light show is projected onto this building celebrating Campeche's history and Maya roots

Built by the Jesuits in 1716, the Ex-Templo de San Jose is decorated with an impressive Talavera-type, blue-and-yellow tile facade; the church has morphed into a lighthouse then to a library to a warehouse to today a folk art market

Built by the Jesuits in 1716, the Ex-Templo de San Jose is decorated with an impressive Talavera-type, blue-and-yellow tile facade; the church has morphed into a lighthouse then to a library to a warehouse to today a folk art market

The walls around part of the city are a reminder of the viceroyalty of the 17th and 18th centuries while colorful facades of homes and businesses paint a vibrant scene, each street full of stories and legends; from above, we could see how many building interiors were gutted and/or abandoned despite the attractive outward appearance

The walls around part of the city are a reminder of the viceroyalty of the 17th and 18th centuries while colorful facades of homes and businesses paint a vibrant scene, each street full of stories and legends; from above, we could see how many building interiors were gutted and/or abandoned despite the attractive outward appearance

Build in the mid-17th century, the Temple of San Francisquito is today the headquarters of the Campeche Institute of Culture; sister cities of Campeche include Cartegena (Colombia), Laredo, Ibiza and Halifax (Canada)

Build in the mid-17th century, the Temple of San Francisquito is today the headquarters of the Campeche Institute of Culture; sister cities of Campeche include Cartegena (Colombia), Laredo, Ibiza and Halifax (Canada)

Baluarte Santiago was completed in 1704 but torn down in the early 1900s for government offices; the reconstructed building from 1955 bears little resemblance to the original but now houses a botanical garden with 200  local species

Baluarte Santiago was completed in 1704 but torn down in the early 1900s for government offices; the reconstructed building from 1955 bears little resemblance to the original but now houses a botanical garden with 200+ local species

Recently, Campeche has seen a surge in tourism as noted by the rooftop tapas   wine bars; local cuisine like pan de cazón: a stacked, casserole dish consisting of tortillas, beans and dogfish with a tomato-based habanero sauce is supposedly quite good

Recently, Campeche has seen a surge in tourism as noted by the rooftop tapas + wine bars; local cuisine like pan de cazón: a stacked, casserole dish consisting of tortillas, beans and dogfish with a tomato-based habanero sauce is supposedly quite good

The Art Deco Selem building housed Campeche's first modern movie theater when it was built in 1951 (and it was air-conditioned); it stood out as the only Art Deco building in the walled city and is now a thriving department store

The Art Deco Selem building housed Campeche's first modern movie theater when it was built in 1951 (and it was air-conditioned); it stood out as the only Art Deco building in the walled city and is now a thriving department store

The Land Gate was one of two heavily fortified gates into the city; today it hosts the only original section of the city's walls remaining so we paid a small fee to walk atop the wall for a birds-eye view of the city

The Land Gate was one of two heavily fortified gates into the city; today it hosts the only original section of the city's walls remaining so we paid a small fee to walk atop the wall for a birds-eye view of the city

The Baluarte San Carlos is the oldest of the city's nine bastions to be built, completed in 1676 and dedicated to King Carlos II of Spain; the bastion has a pentagonal shape and now houses the free Museum of the City

The Baluarte San Carlos is the oldest of the city's nine bastions to be built, completed in 1676 and dedicated to King Carlos II of Spain; the bastion has a pentagonal shape and now houses the free Museum of the City

Calle 59 (conveniently, all streets are numbered with odd going one direction and even, the other) used to host some of Campeche's finest homes but many have now been converted into popular restaurants

Calle 59 (conveniently, all streets are numbered with odd going one direction and even, the other) used to host some of Campeche's finest homes but many have now been converted into popular restaurants

Our hotel had a view of the Bay of Campeche but there are no real beaches in the city proper and the bay is so shallow there are no waves; there is a nice, wide malecon but the traffic on the waterfront street so continuous that I could never get across

Our hotel had a view of the Bay of Campeche but there are no real beaches in the city proper and the bay is so shallow there are no waves; there is a nice, wide malecon but the traffic on the waterfront street so continuous that I could never get across

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A Stroll Through the Hallowed Halls of Harvard University

Massachusetts Hall(1720) is the oldest surviving building at Harvard; today, it houses the offices of Harvard's President but five of the country's Founding Fathers once lived here: John Adams, John Hancock, Samuel Adams, Elbridge Gerry, and James Otis Jr

Massachusetts Hall(1720) is the oldest surviving building at Harvard; today, it houses the offices of Harvard's President but five of the country's Founding Fathers once lived here: John Adams, John Hancock, Samuel Adams, Elbridge Gerry, and James Otis Jr

John Harvard was an English dissenting minister in Colonial America who bequeathed half his inherited fortune to a newly established college that soon became Harvard College

John Harvard was an English dissenting minister in Colonial America who bequeathed half his inherited fortune to a newly established college that soon became Harvard College

The top-ranked Kennedy School of Government has produced 17 heads of state, the most of any graduate institution in the world (for example, Pierre Eliot Trudeau, Ellen Johnson, Felipe Calderón Hinojosa, Juan Manuel Santos); Fox News' Bill O'Reilly is also an alum

The top-ranked Kennedy School of Government has produced 17 heads of state, the most of any graduate institution in the world (for example, Pierre Eliot Trudeau, Ellen Johnson, Felipe Calderón Hinojosa, Juan Manuel Santos); Fox News' Bill O'Reilly is also an alum

The Baker Library is the centerpiece for Harvard's top-ranked business school; across the Charles from the rest of campus, alums include Hank Paulson, Andy Jassy, Bill Ackman, George W. Bush, Michael Bloomberg, Steven Covey, Jeff Skilling and Jamie Dimon

The Baker Library is the centerpiece for Harvard's top-ranked business school; across the Charles from the rest of campus, alums include Hank Paulson, Andy Jassy, Bill Ackman, George W. Bush, Michael Bloomberg, Steven Covey, Jeff Skilling and Jamie Dimon

The Dexter Gate (Class of 1890) is one of 25 gates around Harvard Yard; it's widely known for the inscription on its crest: 'Enter to Grow in Wisdom' while the reverse side reads 'Depart to Serve Better Thy Country and Thy Kind'

The Dexter Gate (Class of 1890) is one of 25 gates around Harvard Yard; it's widely known for the inscription on its crest: 'Enter to Grow in Wisdom' while the reverse side reads 'Depart to Serve Better Thy Country and Thy Kind'

Harvard Yard (22.4 acres) is the oldest part of the campus, its historic center and modern crossroads; it contains most of the freshman dorms, Harvard's most important libraries, Memorial Church, and several classroom and departmental buildings; the brightly colored chairs pre-date the pandemic and invite students to take a break and enjoy the outdoors

Harvard Yard (22.4 acres) is the oldest part of the campus, its historic center and modern crossroads; it contains most of the freshman dorms, Harvard's most important libraries, Memorial Church, and several classroom and departmental buildings; the brightly colored chairs pre-date the pandemic and invite students to take a break and enjoy the outdoors

Completed in 1744, Holden Chapel is the third oldest building on campus and originally housed morning and evening prayers for the Harvard student body; the small building today serves as both a classroom and a musical rehearsal and performance space

Completed in 1744, Holden Chapel is the third oldest building on campus and originally housed morning and evening prayers for the Harvard student body; the small building today serves as both a classroom and a musical rehearsal and performance space

The Harry Elkins Widener Memorial Library is one of the world's most comprehen­sive research collec­tions in the humanities and social sciences with 3.5  million books on 57 miles of shelving; Widener, a 1907 Harvard graduate, died when the Titanic sunk

The Harry Elkins Widener Memorial Library is one of the world's most comprehen­sive research collec­tions in the humanities and social sciences with 3.5+ million books on 57 miles of shelving; Widener, a 1907 Harvard graduate, died when the Titanic sunk

More than 1.3 million bricks were used to construct Sever Hall, completed in 1880, which is built in Romanesque Revival style; Harvard owns 660  buildings across its sprawling campuses encompassing 25  million square feet of space

More than 1.3 million bricks were used to construct Sever Hall, completed in 1880, which is built in Romanesque Revival style; Harvard owns 660+ buildings across its sprawling campuses encompassing 25+ million square feet of space

The Harvard Museum of Natural History was closed for my visit; I want to see their famous glass flowers collection which has 4,400 individual glass models representing over 830 plant species that were made between 1887 and 1936 in Germany; the museum also houses the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology which is the oldest (1866) museum of anthropology with the largest collection of North American archaeology and ethnology in the world

The Harvard Museum of Natural History was closed for my visit; I want to see their famous glass flowers collection which has 4,400 individual glass models representing over 830 plant species that were made between 1887 and 1936 in Germany; the museum also houses the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology which is the oldest (1866) museum of anthropology with the largest collection of North American archaeology and ethnology in the world

Founded in 1817, Harvard Law School is the oldest continuously operating law school in the US; alums include Barack Obama, Janet Reno, Merrick Garland, Ted Cruz, Sam Ervin, Elizabeth Dole, Mitt Romney, Chuck Schumer, John Roberts and Elena Kagen

Founded in 1817, Harvard Law School is the oldest continuously operating law school in the US; alums include Barack Obama, Janet Reno, Merrick Garland, Ted Cruz, Sam Ervin, Elizabeth Dole, Mitt Romney, Chuck Schumer, John Roberts and Elena Kagen

Completed in 1877, Memorial Hall honors Harvard men's sacrifices in defense of the Union during the Civil War‍; its 1970 National Historic Landmark designation recognized it one of the nation's most dramatic examples of High Victorian Gothic architecture

Completed in 1877, Memorial Hall honors Harvard men's sacrifices in defense of the Union during the Civil War‍; its 1970 National Historic Landmark designation recognized it one of the nation's most dramatic examples of High Victorian Gothic architecture

Lehman Hall is a 1925 Georgian-revival building and is a modified example of the early New England counting house (the building's original function was home to Harvard's bursar); today, it's the student center for the Graduate School of Arts and Science

Lehman Hall is a 1925 Georgian-revival building and is a modified example of the early New England counting house (the building's original function was home to Harvard's bursar); today, it's the student center for the Graduate School of Arts and Science

Built in 1726 for the president of Harvard, Benjamin Wadsworth, the house that shares his name is the 2nd oldest building on campus; George Washington set up his first MA HQs in the house and rode from here to assume command of the Revolutionary troops

Built in 1726 for the president of Harvard, Benjamin Wadsworth, the house that shares his name is the 2nd oldest building on campus; George Washington set up his first MA HQs in the house and rode from here to assume command of the Revolutionary troops

Grays Hall (1863) became the College's first building with water taps in the basement (residents of other buildings had to haul water from pumps in Harvard Yard); this freshman dorm housed Malia Obama, Natalie Portman, Ryan Fitzpatrick and Norman Mailer

Grays Hall (1863) became the College's first building with water taps in the basement (residents of other buildings had to haul water from pumps in Harvard Yard); this freshman dorm housed Malia Obama, Natalie Portman, Ryan Fitzpatrick and Norman Mailer

Harvard Hall (1764) is the fourth oldest building on campus and is designed in High Georgian style; this classroom building housed the country's first experimental physics laboratory and the university's first mineralogical collections

Harvard Hall (1764) is the fourth oldest building on campus and is designed in High Georgian style; this classroom building housed the country's first experimental physics laboratory and the university's first mineralogical collections

The 1973 Science Center, funded by the inventor of the Polaroid camera, is Harvard's main classroom and laboratory building for undergraduate science and math; the plaza between it and Harvard Yard is used for food trucks, roller skating, ice skating, and other activities such as markets and concerts

The 1973 Science Center, funded by the inventor of the Polaroid camera, is Harvard's main classroom and laboratory building for undergraduate science and math; the plaza between it and Harvard Yard is used for food trucks, roller skating, ice skating, and other activities such as markets and concerts

Holworthy Hall (1812) is a freshman dorm that housed many writers of The Simpsons, Horatio Alger, Conan O'Brien, Deval Patrick, Priscilla Chan Zuckerberg, Pete Buttigieg, Jeffrey Zucker and James Murdoch

Holworthy Hall (1812) is a freshman dorm that housed many writers of The Simpsons, Horatio Alger, Conan O'Brien, Deval Patrick, Priscilla Chan Zuckerberg, Pete Buttigieg, Jeffrey Zucker and James Murdoch

Memorial Church (1932) stands opposite the Widener Library across Harvard Yard; notable Harvard alums include Thoreau, Emerson, FDR, John Adams, Helen Keller, Benazir Bhutto, JFK, Al Gore, WEB DuBois, Bill Gates and Barack and Michelle Obama

Memorial Church (1932) stands opposite the Widener Library across Harvard Yard; notable Harvard alums include Thoreau, Emerson, FDR, John Adams, Helen Keller, Benazir Bhutto, JFK, Al Gore, WEB DuBois, Bill Gates and Barack and Michelle Obama

University Hall(1815), designed by the great early American architect Charles Bulfinch, lies at the heart of Harvard Yard; a neoclassical icon, it's built of white granite, a departure from the red brick designs of other early campus buildings

University Hall(1815), designed by the great early American architect Charles Bulfinch, lies at the heart of Harvard Yard; a neoclassical icon, it's built of white granite, a departure from the red brick designs of other early campus buildings

Matthews Hall (1872) is a freshman dorm on Harvard Yard that has housed Matt Damon, Chuck Schumer, Barney Frank, William Randolph Hearst, Robert Rubin, Maura Healey and John Dos Passos

Matthews Hall (1872) is a freshman dorm on Harvard Yard that has housed Matt Damon, Chuck Schumer, Barney Frank, William Randolph Hearst, Robert Rubin, Maura Healey and John Dos Passos

The Arthur Sackler Museum was built in 1985 to house the University's collection of Asian Art; Sackler died more than a decade before OxyContin was developed but students have lobbied unsuccessfully to have the Sackler name removed from the building

The Arthur Sackler Museum was built in 1985 to house the University's collection of Asian Art; Sackler died more than a decade before OxyContin was developed but students have lobbied unsuccessfully to have the Sackler name removed from the building

I didn't expect to see a wild turkey in the street at Harvard!; Harvard was the only college in the New World from its founding in 1636 until 1693 when the College of William and Mary was established

I didn't expect to see a wild turkey in the street at Harvard!; Harvard was the only college in the New World from its founding in 1636 until 1693 when the College of William and Mary was established

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Massive SC State Museum was very educational

When Columbia Mills opened in 1894 it was the first totally electric textile mill in the world (and the first major industrial installation for GE); the building now houses the huge SC State Museum

When Columbia Mills opened in 1894 it was the first totally electric textile mill in the world (and the first major industrial installation for GE); the building now houses the huge SC State Museum

High Speed Warper, Abney Mills (Anderson Cty), 1928; admission to the this huge museum was $8.95 plus you could add a visit to the planetarium or a 4D show for another $5

High Speed Warper, Abney Mills (Anderson Cty), 1928; admission to the this huge museum was $8.95 plus you could add a visit to the planetarium or a 4D show for another $5

This telephone switchboard was made in Sumter about 1910; in 1922 Columbia became just the second US city to have a complete dial system; the museum has had popular temporary shows like Body Worlds and the Titanic

This telephone switchboard was made in Sumter about 1910; in 1922 Columbia became just the second US city to have a complete dial system; the museum has had popular temporary shows like Body Worlds and the Titanic

In 2014 SC adopted the Columbian mammoth as the official state fossil (yes, at least 41 states have an official fossil); these animals (larger than woolly mammoths or modern African elephants) roamed North America 10000 years ago

In 2014 SC adopted the Columbian mammoth as the official state fossil (yes, at least 41 states have an official fossil); these animals (larger than woolly mammoths or modern African elephants) roamed North America 10000 years ago

Made by a Columbia artist and Seamstresses with a Purpose, this face mask (using the state flag) was part of small exhibit detailing how SC responded to Covid; this is the largest museum in the state

Made by a Columbia artist and Seamstresses with a Purpose, this face mask (using the state flag) was part of small exhibit detailing how SC responded to Covid; this is the largest museum in the state

This museum ($6 that I did not pay) was founded in 1896, and is the oldest museum in Columbia; sharing the building with the SC State Museum, historians have said it may be the least accurate museum operated by a state government anywhere in the country

This museum ($6 that I did not pay) was founded in 1896, and is the oldest museum in Columbia; sharing the building with the SC State Museum, historians have said it may be the least accurate museum operated by a state government anywhere in the country

The Best Friend of Charleston was a steam-powered railroad locomotive widely considered the first locomotive to be built entirely within the US for revenue service; it covered a 6 mile route in Charleston beginning in 1830

The Best Friend of Charleston was a steam-powered railroad locomotive widely considered the first locomotive to be built entirely within the US for revenue service; it covered a 6 mile route in Charleston beginning in 1830

This 1940 Dobby Loom was used at Bath Mills in Aiken until the 1980s; the textile industry, long the backbone of the South, has largely moved to Asia leaving huge old mills abandoned

This 1940 Dobby Loom was used at Bath Mills in Aiken until the 1980s; the textile industry, long the backbone of the South, has largely moved to Asia leaving huge old mills abandoned

This 1904 Curved Dash (Model 6C) Oldsmobile was owned by JE Richard, the first Oldsmobile dealer in Columbia; the wheels of this Olds are 60 inches apart to fit ruts made by cotton and tobacco wagons

This 1904 Curved Dash (Model 6C) Oldsmobile was owned by JE Richard, the first Oldsmobile dealer in Columbia; the wheels of this Olds are 60 inches apart to fit ruts made by cotton and tobacco wagons

There was a very large area dedicated to the work of Charles Hard Townes, winner of the 1964 Nobel Prize in Physics for his work in developing the maser and laser; born in Greenville, he advised every president from Truman to Clinton

There was a very large area dedicated to the work of Charles Hard Townes, winner of the 1964 Nobel Prize in Physics for his work in developing the maser and laser; born in Greenville, he advised every president from Truman to Clinton

The March 1861 Ordinance of Secession (this is one of 200 copies given to the delegates) officially marked the start of the Civil War; this copy was displayed in the SC State House and was rescued just before Sherman torched the building in 1865

The March 1861 Ordinance of Secession (this is one of 200 copies given to the delegates) officially marked the start of the Civil War; this copy was displayed in the SC State House and was rescued just before Sherman torched the building in 1865

King Cotton and Pro-Slavery Arguments (1860) was published in response to books such as Uncle Tom's Cabin; this compilation includes works by Southerners including one from SC famous for coining the phrase - cotton is king

King Cotton and Pro-Slavery Arguments (1860) was published in response to books such as Uncle Tom's Cabin; this compilation includes works by Southerners including one from SC famous for coining the phrase - cotton is king

The CSS Hunley became the first submarine to destroy an enemy ship on February 17, 1864 when it sank the USS Housatonic in Charleston harbor; it was damaged in the fight and sunk that same day, never returning to port

The CSS Hunley became the first submarine to destroy an enemy ship on February 17, 1864 when it sank the USS Housatonic in Charleston harbor; it was damaged in the fight and sunk that same day, never returning to port

The Anderson Motor Company of Rock Hill was one of the most successful automakers in the South producing 6000 cars between 1915 and 1925; in 1921 Ford's Model T sold for $345 while Anderson's lowest price was $1650

The Anderson Motor Company of Rock Hill was one of the most successful automakers in the South producing 6000 cars between 1915 and 1925; in 1921 Ford's Model T sold for $345 while Anderson's lowest price was $1650

The 1849 Henry Fitz Telescope was delivered to Erskine College in Due West and is one of the oldest examples of an American-made telescope; it is possibly the oldest surviving American-made observatory instrument

The 1849 Henry Fitz Telescope was delivered to Erskine College in Due West and is one of the oldest examples of an American-made telescope; it is possibly the oldest surviving American-made observatory instrument

I loved this work of Sir Isaac Newton by Molly B. Right (2014) made entirely of bottle caps; Right was born in 1963 in Greensboro (but I couldn't find her maiden name so I'm not sure if we were in school together) but now works out of Charleston

I loved this work of Sir Isaac Newton by Molly B. Right (2014) made entirely of bottle caps; Right was born in 1963 in Greensboro (but I couldn't find her maiden name so I'm not sure if we were in school together) but now works out of Charleston

Dave storage jug, c. 1850; in the Edgefield district, beginning in 1809, a distinctive type of alkaline-glazed stoneware began to be made; pieces were created by African-American slave craftspeople with the most famous of these being Dave

Dave storage jug, c. 1850; in the Edgefield district, beginning in 1809, a distinctive type of alkaline-glazed stoneware began to be made; pieces were created by African-American slave craftspeople with the most famous of these being Dave

This chair (1758), made by local cabinetmakers, was used by the Royal Governor when he presided over the Royal Council (the upper body of the state legislature) in the first statehouse in Charleston

This chair (1758), made by local cabinetmakers, was used by the Royal Governor when he presided over the Royal Council (the upper body of the state legislature) in the first statehouse in Charleston

Spinning Jennies sold for $130 in 1827 and were popular on large Southern plantations until after the Civil War; the machine could produce enough yarn in 1 day that a loom could turn into cloth 10 yds long by 3 yds wide

Spinning Jennies sold for $130 in 1827 and were popular on large Southern plantations until after the Civil War; the machine could produce enough yarn in 1 day that a loom could turn into cloth 10 yds long by 3 yds wide

An exhibit to mark the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing (here JFK is at Rice Stadium announcing his plans for a mission to the moon) charted the history of NASA’s Apollo program and South Carolina’s role in lunar exploration

An exhibit to mark the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing (here JFK is at Rice Stadium announcing his plans for a mission to the moon) charted the history of NASA’s Apollo program and South Carolina’s role in lunar exploration

This is one of three original cameras from WNOK which began broadcasting in Columbia on September 1, 1953 (amazing to think how relatively new the medium is); the station is one of the oldest UHF stations in the world

This is one of three original cameras from WNOK which began broadcasting in Columbia on September 1, 1953 (amazing to think how relatively new the medium is); the station is one of the oldest UHF stations in the world

1927 Hupmobile owned by an optometrist in Hopkins, SC; Henry Ford said - I recall looking at Bobby Hupp's roadster at the first show where it was exhibited and wondering whether we could ever build as good a small car for as little money

1927 Hupmobile owned by an optometrist in Hopkins, SC; Henry Ford said - I recall looking at Bobby Hupp's roadster at the first show where it was exhibited and wondering whether we could ever build as good a small car for as little money

Ronald McNair, born in Lake City and educated in Greensboro, first went into space aboard the Challenger in 1984 which was the first flight to land at Kennedy Space Center; he died in the January 1986 Challenger tragedy

Ronald McNair, born in Lake City and educated in Greensboro, first went into space aboard the Challenger in 1984 which was the first flight to land at Kennedy Space Center; he died in the January 1986 Challenger tragedy

A spinning room in a 1915 cotton mill; when the Columbia Mills opened in 1894, they manufactured cotton duck cloth (a canvas-like material) and the old mill building is considered the Museum's largest artifact

A spinning room in a 1915 cotton mill; when the Columbia Mills opened in 1894, they manufactured cotton duck cloth (a canvas-like material) and the old mill building is considered the Museum's largest artifact

Built in a Columbia garage in 1978, this is a Quartz Rotary Pecan Cracker Prototype that used air pressure to shell pecans (the first technological breakthrough the industry had seen in decades)

Built in a Columbia garage in 1978, this is a Quartz Rotary Pecan Cracker Prototype that used air pressure to shell pecans (the first technological breakthrough the industry had seen in decades)

Lee Redd used this Smith Premier typewriter in the 1890s when he worked at Columbia Mills (the building now housing the museum); temporary exhibits for my visit included the Science of Sound and Early American Face Vessels

Lee Redd used this Smith Premier typewriter in the 1890s when he worked at Columbia Mills (the building now housing the museum); temporary exhibits for my visit included the Science of Sound and Early American Face Vessels

Twenty years before Samuel Morse patented the telegraph, he was a portrait painter in Charleston (this is a self-portrait from 1808); most of the exhibits involved a large amount of reading so the kids were better off next door at EdVenture

Twenty years before Samuel Morse patented the telegraph, he was a portrait painter in Charleston (this is a self-portrait from 1808); most of the exhibits involved a large amount of reading so the kids were better off next door at EdVenture

Tiger Paw is modeled after the shrimp trawlers seen in SC (they usually are within 4 miles of the coast); the state's most valuable seafood crop, commercial shrimp here have 3 varieties which all taste the same; peak season is August to October

Tiger Paw is modeled after the shrimp trawlers seen in SC (they usually are within 4 miles of the coast); the state's most valuable seafood crop, commercial shrimp here have 3 varieties which all taste the same; peak season is August to October

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Highlight's from Pasadena's Norton Simon Museum, pt 1

Portrait of a Peasant (Patience Escalier), Vincent van Gogh, 1888; the museum has a world-renowned collection of art from South Asia and Southeast Asia, with examples of this region's sculptural and painting traditions

Portrait of a Peasant (Patience Escalier), Vincent van Gogh, 1888; the museum has a world-renowned collection of art from South Asia and Southeast Asia, with examples of this region's sculptural and painting traditions

Vase of Flowers, Paul Cezanne, 1880-81; I found the museum to be very old school with lots of old money trappings; this is not a museum where you will see school groups or many young people

Vase of Flowers, Paul Cezanne, 1880-81; I found the museum to be very old school with lots of old money trappings; this is not a museum where you will see school groups or many young people

The Flower Vendor, Diego Rivera, 1941; when the Pasadena Art Museum (contemporary) morphed into the Norton Simon (traditional), it led indirectly to the founding of the Museum of Contemporary Art, LA in 1979, a project largely driven by Norton Simon's sister

The Flower Vendor, Diego Rivera, 1941; when the Pasadena Art Museum (contemporary) morphed into the Norton Simon (traditional), it led indirectly to the founding of the Museum of Contemporary Art, LA in 1979, a project largely driven by Norton Simon's sister

Woman with a Book, Pablo Picasso, 1932; originally focused on contemporary art, the museum ran into financial troubles in the 1970s; Simon rescued the museum (then called the Pasadena Art Museum) provided it devote 75% of its space to his art collection

Woman with a Book, Pablo Picasso, 1932; originally focused on contemporary art, the museum ran into financial troubles in the 1970s; Simon rescued the museum (then called the Pasadena Art Museum) provided it devote 75% of its space to his art collection

This outdoor sculpture garden area contained works by well-known artists but the best sculptures were located inside; the garden is at a busy intersection with a freeway on the third side so it's not a place for quiet contemplation

This outdoor sculpture garden area contained works by well-known artists but the best sculptures were located inside; the garden is at a busy intersection with a freeway on the third side so it's not a place for quiet contemplation

Bird in Space, Constantin Brancusi, 1931; the artist produced his first Bird in Space in 1923, eventually producing 15 variations on the theme working in both bronze (like this one) and marble

Bird in Space, Constantin Brancusi, 1931; the artist produced his first Bird in Space in 1923, eventually producing 15 variations on the theme working in both bronze (like this one) and marble

Horse Galloping on Right Foot, Edgar Degas, 1889; the Tournament of Roses Parade starts near the museum which is in Pasadena at the intersection of Orange Grove Blvd and Colorado Blvd (the old route 66)

Horse Galloping on Right Foot, Edgar Degas, 1889; the Tournament of Roses Parade starts near the museum which is in Pasadena at the intersection of Orange Grove Blvd and Colorado Blvd (the old route 66)

Portrait of the Artist's Wife, Jeanne Hebuterne, Amadeo Modigliani, 1918; born in Italy, the artist moved to Paris in 1906 where he frequented Picasso's studio, dabbled in Cubism and developed an addiction to drugs and alcohol

Portrait of the Artist's Wife, Jeanne Hebuterne, Amadeo Modigliani, 1918; born in Italy, the artist moved to Paris in 1906 where he frequented Picasso's studio, dabbled in Cubism and developed an addiction to drugs and alcohol

The Swineherd, Paul Gauguin, 1888; Norton Simon purchased this painting in 1955; it was his 7th purchase (and the most significant) for his collection although Simon's wife left it to the LA County Museum of Art upon his death (it's on loan here)

The Swineherd, Paul Gauguin, 1888; Norton Simon purchased this painting in 1955; it was his 7th purchase (and the most significant) for his collection although Simon's wife left it to the LA County Museum of Art upon his death (it's on loan here)

Mouth of the Seine at Honfleur, Claude Monet, 1865; a 24 yr old Monet made his Paris Salon debut with this work, declaring an allegiance to Courbet, Manet and the Realist avant-garde

Mouth of the Seine at Honfleur, Claude Monet, 1865; a 24 yr old Monet made his Paris Salon debut with this work, declaring an allegiance to Courbet, Manet and the Realist avant-garde

Vase of Lilacs, Roses and Tulips, Gustave Courbet, 1863; best known for his early peasant paintings, Courbet's still lifes recall 17th century Dutch flower paintings which were coveted by 19th century collectors

Vase of Lilacs, Roses and Tulips, Gustave Courbet, 1863; best known for his early peasant paintings, Courbet's still lifes recall 17th century Dutch flower paintings which were coveted by 19th century collectors

Red-Headed Woman in the Garden of M. Foret, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, 1887; in 1929, Norton Simon invested $7,000 in a floundering juice bottling company; he eventually turned his investment into the highly prosperous Hunt Foods (think ketchup)

Red-Headed Woman in the Garden of M. Foret, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, 1887; in 1929, Norton Simon invested $7,000 in a floundering juice bottling company; he eventually turned his investment into the highly prosperous Hunt Foods (think ketchup)

Martin Mariano de Goicoechea, Francisco de Goya y Lucientes, 1805; this miniature on copper is part of a group of portraits Goya painted marking his son's wedding as a souvenir for his daughter-in-law's family

Martin Mariano de Goicoechea, Francisco de Goya y Lucientes, 1805; this miniature on copper is part of a group of portraits Goya painted marking his son's wedding as a souvenir for his daughter-in-law's family

Interior of St. Peter's Rome, Giovanni Paolo Pannini, 1735; this work is based on a piece, now in the Louvre, that was commissioned by Cardinal Melchior de Polignac, French ambassador to the Vatican

Interior of St. Peter's Rome, Giovanni Paolo Pannini, 1735; this work is based on a piece, now in the Louvre, that was commissioned by Cardinal Melchior de Polignac, French ambassador to the Vatican

Wine is a Mocker, Jan Steen, 1663-64; the artist conveys the message here that not only are those of a superior position as susceptible as the lowly to the sins of drink, but that their disgrace is more pitiable because of the distance they've fallen

Wine is a Mocker, Jan Steen, 1663-64; the artist conveys the message here that not only are those of a superior position as susceptible as the lowly to the sins of drink, but that their disgrace is more pitiable because of the distance they've fallen

Portrait of a Bearded Man in a Wide-Brimmed Hat, Rembrandt van Rijn, 1633; dressed in sober black attire and and presented close-up, the sitter embodies the ideals of sobriety and modesty valued by the Dutch middle class at the time

Portrait of a Bearded Man in a Wide-Brimmed Hat, Rembrandt van Rijn, 1633; dressed in sober black attire and and presented close-up, the sitter embodies the ideals of sobriety and modesty valued by the Dutch middle class at the time

Madonna and Child with Book, Raphael, c. 1502-03; together with Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael forms the traditional trinity of great masters of the High Renaissance

Madonna and Child with Book, Raphael, c. 1502-03; together with Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael forms the traditional trinity of great masters of the High Renaissance

Still Life with Rummer, Pieter Claesz, 1645; Claesz was one of the innovators of the small-scale breakfast piece, or ontbijtje, in which a few modest elements—such as a pewter plate, bread and herring—are described with a limited palette of warm tones

Still Life with Rummer, Pieter Claesz, 1645; Claesz was one of the innovators of the small-scale breakfast piece, or ontbijtje, in which a few modest elements—such as a pewter plate, bread and herring—are described with a limited palette of warm tones

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The colorful and worldly birds of the Fort Worth Zoo

The Caribbean flamingo is, by far, the most brightly colored of all flamingo species and the tallest flamingo living in the Americas; these animals can live up to 50 years in the wild

The Caribbean flamingo is, by far, the most brightly colored of all flamingo species and the tallest flamingo living in the Americas; these animals can live up to 50 years in the wild

Budgerigars are found wild throughout the drier parts of Australia, where they have survived harsh inland conditions for over 5 million years; its success can be attributed to a nomadic lifestyle and its ability to breed while on the move

Budgerigars are found wild throughout the drier parts of Australia, where they have survived harsh inland conditions for over 5 million years; its success can be attributed to a nomadic lifestyle and its ability to breed while on the move

Hyacinth macaws are parrots native to central and eastern South America;  it is the largest macaw and the largest flying parrot species; limited tool use has been observed in both wild and captive hyacinth macaws

Hyacinth macaws are parrots native to central and eastern South America; it is the largest macaw and the largest flying parrot species; limited tool use has been observed in both wild and captive hyacinth macaws

Although relatively small by pelican standards, the pink-backed pelican has a wingspan of 7.5-9 ft. and can weigh up to 15 lbs; it is a resident breeder in the swamps and shallow lakes of Africa, southern Arabia, and southern India

Although relatively small by pelican standards, the pink-backed pelican has a wingspan of 7.5-9 ft. and can weigh up to 15 lbs; it is a resident breeder in the swamps and shallow lakes of Africa, southern Arabia, and southern India

The greater flamingo is the most widespread and largest species of flamingo (how does it sit like this?); they are found in Africa, the Indian subcontinent, the Middle East, and in southern Europe

The greater flamingo is the most widespread and largest species of flamingo (how does it sit like this?); they are found in Africa, the Indian subcontinent, the Middle East, and in southern Europe

Male lesser birds-of-paradise have a dark emerald-green throat and a pair of long tail-wires with ornamental flank plumes which are deep yellow at their base and fade outwards into white; the males are polygamous, and perform courtship displays in leks

Male lesser birds-of-paradise have a dark emerald-green throat and a pair of long tail-wires with ornamental flank plumes which are deep yellow at their base and fade outwards into white; the males are polygamous, and perform courtship displays in leks

The galah is native to Australia and can undo stitching to access bagged wheat so is sometimes regarded as a pest by farmers; both parents incubate the eggs from August to November for 22 - 26 days

The galah is native to Australia and can undo stitching to access bagged wheat so is sometimes regarded as a pest by farmers; both parents incubate the eggs from August to November for 22 - 26 days

Wild turkeys claim more habitat than any other game bird in North America; TX is home to nearly 600,000 wild turkeys (more than any other state); once home to 10 million wild turkeys, North America's population had dropped to only 30,000 by 1900

Wild turkeys claim more habitat than any other game bird in North America; TX is home to nearly 600,000 wild turkeys (more than any other state); once home to 10 million wild turkeys, North America's population had dropped to only 30,000 by 1900

Common around prairie dog towns, burrowing owls show up wherever available burrows are found; to protect the burrow, this owl (found in Texas) mimics the rattlesnake's rattle sound to ward off predators

Common around prairie dog towns, burrowing owls show up wherever available burrows are found; to protect the burrow, this owl (found in Texas) mimics the rattlesnake's rattle sound to ward off predators

The saddle-billed stork is one of Africa's largest stork species with adults weighing 13  pounds and having a wingspan of 10  feet; the eyes of males are darkly colored while females have pale yellow eyes

The saddle-billed stork is one of Africa's largest stork species with adults weighing 13+ pounds and having a wingspan of 10+ feet; the eyes of males are darkly colored while females have pale yellow eyes

African penguins live off the SW coast of Africa and spend most of their day in the water feeding; these penguins can dive to 400 ft in search of anchovies, mackerel, herring, sardines and squid

African penguins live off the SW coast of Africa and spend most of their day in the water feeding; these penguins can dive to 400 ft in search of anchovies, mackerel, herring, sardines and squid

The Chilean flamingo has light pink plumage (so light that it almost looks white); it may live on the coast or far inland and can survive in a variety of altitudes and climates

The Chilean flamingo has light pink plumage (so light that it almost looks white); it may live on the coast or far inland and can survive in a variety of altitudes and climates

The heaviest living bird native to North America, the trumpeter swan is also the largest extant species of waterfowl, with a wingspan of up to 8 ft 2 in; by 1933, fewer than 70 wild trumpeters were known to exist, and extinction seemed imminent

The heaviest living bird native to North America, the trumpeter swan is also the largest extant species of waterfowl, with a wingspan of up to 8 ft 2 in; by 1933, fewer than 70 wild trumpeters were known to exist, and extinction seemed imminent

The rockhopper is one of the smaller penguin species with adults standing only 16 to 18 inches high; males and females cannot be distinguished visually, so a DNA test is conducted by taking a feather from the bird to determine its gender

The rockhopper is one of the smaller penguin species with adults standing only 16 to 18 inches high; males and females cannot be distinguished visually, so a DNA test is conducted by taking a feather from the bird to determine its gender

The scarlet macaw's range extends from SE Mexico to the Peruvian Amazon, Ecuador, Colombia, Bolivia, Venezuela and Brazil as well as the Caribbean island of Trinidad; it is the national bird of Honduras

The scarlet macaw's range extends from SE Mexico to the Peruvian Amazon, Ecuador, Colombia, Bolivia, Venezuela and Brazil as well as the Caribbean island of Trinidad; it is the national bird of Honduras

Native to Australia, cockatiels are prized as household pets and companion parrots throughout the world and are relatively easy to breed; as a caged bird, cockatiels are second in popularity only to the budgerigar

Native to Australia, cockatiels are prized as household pets and companion parrots throughout the world and are relatively easy to breed; as a caged bird, cockatiels are second in popularity only to the budgerigar

The military macaw gets its name from its predominantly green plumage resembling a military parade uniform; it is native to forests of Mexico and South America and though considered vulnerable in the wild, it is commonly found in the pet trade industry

The military macaw gets its name from its predominantly green plumage resembling a military parade uniform; it is native to forests of Mexico and South America and though considered vulnerable in the wild, it is commonly found in the pet trade industry

Parakeets comprise about 115 species of birds that are seed-eating parrots of small size, slender build, and long, tapering tails; the green parakeet (found in South Texas) is the only species still found in North America

Parakeets comprise about 115 species of birds that are seed-eating parrots of small size, slender build, and long, tapering tails; the green parakeet (found in South Texas) is the only species still found in North America

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