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Everyone loves Mexico's charming San Miguel de Allende

The 17th century Parish Church of Saint Michael the Archangel is the town's symbol and can be seen from virtually everywhere; 100  acres of the historic center was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2008

The 17th century Parish Church of Saint Michael the Archangel is the town's symbol and can be seen from virtually everywhere; 100+ acres of the historic center was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2008

At the beginning of the 20th century, the city was in danger of becoming a ghost town after an influenza pandemic; instead it was discovered by artists and expats who preserved the historic buildings, largely of Baroque and Neoclassical-styles

At the beginning of the 20th century, the city was in danger of becoming a ghost town after an influenza pandemic; instead it was discovered by artists and expats who preserved the historic buildings, largely of Baroque and Neoclassical-styles

El Jardin, the main plaza, is the heart of SMA with a bandstand and beautifully manicured trees; following a 500 year old Spanish tradition, this plaza is the social center of town where locals gather to visit and catch up with one another

El Jardin, the main plaza, is the heart of SMA with a bandstand and beautifully manicured trees; following a 500 year old Spanish tradition, this plaza is the social center of town where locals gather to visit and catch up with one another

The government of Mexico declared San Miguel de Allende to be a national monument in 1926 which help protect its colonial center and limited development; the result is a charming, easily walkable town that seems a throwback in time

The government of Mexico declared San Miguel de Allende to be a national monument in 1926 which help protect its colonial center and limited development; the result is a charming, easily walkable town that seems a throwback in time

The 18th century Sanctuary of Atotonilco shares UNESCO World Heritage status with the historic core of San Miguel de Allende; it's only 20 minutes by car/Uber in a tiny town of the same name

The 18th century Sanctuary of Atotonilco shares UNESCO World Heritage status with the historic core of San Miguel de Allende; it's only 20 minutes by car/Uber in a tiny town of the same name

The main feature of the Sanctuary of Atotonilco is the rich Mexican Baroque mural work that adorns the main nave and chapels; dubbed the Sistine Chapel of Mexico, Antonio Martínez de Pocasangre spent 30 years working on the murals

The main feature of the Sanctuary of Atotonilco is the rich Mexican Baroque mural work that adorns the main nave and chapels; dubbed the Sistine Chapel of Mexico, Antonio Martínez de Pocasangre spent 30 years working on the murals

Don Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla was a Catholic priest, leader of the Mexican War of Independence and is recognized as the Father of the Nation; he attached an image of the Virgin to his lance at the Sanctuary of Atotonilco so it remains an important pilgrimmage site

Don Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla was a Catholic priest, leader of the Mexican War of Independence and is recognized as the Father of the Nation; he attached an image of the Virgin to his lance at the Sanctuary of Atotonilco so it remains an important pilgrimmage site

Jim and I went to UCLA together and I hadn't seen him since his 40th birthday party in 1992; he has lived in San Miguel de Allende since 2005 and has a lucrative business selling and renting homes here (despite still not being very fluent in Spanish)

Jim and I went to UCLA together and I hadn't seen him since his 40th birthday party in 1992; he has lived in San Miguel de Allende since 2005 and has a lucrative business selling and renting homes here (despite still not being very fluent in Spanish)

It took 3 trips to the Temple of the Immaculate Conception before I found it open but it was my favorite of the churches I saw in San Miguel de Allende; the religious artwork inside was nicely interspersed with contemporary works

It took 3 trips to the Temple of the Immaculate Conception before I found it open but it was my favorite of the churches I saw in San Miguel de Allende; the religious artwork inside was nicely interspersed with contemporary works

Built in 1873, the Teatro Angela Peralta was opened by and named for the reigning queen of opera in Mexico; it hosts the Chamber Music Festival in August, jazz during the Cervantino Festival in October, and the International Jazz Festival in November

Built in 1873, the Teatro Angela Peralta was opened by and named for the reigning queen of opera in Mexico; it hosts the Chamber Music Festival in August, jazz during the Cervantino Festival in October, and the International Jazz Festival in November

The 173-acre El Charco del Ingenio Botanical Garden includes the remains of an aqueduct that used to supply water to the old textile mill as well as a fulling mill, a stone building from the viceregal period that was used to grind or to wash wool

The 173-acre El Charco del Ingenio Botanical Garden includes the remains of an aqueduct that used to supply water to the old textile mill as well as a fulling mill, a stone building from the viceregal period that was used to grind or to wash wool

Construction on the Templo de San Francisco began in 1778 and took 20  years with different architectural changes according to the period and fashion; the bell tower, built in 1799, is in the neoclassical style, which was fashionable at the time

Construction on the Templo de San Francisco began in 1778 and took 20+ years with different architectural changes according to the period and fashion; the bell tower, built in 1799, is in the neoclassical style, which was fashionable at the time

General Ignacio Allende, a Mexican independence hero, dominates Solitude Square which was the main town square in the 16th and 17th centuries; the city was founded in 1542 as San Miguel (originally named for the founder) and later modified to pay tribute to Allende

General Ignacio Allende, a Mexican independence hero, dominates Solitude Square which was the main town square in the 16th and 17th centuries; the city was founded in 1542 as San Miguel (originally named for the founder) and later modified to pay tribute to Allende

The 18th century Iglesia Nuestra Señora de La Salud has an unusual entrance crowned by a gigantic carved seashell with a single eye enclosed in a triangle, an ancient symbol for God’s omnipresence

The 18th century Iglesia Nuestra Señora de La Salud has an unusual entrance crowned by a gigantic carved seashell with a single eye enclosed in a triangle, an ancient symbol for God’s omnipresence

Almost 20% of San Miguel de Allende's residents are expats with English widely spoken; pastel-colored residences lined the cobblestone streets easy fooling visitors into thinking they were in Spain or Italy

Almost 20% of San Miguel de Allende's residents are expats with English widely spoken; pastel-colored residences lined the cobblestone streets easy fooling visitors into thinking they were in Spain or Italy

San Miguel de Allende was revived by artists and there remains a strong artist presence with great galleries, handicrafts and boutiques; I was disappointed the city didn't really have any noteworthy museums (nearby Guanajuato has many good ones)

San Miguel de Allende was revived by artists and there remains a strong artist presence with great galleries, handicrafts and boutiques; I was disappointed the city didn't really have any noteworthy museums (nearby Guanajuato has many good ones)

The Temple of the Oratory of Saint Philip Neri, completed in 1712, is San Miguel de Allende's most active house of worship; the statue is of Saint Philip Romolo Neri who lived ascetically through 80 years of 16th century Italy

The Temple of the Oratory of Saint Philip Neri, completed in 1712, is San Miguel de Allende's most active house of worship; the statue is of Saint Philip Romolo Neri who lived ascetically through 80 years of 16th century Italy

This was the incredible view from my friend Jim's rooftop; there was one downside to being so close to the main church - the bells are rung by hand virtually  every 15 minutes from 4am-10pm although there was often no rhyme or reason to their schedule

This was the incredible view from my friend Jim's rooftop; there was one downside to being so close to the main church - the bells are rung by hand virtually every 15 minutes from 4am-10pm although there was often no rhyme or reason to their schedule

The Iglesia de San Rafael, adjacent to the city's main church, was built in the 18th century; the city is just 170 miles north of Mexico City but, with traffic, was a pleasant and inexpensive 4 hour journey on a modern bus

The Iglesia de San Rafael, adjacent to the city's main church, was built in the 18th century; the city is just 170 miles north of Mexico City but, with traffic, was a pleasant and inexpensive 4 hour journey on a modern bus

These gorgeous doors grace the late 18th century home of the de la Canal family; the doors are flanked by two sturdy Corinthian columns, which support strong and linear cornices, where a circular pediment is erected

These gorgeous doors grace the late 18th century home of the de la Canal family; the doors are flanked by two sturdy Corinthian columns, which support strong and linear cornices, where a circular pediment is erected

The city is so atmospheric but many of the most charming scenes are hidden, like the gorgeous courtyards; the expats here are generally quite affluent with new developments on the outskirts of town and mini-mansion, palazzos/villas in town

The city is so atmospheric but many of the most charming scenes are hidden, like the gorgeous courtyards; the expats here are generally quite affluent with new developments on the outskirts of town and mini-mansion, palazzos/villas in town

The garambullo cactus is native to northern and central Mexico and was one of the many interesting species at El Charco del Ingenio Botanical Garden; it was a pleasant one mile uphill walk from the center of town with lots of expensive homes along the way

The garambullo cactus is native to northern and central Mexico and was one of the many interesting species at El Charco del Ingenio Botanical Garden; it was a pleasant one mile uphill walk from the center of town with lots of expensive homes along the way

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Favorites from outstanding Indianapolis Museum of Art, pt 1

Happy World on a Cloud, FriendsWithYou, 2021; visitors are welcomed to Newfields with a message of hope and admiration for nature's wonders; this pair of artists formed with the intention of inspiring kindness, joy and love through acts of culture creation

Happy World on a Cloud, FriendsWithYou, 2021; visitors are welcomed to Newfields with a message of hope and admiration for nature's wonders; this pair of artists formed with the intention of inspiring kindness, joy and love through acts of culture creation

Jimson Weed, Georgia O'Keefee, 1936; cosmetic entrepreneur Elizabeth Arden commissioned O'Keefee to paint Jimson Weed for the exercise room of her Fifth Avenue Salon in NYC; I wonder what the artist thought of her work going in a glorified gym

Jimson Weed, Georgia O'Keefee, 1936; cosmetic entrepreneur Elizabeth Arden commissioned O'Keefee to paint Jimson Weed for the exercise room of her Fifth Avenue Salon in NYC; I wonder what the artist thought of her work going in a glorified gym

Self-Portrait, Rembrandt van Rijn, ca. 1629; Rembrandt produced no fewer than 75 self-portraits over the course of his career, capturing every phase of his life with an unflinching eye

Self-Portrait, Rembrandt van Rijn, ca. 1629; Rembrandt produced no fewer than 75 self-portraits over the course of his career, capturing every phase of his life with an unflinching eye

Untitled, Frantisek Vizner, 1993; the Museum's glass collection was a bequest from Gene and Marilyn Glick; Mariilyn became a fan of contemporary studio art glass after a visit to the Toledo Museum of Art

Untitled, Frantisek Vizner, 1993; the Museum's glass collection was a bequest from Gene and Marilyn Glick; Mariilyn became a fan of contemporary studio art glass after a visit to the Toledo Museum of Art

New York, New Haven and Hartford, Edward Hopper, 1931; painted during the Depression and named for an East Coast railroad line, Hopper's rural landscapes have an abandoned atmosphere that echoes the loneliness and isolation of his urban scenes

New York, New Haven and Hartford, Edward Hopper, 1931; painted during the Depression and named for an East Coast railroad line, Hopper's rural landscapes have an abandoned atmosphere that echoes the loneliness and isolation of his urban scenes

Portrait of Monsieur Pool, Albert Dubois-Pillet, 1887; the sober likeness of this French officer is one of the earliest examples of Neo-Impressionist portraiture; Pool wears his cross of the Legion of Honor which likely was the inspiration for the portrait

Portrait of Monsieur Pool, Albert Dubois-Pillet, 1887; the sober likeness of this French officer is one of the earliest examples of Neo-Impressionist portraiture; Pool wears his cross of the Legion of Honor which likely was the inspiration for the portrait

The Clowes Pavilion features an 11,500 lb, 47 by 31-ft LED ceiling at the center of the medieval cloister-inspired courtyard surrounded by some of the Museum's most famous European paintings; I visited while a popular concert series was taking place

The Clowes Pavilion features an 11,500 lb, 47 by 31-ft LED ceiling at the center of the medieval cloister-inspired courtyard surrounded by some of the Museum's most famous European paintings; I visited while a popular concert series was taking place

Longcase Regulator Clock, Andre-Charles Boulle, ca. 1673; this clock's opulent veneer of ebony, tortoiseshell, pewter, and brass includes a gilt bronze figure of Chronos, the ancient Greek personification of time, who is shown holding up its dial

Longcase Regulator Clock, Andre-Charles Boulle, ca. 1673; this clock's opulent veneer of ebony, tortoiseshell, pewter, and brass includes a gilt bronze figure of Chronos, the ancient Greek personification of time, who is shown holding up its dial

Bubble Boy #194, Richard Marquis, 1988; with a glass technique called murrine, multicolored rods of glass are sliced into discs and arranged in a pattern; the discs are then fused together into sheets which can be shaped and manipulated into various forms

Bubble Boy #194, Richard Marquis, 1988; with a glass technique called murrine, multicolored rods of glass are sliced into discs and arranged in a pattern; the discs are then fused together into sheets which can be shaped and manipulated into various forms

The Young Artist, Thomas Mickell Burnham, 1840; this painting was intended to appeal to Boston abolitionists, with its depiction of the nation's children - symbolic of the nation's future - setting aside racial issues to play together

The Young Artist, Thomas Mickell Burnham, 1840; this painting was intended to appeal to Boston abolitionists, with its depiction of the nation's children - symbolic of the nation's future - setting aside racial issues to play together

Folded Circle Dynamics Red Phase III, Fletcher Benton, 1976; Benton was a central figure in the kinetic art movement of the 1960s and 70s, with this being his second largest sculpture; there's a small motor that moves plexiglass pieces back and forth

Folded Circle Dynamics Red Phase III, Fletcher Benton, 1976; Benton was a central figure in the kinetic art movement of the 1960s and 70s, with this being his second largest sculpture; there's a small motor that moves plexiglass pieces back and forth

Wide-Mouthed Flower Basket, Tanabe Chikuunsai I, 1919; bamboo basket weaving has been a Japanese tradition for centuries and can take decades to master; this artist cut and gathered his own bamboo and could tell its pliability based on if it was growing in sun or shade

Wide-Mouthed Flower Basket, Tanabe Chikuunsai I, 1919; bamboo basket weaving has been a Japanese tradition for centuries and can take decades to master; this artist cut and gathered his own bamboo and could tell its pliability based on if it was growing in sun or shade

The Indianapolis Museum of Art’s impressive 11,000-square-foot Design Gallery is the largest collection gallery devoted to modern and contemporary design of any museum in the country

The Indianapolis Museum of Art’s impressive 11,000-square-foot Design Gallery is the largest collection gallery devoted to modern and contemporary design of any museum in the country

LOVE, 1970, Robert Indiana; first produced in 1964, this was the artist's first monumental LOVE sculpture; born Robert Clark, he changed his name (in tribute to his home state) to avoid confusion with two other artists with the same name

LOVE, 1970, Robert Indiana; first produced in 1964, this was the artist's first monumental LOVE sculpture; born Robert Clark, he changed his name (in tribute to his home state) to avoid confusion with two other artists with the same name

The Park at Mortefontaine, Jean Joseph Xavier Bidauld, 1806; this park was owned by Joseph Bonaparte, Napoleon's older brother; after Napoleon's defeat at Waterloo, the younger Bonaparte fled France with his art collection and built an estate in NJ

The Park at Mortefontaine, Jean Joseph Xavier Bidauld, 1806; this park was owned by Joseph Bonaparte, Napoleon's older brother; after Napoleon's defeat at Waterloo, the younger Bonaparte fled France with his art collection and built an estate in NJ

Cup, Jean-Valentin Morel, 1854-55; this stunning piece is made from bloodstone (jasper), gold, enamels, emeralds, rubies, sapphires, and cameos; Indianapolis is the fourth-most populous state capital after Phoenix, Austin, and Columbus

Cup, Jean-Valentin Morel, 1854-55; this stunning piece is made from bloodstone (jasper), gold, enamels, emeralds, rubies, sapphires, and cameos; Indianapolis is the fourth-most populous state capital after Phoenix, Austin, and Columbus

Beech Trees, William McKendree Snyder, undated; the artist's favorite subject was the beech forests near his home along the Ohio River in Madison, IN; he painted with great attention to accuracy rather than in the Impressionist style popular at the time

Beech Trees, William McKendree Snyder, undated; the artist's favorite subject was the beech forests near his home along the Ohio River in Madison, IN; he painted with great attention to accuracy rather than in the Impressionist style popular at the time

Buildings in Winter, Cecil F. Head, 1935; this Indiana native was more interested in strong compositions and rich color schemes rather than social statements; this work was exhibited at the 1939 New York World's Fair

Buildings in Winter, Cecil F. Head, 1935; this Indiana native was more interested in strong compositions and rich color schemes rather than social statements; this work was exhibited at the 1939 New York World's Fair

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World's largest azalea garden is GA's Callaway Gardens

Callaway Gardens opened on May 21, 1952, as the Ida Cason Gardens, with 13,000 acres, a number of lakes, a golf course, and scenic drives; admission to the Gardens today is $24.95 per adult (not per car)

Callaway Gardens opened on May 21, 1952, as the Ida Cason Gardens, with 13,000 acres, a number of lakes, a golf course, and scenic drives; admission to the Gardens today is $24.95 per adult (not per car)

Callaway Gardens was originally conceived in 1930 after a rare azalea was discovered growing in the area; the Calloways dammed streams creating 13 lakes and 20,000  trees, shrubs and native flowers were planted in the barren landscape

Callaway Gardens was originally conceived in 1930 after a rare azalea was discovered growing in the area; the Calloways dammed streams creating 13 lakes and 20,000+ trees, shrubs and native flowers were planted in the barren landscape

This unique azalea is the Big Sepal variety from Japan; azaleas made their way to Europe from the Orient during the early 1800s with the first exotic azaleas in the South planted in 1848 at Magnolia Gardens near Charleston

This unique azalea is the Big Sepal variety from Japan; azaleas made their way to Europe from the Orient during the early 1800s with the first exotic azaleas in the South planted in 1848 at Magnolia Gardens near Charleston

The Callaway Brothers Azalea Bowl is a 40-acre garden featuring 3,000  native and hybrid azaleas; Ely Callaway Jr., founder of Callaway Golf, funded the Azalea Bowl garden with a $3 million donation, and it opened in 1999

The Callaway Brothers Azalea Bowl is a 40-acre garden featuring 3,000+ native and hybrid azaleas; Ely Callaway Jr., founder of Callaway Golf, funded the Azalea Bowl garden with a $3 million donation, and it opened in 1999

Brilliant Camellia; when the Great Depression struck, much of Harris County was former cotton fields that were worn out; former Callaway Mills Chairman Cason Callaway acquired vast tracts in stages, eventually reaching 40,000 acres

Brilliant Camellia; when the Great Depression struck, much of Harris County was former cotton fields that were worn out; former Callaway Mills Chairman Cason Callaway acquired vast tracts in stages, eventually reaching 40,000 acres

Inspired by 16th-century Gothic chapels, the Ida Cason Callaway Memorial Chapel honors the mother of the Garden's founder; today, the serene chapel is used for small weddings as well as weekend organ concerts

Inspired by 16th-century Gothic chapels, the Ida Cason Callaway Memorial Chapel honors the mother of the Garden's founder; today, the serene chapel is used for small weddings as well as weekend organ concerts

Callaway Gardens had debt problems during the 2007-08 financial crisis which resulted in  large tracts being sold which reduced the Gardens from 13,000 to just 2500 acres; there are 10  miles of nature paths to explore at the Gardens

Callaway Gardens had debt problems during the 2007-08 financial crisis which resulted in large tracts being sold which reduced the Gardens from 13,000 to just 2500 acres; there are 10+ miles of nature paths to explore at the Gardens

The area around Falls Creek Lake was just starting to show its color when I visited in early March; in 2022, the Gardens were purchased by Herschend Family Entertainment  (they run Dollywood and it's where Jonathan Karron once worked)

The area around Falls Creek Lake was just starting to show its color when I visited in early March; in 2022, the Gardens were purchased by Herschend Family Entertainment (they run Dollywood and it's where Jonathan Karron once worked)

Northern Cardinal and Pine, Athos Menaboni, ca. 1948; Italian-born artist Menaboni arrived in Georgia in the late 1920s and remained active until his death at the age of 94; he's best known for his numerous paintings of 150  different species of birds

Northern Cardinal and Pine, Athos Menaboni, ca. 1948; Italian-born artist Menaboni arrived in Georgia in the late 1920s and remained active until his death at the age of 94; he's best known for his numerous paintings of 150+ different species of birds

The Pioneer Log Cabin, with only 2 rooms, was constructed of longleaf pine in the 1830s and occupied for a century, with the last family to live there filling it to overflowing with 15 people; it was moved here from neighboring Troup County in 1959

The Pioneer Log Cabin, with only 2 rooms, was constructed of longleaf pine in the 1830s and occupied for a century, with the last family to live there filling it to overflowing with 15 people; it was moved here from neighboring Troup County in 1959

The Chisholm-Merritt hybrid azalea dates from 1947; Callaway Gardens, 18 miles from LaGrange GA, is considered the world's largest azalea garden and draws 750,000  visitors annually

The Chisholm-Merritt hybrid azalea dates from 1947; Callaway Gardens, 18 miles from LaGrange GA, is considered the world's largest azalea garden and draws 750,000+ visitors annually

Azaleas were found to be hardy in the US South and quickly spread throughout the coastal region, breeding programs were undertaken that increased the cold hardiness of azaleas and extended the bloom time of evergreen exotic azaleas

Azaleas were found to be hardy in the US South and quickly spread throughout the coastal region, breeding programs were undertaken that increased the cold hardiness of azaleas and extended the bloom time of evergreen exotic azaleas

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Assorted Highlights from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Silver collection from the Royal Hanoverian Court, early 1700s; Hanover had been a minor duchy in the German republic but had lucrative silver mines; in 1714, Hanoverian Georg Ludwig ascended to the throne of Great Britain as King George I

Silver collection from the Royal Hanoverian Court, early 1700s; Hanover had been a minor duchy in the German republic but had lucrative silver mines; in 1714, Hanoverian Georg Ludwig ascended to the throne of Great Britain as King George I

Tapir-shaped Zun Wine Container, China, 475-222BC; first formed more than 2000 years ago for ritual offerings, this flamboyant bronze vessel's function changed over time becoming more of a collector's item and showpiece

Tapir-shaped Zun Wine Container, China, 475-222BC; first formed more than 2000 years ago for ritual offerings, this flamboyant bronze vessel's function changed over time becoming more of a collector's item and showpiece

Aztec Bowl, Louis Comfort Tiffany, 1905; the Art of the Americas wing at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, opened in 2010, contains 53 galleries and more than 121,000 square feet of exhibit space

Aztec Bowl, Louis Comfort Tiffany, 1905; the Art of the Americas wing at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, opened in 2010, contains 53 galleries and more than 121,000 square feet of exhibit space

Dos Mujeres, Frida Kahlo, 1928; these 2 working-class women were painted with the dignity usually afforded to elite portrait sitters yet Kahlo originally painted them with aprons (later eliminated since they would mark the women as domestic workers)

Dos Mujeres, Frida Kahlo, 1928; these 2 working-class women were painted with the dignity usually afforded to elite portrait sitters yet Kahlo originally painted them with aprons (later eliminated since they would mark the women as domestic workers)

Hanging Head Dragonfly Table Lamp, Louis Comfort Tiffany, c. 1905-10; Tiffany's patented favrile glass, known for subtle variations in color and texture, would be carefully selected to form an image or a picture

Hanging Head Dragonfly Table Lamp, Louis Comfort Tiffany, c. 1905-10; Tiffany's patented favrile glass, known for subtle variations in color and texture, would be carefully selected to form an image or a picture

Hall Clock, Tiffany   Co., c. 1900-01; commissioned for the NY mansion of a banking mogul, the mechanism was made locally by Tiffany while the elaborate case, carved in relief on all sides, was imported from Japan

Hall Clock, Tiffany + Co., c. 1900-01; commissioned for the NY mansion of a banking mogul, the mechanism was made locally by Tiffany while the elaborate case, carved in relief on all sides, was imported from Japan

The Master and His Pupils, John Singer Sargent, 1914; this painting was done while Sargent was stranded in the Austrian Tyrol region following the outbreak of World War 1

The Master and His Pupils, John Singer Sargent, 1914; this painting was done while Sargent was stranded in the Austrian Tyrol region following the outbreak of World War 1

Long Branch, New Jersey, Winslow Homer, 1869; as the nation recovered from the Civil War, painting often turned to leisure scenes such as this depicting the country's new mobility and prosperity

Long Branch, New Jersey, Winslow Homer, 1869; as the nation recovered from the Civil War, painting often turned to leisure scenes such as this depicting the country's new mobility and prosperity

Magnolia Grandiflora, Martin Johnson Heade, c. 1885-95; this work belongs to the larger series of tabletop floral still life that Heade pursued starting with local apple blossoms before moving on to magnolias after he moved to St. Augustine, FL

Magnolia Grandiflora, Martin Johnson Heade, c. 1885-95; this work belongs to the larger series of tabletop floral still life that Heade pursued starting with local apple blossoms before moving on to magnolias after he moved to St. Augustine, FL

Zinnias and Marigolds, Hermann Dudley Murphy, 1933; most members of the Boston School trained in Paris and later taught at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts; criticized at the time for their daring technique, today they are viewed as traditionalists

Zinnias and Marigolds, Hermann Dudley Murphy, 1933; most members of the Boston School trained in Paris and later taught at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts; criticized at the time for their daring technique, today they are viewed as traditionalists

Lime Green Icicle Tower, Dale Chihuly, 2011; measuring 40  feet high, this work contains 2342 individual glass pieces mounted on a steel armature and weighs 10,000  pounds; it resides in a courtyard with the Museum's popular restaurant

Lime Green Icicle Tower, Dale Chihuly, 2011; measuring 40+ feet high, this work contains 2342 individual glass pieces mounted on a steel armature and weighs 10,000+ pounds; it resides in a courtyard with the Museum's popular restaurant

The Puritan, Augustus Saint-Gaudens, 1899; this piece was originally commissioned as a monumental sculpture for Springfield, MA to commemorate one of that city's founders; the popular monument was also cast in a tabletop version, suitable for the home

The Puritan, Augustus Saint-Gaudens, 1899; this piece was originally commissioned as a monumental sculpture for Springfield, MA to commemorate one of that city's founders; the popular monument was also cast in a tabletop version, suitable for the home

Marion Hiller Fenno at Nine as Mandolinata, Edmund Tarbell, c. 1887-88; tableau vivant scenes - in which participants remained silent and motionless, as if posed for a picture - were popular parlor entertainments in the 19th century

Marion Hiller Fenno at Nine as Mandolinata, Edmund Tarbell, c. 1887-88; tableau vivant scenes - in which participants remained silent and motionless, as if posed for a picture - were popular parlor entertainments in the 19th century

Godfrey Lowell Cabot, Lilla Cabot Perry, 1916; Perry was Claude Monet's friend and summer neighbor from 1889 until 1909; in Boston, she championed Monet's brand of Impressionism

Godfrey Lowell Cabot, Lilla Cabot Perry, 1916; Perry was Claude Monet's friend and summer neighbor from 1889 until 1909; in Boston, she championed Monet's brand of Impressionism

Still Life, Gretchen Woodman Rogers, c. 1923; the combination of local and exotic objects (characteristic of the Boston School), reflects the contemporary vogue for Asian aesthetics while also speaking to the artist's Boston roots

Still Life, Gretchen Woodman Rogers, c. 1923; the combination of local and exotic objects (characteristic of the Boston School), reflects the contemporary vogue for Asian aesthetics while also speaking to the artist's Boston roots

This dining room is one of three rooms from Oak Hill (built around 1800), the country house of Nathaniel West, that have been installed at the museum since the 1920s showing the tastes at that time

This dining room is one of three rooms from Oak Hill (built around 1800), the country house of Nathaniel West, that have been installed at the museum since the 1920s showing the tastes at that time

Popular among wealthy residents of viceregal Peru in the 17th and 18th centuries, enconchado cabinets combine sumptuous mother-of-pearl and tortoiseshell veneers in elaborate Asian-inspired designs

Popular among wealthy residents of viceregal Peru in the 17th and 18th centuries, enconchado cabinets combine sumptuous mother-of-pearl and tortoiseshell veneers in elaborate Asian-inspired designs

Girandole Clock, Lemuel Curtis, c. 1816-21; this clock (named for its use of convex glass in the base section) was patented by Curtis in 1816 in his attempt to make a more technologically advanced and aesthetically pleasing model than was currently available

Girandole Clock, Lemuel Curtis, c. 1816-21; this clock (named for its use of convex glass in the base section) was patented by Curtis in 1816 in his attempt to make a more technologically advanced and aesthetically pleasing model than was currently available

This monumental dressing cabinet, from about 1720, bears the coat of arms of one of Spain's most wealthy families, the Mendozas; probably made in the Middle East, it's comprised of mother-of-pearl, bone, cypress and silver

This monumental dressing cabinet, from about 1720, bears the coat of arms of one of Spain's most wealthy families, the Mendozas; probably made in the Middle East, it's comprised of mother-of-pearl, bone, cypress and silver

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Downtown Cincinnati highlights and its great mural project

This view of downtown is from the Cincinnati Art Museum in Eden Park; underneath Cincinnati is the largest abandoned subway system in the US; it was built in the early 1900s, but the project was abandoned due to rising costs

This view of downtown is from the Cincinnati Art Museum in Eden Park; underneath Cincinnati is the largest abandoned subway system in the US; it was built in the early 1900s, but the project was abandoned due to rising costs

Fountain Square has been the symbolic center of the city since 1871 with the bronze, allegorical fountain entitled the Genius of Water; if you're old enough to remember the TV series WKRP in Cincinnati, the Square features in the opening credits

Fountain Square has been the symbolic center of the city since 1871 with the bronze, allegorical fountain entitled the Genius of Water; if you're old enough to remember the TV series WKRP in Cincinnati, the Square features in the opening credits

This mural, entitled Faces of Homelessness, seeks to breakdown stereotypes around who experiences homelessness and the reasons why; the city is named for Roman statesman Lucius Cincinnatus who was born around 519 BC

This mural, entitled Faces of Homelessness, seeks to breakdown stereotypes around who experiences homelessness and the reasons why; the city is named for Roman statesman Lucius Cincinnatus who was born around 519 BC

When opened on December 1, 1866, the John A. Roebling Bridge was the longest suspension bridge in the world at 1,057 ft, which was later overtaken by Roebling's more famous design of the 1883 Brooklyn Bridge (1,595.5 ft)

When opened on December 1, 1866, the John A. Roebling Bridge was the longest suspension bridge in the world at 1,057 ft, which was later overtaken by Roebling's more famous design of the 1883 Brooklyn Bridge (1,595.5 ft)

The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, established in 2004, was closed when I visited due to a ransomware attack; it recognizes the significant role of the city, as thousands of slaves escaped slavery in the South by crossing the Ohio River

The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, established in 2004, was closed when I visited due to a ransomware attack; it recognizes the significant role of the city, as thousands of slaves escaped slavery in the South by crossing the Ohio River

The Cincinnati Red Stockings, now shortened to the Reds, fielded the first known professional baseball team in 1869; the team now plays at Great American Ball Park which also houses the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame and Museum

The Cincinnati Red Stockings, now shortened to the Reds, fielded the first known professional baseball team in 1869; the team now plays at Great American Ball Park which also houses the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame and Museum

This mural depicts Martha, the last passenger pigeon, who lived out her final days at the Cincinnati Zoo, and her old flock; despite efforts to save what was once the most numerous bird species in America, Martha died in 1914

This mural depicts Martha, the last passenger pigeon, who lived out her final days at the Cincinnati Zoo, and her old flock; despite efforts to save what was once the most numerous bird species in America, Martha died in 1914

The largest US grocery store chain with almost 3000 locations and 500,000 employees, Kroger, was founded here in 1883; in the 1970s, Kroger became the first store to introduce electronic scanning and has grown largely by buying up the competition

The largest US grocery store chain with almost 3000 locations and 500,000 employees, Kroger, was founded here in 1883; in the 1970s, Kroger became the first store to introduce electronic scanning and has grown largely by buying up the competition

This mural celebrates the 90th anniversary of the Scripp's National Spelling Bee which, although held in Washington DC, is run as a non-profit based in Cincinnati; 150  murals now adorn Cincinnati buildings

This mural celebrates the 90th anniversary of the Scripp's National Spelling Bee which, although held in Washington DC, is run as a non-profit based in Cincinnati; 150+ murals now adorn Cincinnati buildings

One of the most interesting and unique tourist sights in Cincinnati is the American Sign Museum; 200  signs are displayed accompanied by extensive narrative about the evolution of signs and the accompanying change in use of technology

One of the most interesting and unique tourist sights in Cincinnati is the American Sign Museum; 200+ signs are displayed accompanied by extensive narrative about the evolution of signs and the accompanying change in use of technology

Visionary Reality Threshold, Saya Woolfalk, 2019; the typical local breakfast is called goetta (I'd never heard of it), brought to the city by German settlers, that consists of sausage, oats, and spices

Visionary Reality Threshold, Saya Woolfalk, 2019; the typical local breakfast is called goetta (I'd never heard of it), brought to the city by German settlers, that consists of sausage, oats, and spices

The 49-story Carew Tower was the tallest building in Cincinnati from 1931 to 2010 when it was surpassed by the Great American Tower; it has an observation deck with great city views but was closed when I visited due to the pandemic

The 49-story Carew Tower was the tallest building in Cincinnati from 1931 to 2010 when it was surpassed by the Great American Tower; it has an observation deck with great city views but was closed when I visited due to the pandemic

The naming rights to the light rail system were bought by Cincinnati Bell so it's called the Bell Connector; despite opposition from then-Governor Kasich and city council, local voters have repeatedly supported this mass transit program and its expansion

The naming rights to the light rail system were bought by Cincinnati Bell so it's called the Bell Connector; despite opposition from then-Governor Kasich and city council, local voters have repeatedly supported this mass transit program and its expansion

The Beaux-Arts Hamilton County Memorial Building was built in 1908, as a memorial to the military of the city and county; it hosts 300  concerts, film screenings and stage productions each year thanks to its 556-seat theater which has exceptional acoustics

The Beaux-Arts Hamilton County Memorial Building was built in 1908, as a memorial to the military of the city and county; it hosts 300+ concerts, film screenings and stage productions each year thanks to its 556-seat theater which has exceptional acoustics

Homage to Cincinnatus, completed in 1983, predates the current city mural program but contributed to the public's support for expanding the mural project; ArtWorks has a helpful map with locations for all city murals

Homage to Cincinnatus, completed in 1983, predates the current city mural program but contributed to the public's support for expanding the mural project; ArtWorks has a helpful map with locations for all city murals

The former Cincinnati Union Terminal is now the Museum Center, comprising the Cincinnati History Museum, the Museum of Natural History   Science, and Children's Museum; the ransomware attack had this sight closed when I visited

The former Cincinnati Union Terminal is now the Museum Center, comprising the Cincinnati History Museum, the Museum of Natural History + Science, and Children's Museum; the ransomware attack had this sight closed when I visited

This creative mural is entitled Homecoming (Blue Birds) by Charley Harper, one of Cincinnati’s most accomplished and celebrated artists; Harper studied and taught at the Art Academy of Cincinnati

This creative mural is entitled Homecoming (Blue Birds) by Charley Harper, one of Cincinnati’s most accomplished and celebrated artists; Harper studied and taught at the Art Academy of Cincinnati

The NFL's Cincinnati Bengals play in Paul Brown Stadium, named after the team's founder; it is one of three stadiums in the NFL not named after a corporate sponsor, the others being Lambeau Field (Packers) and Soldier Field (Bears)

The NFL's Cincinnati Bengals play in Paul Brown Stadium, named after the team's founder; it is one of three stadiums in the NFL not named after a corporate sponsor, the others being Lambeau Field (Packers) and Soldier Field (Bears)

One of the tallest murals in Cincinnati is known as 'Energy and Grace' and features an original piece of work created by a professor at ArtWorks (the non-profit behind the mural project) – native Cincinnatian and well-known abstract artist Kim Krause

One of the tallest murals in Cincinnati is known as 'Energy and Grace' and features an original piece of work created by a professor at ArtWorks (the non-profit behind the mural project) – native Cincinnatian and well-known abstract artist Kim Krause

The Cincinnati Music Hall, built in 1878 and home for the city ballet, symphony orchestra, and opera, was my favorite building here; Music Hall was built over a pauper's cemetery, which has helped fuel its reputation as one of America's most haunted places

The Cincinnati Music Hall, built in 1878 and home for the city ballet, symphony orchestra, and opera, was my favorite building here; Music Hall was built over a pauper's cemetery, which has helped fuel its reputation as one of America's most haunted places

A mythological music muse dominates this mural as the notes to Aaron Copland’s Fanfare for the Common Man (written for the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and originally performed at Music Hall in 1942) fly off the page

A mythological music muse dominates this mural as the notes to Aaron Copland’s Fanfare for the Common Man (written for the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and originally performed at Music Hall in 1942) fly off the page

The School for Creative and Performing Arts, founded in 1973, was the first public school in the country to combine a full range of arts studies with a complete college-preparatory academic program for students in grades 1-12

The School for Creative and Performing Arts, founded in 1973, was the first public school in the country to combine a full range of arts studies with a complete college-preparatory academic program for students in grades 1-12

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