Great piece! The Huntington is one of my favorite places in the LA area and also pretty close to another one of my favorite spots ther , the beautiful racetrack, Santa Anita. As far as smog goes in LA , it really has gotten a lot better since I was a kid but still can be a shock to people.
Did you catch Gainsborough's PINKY and BLUE BOY? Among my favorites at the Huntington. I haven't visited the Huntington in about 15 years but when we lived in the LA area we would try to stop by at least once every few years.
An item from the UK's Guardian comments on the timelessness & "place-less-ness" of Nefertiti's image. If she'd stayed in Egypt after her discovery at Amarna, she'd likely have a place near her image above with her family, in the photo titled " Scene of worship of the Aten ..." as that's a far more interesting historical context, rather than the following reign of Tutankhamun, in which to put her. I hope the book does her real life justice.
My parents lived and grew up on the Northside from the 1920's to the 1950's. I was born in the city and baptized on the Northside. My grandparents Northside house is now in a dangerous slum area. There are many great ethnic eateries in the area, especially German in the Northside neighborhood of Deutschtown. Max's Tavern is a great spot for German fare and beer.
Great post! New Orleans is such a vibrant and amazing city with rich history & culture. The people of the city lived through such a horrific event, but to see that some light has come out of the darkness is uplifting.
It's a nice chapter in the grim story of New Orleans post Katrina. Thanks for sharing this with us; I hope the Children's Museum ends this exhibit with a flourish. The city and those who stayed are resilient. Kudos to them and to the many other Americans who gave of their time and resources to help the city recover and rebuild. There's no place anywhere like New Orleans and I need to get back there sometime soon.
Thanks for, in a way, welcoming me back. My last visit was a grim one, working as a volunteer preparing flooded houses for rebuilding (or demolition) a year after Katrina. In many ways, I've put off coming back, in part in anger at how little was done and how long it took, and in part a fear of finding something like New-Orleansland. While I know nothing can ever be the same...and many things shouldn't be...I see, both through the report and through the children, reason to return!
Great piece! Yes, it is good to hear from our children about what they learned in the past decade living in New Orleans after the storm. So many were impacted, many were harmed and suffered PTSD. Great to hear kids speak about the positive outcomes from their Katrina experiences. I can't wait for the new LA Childrens Museum to open in its new and amazing facility in City Park, another NOLA gem. Ya'll come visit soon and often to experience a city like no other, New Orleans. It has not been...
And not the first time for a toilet as a museum exhibit. The Guggenheim in New York last year had a solid-gold working replica by Maurizio Cattelan, entitled America, that could be used by visitors. And, famously, in 1917, Marcel Duchamp challenged concepts of art and esthetics by exhibiting a 'readymade,' a standard urinal turned on its edge, signed as if by an artist, and labeled... Fountain.
I keep a toilet roll on my work bench. Perfect size for drying WD 40 off my machine parts and grease off my fingers. Everyone who spots it says it's disgusting. Maybe I should call it Bathroom Tissue !
Philly really is a beautiful city. Its best feature is it's pedestrian friendly. I love the Architecture and the people there. The Football (soccer) stadium too. It has a slower feel compared to New York. No one rushing to get there - like they're late. I like the smaller stores closing at 5. Behind the counter those folks have got families to go home to. And in Philly the folks stop and talk when you need directions. Best and friendliest Airport north of Florida too. It's a shame that...
Thanks for a fresh new look at Philly. We've just started looking at how many under-appreciated places there are, good places to go but you get funny looks or blank stares when you mention them. You've certainly moved Philadelphia up the charts for me!
I've only visited Philly once, and your post brought back some great memories of a nice city. I visited a few weeks after 9-11-01, a difficult and unsettled time everywhere in North America. But everyone was friendly and agree with Garry. A very walkable city with lots of great architecture and historic sites.
Gary, that's a good point about stores closing at 5 so people can go home to their families, and I'm glad you mentioned that. Sometimes us impatient fast-walking New Yorkers need to be reminded of that. I did love how walkable Philly is, and the slower feel was perfect for a weekend getaway.
It really is a terrific country to visit, HistoryDigger! Wonderful people, great history, great scenery. We enjoyed every day of our visit and I hope to get back to Ireland sometime soon. Just as an FYI to our audience in general, I've published around 15 posts on my visit which you can find at this link .
Thanks for your comment, Mimiadventures! Good food, great music, nice people -- always something great to return to. I really didn't get into the great local food very much, but Memphis is reknowned for its "soul" style cooking and, of course, its BBQ.
Thanks for your comment, Vagabond. It is a great place to take kids, who are fascinated by all the displays. But even as an adult, it was fascinating to take this step back in time to how a Natural History Museum presented information 100 years ago.
Thanks for the trip down memory lane. Its been several years since I have even been to Banff and I haven't been to the museum since the early 80s. It is a nice look at the old Banff before it exploded into the mass tourist site it is now. I will have to revisit the museum in the near future.
Back in the time when a watch was a sign of affluence these timepieces must have been a great show of wealth. This clock in Chester England was erected on the cities two thousand year old Roman Walls at about the same time as your example.
Since we're on turn-of-the-last-century clocks, here are a couple more. The first is the facade clock of the Musee d'Orsay itself, seen from the inside looking out over the Seine, and the second is a detail of the clock tower designed by Lluis Domenech i Montaner for the Sant Pau Hospital in Barcelona. Just clockin' in...
This was one of my favorite museums in Paris. It is absolutely gorgeous like Islandman said. I love impressionist art and this place had quite a bit. I look forward to going back again one day. Thanks for the wonderful memories.
One of my favorites, too...and after about 10 visits over the years, it's still a highlight of every trip...and I find more hidden gems every time. And while the cafe, with its roof views over Paris, is very pleasant and reasonable, once in a lifetime it's worth making a reservation for the restaurant in the former ballroom and feeling a bit of the Belle Epoque (without reminders of how badly things went after)
DrFumblefinger, if you by chance came across any incriminating headlines, you didn't see anything. Now, thanks to TravelGumbo, I can research a nice quiet getaway...I mean retirement destinaiton for myself (cough cough).
That's a great collection! I remember many of them from childhood trips in the 1950s, and in others I see signs with familiar shapes and designs, but Canadian names...also quite a few that remind us of commercial history...Richfield Oil before Atlantic Richfield before ARCO, for instance. I'm beginning to think my day in Calgary at a teacher conference a few years ago was spent in the wrong part of town!
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