Center Stage

Jack White Theater, Detroit

Jack White Theater, Detroit

The first time I was on this stage was during a tour of the Masonic Temple years ago. We had spent the day exploring lodges, chapels, and all sorts of strange and beautiful rooms. We wandered down eerie hallways and through (I’m 99% sure) haunted locker rooms to see an unfinished swimming pool. We saw elegant ballrooms, an expansive drill hall, and all kinds of amazing places to get lost.

The day was packed with fascinating stories, but the highlight for me was when we walked into this theater (then known as the Scottish Rite Cathedral) and our tour guide mentioned that it was Jack White’s favorite place to play.

Whether that statement is true or not, there have been some incredible shows here, and being back up on that stage last month was again the best part of my day.

Prized

NYC

Chrysler Building, NYC

The Lodge

 

The Masonic Temple, Detroit

The Masonic Temple, Detroit

The Masonic Temple, Detroit

The Masonic Temple, Detroit

The Masonic Temple, Detroit

The Masonic Temple, Detroit

The Masonic Temple, Detroit

The Masonic Temple, Detroit

The Masonic Temple, Detroit

The Masonic Temple, Detroit

Cesky Rock

Prague, Czech Republic

Prague, Czech Republic

Oddity

The Whitney, Detroit

The Whitney, Detroit

The Whitney, Detroit

 

The Whitney, Detroit

The Whitney, Detroit

The Whitney, Detroit

The Whitney, Detroit

The Whitney, Detroit

The Whitney, Detroit

The Whitney

The Whitney, a historic mansion from the late 19th century turned elegant restaurant, is where people go for special occasions, parties, or a romantic night out in midtown Detroit. All I could think about though as I explored this house for the first time over the weekend were all the ghost stories I’ve heard about it. Would the long-gone Mr. Whitney appear while I was all alone? Would I hear the voice of Mrs. Whitney while I photographed a tucked away room upstairs? What if objects started moving on their own??

In the midst of my worries about ghostly surprises, I was still able to enjoy the beauty of the Romanesque home, in the grand staircase, the detailed woodwork, the magnificent chandeliers. And while editing the photographs I took, it seemed to me that the beauty of the home came through in the color photos, while the black & white images told a different story. Here are three of them. Do you see a lovely old mansion or someplace that gives you chills?

 

 

Musical MET

NYC

NYC

After wiping out most of our time and energy in the Ancient Egyptian wing, we quickly learned on our first visit that we would not be seeing everything at the MET that day. Since that first trip, we’ve always selected a few “must sees” for our time at the museum and most recently explored the musical instruments section.

NYC

NYC

NYC

NYC

NYC

NYC

Look Ahead

Chicago, Illinois

Chicago, Illinois

Peaceful

Paris, France

Paris, France

Zwinger Take 2

Dresden, Germany

Dresden, Germany

I stopped at the Zwinger at least once each day that I spent in Dresden. I couldn’t get enough of it. The place is so vast, yet somehow I felt like I was in my own little, beautiful corner of Germany. There were plenty of other visitors, but they seemed to mostly head straight for one of the three museums housed by the palace, leaving me to wander and explore completely on my own.

As I reached the top of an ornate staircase, I discovered a wide open terrace with beautiful fountains and sculptures. I drifted through empty rooms with balconies that opened up to the grand courtyard.  I found a quiet spot in the shade and imagined the festivals and tournaments that had taken place there centuries ago.

The imagination can really run wild in a place like this.

Dresden, Germany

Dresden, Germany

Dresden, Germany

Dresden, Germany

See more Zwinger photos here.

Approaching Midnight

Dresden, Germany

Dresden, Germany

“Deep into that darkness peering, long I stood there wondering, fearing…”
– Edgar Allen Poe

Dresden, Germany

Dresden, Germany

Wishing everyone a spooktacular Halloween!

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Chicago

Chicago

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