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

I got an eerie vibe in many of the upper level rooms at the Whitney. It’s certainly an interesting place
to explore… during the day.

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, Detroit

The Whitney Part 1 – The Lovely Side of Haunting

The Whitney, Detroit

The Whitney, Detroit

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?? As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, I can be quite a sissy when it comes to this stuff, so luckily, none of these things took place during my visit. It was 4 o’clock in the afternoon, and there were plenty of other people in the house at the time, but still, I don’t want to see or hear those things at any time of day!

In the midst of my worries about ghostly surprises, I was still able to see the beauty of the Romanesque home, in the grand staircase, the detailed woodwork, the magnificent chandeliers. And while editing the photographs I took, I have found that many of them represent a beautiful scene when shown in color, but when converted to black and white (or vice versa) it looks downright spooky! Here are three of them. Do you see a lovely old mansion or someplace that gives you chills?

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, Detroit

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

Pondering

Rivera Court, Detroit Institute of Arts

Rivera Court, Detroit Institute of Arts

Engrossed by Whistler’s Nocturne in Black and Gold, The Falling Rocket, paying a visit to Sekhmet in the Egyptian wing, catching the current photography exhibit (of course), pondering over the Van Goghs… with lots of wandering and oohs & ahhs in between – that’s how I spend my time at the DIA, one of my favorite places in town. I’ve spent a lot of time at the Detroit Institute of Arts over the years, contemplating, looking for inspiration, or just plain enjoying an afternoon, and sometimes I suppose I take it for granted.

During my last trip to NYC, I overheard a tour guide at the MET explain to a group of adults (I assume, like myself, visitors to the Big Apple) what it’s like to see a Van Gogh in person for the first time, affirming that no matter how many posters, tote bags, and notecards you’ve seen with Starry Night printed on them, it would never prepare you for how incredible his paintings are when you’re standing in front of the real thing. My first thought was “who hasn’t seen a Van Gogh before?,” then it hit me.  I realized then how fortunate I am to have been looking at his paintings for as long as I can remember, how fortunate I am to have the DIA right in my backyard (well, not that close, but I did go to school across the street).

I was there twice last week, feeling quite lucky as I once again pondered over the Van Goghs.

Look Ahead

Chicago, Illinois

Chicago, Illinois

Zwinger Take 2 – Running Wild

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.

Pursuing my curiosity up an ornate staircase, I discovered a wide open terrace with beautiful fountains and sculptures. I drifted through empty rooms imaging it was my balcony that opened up to the grand courtyard.  I found a quiet spot in the shade and dreamt of 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

Dresden, Germany

Dresden, Germany

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!

Closed

Chicago

Chicago

Gaze

Paris, France

Grand

Prague, Czech Republic

Prague, Czech Republic

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