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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.
In the midst of my worries about ghostly surprises though, 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, 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?
Posted on January 28, 2015
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.
Posted on January 11, 2015
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.
Posted on December 30, 2014
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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.
See more Zwinger photos here.
Posted on October 30, 2014
“Deep into that darkness peering, long I stood there wondering, fearing…”
– Edgar Allen Poe
Wishing everyone a spooktacular Halloween!
Posted on October 14, 2014
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