Friday, March 24, 2017

Friday Finds

  1. Starts with L
  2. Week's Favorite
  3. Antiques
The first two will be the same, except we’ll work our way through the alphabet. The second can be a favorite image or activity from the week. The third will be different each time.

Friday Finds ABC Wednesday

Letter L - I'm going to try to find cities/towns we've visited as the theme.
I will keep a running list at the bottom of the Friday post.

Lagos Portugal 2001


WEEK'S FAVOURITE harbour seal spotted along 17 Mile Drive in Monterey this week.

ANTIQUES Blackwells Corner in Lost Hills CA as we drove from Los Angeles to Monterey.


  • Alice Springs, Australia
  • Bratislava, Slovakia
  • Cartagena Columbia
  • Delft The Netherlands
  • Edinburgh Scotland
  • Florence Italy
  • Giverny France
  • Hong Kong China
  • Istanbul Turkey
  • Jamaica
  • Kalambaka Greece
  • Lagos Portugal

    Weekend Reflections

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    March 2017 - San Simeon California

    The Roman Pool at Hearst Castle is a tiled indoor pool decorated with eight statues of Roman gods, goddesses and heroes. The pool appears to be styled after an ancient Roman bath such as the Baths of Caracalla in Rome c. 211-17 CE. The mosaic tiled patterns were inspired by mosaics found in the 5th Century Mausoleum of Galla Placidia in Ravenna, Italy. They are also representative of traditional marine monster themes that can be found in ancient Roman baths. The statues are rough copies of ancient Greek and Roman statues. One such copy represents the “Apoxyomenos.” Statuary was used on a considerable scale in the Baths of Caracalla.

    The pool and surrounding room, which were built from 1927-1934, can be compared to an ancient Roman bath. The pool, like the baths, is located indoors. Its water was heated as in a tepidarium. However, in Hearst’s complex there were no hot or cold baths as there were in the ancient complex. The Roman Pool complex was designed to contain an exercise room, sweat baths, a handball court and dressing rooms.

    The Roman Pool is decorated from ceiling to floor with 1″ square mosaic tiles. These glass tiles, called smalti, are either colored (mainly blue or orange) or are clear with fused gold inside. The intense colors and shimmering gold of the tiles combine to create a breathtaking effect. The designs created by the tiles were developed by muralist Camille Solon. The inspiration for some of these designs came from the 5th Century Mausoleum of Galla Placidia.

    Tuesday, March 21, 2017



    Wordless Wednesday and at Wordless

    March 2017 - California

    Driving through wine country to Monterey it is also farm country.

    Monday, March 20, 2017

    Tuesday Treasures

    Since we are on the road I am reposting some oldies.

    April 2014 - Charlotte NC

    Louis Ratcliffe opened the first Ratcliffe’s Floral Shop in 1917 next to Latta Arcade.

    In 1929, he commissioned architect William H. Peeps to design a new two-story building across the street. The neon “Ratcliffe’s Flowers” sign was installed shortly after the 1929 floral shop opened.

    It is the only remaining overhanging sidewalk sign in Uptown Charlotte. The pink, green and blue neon sign was restored in the 1990’s by the Neonworks sign company and is now located near The Green which I wrote about here.

    Sunday, March 19, 2017

    Foto Tunes

    Tom the backroads traveller hosts FotoTunes

    March 2017 - Mazatlan Mexico

    Taken on a Sunday afternoon as we walk the beach, these men are working hard to make a peso.

    I'd be curious what songs you would select for these photos, let me know!

    Monday Mural

    I'm linking up at Monday Mural hosted by Oakland Daily Photo.

    January 2017 - Las Vegas NV

    #walltraveled, #wallcharades, #ihaveathingforwalls.

    Terms such as “wall wanderings,” “wall crawls,” and “mural hunting” have invaded our vocabulary.

    Saturday, March 18, 2017

    inSPIREd Sunday

    I have posted numerous photos of this church over the years and did a detailed post on it here for inSPIREd Sunday but I had to stepped in again last week.

    I posted photos of a wedding a few weeks ago here.

    Outside from various vantage points.

    According to several sources, The Cathedral Basilica de la Immaculada Concepcion in Mazatlan, Mexico, is the world’s only Roman Catholic Church with the Star of David displayed in each of its 28 stained-glass windows. These were installed in gratitude for the donation of construction funds by a wealthy Mazatlan Jewish family. Ironically, there isn't a synagogue in Mazatlan.