After spending some time exploring the Presidio, we soldiered on to Fort Point.  Built at the height of the California Gold Rush, Fort Point was designed to protect the nation from any naval attack.  While it never had to rise to that occasion, the fort survived the Civil War, earthquakes, and the construction of the Golden Gate Bridge.  The […]

As a friend recently asked, “What is it about December that brings out the ‘year in review recaps’ and ‘predictions’ in all of us?”  I don’t know the answer, but I do feel myself being sucked in.  Because the “A to Z” series I incorporated into my 365+1 photo blogging project has been so well received, I thought I’d […]

Although this is one of my favorite rooms at the Chateau de Villandry, I cannot for the life of me piece back together which room it was.  I think it may have been a bedroom on the first floor, but I’m not sure.    Can anyone else help me identify this room? Can you see how […]

It must have been nice to be Marie-Antoinette.  Well, except for the inconvenience of the French Revolution and the beheading in Place de la Concorde.  But before then, she had her own lovely bedchamber in the main palace at Versailles as well as her own estate on the property. Here are three shots of her […]

Rooms at the conference hotel here in Phoenix were sold out when I went to make my reservation a few months back, so our administrative assistant booked me at a nearby hotel.  Entering the Hotel Valley Ho is like walking onto the set of Mad Men.  The mid-1950s architecture is decorated in tangerine and teal […]