In my last few days spent in North Virginia/DC, I was lucky to have my Mom join me there and come back with me on the road trip back to Texas.
Our first stop on the road was actually the occasion to see an old time friend. This very good friend had booked us at the Jefferson Hotel for a nigh. A wonderful Christmas gift!
The Jefferson Hotel is a gorgeous Beaux-Arts style, luxury hotel that opened in 1895. It is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Thirteen American Presidents stayed there, as well as personalities such as Henry James, Elvis Presley, or Frank Sinatra.
The hotel is featured in several movies and a rumor says that its grand staircase inspired the author of Gone With the Wind for the description of the novel’s staircase.
That was my second time at this hotel (both times thanks to my friend, that I want to thank wholeheartedly!). This time, the hotel was decorated for Christmas.
It’s been a while since I participated in the WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge. This week’s theme is nighttime.
I, too, take few pictures by night because I do not master the technique and as a result, those I take are often disappointing.
But here are a few I took with my iPhone this past spring. They were taken at Zilker Park in Austin, during a representation of William Shakespeare’s As You Like It, by Austin Shakespeare (which I highly recommend!).
As I mentioned in my previous post, I have moved to the Washington, DC area for three months, and er, well, yes, I am missing Texas a little bit.
But there are many, many things to see and visit here, so I’ll try to take advantage of my time here. Plus I am enjoying a very good and interesting professional experience, so no complaining.
Here are a few pictures of my first day in DC (although this is not my first time in DC, the first time was just a few hours). More to come!
I have not forgotten my blog or given up on it again. I have been quite busy again and although I have plenty in store to share, I have not been able to take the time to simply sit and type the posts.
In addition to Texas, I’ve spent a few days in Detroit last month, and I’d like to share a bit about my experience.
In two weeks, I’ll also be heading back to the East Coast for a few months of professional experience in the Washington, DC Metro area.
So the posts will be coming hopefully, but probably not regularly. Stay tuned though :-)
Thanks for your patience! Have a great weekend y’all!
I know I promised you bluebonnets field, and they will come. But today is Easter and I thought I would share what I did this year.
Can you see the picture in the banner of this blog that says “Texas” (bottom left). When I first saw it, little did I know that this place was kind of emblematic and that I was missing the other part of the name of the ranch: Luck.
We live in a region area where there are plenty of gorgeous areas to visit. We also live not too far from a place that you cannot really visit… except on Easter Sunday. The place is Luck, Texas, and it is Willie Nelson‘s ranch. The movie Red Headed Stranger was filmed there, and the pictures below illustrate what remains of the setting.
There is a tiny church too, that welcomes a Gospel Choir on Easter Sunday, and apparently on Christmas Day too. On Easter Sunday, the door to the ranch is opened to everyone. I want to thank our neighbors for letting us know about this. This is not really a secrete anymore but this is not publicized either.
Willie Nelson is a huge star here and he sometimes make an appearance during the Easter service.
Here is Luck, Texas. Thanks to Mr. Nelson for his hospitality. Happy Easter Y’all!
La Défense is a business district in the suburbs just around Paris. It is sometimes compared to the Parisian New York because of its skyscrapers. Needless to say the skyscrapers are way smaller and it barely resembles New York, but if you’ve never seen the place, it gives you an idea: this is a place where people work, so rather serious.
Since there are many open spaces at the center of the business district, there is, from time to time, one or two art exhibition(s). I still think that this one was a bit unexpected for the place though. The pictures were taken in March 2010.
Here is the last part on my day in Bandera, TX. After showing you the parade celebrating everything cowboy and the old cars that took part in it, I wanted to show you other parts of Bandera that caught my attention.
First, there was a lot of pieces of metalwork decorating the town, that I really liked. It is not the first place where I see beautiful metalwork in Texas, but those were of course showcasing… mostly cowboys :-)
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There also was a little market.
There was some kind of reconstitution of the good old west ;-)
All in all, I really liked visiting Bandera. The town is proud of its heritage and never lacks humor, both of which, I think, can bee seen in the following last three pictures. Hope you enjoyed visiting the town through my pictures too!
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*This is a little reference to an old French song titled “The Cactus,” whose translation you can find here (and is copied below).
The entire world is a cactus
It’s impossible to sit down
In life, cactus are all there is
Knowing it stings me
Ow ow ow, ouch, ow ow ow
In their hearts, there are cactus
In their wallet, there are cactus
Under their feet, there are cactus
In their vests, there are cactus
Ow ow ow, ouch ouch ouch, ow
To protect myself from their cactus
I’ve put out cactus, too
In my bed, I’ve put cactus
In my underwear, I’ve put cactus
Ow ow ow, ouch, ow ow ow
In their smiles, there are cactus
In their bellies, there are cactus
In their hellos, there are cactus
In their cactus, there are cactus
Ow ow ow, ouch, ow
This week’s WordPress Photo Challenge is “saturated.”
This week, show us a photo of whatever you’d like, but make sure it’s saturated. It can be black and white, a single color, a few hues, or a complete rainbow riot; just make sure it’s rich and powerful.
I have no idea what those are or why there were there :-)
Notice that each rabbit was bigger than the Smart car in the background!