PhotoPOSTcard: Glamping in the Moroccan Sahara

Bucket list item: glamping under a sky full of stars in the Sahara desert. Check.

Despite a crescent moon hanging low in the sky, the milky way and a million other stars were visible in the night sky as I lay on a sand dune in the Sahara desert, looking up and contemplating the vastness of the universe.

Thanks to Merzouga Luxury Desert Camp for hosting such an amazing experience.

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Rose

 

PhotoPOSTcard: Remembering With Poppies

In Flanders fields the poppies blow between the crosses, row on row…

The first two lines of a poem by John McCrae remember the many lives lost in WWI. Since then, the poppy has become a symbol of veteran remembrance, especially in the UK.  Continue reading “PhotoPOSTcard: Remembering With Poppies”

PhotoPOSTcard: Five Red Phone Boxes and a Ballerina

This row of five red phone boxes in Broad Court in Covent Garden, London are an Instagram staple. But what you don’t often see in the photos is the lovely bronze ballerina statue that sits right in front of them. The statue is by Italian artist Enzo Plazzota and celebrates the nearby Opera House and School of Ballet. Personally, I think the statue adds to the photo.

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Rose

PhotoPOSTcard: Stairway to Gothic Heaven

The stairway of the beautifully restored St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel in London looks like something out of a Harry Potter movie. That is actually somewhat fitting since the hotel is across the street from Kings Cross Station and the fabled platform 9 3/4. More important, for the muggle traveler, the hotel is also next door to the St. Pancras train station which makes it a convenient luxury resting spot for those taking the Eurostar train to the continent. Regardless of whether you stay there or not, this historic hotel and its grand Gothic interior is a beautiful visit.

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Rose

PhotoPOSTcard: Egg-centric London Underground Art

I happened upon this art installation at Gloucester Underground Station just by chance. My hotel was just across the street so this was the station that I was coming to and going from for a few days in London. A little bit of Google research told me that this bit of egg-centric art is called “my name is lettie eggsyrub” by British artist Heather Phillipson, and was only recently installed in June, 2018. This work is one of a number of decorative installations that are part of the Art on the Underground projects which are designed to “enrich the journeys of millions on the Tube every day”.  Apparently “for this commission she [Ms. Phillipson] focused on the egg as an object of reproduction, subject to human interference.” And here I though it was a reference to good breakfast restaurants in the area – shows you what I know. Now I am on a mission to find more London Underground art.

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Rose

PhotoPOSTcard: Chihuly at the V&A

I had the opportunity to indulge in my Chihuly obsession again – this time at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. This large chandelier hangs in the entrance of the Museum’s rotunda and is the first major piece in the collection that all visitors see when they walk in.

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Rose

PhotoPOSTcard: Inside San Antonio’s Mission San Jose

Founded in 1720, San Antonio’s Mission San Jose was the largest of the missions in the area. The current building was built in 1768 from local limestone, and while the exterior my show signs of its venerable age, Mission San Jose’s interior is clearly a beautifully maintained space used for regular worship.

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Rose

25 Big Bend Experiences to Inspire Your Next Itinerary

I think the Big Bend area of southern Texas is an undiscovered jewel in our National Park system. My first visit was in 1990 and I loved it then and loved it even more on my recent trip this past September which was a perfect time to explore the park. The weather was not super hot (low 80’s during the day) and it was not at all crowded since the busy season had not yet started. I am sharing my 25 favorite Big Bend experiences to inspire your next trip to one of the least crowded National Parks in the lower 48 states.

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PhotoPOSTcard: Reflecting on Mission San Juan Capistrano

Mission San Juan Capistrano is one of four historic mission complexes that are part of San Antonio’s Missions National Historic Park. The park preserves and educates about the history associated with these missions. But unlike other historical sites, the churches that make up the mission complexes are still very much in use, providing regular services to the local parishioners.

Thanks for visiting

Rose