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Shenandoah Skyline Drive

The Blue Ridge Mountains, western Virginia.

We went to gawk at the fall foliage along with everybody else. It was worth it, tho. Lovely day.

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Halifax Part Two

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From the Public Gardens we made our way up the hill to the Citadel.  It is a star shaped fort that has been restored to its glory during the period from 1869 to 1871.  The 78th Highlanders were in garrison at the time so it is now populated with “soldiers” in traditional Scottish dress.  They conduct tours and provide “color”.

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There were several museums inside the fort.  One was a military museum that spanned multiple wars including World War II.  I especially like this lamp.

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From there we walked down the hill, much easier than up, and looked for someplace to sit down and have a beverage.  It was hot.  Very hot.  We found a Starbucks and air conditioning and eventually I was ready to continue the tour.

We discovered that they make crystal in Nova Scotia.  We saw several crystal shops and even came across these glass blowers.

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We had a decent lunch with some good beer and hit the Maritime Museum.  I learned that Halifax played an important role in the Titanic’s history.  Four ships were dispatched from Halifax in April, 1912, with a minister, an undertaker, a cargo of ice, coffins and canvas bags aboard.  In total they found 328 bodies.  Of those recovered 209 were brought to land and the rest were buried at sea.  Fifty-nine bodies were shipped by train to their families and the rest were buried in three different cemeteries in Halifax.  Religious services were held for all.  There were several recovered artifacts on view at the Maritime Museum.

 

 

Detail from the grand staircase on the Titanic

 

Titanic Deck Chair

Titanic Deck Chair

The next day we rented a car and drove down the coast.  Noah had decided we needed to immerse ourselves in French so we only listened to French radio.  He understood nothing, and I caught bits and pieces.  But the music was eclectic enough to keep us both happy.

We started out trying to find all the lighthouses and the map promised us many.  Turned out either they weren’t there or we couldn’t find them.  We found a few but only one we were at all impressed with.

The countryside, however, was spectacular.

Madison Capital

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I visited Madison, Wisconsin recently.  It is the capital of Wisconsin and has a capital building housing both chambers of the Wisconsin legislature as well as the Wisconsin Supreme Court and the Governor’s office.  It was recently the site of a major demonstration against the Governor that ultimately led to the people of Wisconsin voting on the repeal of the Governor.  He was not repealed.

The building itself was completed in 1917.  The architect was George Post of New York and it cost $7.25 million to build.  It is 284 ft, 5 in. to the top of the dome, three feet shorter than the capital building in Washington, DC.

The white granite on the outside is from Vermont and makes the dome the only granite dome in the United States.  It is the also the largest dome by volume in the United States and one of the largest in the world.  Inside the rotunda there is marble from Greece, Algeria, Italy and France; limestone from Minnesota; red granite from Wisconsin.

It was designated a National Historic Landmark in 2001

Spring Flowers in DC

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It is Cherry Blossom Festival time in DC once again.  I went down to take a few photos with the masses.  I didn’t realize it was parade day but I still managed to fight the crowds and get a few good pictures.

In 1912 the Japanese government gave the USA over 2000 cherry blossom trees.  Between 1913 and 1920 they were planted all around the Tidal Basin in Washington DC.  Today there are 3,570 trees around the basin and in neighboring parks.

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Please do not pick the blossoms

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Tulips

 

 

 

 

 

I bet a few of you have been to the Keukenhof  in the Netherlands.   My mother fell in love with tulips when they moved to The Hague.  I sent her tulips for Mother’s Day.  Here are some for you.

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Mills Hall

Mills College

Mills College was originally founded in 1852 as a young ladies’ seminary.  It was the first women’s college west of the Rockies.

Aurelia Reinhardt, PhD, was born in 1877 and served as President of Mills College in Oakland, California, from 1916-1943.  My grandmother was born in 1886.  Somehow or other, my grandmother knew somebody who knew Aurelia Reinhardt.  When she learned that I was going to Mills College she gave me a photograph album.  Here are the photos.  Some of these places are still there today and some are not.  Mills made headline news in the 1990’s when economic troubles threatened to force it to go coed.  The students and alumni rallied, protested, and raised enough money to keep it all women.

 

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