26 December 2006
What? You didn’t know I went to Paris over the holidays? I am sneaky like that...but truth be told, this part of Paris was firmly rooted in the Texas soil of Lamar County.
Around Christmas, I spent a few days visiting my friend Rochelle in McKinney, Texas, which is north of Dallas. When we learned that the town of Paris had erected a 64-foot steel structure in homage to the original (and two of her brothers were, indeed, in that famed city at the time), we knew a day trip was in the making. Of course, Texans have to put their own unique stamp on it, and perched atop the tower was a bright red cowboy hat!
The central business district of Paris is part of the National Main Street Program, and even in the bleak tones of midwinter one can sense the charm and hospitality the town must exude during warmer months. The Culbertson Fountain dominates the center of the downtown plaza, a gift to commemorate the rebuilding of Paris after a fire in 1916.
To the north sits the renovated Plaza Theatre, and down the street you’ll find the Grand Twin theaters, with a bevy of antique shops and small businesses sandwiched in between. Paris is also the final resting place of John Chisum, a cattle baron during the late 19th century. His name had become familiar to me during the time I lived in southeastern New Mexico, and the name of West Chisum Street in Artesia finally made a connection with its roots.
We also spent some time on the outskirts of town looking at the unique headstones in the Evergreen cemetery, one of which is a 12-foot statue of Jesus with cowboy boots. Yup, we must be in Texas.
27 January 2007
26 December 2006
When I first passed this water fountain, I did a double-take. What was that? The cold, winter temps and lack of wind provide the perfect conditions for an evergrowing ice sculpture that will slowly thaw as spring approaches. In the meantime, the row of bubbling geyers adds a playful element.
20 January 2007
The Buffalo River Dam in Island Park, Idaho. I love the deep colors and the reflections in the water. My niece, Madeleine, is walking along the edge in her red shirt.
Yes, I took photos of the toiletries at the Grand Hyatt in Sao Paulo. (But they were so chic!)
This is the reflection of the old Spokane Journal Building in the windows of the new Journal building across the street. I'm sensing a theme here...
I like the visual juxtaposition of the railing and its shadow. This in on a building in downtown Bend, Oregon.
Pastries from the Greek Festival in Portland, Oregon, held each September. Yum! I've missed having access to good Greek food in Salem. I was spoiled in Salt Lake City.
Some Art Deco architecture to enjoy from South Beach, Miami, Florida.
01 January 2007
The delights: Enjoying the home-grown ambience of the Chile Pepper Festival near Sunnyside, Washington. A one-woman show at the Lee Center for the Arts in Seattle. Getting up close and personal with alpacas. A night hot-air balloon glow in Bend. An irreverent breakfast with friends in Salt Lake City. Hiking around Iguaçu Falls in Brasil. Exploring Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro.
The mishaps: A seven hour wait in an overcrowded São Paulo airport while the pilots were on strike. A tropical storm in the Amazon that caused our river pilot to lose his bearings as our boat was tossed around on the Rio Negro. A “severe weather threat” at the Dallas airport complete with a tornado drill.
The surprises: Making connections with others in locations near and far because they have stumbled upon my blog entries.
Travel shapes, informs, and inspires me. I travel because it stimulates my creative mind, it helps me to better understand myself, and it makes me a better world citizen.
I write about my travels because it frames my experiences in a new context, and it connects me to what is most important to me – my relationships with others.
What travel adventures will 2007 bring?