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Posts Tagged: houses

Posts Tagged ‘houses’

Wednesday, September 19th, 2018

в России
(In Russia)

Saturday, September 1st, 2018

У Лермонтова был прекрасный дом
(Lermontov sure had a pretty house)

(at least I hope that’s what it says …)

Wednesday, June 20th, 2018

Le Gorge du Tarn II

Sunday, November 19th, 2017


Friday, November 17th, 2017

Sylt Gateways

Friday, June 12th, 2015

DC reporting in, #18: Presidential Mansions (3-5)



Close to the southern end of Shenandoah National Park one can find the plantations / mansions of three former US Presidents – Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello, James Madison’s Montpelier, and James Monroe’s Ash Lawn-Highland. Over the course of the weekend I went to see all three (they are pretty close together), and listened to three different versions of “how one might best try to integrate the fact that they owned slaves with still adoring these guys 100000billion%” – none of them worked all that well, frankly.

Ash Lawn - Highland The yellow part of the house was added on by later owners.

Ash Lawn – Highland
The yellow part of the house was added on by later owners.



What is left of the old Ash Lawn – Highland is tiny, but apparently there was an annex right where the yellow part of the house now is – still, it remains the smallest of the three Presidential homes, by far. Of the three I liked Montpelier best, both because it was far less busy than Monticello and because they had an interesting tour on James Madison and the Constitution, which meandered slowly from empty room to empty room and took you around the Estate in 2.5 hours, rather than the 30 minutes rush-rush affair that the overrun Monticello is.

Although at Monticello, in my opinion, they do the better job of dealing with the question of slavery.

And, that all said, the tour guide at Ash Lawn-Highland probably knew the most about her subject, of the three.

Monday, June 8th, 2015



Tuesday, May 19th, 2015

DC Reporting in, #14: K&S in DC!

To decrease the backlog a bit here’s another report from DC, right on the heels of yesterday’s one! Also connected to it, so … for, you see, right after FKO and our CN Tower adventures K & S spent a week in DC, visiting museums, going to concerts, and doing tons of other cool stuff (some of which I got to participate in! :-)). I did library things during the daytime, obviously, but we did manage to meet up quite a bit on weekday evenings and on the weekend, and our adventures included good food, cycling down the Mall, a great Mouths of Babes house concert, a cool dinner in Alexandria with S & P (who I got to meet there for the first time!), and a visit to Mount Vernon.

Mouths of Babes

Mouths of Babes

 District Chophouse

the view from George Washington's porch

the view from George Washington’s back porch

 Washington's Needle  Jefferson's Books

Saturday, May 3rd, 2014

Universitas Tartuensis II

And here is the daytime view that goes with the last picture. Last day of the EASLCE conference coming up!

Thursday, May 1st, 2014

Universitas Tartuensis


Friday, February 28th, 2014

In the gloaming, gleaming, dreaming…

In the gloaming, gleaming, dreaming...

Sunday, June 9th, 2013

In Bamberg


The Conference I went to last weekend included an excursion to Bamberg (where it did not rain for a whole hour). I took very few photos there, as we were doing the city tour at quite a brisk walk. But I took some, mostly while we stopped and were informed about historical events, and here is one of them. :-) (And, yes, it’s HDR.)

Monday, April 22nd, 2013

Marineschule Mürwik

Marineschule Mürwik

Tuesday, August 7th, 2012

En Alsace

The path from the last picture leads to, as it were, la Ruine de Château de Vieux-Windstein – the ruins of the old Windstein Castle – and is located in the Alsace region of France, where this photo here was also taken (namely, in the small village of Reichshoffen).

If you want to see more photos of Vieux-Windstein or the Alsace in general, I’ve added some to my “La France” photo album (newly created, photos from France were previously all bunched into “Other Places, Other Views.” (I also photographed some plants and animals while in France, but those photos went into the respective “Plants” and “Animals” albums [ :-) ])).

Monday, March 26th, 2012

Savannah, GA

As you can see from the heading of the post, I am still in Savannah. There was so much left to see and do here that I didn’t get finished yesterday (and my tour ticket was valid for today as well) that I decided to spend the day here, after all, and to make my way to Atlanta tomorrow. This whole trip has been one where I was getting less milage done than I once thought, and somehow doing things later than I thought I’d do them – appologies to all that I met up with / thought to meet up with / did not manage to meet up with this time around. It’s been really good though, and since I did not have any firm itinerary, other than knowing when my flight was leaving and when I had to go back, no itinerary to be scrapped, and I just have to come back and see New Orleans and Charleston and the Smoky Mountains and Rock City etc some other time. The Georgia Guidestones are still firmly on the agenda for tomorrow, though, traffic and time permitting!