London

On the banks of the Thames River sits the London Eye, a mere 200 meters downstream from the House of Parliament.  The giant wheel measures 400 feet in diameter. A complete rotation of the wheel takes 30 minutes, such a slow rate that each of the 32 capsules can load and unload 28 passengers while … Continue reading London

Belle Meade Plantation

John Harding (thoroughbred horse breeder) started Belle Meade in 1807 with 250 acres of land six miles west of Nashville, TN.  He had the original house built in 1820, and then modernized in 1853 as his farm continued to grow. So modern for its time, the mansion had hot and cold running water and gas … Continue reading Belle Meade Plantation

Labor Day

The bottom of this massive mural in the Detroit Institute of Art is a scene of  laborers toiling in various factory settings.  As you progress vertically up the mural, I see big machinery, then brightness, then abstractness. I interpret this as progress, the result of hard work and dedication, but that's about as far as my … Continue reading Labor Day

Saint Peter in Gallicantu

  Just outside the walls of Old Jerusalem is the site believed to be where Peter denied Jesus three times.  The Latin word, "Gallicantu" means "cock's crow".  The site is also believed to be the palace of the high priest, Calaphas. The church ceiling on this site is remarkable. Below the church are crypts and grottos … Continue reading Saint Peter in Gallicantu