Category Archives: Sightseeing

Road from Kandalama to Galle: Si Lanka

Also posted in Signage, Travel |

Always fun to find a sign that I haven't seen before. Used Trip Advisor to find a place to stop for lunch and with only 3 choices in the area, we ended up with one of the best buffets of local food yet. New to the offerings were slightly crunchy okra, a terrific steamed cabbage and carrot and a fabulous curry with chicken legs. Also the best mango chutney ever. Skipped dinner !

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98 Acres: Ella, Sri Lanka

Also posted in Hotel, Observations |

Up in the hills of tea country sits this eco friendly lodge with about 12 rooms in stacked units with 2 per house. Lots of windows, wood and stone. In fact all the faucets are stone and water flows as from a natural outcropping. We are misted by clouds much of the time. Women comb the mountainside with sacks held on their backs by a strap across the forehead. All quite magical.



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Colombo:Sri Lanka

Also posted in Commercial Space, Out & About |

Not all public toilets are decrepit. This one was top notch. Located on the grounds of what was once a hospital and is now filled with lovely shops and restaurants. A couple of short blocks away we threaded through a maze of local shopping streets all of them dusty in the 90 degree heat and overloaded with pedestrians, cars, merchandise and food carts.



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National Museum of Jewish History:Philadelphia, PA

Also posted in Museum, My Life |

Came to the city to see the Barnes Collection and Chasing Dreams- an exhibition about the history of minorities in Baseball- inclusive of Jews and other ethnic minorities, as well as women who actually started playing the sport in leagues in the late 1800's. The curator told me that there may soon be women in the major leagues. That would be something indeed. A terrific show in a fabulous museum which opened in its current location in 2010. Not to be missed when coming to Philly. Including a shot of the banner with Hammering Hank featured larger than life.



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McDonald Observatory:Ft. Davis,TX

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I think the floor looks a bit like the Milky Way. Okay, that's a bit of a stretch, but coming to see the stars and planets at this UT funded observatory is amazing. You need a black sky to really see the lights and Ft. Davis is a dark place. The big telescopes were aimed at Jupiter whose bands and multiple moons were bright as lights at an eye exam.

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The Block:Marfa,TX

Also posted in Art, Observations |

This is the living complex that Donald Judd renovated for himself. It has the only restroom in Marfa that doesn't have Meyers organic products. Judd was a precisionist for whom everything was placed exactly including the many books and paraphernalia cluttering his huge work tables. He also believed in living with his work, so every "studio" space- and there are several in the complex of buildings here and those he owned around town- has a bed in it.

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Chinati Foundation:Marfa,TX

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Marfa is a lot like a Texas version if Brooklyn- filled with artists, groovy shops and great food. Good coffee not so easy to find. Artisanal everything else is. Obviously Chinati is following suit with its product choices. A trial to get to, this homage to the artist that Donald Judd envisioned and executed in this dusty, deserted part of Texas is both deeply moving and surprisingly instructive. Well worth the journey.

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Chinati Foundation:Marfa,TX

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Another restroom in this complex of old military buildings, now installation spaces. This was in the Arena which had been riding ring and later became on of Judd's homes. Hence the bathtub. a

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Bus from El Passo to Marfa:Texas

Also posted in Art, Theater |

I don't want to be too graphic, but I think it is rather gross to see a small well of yellow in the corner of the floor even if you are on a bus. Would have been nice to have hand wipes available as well. 2hrs 45 min into the trip with 45min to go. Just stopped to see the Marfa Prada installation on the side of the highway. Pretty odd and recently vandalized not for the product, but as an artistic comment.

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La Mamounia:Marrakech,Morocco

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The sign outside says 'femmes' and the door is in the far side of a large intricately tiled fountain set in the wall of the hallway. All so wonderfully Moroccan. Sorry I did not have my phone yesterday as I went out to the Atlas Mountains with a pit stop at Richard Branson's magical resort Kasbah Tamadot. Check it out on line. You will be booking a flight immediately. Then had lunch at a private home in a small Berber village in the high Atlas Mountains. Wish I had photos to send.

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