Salt Lake City || The Temple

But, first, a view of the exterior of the grand Joseph Smith Memorial Building, the interior of which we explored yesterday, then the simple vertical lines of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints – Church Office Building, its minimal design in contrast to its convoluted name; and, finally, the most sacred of them all, the Salt Lake Temple; a place of worship and, as such, open only to members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and certainly not to tourists. For the curious, there’s always the South Visitors’ Center, where a scale model of the temple and its interior is available for all to see. That’s where we’re going tomorrow. But, for now, please enjoy the views from the Temple grounds.

Temple Square, Salt Lake City, UT

June 6th, 2018


Charleston || Perspectives

Looking up, ahead and into the night. Charleston is always dressed to the nines.

An evening walk along Church Street and The Battery; grand mansions, gas lights, a classic car casually parked outside, feather bow ties. The iconic Hat Man on Church Street corner with 47 Broad Street. Look carefully: how many hats can you count?

Charleston, SC

April 11th, 2018


Charleston || The Nathaniel Russell House

The one with the stunning, free-flying staircase that will have you stand there gawking for a long moment, at least until your guide rushes you on to the next room, to make space for the next group. There are quite a few magnificent mansions in Charleston but if you only have time for one, the Nathaniel Russel House is your absolute must-see.

”A National Historic Landmark, the Nathaniel Russell House Museum was built over a five-year period and completed in 1808 by Charleston merchant Nathaniel Russell. The house cost $80,000 to build, at a time when the average value of a home was $262. The home’s graceful, free-flying, three-story staircase is an architectural marvel with each cantilevered step supporting the one above and below it.” [source]

Charleston, SC

April 11th, 2018

Charleston || Aiken-Rhett House

If these walls could talk…

… they’d tell you a compelling tale of urban life in antebellum Charleston through the eyes of the powerful and wealthy Governor and Mrs. William Aiken, Jr. and the enslaved Africans who maintained their house, property, and way of life.

The place you are about to see belonged to the Aiken family for 142 years before being turned into a Museum, in 1975. Its current owners, the Historic Charleston Foundation that took over in 1995, adopted a preserved-as-found approach, which means all the rooms and surviving furnishings, including the slave quarters, have been preserved – as opposed to restored – and have not been altered since the mid 19th century.

The Aiken-Rhett House, Charleston, SC

April 10th, 2018