Monday, June 22, 2009


This Museum is a place that my Grandfather used to take me and my sister when we were small. The architecture has details that are unlike anything you would find in todays structures. The museum contains taxidermy animals which I doubt you would find in any modern museum. The animals look like they are alive and about to step out of each scene. There are Dinosaurs skeletons of  strategically placed throughout the museum. You can even see scientists working on the Dinosaur bones although I am sure the one in the picture was falling asleep. You will either find the exhibits fascinating or boring but I would recommend a visit into history.


The top image is Betty enjoy the Rose Garden. Roses are one of our favorite flowers, when we owned a house with a much larger yard than we currently have we had just over 100 rose bushes along with at least that many flowering plants
The Rose Garden was established in 1927, it contains approximately 15,000 bushes of 145 varieties. The building in the background is the Museum of Natural History. The weather was rather gloomy but pleasant.

Friday, June 12, 2009


One of my favorite places to go. The Gardens are beautiful, the Art is amazing and the home is to say the least, very impressive. I have visited the grounds since I was young and visited quite often while I was in college to have a peaceful environment while studying. If you ever get the chance to visit I highly recommend that you do so. Shown here are the Japanese Gardens


Reside in the Main Gallery of the Huntington Library and is the most famous work of Thomas Gainsborough. It is thought to be a portrait of Jonathan Buttall the son of a wealthy hardware merchant. Gainsborough had already painted something on the canvas before beginning The Blue Boy which he painted over. The painting was purchase by Henry Edwards Huntington in 1921 for $700,000 dollars, a then-record price for the purchase of a painting. 
Also in the same gallery "Pinkie" a painting by Thomas Lawrence resides directly across from Blue Boy. They seem to be the perfect pair.


One of the newest additions to the Library is the Chinese Gardens. It has only been a couple of years since it opened so the plants have yet to develop but it has already proven to be a very tranquil retreat. The entire property is something of a retreat so this new area fits right in.


In the Huntington green house is one of the world's largest flowers called the Corpse Flower. To date there have been only 50 of the flowers in the United States and only three at Huntington Library. The flower can grow up to eleven feet, the one shown here is 5 feet 7 and 3/4 inches. We were told that it is unknown how big this flower will get nor when it will bloom. The flower gets its name from the stench produced when the flower opens.

Sunday, May 31, 2009


The city of Rome is an amazing place to visit and very romantic.  The people here are very friendly. Betty and I had no fears of finding our way back to our Hotel so we just traveled to what ever direction we felt would be a good one. The Food is Fantastic and the prices much more affordable than France. I would highly recommend staying in a small Hotel in the heart of the city so you could really experience what it  is all about.