My House

This is my home and I moved in May of 2006. It's a typical Cape Cod style, but with an addition on the rear of the home, which was done by the previous owners. I love openess of this room and it was the main reason I bought the home.

University Circle

University Circle is the cultural, educational, and medical center of Greater Cleveland, and is located on the east side of Cleveland, Ohio. University Circle occupies approximately 550 acres around the campus of Case Western Reserve University and the adjacent Wade Park Oval. It borders Cleveland's Little Italy, home to many private art galleries and restaurants.

The Cleveland Museum of Art, a world-renowned art museum situated in front of Wade Lagoon, has just completed a massive expansion project that doubled its exhibit space. The Cleveland Museum of Natural History is located in the Circle as well. Severance Hall is home to the Cleveland Orchestra, one of the United States' Big Five orchestras. The Cleveland Botanical Garden includes a greenhouse offering two ecosystems: Madagascar desert and Costa Rica cloud forest. The Cleveland Institute of Art, Cleveland Cinematheque, and Sculpture Center are located in the Circle. Case Medical Center is one of the nation's premier cancer hospitals and is closely affiliated with Case Western Reserve University.

The Circle is home to a variety of smaller museums as well, such as The Western Reserve Historical Society and Crawford Auto-Aviation Museum, the Children's Museum of Cleveland and the Dittrick Museum of Medical History.

Karlštejn

Charles IV built this medieval castle between 1348 and 1357 to safeguard the imperial crown jewels and other relics of the Holy Roman Empire. The castle is perched on a hill, overlooking the River Beroun, and surrounded by lush forests and vineyards.

The castle was reconstructed in late Gothic style after 1480 and in Renaissance style in the last quarter of the 16th century. The present appearance of the castle comes from the last reconstruction, which was carried out in the purist neo-Gothic style by architect Josef Mocker at the end of the 19th century.

Unfortunately, no photos are allowed to be taken inside the castle. And, a horribly cloudy and hazy day for photos in general!

Amsterdam, Netherlands - July 2005

Amsterdam is the capital of the Netherlands and was founded in the late 12th century on the banks of the Amstel River. It is now the largest city in the country and its financial and cultural center.

Amsterdam has one of the largest historic city centers in Europe, dating mostly from the 17th century. The old city was built up around a series of semi-circular canals, which still define its layout and appearance today. The easiest way to navigate through the city is by bicycle.

The city is noted for many outstanding museums, including the Rijksmuseum, the Van Gogh Museum, the Stedelijk Museum and the Anne Frank House.

Leland, Michigan - July 2006

The commercial fishing district of Leland(Fishtown) has provided a livelihood for residents of the town for over a century. Fishermen reached the fishing grounds of Lake Michigan by way of the Leland River using small sailboats until the introduction of primitive gas-powered oak boats around 1900. Small fishing shanties and related buildings such as ice and smoke houses were constructed during the peak years of the industry which spanned the first three decades of the 20th century. Now gray and weather-beaten, some still serve their original purpose. Other buildings in the district date back to Leland’s lumbering and iron smelting era in the latter half of the nineteenth century. Leland continues to be a commercial fishing area as well as the headquarters for transportation to the Manitou Islands.

Annecy, France - April 2005

Annecy is one of the most charming and attractive towns in the French Alps. The town in situated at the northern tip of Lac d’Annecy and surrounded by snow-capped mountains. The lake itself is supposedly the cleanest lake in all of Europe and based on the beautiful turquoise color, I would have to agree!

The medieval quarter is wonderful, with the canals, the flower-covered bridges and the quaint streets. It’s a beautiful sight, especially on market day when all the vendors have arrived to sell their wares.

The Chateau d’Annecy sits high on a hill with spectacular views of the surrounding lake and mountains. Definitely worth the visit.

Pets

Barney is the only dog that I have at the moment, the rest of the photos are of the pets of family and friends.

Maine - May 2005

In my opinion, Maine is one of the most beautiful states in the US, with the rocky coastline, the mountains and wonderful forests and parks.

My grandmother moved to Maine, from Ohio, in 1970 (when she was 68!) and I have always felt as though it was a second home to me.

These photos are from Portland, Boothbay Harbor, Pemaquid Point, New Harbor, Mt. Battie(Camden area), Ocean Point, Newagen and Hancock...enjoy.

Pražský Hrad a Hradčany (Prague Castle and area)

The history of Prague begins with the Castle, founded in the 9th century. Its commanding position above the Vltava made it the center of the lands ruled by the Přemyslids. The Castle has been rebuilt many times, most notably by Charles IV. Since 1918, it has been the seat of the president of the Republic.

Bath, Ohio - Hale Farm and Village

In 1810 Jonathan Hale, a farmer from Glastonbury, Connecticut, arrived in the Western Reserve. As a gesture of good faith, Hale guaranteed the debts of a friend in Connecticut. Unfortunately for Hale, the man was not able to settle these debts, thus forcing Hale to pay them. Hale was forced to sell his house and farm in Connecticut, and with $1,250 left from his shrunken assets, he purchased 500 acres of land and ventured to the Western Reserve.

Upon arrival Hale found a squatter settled on his property. Respecting the work the man had done, such as clearing the fields and building a cabin, Hale gave him his horse and wagon in exchange for his efforts and hence began the Hale Homestead.

In 1825 Hale began constructing a sparkling three-story red brick house using materials from his property. At the time of completion, this was one of only two brick homes in the Cuyahoga Valley. Three generations of the family lived in this house and farmed the property.

Part of Hale Farm and Village is Wheatfield Village. Wheatfield Village never really existed, but the historic buildings are original 19th century structures built within Ohio's Western Reserve. Facing demolition, they were acquired by the Hale Farm and moved to the site as part of a "historic preservation through relocation" program. Today they provide an intimate view of commercial and domestic life in mid-19th century Ohio.

For what it's worth, Jonathan Hale was my great-great-great-great grandfather.

Ohio City

Ohio City is one of Cleveland's oldest neighborhoods, located just across the Cuyahoga River from downtown Cleveland. Ohio City was originally home to Irish and German immigrants, but is now home to many different ethnic groups.

In the 1970s, initial efforts at revitalizing the neighborhood began and blossomed into a full-fledged renovation of the neighborhood's historic structures, shops, restaurants and nightspots.

If you want to take part in a bit of Cleveland's rich ethnic history and do your grocery shopping at the same time, take a trip to the West Side Market. The West Side Market is easily identified by its clock tower and the beautiful Neo-Classical/Byzantine Style building. The West Side Market opened its doors on October 31, 1912.

Memphis, Tennessee

Memphis is situated on the banks of the Mississippi River and has a rich history. Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley and B.B.King were all getting their careers started in Memphis in the 1950s. They are respectivally called the "King" of Country, Rock-n-Roll and Blues. Memphis is also home to Sun Studios, Hi Records and Stax Records and Graceland.

The city was at the center of civil rights issues during the 1960's, notably as the location of a sanitation worker's strike. Memphis is also known as the place where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated on April 4, 1968 at the Lorraine Motel. The Motel is now the National Civil Rights Museum.

By the way, it was a dreary day to be taking photos.....

Put-In-Bay - June 2006

Located in the shallow western end of Lake Erie is a group of 20 or more islands. One of these, Put-in-Bay or South Bass, served as a base of operations for Oliver Hazard Perry. It was from the harbor called Put-in-Bay that Perry sailed to defeat the British fleet under Robert H. Barclay during the war of 1812. The American victory in the battle of Lake Erie gave the country and the United States Navy a memorable slogan of positive accomplishments, "We have met the enemy and they are ours..." Today there stands at Put-in-Bay a beautiful 352-foot Greek Doric column, the Perry's Victory and International Peace Memorial.

The brigs, ships, and sloops are long gone and their place has been taken by yachts and sailboats. Many captains of these pleasure craft plot a course for Put-in-Bay seeking relaxation from the tensions of the city. Others board the ferryboats or airplanes for their trip to an island in Ohio's Lake Erie vacationland. Urban and rural tourists have been coming the Put-in-Bay for over 100 years. One can also explore the depths of the caves, bicycle around the island, or sip locally produced wine.

Glen Arbor, Michigan - July 2006

Glen Arbor Township is situated within the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Shoreline. Its main community is Glen Arbor, centered between Glen Lake and Sleeping Bear Bay. This area was originally settled by John LaRue, John Fisher, and John Dorsey around 1854. It was given its name after Mrs. Fisher observed a cluster of wild grapes in the tree tops and remarked that it was a "glen arbor" created by nature. Today, Glen Arbor remains a popular tourist spot adjacent to Glen Lake and the Sleeping Bear Dunes, with several specialty shops, resorts and restaurants.

Karlovy Vary

Karlovy Vary, better known by its German name, Karlsbad, is probably the most famous Bohemian spa. It was named for the Bohemian king and German and Holy Roman emperor Charles (Karl) IV who allegedly found the springs in 1358 during a hunting expedition. In the 19th century, royalty came here from all over Europe for treatment. Among the rich and famous who visited Karlsbad are Goethe, Schiller, Beethoven, Chopin, and Karl Marx.

Easter 2005

In Prague's Old Town Square (Staroměstské náměstí), trees are decorated with brightly colored ribbons in red, yellow, blue, pink and green. Hanging from tree branches are colored Easter eggs.