March 28th, 2014

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Tivoli Gardens in Copenhagen, Denmark

One of my favorite countries is Denmark, because the people and the food are so wonderful. I picked two posters that show Tivoli Gardens, a grand amusement park which predates Disneyland and was a huge influence on its design and development. For Californians, Tivoli also influenced the design of the original Nut Tree restaurant and complex in Vacaville. We spent a lot of time at Tivoli Gardens when we were kids and it was a blast.Collapse )
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Thailand :: Chiang Mai

I was quite surprised to find an ad for Thailand that WASN'T for Bangkok.  This ad promotes the northern city of Chiang Mai, a beautiful region of mountains and cooler weather.  I was even more surprised that I recognized the temple - I've been there! :D

Pictured is Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, a gorgeous Buddhist temple perched high atop a small mountain, reached by a 309-step staircase lined with naga (dragon-serpents). The top includes a shrine, and several other buildings, this beautiful spire, and a huge chedi all (literally) covered in (literally) 24K gold.  The effect is breathtaking.  We hitched a ride up the mountain in the back of a jeep (bad idea) and arrived carsick (twisty roads at 40mph) and choking on exhaust fumes.  After a long, slow walk up, we emerged into a cool cloud-filled temple of muted colors and wet stone, only to have the clouds part and reveal the true size and colors.  I will never ever forget this place.  I'd share my pics but they aren't digital. :*(  Here's a great one I found online.



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The one lower left is quite odd, really, since the palace it depicts (the Grand Palace in Bangkok) is NEVER that color, day or night.  It makes for a cool poster, but the palace is a riot of color and gold, one of the most indescribable, awesome places I've ever been.  I would go back every year just to see it again.

Lower right is a somewhat odd image, mainly because of the Indian man carrying an umbrella, but the monk is quite accurate in shaven head, saffron robe and bare feet (now with sandals in the city, for safety and health reasons), when out on the street gathering alms and food.

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London & North East Railway Art Deco poster - 1920's

William Barribal designed a series of bold Art Deco posters in the 1920s and 1930s.



I traveled from King's Cross Station in London to Edinburgh, Scotland by rail many times for work. I was fortunate that my company's customers were picking up the travel expense tab. It's a bit over five hours. A first class return ticket at the time was just a bit under £100. My home away from home in Edinburgh was at the Balmoral Hotel. That is located right next to the train station. This place is amazing. Many of the rooms have great views of the Firth of Forth. The greenest sea you will ever see. I'll never forget my work adventures there.