Photo(s) of the Week: Tower Bridge

Posted by Adrienne on June 26, 2013 under Uncategorized | No Comments

Many people, when they hear the song “London Bridge is Falling Down” think of this structure:

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From London I

But that is incorrect; the song refers to a completely different (and much older) bridge. This bridge is only a little more than 100 years old, and has a different name entirely:

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From London I

Tower Bridge was constructed in the late 19th century, and was opened to the public in 1894. Its main purpose was to allow pedestrians and vehicular traffic to cross the Thames between the City of London on the north bank and Southwark on the south bank. Over one hundred years later, it is still fulfilling its purpose:

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From London I

But the Thames is a busy river, and the bridge needed to allow boat traffic to pass, so it was constructed as a bascule bridge, that is, a drawbridge (it was the largest such bridge at the time of its completion in 1894). This would allow the roadway to be raised and lowered to let ships through:

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From London I

Our crossing on our visit to London featured a large amount of traffic (including lots of fellow tourists!) and an exhibition of Tower Bridge’s drawbridge capabilities. We took many fine pictures, but did not visit the museum inside the bridge. Perhaps we will stop by again on our next visit.

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From London I

Photo of the Week: Hotel del Coronado

Posted by Adrienne on June 19, 2013 under Uncategorized | No Comments

A famous landmark in San Diego is the Hotel del Coronado, or as locals call it, “The Del:”

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From San Diego, California

It is apparently quite nice inside, but the beach at Coronado was as close as we got to it, so this outside view was all that we saw.

Photo of the Week: License Plate Baseball Art

Posted by Adrienne on June 12, 2013 under Uncategorized | No Comments

If you come in the Right Field entrance at Seattle’s SAFECO Field, this is what you will see:

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From Ballparks

The logos of American League baseball teams, as they were in 1999, when the stadium opened. Most of the logos are the same, but there have been a few changes since ’99. The Tampa Bay club is now just the “Rays” instead of the “Devil Rays” (top row, second from right). The star-in-circle logo that the Rangers used in ’99 is rarely used these days (second row, first from left). The Blue Jays have a different jay head and a different maple leaf now (third row, first from right). And the Angels have gotten rid of the wings and the blue (bottom row, second from right). But out of 14 clubs*, 10 use the same logo today as they did in 1999.

The logos are backed by the license plate of the state (or province) the team plays in. The Blue Jays logo is on Ontario plates, for example. And since the Royals play in Missouri (despite being the Kansas City Royals), their logo is on Show Me State plates. It is an interesting and unique piece of baseball-themed art; we’ve visited 25 other major league stadiums, and have yet to see something quite like it!

* Of course, today’s American League has 15 teams: the Astros were added at the beginning of the 2013 season. They’ve changed their logo since 1999. So perhaps it’s 10 of 15 teams. It’s still an impressively large number.

Photo of the Week: Texas Capitol (inside)

Posted by Adrienne on June 5, 2013 under Uncategorized | No Comments

A bonus state capitol photo! The state capitol building in Texas has a series of seals on the floor of its rotunda:

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From Waco and Austin

The seals represent the six countries that have had control over what is now Texas. They are:

  • France (top right, blue with three fleur-de-lis)

  • Spain ( middle right, red and white with two lions and two castles)

  • Mexico (top left, eagle with green cactus on a blue background)

  • Republic of Texas (middle, white star with green wreaths)

  • Confederate States of America ( middle left, blue with white wreath and figure on horseback)

  • United States (bottom, eagle with stars and stripes shield)

These six seals show up in other places in the capitol too. This is the first capitol we’ve visited that has had symbols of other countries featured so prominently; it’s an interesting change from other states.

Photo of the Week: Washington Capitol

Posted by Adrienne on May 29, 2013 under Uncategorized | No Comments

For our 250th Photo of the Week, come see the Washington Capitol! No, not the one in the District of Columbia, but the one in Olympia:

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From Day Out

Our own state’s capitol is a classic dome, filled with depictions of the state’s namesake, and surrounded by the beauty of the Pacific Northwest: evergreen trees and blue water, both in a lake and in a fountain!

We hope you’ve enjoyed this series of state capitols. Perhaps we’ll have new photos of seats of government to share soon!