I’m not sure that the bartender appreciated me walking behind her bar to take this shot … but I just could not help myself!
The Candler Building was built in 1906 by Coca-Cola magnate and former Mayor Asa Griggs Candler. Standing on the site of one of Atlanta oldest churches, it was the city’s first skyscraper and tallest structure at 17 stories.
Now in the Hilton Curio Collection, the building underwent painstaking restoration and reopened as a hotel in 2019. Some of the features include:
- Beau-Arts style, drawing upon the principles of French neoclassicism and incorporating Gothic and Renaissance elements
- Picturesque, hand-carved marble staircase capped with The Candler Hotel’s iconic winged lion
- Ornate décor using brass, mahogany & marble materials, that weaves an intricate family story is infused throughout the hotel
- Lobby featuring two original Tiffany glass windows
- Mysterious secret bank vault below ground
- A historic Ballroom, completely transformed
- A variety of window styles and layouts on each of the 15 stories
- Detailed arched windows with elaborate cornices that crown the building, radiating its historical effect on downtown Atlanta
Just a quick stroll through historic Fredericksburg, Virginia. I have no idea how old this wall is but it was next to a home that was over a century old.
Passing through Greenville, SC on the way to Atlanta, GA
The blooming of daffodils, along with the availability of the vaccine, brings hope …
As I ramp back up to posting, I’ll start with a few photos from along the road … this from Culpepper, Va.
The Senate Campaign is over, and while I did not win the day in this deep red district, it was an incredible experience! The campaign was honest about the issues that impact every single person, every single day and we did not engage in negative dialogue. I’m proud of that and also that people have told me that they are encouraged and in fact, inspired to get involved. That was one of my goals: to inspire folks to get involved in civics and government!
And NOW! I can get back into photography, travel, and the motorcycle!
Happy Easter and Belated Passover to all who celebrate, and for those who don’t, Welcome Spring (in the Northern Hemisphere!).
Covid-19 Update: Since I picked back up on blogging, I’ve been sharing brief updates about our travels. Rest assured, we are taking precautions. Wearing masks, eating outdoors or take out (or in empty restaurants), and hand sanitizing. We are doing our part to keep ourselves and others safe!
On our way back home to Virginia from South Carolina a few weeks ago, we decided to take the Blue Ridge Parkway and stop in at Mount Mitchell State Park.
At 6684 Ft, Mount Mitchell is the highest peak east of the MIssissippi River and offers incredible views of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
As we climbed in elevation, the temperature dropped and the wind picked up.
We didn’t have time to get out on the trails, but we plan to return to do some hiking another time. Thankfully, we were able to get back on the Blue Ridge Parkway and appreciate the views along the way home.