This is a gorgeous Wurlitzer 1015 One More Time vinyl jukebox. While it is a reproduction of the original 1946 “bubbler”, it is still a beautiful machine. I really love these old style jukeboxes. I found this one inside the Gibson Guitar Factory in Memphis, Tennessee.
I found these beautiful guitars at the Gibson Guitar Factory in Memphis, Tennessee. Even though I don’t play, I have a deep appreciation for these instruments and the care that goes into making them.
This familiar image of Santa Clause was originally painted and conceived by Haddon Sundblom for holiday advertisements of Coca-Cola. Before these ads, Santa was usually pictured wearing green and not as a jolly, happy fellow. It’s hard to picture my childhood without this Santa. These ornaments are outside the World of Coca-Cola in Atlanta, Georgia.
This is the beautiful Capitol Building in Atlanta, Georgia. It was so pretty and so quiet when I was there. I really enjoyed my visit and there was a lot to see, but I liked this main stairwell all decked out for Christmas,
This is the beautiful National Christmas Tree on the Ellipse in front of the White House in Washington DC. When I was a kid, my mom used to take me down here to see this display. It’s just as much fun now as it was then, but there are definitely more people. And it’s great to be home for Christmas, even if only for a day.
Just wanted to wish you all a very Merry Christmas. I am here in Newark, New Jersey getting ready to start a trip in the morning. Thank you all so much for being a part of my year and I wish you all a very happy holiday season, no matter what you celebrate. I hope you are surrounded by love and warmth wherever you are.
This is the Sunday before Christmas at the old water tower in Chicago, Illinois. Shoppers were out in droves and a chill was definitely in the air.
This is the Captain on the Helm statue in front of the Navy Pier in Chicago, Illinois. Does it look cold? It was.
It’s been a great year for spotting paddle steamers around the country. They always seem so romantic to me, harking back to an earlier time when river travel was the fastest and smoothest way to travel. If you want to see some of my other paddle steamer photos, check out here, here and here. This is the beautiful Belle of Louisville dockside in Louisville, Kentucky.
I have seen this public art display in quite a few places in my travels. Candy Chang’s inspirational project walls can be found in over 500 cities in 70 countries. I am always moved that some people’s dreams are so simple, to me so attainable and I hope these people do get to do these things. I spotted this particular one in the NuLu neighborhood of Louisville, Kentucky.
This is the world’s biggest baseball bat and it is right here outside the Louisville Slugger Museum in downtown Louisville, Kentucky. Every now and then I get to come somewhere I’ve never been before – thank you Louisville for such a warm welcome. I will be back.
This is the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville, Tennessee. It is quite a room!
This has been the year of music for me. I have had the great fortune to be in the epicenter of music for the whole country all year here in the deep south. Along with some amazing live performances, I have also gotten a good look behind the scenes. I have seen some of the most infamous studios in the history of music, but this may be the one that produced the most hits – RCA’s Studio B in Nashville, Tennessee. It has been the recording home of people like Dolly Parton, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson and of course Elvis Presley. All I can say is that the acoustics were amazing! Check out the other studios I’ve visited this year by clicking over to my posts on Sun Studios, Stax Records and Royal Studios.
This is the beautiful Union Station here in Nashville, Tennessee.
This gentleman is an excellent tap dancer. He can be seen doing his thing for tips most weekends out in front of the old Daisy Theatre on Beale Street in Memphis, Tennessee.
This is a shot looking up Beale Street in fabulous downtown Memphis, Tennessee.
Normally, graininess is my biggest enemy when shooting at night with my old and not-so-sophisticated camera. But in this shot, I actually like the grain. This is Bourbon Street very late at night in New Orleans, Louisiana.
I do love New Orleans. This is just a regular street in the French Quarter on a gorgeous sunny afternoon.
This is from the Wonderful World of Coca-Cola museum in Atlanta, Georgia. This truck was brought up to the museum from Argentina and it really was pretty.
Alexander Michael’s or Al Mike’s is a charming neighborhood pub sitting in the middle of the historic 4th Ward in Charlotte, North Carolina. It was a pleasant place to stop for a quick beer and get in out of the cold. I like the decorations on the truck.