Minneapolis, Minnesota

The Crystal Court I.D.S Building

October, 1981

Dear

This is a picture of the place in downtown Minneapolis where everyone meets. Often there is an orchestra or bank concert – sometimes even the Minn. Symphony. It is always warm and cheery – even in midwinter!

I have just walked around the lake (2 hrs) and now must get supper for the family. Wish you were here.

Love

(aside) If you ever watched the Mary Tyler Moore Show, this is where she throws her hat in the are at the beginning. There is now a statue of her outside this building.

This tower is linked to other structures of the Center and the skyway system of pedestrian bridges. The Court soars 120 feet to the 80th story.

Zurich, Switzerland

December, 1983

Hi

So far so good – we took a city tour this am & a tour up to Rigi Kaltbad and Lucerne this aft. !! They both were good tours and we all enjoyed them. It was snowy and cold but sunny up on Rigi – skiing and beautiful sights of the alps.

So good to visit with you Christmas – I’ll call after we get back – we’re supposed to return Sun. (I’m pushing for Sat.) Bill goes to Bali on Jan. 4 for 4 days.

Love

Paris, France

Paris Et Ses merveilles – Editions “GUY” -38, Rue Ste Croix de la Bretonnerie, Paris 4th. Imprime in Italia – Reproduction interdite Production Leconte.

Basilique du Sacre Coeur de Montmartre et la funiculaire I love this photo, one of my most favorite places in Paris.

June 1973

Dear Mom

Can’t remember when I last wrote!! We saw this last Monday and it was great. Tues. we went to Versailles – the garden there was beautiful!! Yesterday we saw Notre Dame and a lovely little church – Saint Chapelle. Also spent some time in the Louvre. Saw Venus de Milo & the Mona Lisa. It rained in the morning, but cleared up and is lovely today. We’ve been so lucky with the weather. Everyone is fine. We go to London tomorrow by rail and hovercraft across the Channel. The Gambles are flying to Madrid tomorrow and then to Portugal for a week. We’re having such a good time.

Love

(aside) On that trip we also went to the Rodin Museum which is housed in a lovely rococo mansion built in 1732. Rodin moved in in 1908 and it became a museum in 1919. It is surrounded by gardens and more sculpture.

Los Angeles, California

Pershing Square, Los Angeles

Postcard courtesy of Western Publishing and Novelty Company.

In 1866 the area known today as Pershing Square was dedicated as a public square called La Plaza Abaja (the lower plaza) by Mayor Christobal Aguilar. A year later people started calling it St Vincent’s Park since it was across the street from St Vincent’s College (now Loyola Marymount University). The name changed again in 1870 to Los Angeles Park and in 1886 it was 6th Street Park when it was redesigned by Frederick Eaton. It became Central Park during the early 1890s and had a bandstand pavilion.

In 1900 a statue of a Spanish-American War veteran was dedicated. In 1910 the park was renovated again by John Parkinson and featured a fountain by sculptor Johan Caspar Lachne Gruenfeld. In 1918, a week after the end of World War I, the park was renamed once again to Pershing Square to honor General Pershing. I believe this is the iteration pictured above.

The park went through many other iterations over the years including being demolished in 1952 in order to build an underground car park. By 1984 when the Summer Olympics were in Los Angeles, it had become so neglected, the city spent $1 million for temporary renovations.

Once again, in 1992, the park closed for a $14.5 redesign and renovation by Ricardo Legorreta and Laurie Olin. It re-opened in 1994 with a bell tower, fountains, a walkway, and concert stage. This design remains today. In 2000, a monument was dedicated to a highly decorated local Korean War veteran by the name of Eugene Obregon.

Ravenna, Italy

Vitalis (VI century) – Empress Theodora with her Court

I went to Ravenna to see the mosaics in 1973 and I bought a lot of postcards because when I returned to school I had to write a paper on them. I thought it would be easier with visuals to remind me.

This Mosaic is in the Basilica of San Vitale. It shows Empress Theodora of Byzantium (b. 490 d. 548) and her offerings to Christ (you can see the Three Kings at the bottom of her skirts). Her two sisters are beside her. She was known for her beauty and here her tiara is dripping in jewels.

Montedor, Portugal

Ancient Windmill at Motedor

April 2000

Well I took a vacation to Portugal. Turns out should have come in March. It’s rained most of my 10 days. But it’s beautiful. Definitely not the US of A. We are so young aren’t we.

Hope you are well. I thought you would have an email address – not? Sorry it’s taken so long to write. Thanks for the Xmas present.

Love

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