We decided to go to French Lick IN There is a hotel there - the West Baden Springs Resort. It has a fabulous history!! The springs were discovered in 1778. The original hotel was opened in 1845 but burned down in 1901. The new hotel was built and opened in 1902 with an amazing 200 foot dome!! The place was a hospital - a school and then closed. It was re-opened in 2007 after being closed for 75 years. There are pictures inside of how bad it looked before they restored it. I didn't expect it to be as beautiful - and huge as it is. If you ever get the chance to see it - do it!! We hope to stay a night or two soon.
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|a mosaic terrazzo tile floor composed of 2 million one-inch squares of marble was installed in the Atrium by Italian artisans|
In December we went to to Indianapolis to see replicas of the angels they found in the dome - they believe they were painted by the Italian artisans. You can click the links to see the stories. I wasn't so impressed with the angels until now that I've seen the hotel. Wow! We managed to get in some letterboxing then we went over to the casino - that hotel/casino is as big as a city - crazy big!! The casino was full of cigarette smoke and we lost $22 in about 10 minutes on the machines. Losing is no fun. so then we went back to the West Baden hotel for dessert and coffee - the center of the dome changes color at night - beautiful!!I didn't have my phone so no pictures. I had a chocolate dome dessert - the hard shell glittered!! It had a tiny square of chocolate with the hotel name printed on it - wow! Scott had carrot cake - fabulous!!
This morning we went to breakfast in town and took some pictures of our neighborhood leaves -
|turkey vultures - amazing - huge!! There are 2 off camera as well - yikes!!|
|looks pretty though|
Scott bought me a fabulous bracelet
The Primitive Porch in Berlin Ohio
|fun yarn bombing|