Saturday, September 12, 2015

Mountain Architecture in Jamaica

On a recent trip to Jamaica we took some strolls
in the mountains and observed the local architecture.
This complex is a residence cum restaurant cum guest house.
Excellent view from that dining pavilion.
Another top of the mountain house with a view of
Kingston, the capital.
Typical Jamaican fancy architecture with a shop
at the bottom and the residence above. Check out the
wall/fence above the shop.


Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Whitfield Hall

Whitfield Hall is a hostel located in the Blue Mountains of Jamaica
on the way to Blue Mountain Peak. It is a working coffee farm
as well as a hostel where hikers can stop over. Most hikers
will get up in the early morning hours and arrive at
the summit at sunrise and if they are lucky (and the clouds are absent)
they will glimpse Cuba to the north.

Very old and majestic eucalyptus trees on
the property at Whitfield Hall.

Monday, September 7, 2015

Blue Mountain Peak

On a recent trip to the old country I spent a weekend with
a cousin at Salt Hill which has a great view of
Blue Mountain Peak. At 7,400 feet, it is the
highest elevation on the island. You will see many coffee
plants on the hike to the peak.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Nine Mile

Nine Mile restaurant in the Montford neighborhood of Asheville
is named after the birthplace of Bob Marley and the names
of the entrees reflect the island influence. 
The food is tasty and Red Stripe beer is also available.

Friday, January 2, 2015

Blue Sky, Columbia

An excellent mural by the artist Blue Sky in Columbia, SC.  The perspective is spot on and 
if not for the wood crate and the slight curb you would really be fooled.
For more info on the artist visit 

Monday, October 13, 2014

Country Club Plaza KCMO

The Plaza was one of the first shopping centers that catered to 
the automobile.  It is an upscale shopping center and residential
neighborhood in Kansas City designed to
look like buildings in Seville, Spain.
Another interesting building in the Plaza.
The Giralda Tower modeled after the Cathedral of Seville.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Shamrock Hotel, Blackville

The ravages of time have left their mark on the Shamrock Hotel in
Blackville, SC.  At one time this was a vibrant building for residents
and visitors.  Eating, playing pool and poker and the laughter of folks
having a good time. The decline of the railroad signaled the
demise of the Shamrock as it slowly fell into despair.
The roof is long gone and the walls are now
supported by a steel structure.  Only your imagination
can see what was once a grand building.