Resort

My son is here for a business meeting and is staying at a resort called the Omni. Scottsdale is known for its resorts as it is a popular destination in the winter. So I guess my son’s company got good deals on rooms here in the hot summer. I love to look at beautiful places and this was one.

There was a Spanish theme in the decorations and architecture like this fountain.

This pretty painting was above the check-in desk.

An Alhambra like-fountain and tower.

A fountain at the end of the swimming pool. Camelback Mountain was right behind the resort.

Hot

I am not one of those people that likes heat, even dry heat as they call it here. However, this being what they call the “monsoon” season, there is humidity. That makes it hard for me to get out and do my walk. When I open the door at dawn and it is at least 80 degrees, it sort of kills any desire to get out so, on the advice of a friend, I decided to try a shopping mall not too far away for walking. It is called Fashion Square and is one of those upscale malls and while it isn’t very cool, it beats 80 degrees. It opens at 6 AM although all of the stores are closed and you will find cleaning ladies polishing the glass and brass, a security guard and ten or so people like me walking. Looking in the windows as I chug along is interesting and if a store only has its metal grates down, cold air rushes out which feels great but makes me wonder what their electric bill runs.

You can see here the clouds one evening after a thunder storm.

You can see what a pretty mall it is, especially when it is empty.

This is the entry ramp in front of Neiman Marcus which sort of looks like a space ship, or a portal.

I saw these two later in the day when I went to shop. It is some sort of virtual reality set up and the machine they were sitting in moved.

Leaving Arizona

I am back in Paris with deadly jet lag and a bad cold so I thought I’d post some photos from Arizona where I spent time with my Mom and had the unexpected bonus of having my gall bladder removed. (Thank you for all of the nice comments on that. After surgery, although I was very sore, I never needed any pain medication and after a week or so, pretty much felt back to normal).

Of course, there were palm trees and beautiful sunsets.

We saw many movies. This is a brand new theatre at the mall. The photo make the rug look like it’s undulating for some reason.

My Mom’s home was built in the 70’s and probably last decorated in the 80’s. She’s never touched this living room since then. It looks like a movie set to me. The glass on the chandelier tinkles when there is an earthquake in California.

This ceiling is in the entry way to the Wrigley Mansion built by the Wrigley gum owners. It was also owned by Geordie Hormel who, interestingly to me anyway, was once married to Leslie Caron, the French actress in Gigi. The mansion itself is mostly empty of furniture and is used for weddings and has a very nice restaurant with views overlooking Phoenix. It was considered a “cottage” by the first owners and was only lived in for a week or two a year.

I am very taken with the desert landscaping and wall decorations of the freeway system in Scottsdale and Phoenix. So artistic and creative. I was finally able to get a photo when stopped at a red light.

A look at the unusual rock formations down below as my plane left Arizona heading for New York and then Paris.

And Finally

And finally, the year ended with a long visit to the States.

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We spent a lot of time in Austin, Texas. One of our favorite things to do was walk around Town Lake.

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We visited old haunts. This was the Oasis with fabulous views.

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We made a trip to New Orleans, always a great place to visit.

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We visited with family in Colorado for Thanksgiving.

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We spent Christmas in Arizona and spent time with my mother.

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The best part, of course, was connecting with friends and family, especially grandchildren.

And today, as I post this, I am on my way back to Paris so I hope to have some photos of Paris next week if I can get over my jet lag enough to get out and explore.