Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Holidays Should be Memorable...but Not Always Enjoyable

Me and my brother Cowboy Greg during one memorable Christmas
This is the time of year when it's fun to compare who's going where and doing what for Christmas.  There seems to be so much stress around the whole Christmas event, that people are losing sight of what really is important.  It doesn't really matter what you bring to the pot luck.  It can be anything you like.  Don't lament about the people who are coming who are eating healthier this year.  We grew up on TV dinners, twinkles, and dishes made of canned goods with so much sodium that it's a surprise we didn't all have heart attacks at age 12.  It's all good.  You're joining family this year to make memories, not necessarily to have fun or to enjoy yourself.  It's not about you. It's about spending time with people you don't often see, and who may even drive you crazy.  This is the good stuff in life you'll remember for years to come.  You need to make those stories that can be passed down through the generations.  These are the times you'll remember when you're in the nursing home.

What do I remember most from my childhood?  We always got a new set of pajamas and a few toys.  It wasn't anything huge.  There were six kids in our family, and we felt lucky to have any packages to open.  Somehow my parents always pulled it off.  My oldest brother is 13 years older than me.  We bought him a new flashlight...every year...because what else do you get for someone you don't really play with anymore.  And my sister is 10 years older.  I think I bought her a new hair bow...every year...because she had such pretty hair and I liked brushing it.  The best Christmas gift ever?  Well, that's an easy one.  I got a puppy from my aunt & uncle and they had actually wrapped it in a box for me to open!  That dog went through a lot during the years and he was so loved by both me and my brother Greg.  Before the Christmas puppy, there was a Christmas where my brother Eric got a racing track.  He had a mutt named Pete.  The dog went NUTS about the racetrack.  He'd watch the cars race in a circle until we thought he'd fall over from being dizzy.

The most fun at Christmastime?  It was always great when we had snow and could get together with cousins for dinner.  We'd all eat and then it was play time in the snow.  The older kids were always mean and threw snowballs at us.  Sometimes we'd go caroling in whatever neighborhood we were in. I loved it when we got change or treats for singing, though that wasn't the point.  The adults let us do our own thing and together we made memories.  Now that most of the adults in our family are gone, we cling to those holiday memories.

If you're going to a Christmas party because you think it's going to be fun, I hope you're right, but chances are pretty good that there will be awkward moments when you have to get along with people you seldom see.  Funny though, how much of those awkward moments will stay with you for life.  I can remember the smell of my aunt's perfume.  How about my uncle who would always drink too much and then dance with everyone...even the other men.  It was hilarious, but I am pretty sure there were some people who thought it was a bit uncomfortable. We had a Christmas dinner when I was stationed in Florida, where we invited neighbors to dine with us, and when I went to the kitchen to get the ham, all I saw was a floor full of cloves and a large labrador licking his lips.  SAMMY!!!!  We still had plenty to eat, but no meat.  Do you think anyone will ever forget that dinner?  No, we still laugh about it today.

Christmas has become kind of strange since I married a Muslim.  Of course, my husband doesn't celebrate the holiday.  I no longer put up a tree.  My older kids spend Christmas with their dad and he is a Christmas fanatic, so it's all good.  It's tougher now that our little guy Omar is 8.  He embraces everything Santa, and still tells any Santa who will listen that he wants a pony.  Yeah, good luck with that one, Omar. This year my husband decided we should go to Mexico to try something different.  I'm game to try it.  It's a family thing.  When you make time for family, you remember those times.
So go out and make some memories with your family and other loved ones.  Be bold.  Merry Christmas!

Friday, December 13, 2013

December Weekend at Salt Lake City, UT

The Grand America Hotel decorates their windows for Christmas. 
My husband had a meeting in Salt Lake so Omar and I tagged along to see what wonderful holiday magic we could find in the city.  Salt Lake has the feel of a small city compared to Milwaukee.  The down side is the traffic.  The central downtown is small with way too many traffic lights.  We had a rental car and it was frigid, so we tried to drive around town.  In nicer weather, it would have been easier walking.
We had a room at the Grand America Hotel, which is known for luxury.  The rooms and hotel are indeed luxurious, but that also means you miss the coffee makers, clothesline, and do it yourself kinds of services that come with a cheaper hotel.  Since we hadn't made previous reservations, we couldn't partake of the Tea with Santa event, even though we saw the Santa and Mrs. Claus as we checked in.  That was a disappointment, but the concierge said it books up almost immediately every year.  Something to think about if you plan to go there during December.  There were free chocolate chip cookies in the lobby that almost made up for that loss.  There was also a harpist playing Christmas carols that anyone was welcome to enjoy.  The hotel looked incredibly festive.
The lobby floor is amazing- much more than a hotel.  There's a toy store, decorated windows for the holidays, gelato and pastry store, life size gingerbread house made of edible goods (I wanted to bite this in a bad way), and a spa with access to a higher floor swimming pool that has views of the courtyard and mountains.  Ahhhh..... what fun to explore!
Can you believe every piece is edible?

This sign says how many days it took and who baked it

Inside the toy store are interactive picture frames of monsters

And what a cool piano that plays music while you step...and candy dispensers too.  Pure Magic!
 We enjoyed the pool more than once, but then we had to actually leave the hotel to see some of the kid friendly highlights.  We had breakfast at the Park Cafe, which is across from Liberty Park.  The park was completely frosted in fresh snow and looked beautiful!  We went to Tracy Aviary, which is just across the street from the cafe.  Even though it was cold and snowy, the aviary was open.  I was very surprised to see tropical birds in outdoor cages there.  We didn't stay long as the birds didn't look happy to be there, and with the cold, neither were we.  In nicer weather it is probably much better.
A pair of owls were keeping eyes on me

The tropical birds were huddled together to stay warm, I suppose

Are those really pelicans?!!!
From the aviary, we headed to the spectacular Natural History Museum of Utah.  It's situated on a hill that overlooks the city and has mountain views from its huge windows and patios.  Inside there is truly something for everyone.  I lost count of the number of dinosaur skeletons.  There are fossils, interactive displays, native American garb and gadgets of all types, and a great cafe/gift shop too.  We were there for 3 hours and only briefly saw everything.  There are 5 floors that interconnect with ramps.  It has a canyon feel to the architecture and the building itself is quite a piece of artwork.  It is a relatively new location for the museum.  This should be a premier destination for anyone interested in dinosaurs, for sure.

One of the finest fossil shells with rock crystals inside

Omar loved digging in the fossil pit

I had never seen a skeleton of such a large bear-like creature

rock art from generations long gone
We had hoped to see the holiday lights at Temple Square because I'd heard they were the highlight for anyone visiting Utah at Christmas.  Unfortunately, there was a concert that night and due to traffic, we were unable to see them.  We probably should have planned that better.  I had to suffice with this flickr page of photos, which was the next best thing to being there.  The zoo also had a light show.  There were simply too many options for such a short trip.  We hope to come back again, although it may not be in snowy weather.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Family Vacation to Arches National Park

We hiked to this huge arch in Arches National Park in spite of frigid temps.
It's always a challenge finding the best vacation place for a family.  My husband likes the outdoors and museums.  My son likes the swimming pools.  I'm looking for some unique experiences with good photography opportunities.  We've started doing more vacations within the USA because there is simply so much here to see that we still have not done yet.

I stumbled on Frommer's "100 Places to Take Your Kids Before They Grow Up".  I've seen a few of these lists, and have read a few books on the topic, but this reference is free, so it's worth a look if you're making vacation plans with families.  The lists are always a bit different from each other.  This one color codes the type of attraction.  I wrote last year about a few books that I would give as gifts to families, which included travel ideas and shared experiences.

My husband had a meeting scheduled in Salt Lake City in December, so we discussed whether it would be a good time to make it a long weekend and do some sightseeing.  I've had Arches National Park on my possible vacation destination list for about a year, so we looked at how that might work out.  It's still a 4 hour trip by car from Salt Lake, but the reviews said it could be interesting in low season because the rock structures are still there and the night time star viewing should be amazing.

We ended up going to Utah for 5 nights.  We flew into Salt Lake City at night and drove the next morning to Moab, UT.  It was a pretty drive in spite of the cold.  I might mention that even though the temperatures were in single digits, it was much more bearable in Utah than if we had the same temps here in Wisconsin.  It must be the dry air that does it.  We did notice the dryness affecting lips and hands though.  It's like as soon as you step off the plane, your face shrivels up and you have chapped lips immediately!  The drive was indeed 4 hours, but Price is a good stopping place about half way.  We ended up eating lunch there and visited the Prehistoric Museum for about an hour.  They have more dinosaur skeletons than the Chicago Museum, since the area is rich in dinosaur excavations. The displays cover archaeology and paleontology, so I think anyone could find something of interest there.  Omar (at age 8) especially loved the area where you could dig for bones.  If you go in nicer weather, there's a quarry nearby where many dinosaurs were found, and you can check it out for yourself.  It's called the Cleveland Lloyd Dinosaur Quarry.
One of the dinosaur skeletons at the Prehistoric Museum at Price

We made it to Moab an hour before sunset, so we picked up some snacks at a local grocery store, and then drove directly to our hotel, Red Cliffs Lodge.  We had read good things about the location.  It's situated on the Colorado river on scenic highway 128 which runs between Moab and Colorado.  It was an amazingly beautiful drive with a frosting of snow on the red rocks.  This is low season, so all the activities they advertise are not available, including the restaurant.  If you go in warmer weather, you can enjoy horseback riding, rafting, hiking, swimming, and winery tours.  Omar was seriously disappointed that the hot tub and pool were outdoors and were frozen over.  The view from our room was pretty amazing.  You not only get a nice view of sunset reflected on the rocks, but the sunrise comes from behind Fisher Towers, which are visible too.  We played in the snow for awhile and waited for the stars to come out.  We had been told this was one of the best places for seeing the milky way and night sky because you have no light pollution.  You can see photos at the Night Sky link on the Red Cliffs website.  What we saw that night was nothing short of magnificent- even better than the photos on their link.  There were only 6 rooms occupied at the Lodge that night, and one of them was a photographer trying to get some shots of the sky.  I know this because Omar kept shining his flashlight in her face as we tried to enjoy the sky ourselves.  Without a flashlight, you can barely see to get from your room to your car just a few feet away.
Backyard at Red Cliffs Lodge on the Colorado River
There was some new snow the next morning.  We headed into Moab to try the best breakfast in town at Eklecticafe.  Be sure to look for it if you're in town.  Great espresso drinks, quiche, pancakes, and more.  Not a huge place but the service makes up for that.  In warmer weather, you can eat outdoors. We also picked up some water bottles there, as there are warnings everywhere not to travel in the parks without it.   Then it was off to Arches National Park.  If you have a child with a disability like Omar, you can get a free pass to the national parks, so it was free for us to get in.  Arches Park is open 24 hours a day, so you can see it under all conditions and there are even star tours in the area.  A guide will take you out with a telescope and show you the best of the night sky.  There's also a photography tour.  If you have the funds and want a total exploration, there are opportunities of all kinds.  Because of the extreme cold, we decided to do our own tour and I consulted these photography tips to be sure I was happy with what we saw and photographed.  Some great tips there.  Unfortunately Delicate Arch and several others in that region of the park were closed due to icy road conditions.  We had to settle for a hike in another part of the park, but it was good enough.  Easy hiking in the snow with a few slippery spots.  There were icicles hanging on the cave portions.  The sunshine seemed to be endless!  You need sunglasses for this kind of snow.
The red formations are huge!  See tiny Omar next to this one.

He found this cave with icicles and wanted to lick each and every one.

There are more than 2000 arches but we saw maybe 10.  These are some of the larger ones.

By afternoon we had seen most of the road that runs through it and headed back into town for lunch.  Omar only eats pasta and pizza, so it was easy to determine lunch should be at Pasta Jay's.  We wanted to experience the sunset and see more of the scenic highway so we went out to Fisher Towers, near our lodge.  It's easy to take the wrong street since they all look like dirt paths covered in snow.  We ended up out in a field with free range cattle, and they looked a bit surprised, before we found the correct road.  The towers are a state park and it's free to see them.  There are 2 hikes there, and we opted for the shorter Photography Hike.  It takes you a way up the towers and you get a nice view of everything around.  The cool thing about sunset is that the rocks continue to change colors as the sun sets.  The shadows play with the shapes, and it's so fun to watch that you might miss the actual sun setting on the other side of the canyon.
you can see the shadows on the lower parts of the towers

Bright orange and red hues

The sun sets in the wild west
Our last night at the lodge, we stopped in at the Movie Museum that is in the basement of the Lodge.  This property was the site for many westerns, including those starring John Wayne.  Some of the later movies included Back to the Future, Thelma & Louise, and City Slickers.  If you remember the Marlboro Man commercials, they were also filmed here.  Even the bathrooms at the lodge have movie photos on the walls.  You're bound to see something familiar.
My husband, Abdulhamid, with John Wayne

Lots of photos from the many years of movies

Sadly, our wild west adventure ended abruptly due to a snowstorm that was predicting 20 inches of snow in the mountains.  We had to leave very early the next day and make our way SLOWLY back to Salt Lake in blowing snow in nearly whiteout conditions. If we'd had another day, we probably would have seen Canyonlands National Park too.  We'll have to make that another time...in warmer weather!

Friday, November 22, 2013

The Best View of Chicago

We had a cousin of Abdulhamid's visiting with us a few weeks ago, and naturally when anyone comes this close to Chicago, they ask for a day of sightseeing there.  Sometimes we take the train because Chicago is a city that is easy to get around using the transit system.  Because there were 5 of us, we opted to bring our car this time.  Parking in downtown Chicago is extremely expensive by Milwaukee standards, but 5 train tickets would have been much more.

We parked at Millennium Park, which is very near the lakefront.  It's a nice central location to see a few sights.  There's a parking garage underground.  Then you can take the elevator to street level and exit right at the ice rink.  Of course everyone gets a thrill out of the several story high face that changes every few minutes.  People are always looking for the camera thinking they can put their own face up there, but these are recorded faces.  During summer this is a splash pad, but in fall, it was just a concrete rink.  We walked up and around to see Cloudgate, more affectionately called "The Bean".  About a hundred people were already finding their reflections and snapping photos.  Omar, who is 8, just wanted to climb under it and see how many reflections he could find of himself.  It's a fun way to spend 15 minutes.  We had to drag Omar away though.  It turned out to be way more fun once he got involved with another group of kids and they all began to roll on the ground, chasing reflections.  A group of 3 pretty girls were holding signs which said "Free Hugs" and we found many people taking them up on the offer.  It's just a fun place to people watch.  If you stand still and listen, you will hear many different languages.
Cloudgate catches reflections of the city and the people nearby

The trees were in fall color

You can have a lot of fun with the indentations in this silver bean

From here we had to have Giordano's Pizza, which is just across the street, north of the park.  You have to wait for a table and preorder your pizza because it takes 45 minutes to prepare.  It's deep dish with loads of cheese and toppings stuffed inside like a pie.  I love it and eat it every chance I get.  Usually one slice is plenty.
Best pizza around!
Around the city currently are a bunch of painted fireplugs- an art display.  We saw a few of them.  You can read more about them at the Great Chicago Fire Hydrant website.  Each hydrant is about 5 feet tall and painted by an artist.  Lots of fun trying to find them!

We caught a taxi to what I now know is the very best place to see the overhead view of Chicago, the John Hancock building.  We had been to Sears tower with a number of guests in the past, but it is expensive.  There are usually long lines.  I read on trip advisor  that you could go to the top of the John Hancock and see more of the lakefront, but also the rest of the city.  You can purchase a ticket for the observation deck, but we went to the Signature Lounge for free.  It's the 96th floor.  There's a restaurant on the floor below in case you are really hungry.  We ordered coffees and cheesecake for about what we might have paid for tickets to the observation deck, but we could relax, walk around the lounge area, and enjoy the whole experience much more, in my opinion.  And if you're a woman, you MUST go to the women's bathroom to take a look at the view.  I saw very few ladies actually using the toilets.  Everyone was instead lining up against the glass for a beautiful view.  I heard the men's toilets had no view at all.  My niece went here at sunset and took beautiful photos of the sunset and the buildings as they started to be lit.  I think even if you're a Chicago native, you'd enjoy the view.
View from the ladies' room

Sunday, November 17, 2013

I wrote the book!

I have been a bit absent here in the past month, but it isn't because I've been off having spectacular adventures.  I wrote earlier about trying to find a job, and to be honest, I got tired of the applications, interviews, and rejection letters for the present time.  The job market is tough when you've been out of it for 9 years, and there are a lot of talented people looking for work right now.  It's kind of a handicap to be a housewife at my age.  So I decided to become an author.

I decided one month ago to write a book and it is done!  I have another blog about Milwaukee Parks, and I decided to focus on writing about that for now.  I came up with "101 Things to do in Milwaukee Parks", and it's available on Amazon in paperback and Kindle versions.  In fact, you can purchase the paperback and get the kindle version for free.

I have to admit, the writing was the joyous part of the project.  The editing and converting files to a format for Kindle were....well, really not much fun, but it was a learning experience.  And I've heard it said that learning new things is a good thing as we get older so that we keep creating new brain cells.  Golly, I sure hope this whole experience created a few!  I also have heard that everyone has a book in them.  If you have an idea, I encourage you to explore writing a book.  It's much easier now that you can self publish.  I used www.createspace.com.  You can hire an editor via their website if formatting is not your thing.  It was frustrating at times, but I have to admit, it can be done pretty easily.  The beauty of doing it this way is that you don't have to stockpile hundreds of your own books.  They print them on demand.  I can assure you, it won't make anyone rich, but I think it's a way to share ideas.

So here is my book project!  Maybe you'll find the time to read it and come explore Milwaukee parks.  Fun in the outdoors is never a bad thing!

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

The National Geographic Photographers

I went to Chicago for a photography seminar a couple of weeks ago.  I love their Traveler Magazine, and this was a seminar featuring an editor and a photographer who work for the magazine.  It was an entire day of gorgeous photos and stories about how the photos were made.  I know when I open the magazine, I think of those faraway places and how I might like to go to a certain place based more on the photos than on the story.  As it turns out, the stories and photos rarely ever go together from the start.  They have writers who submit story ideas.  Then photographers are assigned to the locations and often the full story hasn't been written yet.  Sometimes the writer and photographer meet for a few hours in overlapping time to discuss ideas.  That was amazing to me, because when I travel, I take my own photos and then I write about my own stories, often making photo books to capture the adventures we make.

The day went way too fast.  I enjoyed hearing about how it takes 15,000 photos to do an article that might include 5 photos. I don't feel bad anymore about shooting 100 photos in a day.  I feel sorry for the person doing editing and making choices though.  None of the photos get photoshopped for a magazine like traveler.  I learned that the photographers do a variety of tricks to improve how things look, since there won't be touch-ups done. Like, they always try to shoot at sunrise and sunset when the light is at its best.  Food photos are brought to a sunny window so they can be shot in natural light.  Weather can't be a factor when they have just a couple days to get the shots needed for a story so you learn to use the light to advantage.  On rainy days, don't shoot the sky.  When there are clouds, shoot up to capture them in your composition.  Rain makes everything look shiny- not a bad thing.

After this day of stories about the people behind the shots, I did some thinking.  I have so many photos that no one sees but me and my Facebook friends and family.  I wanted to do something useful with them and share my own stories.  I started writing a book.  I have been writing another blog about Milwaukee Parks for the past year.  Once you've covered the parks in all seasons, a book could pretty much write itself.  So, that's my latest project.  I am about 90% done and hope to have it on Amazon by Christmas.  I guess we all need inspiration to get something done.  I'm excited to see my book published now!

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

The Cranberry Harvest in Wisconsin

A sea of cranberries as we look across the flooded fields, ready for harvest
This week is the peak of cranberry harvest in central Wisconsin, so a couple friends, my 8 year old son and I went to Wisconsin Rapids to experience the cranberry harvest first hand.  It's a 3 hour drive, so technically it's a road trip in my book.  That means we pack up the car with snacks and try to find some interesting places to see enroute.  My mother taught me that no trip should be too direct.  It really is about the journey, as well as the destination.  We took a somewhat scenic route away from the interstate system, that took us through smaller towns and allowed us to see some of the beautiful fall color.  We stopped at Montello so I could show my friends the waterfall and the largest tree.  How many people can claim they have done that?
Waterfall at an old quarry in downtown Montello, WI

The largest tree in WI- a cottonwood.  It was as wide as our car!
We spent the night in a hotel at Wisconsin Rapids, but the cranberry fields/marshes are outside of town.  There's a route you can take that is quite scenic during harvest, called the cranberry highway.  We drove on it the next day and found it beautiful.  I had ordered a tourism brochure from Wisconsin Rapids, and spoken with the person who runs the office.  She suggested we try 2 very different tours if we had time.  One was done by high school students at Pittsville High School (the only school in the nation with a cranberry science class), called a Splash of Red Cranberry tour.  The other was at a grower who had a visitor center, Glacial Lake Cranberries.  As it turns out, Wisconsin is the largest cranberry producer in the US.

We arrived at Pittsville school at 9:15 and started the day with a short film in the auditorium.  The presentation was done by the Future Farmers of America advisor and the students from the class.  We boarded school buses and rode to marshes about 25 minutes outside of town, where we could see the fields and watch the process from the beginning.  There were fields with berries ready to be picked.  These are flooded.  The berries are corralled using plastic hosing and workers who use blowers or rakes to keep them moving.  They go up conveyer belts to trucks who then bring them into town for processing and freezing.  We also toured the offloading point, freezers, and lab.  At each stop, the students explained the processes.  After the tour, we were served hot lunch at the school and got samples of dried cranberries and juice to take with us.  It was a bargain at $20 per person.

In the afternoon, we started what should have been just an hour tour at Glacial Lake Cranberries.  They have a small visitor center where you can buy "all things cranberry".  They began the tour with the same video, and then you load a bus to go just across the street to where they have more than a dozen fields, I think.  It was unique that there was a man on the tour who studies pesticides for cranberries from UW Madison, and he knew the owners and had done research on that farm in the past.  Our tour ran a bit longer because he added his knowledge to the tour.  They have pesticides that have such a short life that the berries become almost immediately safe for consumption.  The sun was shining and we managed to capture some really colorful images that I'll share with you.  It was a great way to spend a day!
The berries have a lot of bounce.  You can see this when the truck empties.

The harvester goes through the marsh and picks the berries which float

A cranberry field that hasn't been picked yet.  They grow in dry conditions.

A worker rakes the berries.  He said they were about a foot deep.  It was a good harvest year.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

The Most Interesting Bathrooms in the World!!!

It's no secret to anyone who travels with me that I love to check out public restrooms.  I love it when they surprise me!  It's great when you look up and see a message or interesting artwork on the ceiling. You can find scenic views when the wall on a skyscraper is glass. Sometimes it's the commode itself which is the attraction.  It can be a challenge to find the flushing device, or a way to turn on the water. Lovely flowers or decorative walls are a plus.  Amazing technology makes the visit a real treat.

I was unaware though, that there is an international contest to select the best restrooms in Canada and the USA, until I visited the John Michael Kohler Art Museum in Sheboygan this week.  If you have a potty fettish like me, and you love creativity, you have to visit the Art Museum website, and view the photos of the world class bathrooms, which include porcelain pieces of artwork, even down to painted poetry in the commode!  I went camera crazy, even venturing into the men's room, just to see what they had done.  I've included a few photos I've taken of these toilets, as well as some of my favorites we've seen in other places too.  Be sure to check out the contest page for America's best restroom and vote for your favorite.  Maybe one day, there will be a world wide contest.  Until then, enjoy some of my favorite photos from Chimney Rock, NC, Kohler Waters spa at the American Club Resort, Edinburgh's Balmoral Hotel, Aranwa hotel in Cusco Peru, Milwaukee's Pfister hotel, The Urban Ecology Center at Riverside Park in Milwaukee, and The Giant's House at Akaroa New Zealand.  There are quite a few photos, so for a slideshow version, click on a photo and start through the series.
Outdoor murals adorn the walls of the toilets at Chimney Rock Park in North Carolina

How about a waterfall behind the toilet?  Chimney Rock, NC

Pretty realistic hawk over the toilet, Chimney Rock NC

This toilet at Kohler Spa had an electronic wall remote that could play music, light the commode, add heat, water pressured bidet, and even close the lid!

Each hotel bathroom in Edinburgh's Balmoral Hotel features movie photos
of Scotsmen actors or tales of Scotsmen

Aranwa hotel in Cuzco, Peru had this amazing tub, heated towel bars, and stone everywhere

The view from the restrooms at the top of the Pfister Hotel is the Milwaukee skyline

At the Urban Ecology Center, this toilet flushes with rainwater!  The most eco-friendly!

Painted lingerie lines the sinks of the women's room at John Kohler Art Museum, Sheboygan, WI

Lovely paintings of undergarments adorn each stall, John Kohler Art Museum, Sheboygan WI

The bathroom all in blue, John Kohler Art Museum, Sheboygan, WI

Such vibrant colors in the porcelain! John Kohler Art Museum, Sheboygan WI

The men's room at John Kohler Art Museum takes a historic perspective, Sheboygan WI
Tiled floor at the Giant's House in Akaroa, New Zealand

Loved the shoes on the ceiling at the Giant's House, NZ

Creative tiling on the toilet and graffiti greetings, Giant's House, NZ