Folks in the family weren't too sure about going to Springfield for the weekend. I don't know why not. After all, it is the capital of our fine state, plus the home for many years of Abraham Lincoln, location of the Frank Lloyd Wright designed Dana Thomas house and site of our lovely lipstick-tube-style Hilton hotel! A weekend well-spent. Family time aplenty, and some interesting sites to visit. We'll be back! I might as well admit, right now, that for whatever reason, I was teary practically all weekend. Let's chalk it up to my fascination with Civil War era history, Lincoln, the first spring break without my dad, and maybe just the angst of dying nineteenth and early twentieth century towns in the american middle-west. Town is depressed/depressing.
|National Park, the home of Mr. and Mrs. Lincoln.|
First stop, Lincoln's home. It's the only National Park in Illinois, a little neighborhood, preserved only blocks away from the state capital building and our round hotel. We walked around the sun-splashed parkway on our first afternoon in town, but it wasn't until later that we toured the interior of the Lincoln home. I wasn't completely sure that we'd want to take this tour, given multiple tourist destinations, but as it turns out, within the interior of the Lincoln home photography was permitted. A splendid opportunity to memorialize the amazing wallpaper! Our guide explained that Mrs. Lincoln ordered the wallpaper from Paris, and her black horse-hair furniture was near and dear to her heart.
|wallpaper! Mrs. Lincoln ordered from Paris.|
|I was enraptured. Bed. Wallpaper. Size of space.|
|Our hotel in the background. Not a sight for Lincoln.|
The last tour that I remember sharing with my dad was actually the one that I led, right here at the Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio, in Oak Park. It must have been about eight years ago and it was the last time that Mom and Dad flew anywhere, and naturally the last time they visited me. I think that I led a pretty good tour, I loved sharing one of Oak Park's incredible gems with other people. I loved spending time in that magnificent home and workplace that Wright built for his own family. Which brings us to the site that I was most impressed by.
|Sidewalk quotes from notable Illinoisans|
|After the tour. They look a little sad, can't say why.|
|Get a shot of me, really close!!!!|