Monday, May 23, 2011

Do you Adore Victorian Houses? Cape May is Amazing!


Happy Monday Sweet Hearts...
hope you had a fantastically fun weekend!
Hubby & I went on a treasure hunt,
searching for Vintage Trailers, the diamond in the rough.


We found several...
some needed too much work, some owners wanted too many $$$,
and some just weren't in original enough condition for us,


but it was an awesome day with my hubby that ended with a little river walk
& some sushi, who could ask for more, right?  ;)


By the way, do you ADORE Victorian house like me??

{the B&B that M&F stayed in}
Well I DO & my oh sooooo sweet brother & sister-in-law
 know how much I LOVE anything vintage, historic,
old, tarnished or tattered & they fulfilled all my dreams
by taking me & my Dad to one of the first Ocean Resorts in America,


Can I get a Woot Woot, or a Heck Yeah??
Cape May is Completely AMAZING my friends!

Since y'all know I love to add a little trivia to my posts,
Cape May has the second largest collection of Victorians in the nation after San Francisco.


In 1976, Cape May was officially designated a National Historic Landmark...
it is the only city in the United States wholly designated as such,
it is STUNNING!


Going up & down the streets of this quaint village,
I couldn't help but imagine women in hats & long dresses,


the image of a horse & buggy strolling up the avenue,


and the sound of children's laughter, all dressed in white,
playing on the porch in the summer breeze.


There is MAGIC in this place,
I could feel it!


Many of these Gorgeous Victorians have been turned into Bed & Breakfast's...
you can come in the summer, bring along your beach cruisers,


pack a basket full of wine, fruit, cheese & crusty bread
& spend the day riding & shopping & walking through history,

{The Inn of Cape May built in 1894}
making sure you get back in time for afternoon tea.


I'm going back & that's exactly what I'm going to do,
do you want to come along?  ;)


And just when I thought it couldn't get any better,
it DID!

Catholic Church
built in 1911 is Breathtaking!


The stain glass windows in this historic seaside church,
were some of the most GLORIOUS ones I have ever seen.


The richness of their color & intricacy of design,


the beauty of the light shining through them,


spilling light & color onto the church walls,


surrounding you with grace & WONDER,


it was HEAVENLY!


Truly, BREATH...


TAKING.


With my passion for vintage religious icons
that recently seem to be regularly scattered through out my posts,


one might think I am an extremely religious person, but I'm not.
I don't take any pride in saying this, but it is one of my truths.
I am a spiritual person filled with the spirit of LOVE,


of Truth, of Right & Wrong,
of Forgiveness & of Hope.
I fell in LOVE with this little church by the sea!


And just to make an AWESOME place even more AWESOME,
it has a Lighthouse!


Yeah, The Cape May Light was built in 1859 & is a sight to behold.
The tower is 157 feet tall, from the ground to the tower's cast iron spiral staircase.
There are 217 steps from the ground to the top,
with 199 steps in the tower's cast iron spiral staircase. 


The Lighthouse parking lot is lined with these beautifully designed birdhouses.
As you can see, the birdies loved Cape May as much as I did.  ;)


I love the beaches of the Pacific.
I have driven California's coast line many times over my life...


but there is something about East Coast beaches


that seem straight out of a movie to me.
The wavy old picket fences weathered from the sea,


the shingled cottages & estates decorated with gingerbread,


the dunes & wild grasses that grow in the sand,


Does anybody else just want to sell everything you have except for your most cherished pieces,
pack it all up & move to Cape May with me??
Note to Self...Check Mapquest to see with is closer to Round Top, Texas
here or Cape May, NJ. LOL
Let's Fly!!!

XOXO
vintagesusie

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Inspired


Inspiration comes in many forms...
one never knows when or how you fall into it's grace.
Yesterday it arrived in the form of this childhood picture.


I saw it for the first time on facebook,
my sister-in-law Francesca's father had put it on with a small statement...
"Any of the 'Family' know with certainty who this little one is?"
I looked at it closely & knew I had just recently stared into those eyes.


Sunday evening we had gone to huge family birthday party for two adorable twin boys, with all of Francesca's Baltimore relatives. This side of her family came from a tiny village in Sicily called 'Milici'. I sat & talked with the Grandmother, the matriarch of this family for quite a long time listening to her stories in broken english half mixed with Italian. She talked of life in the village & how she had cared for the children of family & friends, as their parents came to America leaving their baby's behind until they could send for them.
John was sitting next to her & he was one of those baby's.


John & his wife have suffered unimaginable tragedy in their life recently.
I knew who that baby was, as I had just been looking into those sad eyes. 
Inspiration comes in many forms.
Last night I was inspired by a beautiful old photo & a
bittersweet story that can be told through the
'Eyes of a Child'.

XOXO
vintagesusie

Monday, May 16, 2011

vintagesusie in Washington DC


Greetings from Washington DC Sweet Friends,
what a FABULOUS Adventure I've been on!


On this particular evening,
we headed to DC to see the monuments at night, lit in all their glorious beauty.


DC's Chinatown was our 1st stop where we had an amazing, authentic Chinese dinner...


here at Tony Chengs...yummmmy!
My favorite is always Lemon Chicken, but they also made a delicious pan-fried chicken & noodles.
{I don't know why I didn't take a picture of the food,
probably cuz I was too busy eatting it, ha, ha}


Anyone who has hung out with me for any length of time, knows I can be rather chatty.
But as my window was down in the car so I could snap pics,
I couldn't help myself & had to chat with all the local drivers...
did he like me or not??? Hard to tell.  ;/


I've been to DC several times, but never had the chance to actually go to The White House...


on this trip, it was on the very top of my WISH LIST!
1: See The White House!


So guess where we headed right after dinner???

{these ban the bomb signs reminded me of something straight out of the 60's}


"For two hundred years, the White House has stood as a symbol of the Presidency,
the United States government, and the American people."


It's history is the history of this nation, simply standing there inspires Patriotism.
Now, on to the tour....


Located in Lafayette Square across from the White House, The Hay-Adams is one of Washington D.C.’s most revered landmarks.


St John's Episcopal Church known as the Church of Presidents.
St. John's first service was held in October 1816.
From that time to the present, every person who has held the office of
President of the United States has attended a regular or occasional service at St. John's.
Pew 54 is the President's Pew, and is reserved for the chief executive's use when in attendance.


Adjoining the church at 1525 H Street, N.W., was once the British Legation. It was here in 1842 that Lord Alexander Baring Ashburton and U.S. Secretary of State Daniel Webster signed the treaty finalizing the border between the New England states and the Canadian Maritime Provinces.


The present Treasury Building is a magnificent granite structure in the Greek Revival style; it was built over a period of 33 years between 1836 and 1869.


The Wilson Building is home to the executive offices of the
Mayor & the Council of the District of Columbia.


After the look the bus driver gave me, I wasn't sure if I should take a pic of this taxi driver...
but by the smile on his face, I knew he wanted me too. ;)


proudly houses the official United States Bells of Congress,
a bicentennial gift from England celebrating the end of the Revolutionary War.


Originally built in 1899, The Old Post Office embodied
the modern spirit that was sweeping the country.


The site of the April 14, 1865, assassination of President Lincoln,
Ford’s Theatre holds a unique place in United States history.


The theatre has enthralled millions of visitors since its reopening in 1968,


and it is one of the most visited sites in the nation’s capital.



It holds the original copies of the three main formative documents of the United States and its government: the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights.
How coooool, right???


The third oldest federal building in the city, constructed between 1836 and 1867, the marble and granite museum has porticoes modeled after the Parthenon in Athens, Greece.




"The United States Capitol in Washington, D.C., is a symbol of the American people
and their government, the meeting place of the nation's legislature."


By the time we got there it was dusk,
the sky was gorgeous with the most beautiful sunset...


Construction of the U.S. Capitol began in 1793.


Our first close up, glimpse through the trees...


this really is an amazing & glorious building,
standing there looking at the size & grandeur of The Capitol
I have to admit, I was in AWE!


The cast-iron dome was constructed between 1855 and 1866
& may well be the most famous man-made landmark in America.
At night, with the lights glowing... it looks absolutely MAJESTIC!


The Washington Monument was built between 1848 and 1884
as a tribute to George Washington's military leadership
from 1775-1783 during the American Revolution.


“In this temple, as in the hearts of the people for whom he saved the Union,
the memory of Abraham Lincoln is enshrined forever.”
I LOVED DC at night,
the lights, the architecture, the history, the pride...
Red, White & Blue,
Forever May She Wave!

XOXO
vintagesusie