Thursday, February 8, 2018

The Sad Tale of Fort Wayne, Michigan

Inside the city of Detroit is an old military fort along the Detroit River, 
just a mile from the Canadian shore. 

There was never a hostile shot fired from this fort, 
but it is believed it served as a stop on the Underground Railroad. 

 Formerly beautiful brick homes sit inside a star shaped fort. 
Desolate, forgotten and rotting.

 The fort was refurbished in the 1960s
but apparently left to decay once again under the 
care if the city of Detroit. 

If you've seen Detroit, you would understand. 
There isn't enough money to stop the massive decay throughout the city,
let alone an unused fort. 

But there ARE options to save this place.  
An example would be a fort we visited in Hampton Roads, Virginia. 

The similarly beautiful structures of Fort Monroe 
have been refurbished and rented cheaply 
to people willing to maintain their residence. 
It would be nice if this would happen at Fort Wayne. 

Admission to see Fort Wayne is free, 
But I wish they would charge a small fee 
to help with maintenance. 

For more photos of Fort Wayne click here

Fort Wayne 
6053 West Jefferson Avenue

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

A Photowalk on the Campus of Princeton University

I had the pleasure of joining a photowalk 
on the campus of Princeton University. 

Our guide was Roy Matesuk (aka @paledrunkmonk on instagram)
who has been photographing the campus for many years. 

The campus has so many beautiful aspects 
even in the middle of winter.  
There are breathe taking views everywhere - 

like this dome of the Chancellor Green Building. 

I love the old architecture.
So most of my photos are of the old 
and there is plenty of old. 

I just love these old desks, 
although they don't look very comfortable.  
I like that they keep them. 

Here is a modern take on a spiral staircase. 
It's pretty cool, 
but I like the old symmetrical style better.

Inside the chapel, 
the stained glass from the opposite side lights up this wall 
and looks magical. 

A reminder that studying is required... 

followed by some partying. 

You can view all my photos of this and previous visits to Princeton University here
I will continue to share them to instagram (@susburban.girl) also. 

Princeton University 
is located in Princeton, New Jersey. 

Friday, January 5, 2018

And That's A Wrap

I am never with it enough to share Christmas live...
so instead I'll share Christmas memories. 

Christmas festivities began on Christmas Eve Eve 

The house was decorated and the gifts were wrapped and 
my side of the extended family enjoyed an evening together. 

This year we began a new holiday tradition. 
Homemade Schw√§bisch Pretzels inspired by our trip to Schw√§bisch Hall. 
They were delicious. 

The advantage of an Italian son-in-law is 
getting a Christmas Eve invite to a 7 Fishes celebration.  
I didn't take my camera, but I did take photos on my daughter's camera. 

Christmas Day was quiet at home with our son, daughter, grand
and a visit from my husband's parents. 

Cooking in her new kitchen

For Christmas gifts,  I gave family members photo books of our summer family trip to Germany. 

Desserts were simple recipes - 
tried and true. 

A few days later, my daughter and her husband arrived from out of town, 
so now our whole family was together. 

Since my son was born on New Year's Eve - 
we celebrated a few days early with a dinner at his favorite restaurant, 
Wing Lee's Cuisine in Horsham, PA

On New Year's Eve 
we had my husband's entire family here for a celebration. 

It was a mixed bag...
Christmas, a birthday, an engagement and of course the New Year. 

Thats when things got so wild the cops had to come calm us down. 

Not really. 
We have peeps in the family who have to work on holidays. 
Be thankful for those first responders and medical personnel!

And of course there was plenty of gift exchanging going on. 

He did just turn 21 after all! 

We spent some time translating the German messages our relatives sent. 
Two of my kids took AP German in high school. 
It has come in handy for sure! 

Since the entire family was able to make it - 
we thought it a good time for a family photo. 
4 Generations! 

And New Year's Day brought my family back together 
for a traditional German Pork and Sauerkraut dinner. 

And what holiday would be complete without some tears? 

And that wraps up the 2017 holiday season.