a historic mini "staycation"

again, i have to apologize for the lack of posting here. again, i wish i could say it is because we are SO busy working on the house. but it isn't. i haven't posted because i still have no job and therefore no moola to really dig back into our house projects.
a silver lining is that we have been able to actually enjoy our summer! for example, this past weekend my mom visited french lick, indiana and spent the night at the restored West Baden Springs Hotel. omg. it is so so beautiful. there is a lot of history associated with the hotel that i won't get into here. the gist of it is that this is a grand hotel that was built in the early 20th century. people from across the country would visit french lick resort and west baden as their mineral springs were said to have curing powers. as with many magnificent old buildings in america, it fell into disrepair. however both hotels were meticulously restored and re-opened last year. everything looks fabulous and is absolutely beautiful. both hotels rival buildings i've seen in europe. and to think they are in southern indiana!!

front entrance to west baden ~

my mom & i inside the dome area ~

the dome at night. the blue area gradually changes colors ~

the restored original (i think) tile floor of the west baden hotel lobby ~
the french lick hotel lobby ~