Our real vacation of the year approaches so it seemed wise to go warm up on some nearby tourist attractions. This previous weekend we went off to see the gem of Southern Indiana, French Lick.
You can tell we’re all really excited.
First stop, French Lick hotel and casino.
We’re far from the only ones in evidence on this glorious summer day.
The interior is decorated in middle-American gaudy.
And the front desk guy made sure we saw the “baskilisks”. I guess they are kinda basking.
The place gets a Fonzi-style thumbs-up from the cherubs.
Kids got bored more quickly than the adults, as usual.
In the main formal dining hall, chandeliers as far as the eye can see it seems.
When photographing, it always pays to look up.
But there are more modest light fixtures. I love the lines in this one.
Overlooking the sulfurous gardens…
The stench of the springs left some people rather minimally impressed.
No shortage of fancy
“Read the sign…”
“On the door…”
“Read the sign!!!!”
Pluto never looked so happy.
After the first hotel, West Baden offers another more majestic example of the genre.
The central lobby is a huge domed area 200 feet wide
… with a pendulous chandelier hanging from the ceiling 135 feet above the floor.
While you’re waiting for your parents to get tired of looking around, you can even play a game of checkers…
…or just fall asleep altogether on one of the many pieces of wonderfully comfortable furniture.
Lots of stained glass is on offer.
And the well-manicured grounds also offer a cemetery for those in the mood for such things.
But watch out for the frogs. They spit.
Alright, enough of that. I’m out of here…