Wednesday, January 12, 2005

But is it art?

Okay, I can’t really stand it when I’m over at someone’s house and they pull out the slides of the vacation. You can only see so many shots of Tuscany and picturesque tile roofs before you want to rip your eyes out of the sockets. Because, as with most things, you had to be there to appreciate them.

So, having said that, I’m going to violate my own rule and put up some shots from our recent cruise. These are from St. Thomas. They are various shots of Fort Christian. I like them because I think they are visually interesting regardless of whether you have been to St. Thomas or even know where the shots are from or of.

Fort Christian is St. Thomas's oldest standing structure. It was built between 1672 and 1680 and now has U.S. National Landmark status. The clock tower was added in the 19th century. This building has, over time, been used as a jail, governor's residence, town hall, courthouse, and church. Fort Christian now houses The Virgin Islands Museum, where you can see exhibits on USVI history, natural history, and turn-of-the-20th-century furnishings.

I really enjoyed exploring the Fort. It wasn’t crowded and I get a kick out of interesting architecture. Plus the place had interesting vibes. Having been a jail at one point, you can only imagine some of the lost souls hanging about. The dungeon, solitary confinement cell for one was very creepy.

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