Blogging from A to Z: O is for Opéra Garnier

I’m reblogging this 2017 post about the Opéra Garnier, which includes photographs from my visit. The opera house is the setting for most of In The Eye of The Beholder.

Sharon E. Cathcart

If you read any of my Seen Through the Phantom’s Eyes series, the importance of the Palais Garnier, also known as the Opéra Garnier is obvious.

oConstruction on the Palais Garnier was begun in 1861 and opened in 1875.  The architect, Charles Garnier, was a young man who won a competition, from a field of 170; Napoleon III had a vision for redesigning the city by widening the streets and creating a new “look” for the City of Light, and this was part of it.  Garnier’s opulent design reflected the Second Empire Beaux-Arts style, and presented ample opportunities to see and be seen.  At this time in history, people did not go the the opera to look at the show, but to look at one another; the house lights were not even dimmed during the performance.  Until 1881, when electricity was installed, the theatre used gaslight.

The auditorium itself is…

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Nottoway Plantation: Spirits of the White Castle on the Mississippi

Nottoway Plantation: Spirits of the White Castle on the Mississippi

Nottaway was not one of the plantations I visited while researching “Bayou Fire,” although I did see it from the car. In any event, this is a great historical look at another of Louisiana’s plantation houses. Enjoy!

History Imagined

Nottoway_041853,000 sq. ft., 64 rooms, 7 stairways, 22 massive exterior columns, 12 hand-carved marble fireplaces, 15 1/2 foot ceilings, 5 galleries, and double front entry steps with a boot scraper indicating the gentlemen’s side  – these details alone would be sufficient to secure Nottoway Plantation’s place among the most notable American castles. Not only is it the largest antebellum plantation house still standing, it is a fine example of the Greek Revival architecture of the period. In its present incarnation, it is a resort destination that plays host to society weddings and guests seeking that special touch of grandeur only such hotels can provide. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is a member of Historic Hotels of America. It is indeed a magnificent structure.

John-Hampden-Randolph-Family-Original-Owner-of-Nottoway-Plantation-in-White-Castle-LouisianaWhen John Hampden Randolph and his family moved into the home in 1859, Nottoway was the crowning achievement of his career…

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On August 29

From Ray Laskowitz’ beautiful Storyteller blog.

All in the wake of Hurricane (now Tropical Storm) Harvey are in my thoughts and prayers.


Healing prayers

August 29, 2005.

That was a day most of us who live in New Orleans will never forget. Hurricane Katrina blew in, and made landfall at Buras, Louisiana. The levees broke and 80 percent of the city was under water.

August 29, 2017.

Hurricane Harvey, now Tropical Storm Harvey, finally makes a turn away from Houston, where most of the city was flooded. Harvey sat over the gulf and refueled, headed northeast and then northwest. Towards us.

So far, in New Orleans, we’ve had 5.85 inches of rainfall. Our diminished pumping capacity is not really keeping up. Streets are flooding. All schools are closed. Many government offices are closed. Our smart phones have been going off all morning with flood advisories.

I know. 5.85 inches of rain is nowhere near Houston’s 40 to 60 inches of rainfall. But, our ground is already saturated. Our pumping capacity is down…

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If You Could Have Dinner With an Author?

This one is just for fun. Which authors would you like to have around your table for dinner?

Before I post my author, and I will tell you, I was arguing with myself for days; if you could have dinner with one author, living or not, who would it be?

I am expecting some familiar names, and please do not let that stop you from posting, because I would honestly love to have dinner with JK Rowling, Stephen King (hold the meal), or Mr. Patterson.

I would have loved to have had a face-to-face with Mr. William W. Johnstone, whom stoked my fire for writing when I wrote to him as a young teenager, obsessed with his books, and he replied, and we had a friendly relationship for several years.

That book right there; Sweet Dreams, put me on the path to loving books for the rest of my life!

And now I have a personal library in my house, and I am constantly hunting for the books…

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How To Get More Facebook Author Page Likes

You can go right here to like mine:

Dan Alatorre

stock-vector-welcome-to-england-red-round-ribbon-stamp-285269771 pre-scheduled vacation post

Even though I’m on vacation in Merry Olde England, I’m still thinking of you guys.

For example, you should all have a Facebook author page. It’s free and it’s easy, and since Facebook is pretty much the most popular social media in the civilized universe, if you’re only going to do one… that might be the one to do.

But here’s something you might miss out on.

If you have a book that you are about to release, you could do a post about it on your Facebook author page. Get ready! Here it comes! People who have liked the page will then see it.

Also, if you do advertisements there – and I’m not saying you should – you can direct the ads to people who have liked your author page and their friends.

Bottom line, the more people like your Facebook author page, the…

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