Travel Photo Thursday: Somebody Famous Lived Here

Feb 6, 2012: CONNIE ONG is definitely on a roll.  Last week I announced that she was one of the grand prize winners in the January Giveaway.  This week I’m announcing that she got the most correct answers to the question of Who is associated with each of the photos below.  After I added clues, Connie got FIVE out of the SIX!! Congratulations, Connie. Good sleuthing.

Mark Heers, who entertains us at Travel Wonders, came in close behind Connie with FOUR correct answers.

Now read on, and you can slap yourself on the forehead and say, “I should have known that!”

WHO??
Still sticking with the windows and doors theme — kinda. I was going to tell a little story about each of these places, but instead I decided to torment you. Who do you think lived in each of these places? You could read about all of these people some time in the last 3 years at A Traveler’s Library. (Sorry, I’m fresh out of prizes after that gigantic January Giveaway. It’s all for the glory of competing with other readers.) And just to keep you honest, I’m not letting you see comments with guesses/answers until next Monday.

Entrance to Place de Vosges, Paris, home of Victor Hugo

He lived in exile on an island for a while, too. No, not Napoleon, but you're right that it is in France. A writer who loved Paris, and particularly a cathedral.

When Ken and I spent a week in Paris, we wanted to see all the major sites, of course, but I also had a hankering to visit where some famous writers and artists had lived.  I did not do as many as I had hoped, but was very happy to visit the one-time home of Victor Hugo. The 2nd floor apartment, situated in Place des Voges, which dates back to 1605, is a short distance from the Bastille metro station.  The 19th century living quarters have been restored and turned into a museum. Among the highlights–ornate furniture designed by Hugo himself, a gorgeous Chinese room, and the room where the writer died. (Some of the other rooms are recreations from other homes he lived in.) Read about Victor Hugo.

 

Monet's Bedroom Window

Yep, that's me in the window, but I"m not the famous person who lived here.

Impressionist Painter Claude Monet derived great satisfaction from his gardens, which he himself planned. And of course his most famous series of paintings, The Water Lilies, was painted right here as he looked at his water lily pond.  The home is in the tiny, picturesque town of Giverney, and nowadays, you can also visit an Impressionist Museum. This place is a photographers dream.  The window I’m peeking out of is Monet’s bedroom. Mara Gorman wrote a guest post here about a children’s book about Monet’s Gardens.

 

Richard the Lionheart's castle, Chateau Gaillard

Trick question because although he designed it, he may not have actually ever lived in it. Called a Chateau but looks like a castle to me.

Chateau le Galliard was designed by Richard I of England and Normandy. He earned his nickname of Richard the Lionheart for his ferocious battles during the Crusades.  When we left Giverney, we were heading for Rouen, intending to end the day at Honfleurs, on the coast. But in one of those lovely serendipities that strikes sometimes while traveling, a friend had given us a very old book with a picture of the ruins of Richard the Lionheart’s castle ruins just a bit north of Giverney. The ruins looked very romantic and I had read and written about several books on Richard, so I said, “Let’s just take a look, on our way.” WELL! The ruins are now partially restored so you can see the glorious form of the original castle; the setting is stunning—although it takes a small hike to get to the hilltop location; and we could have spent a whole day there. As it was, we missed Rouen, but were delighted with our out-of-the-way find, and enthusiastically recommend it to travelers.

 

A window on the Seine, Chateau Gailliard

Same place as the one above. If he DID live there, this would have been the view. A well-known river. The river is the Seine, although you probably think of this Crusader as being English.

Read more about Richard the Lionheart in a book review at A Traveler’s Library.

 

Malabar Farm, Ohio

Architectural hints: Portico and "eyebrow" rescued from older houses in Ohio. Indian god over door indicates his earlier travels and a novel and movie he wrote. I've written about the author/farmer who lived here.

Unless you are a devoted and careful reader of A Traveler’s Library, or attracted to little known fiction of the early 20th century, you probably did not recognize the home of Louis Bromfield, a Pulitzer-Prize winning novelist. I visited his experimental farm, Malabar, in Ohio when I took a press trip to Mansfield. The architecture of the farm house, which he mostly designed himself, blends French (from his years living in France) with preservation of historic Ohio River properties, and a nod to India, where he also lived in an area called Malabar. I wrote a guest post at Attainable Sustainable about Malabar Farm, and a book review here.

 

Johnson Texas White House

If you can identify the flowers, that will help.

I was a bit surprised that more people did not recognize the Texas white house of Lyndon Baines Johnson. Those are Texas’ state flowers, the bluebonnet in the foreground, and of course Lady Bird Johnson was known for her campaign to preserve and plant wildflowers in public places. The house is near Fredericksburg, Texas, which I visited on a press trip. I felt that I understood Johnson a whole lot better after seeing his spread here in Texas hill country overlooking the Pedernales River. Here is a slide show from Lyndon Johnson’s homes.

 

Birthhplace of John Adams, Quincy MA

Most people mispronounce the name of the New England town this house is located in.

Connie was the only reader who named John Adams (his son John Quincy Adams would have counted, too, although this house is before his time) Mark  got the town right–it is Quincy, Massachusetts, near Boston.  The proper pronunciation makes the “c” sound like a “z” rather than hard as in the fruit, quince. John Adams was born here, and he and Abigail lived in a fancier house they built later on the same property.  (which is also open for tours) Adams is one of my favorite figures from American history, so it was a delight to visit his farm in Quincy.  But the biggest delight was the private library built on the property by John Quincy Adams. It gave me a big case of building lust, and made me think I should learn more about book-loving President John Quincy Adams. Here’s a bit about Boston and Adams.

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A freelance writer who loves to travel. When she is not traveling she is reading about travel. When she is not reading or traveling, she is sharing with the readers of A Traveler’s Library, recreating her family’s past at Ancestors In Aprons. She writes frequently for Reel Life With Jane and other websites. Also co-author of a biography, Quincy Tahoma, The Life and Legacy of a Navajo Artist. Contact Vera Marie by e-mail.

Vera Marie Badertscher – who has written posts on A Traveler's Library.


About Vera Marie Badertscher

A freelance writer who loves to travel. When she is not traveling she is reading about travel. When she is not reading or traveling, she is sharing with the readers of A Traveler's Library, recreating her family's past at Ancestors In Aprons. She writes frequently for Reel Life With Jane and other websites. Also co-author of a biography, Quincy Tahoma, The Life and Legacy of a Navajo Artist. Contact Vera Marie by e-mail.

19 thoughts on “Travel Photo Thursday: Somebody Famous Lived Here

  1. cathcing up on my ATL reading, it’s fun to see this with all the explanations and what people thought as well. lovely photos and great idea, Vera, and well done Connie and Mark and all who offered idewas.

    1. Cathy: Didn’t mean to leave you out. Yes, you DID get John Adams! And Andrea got Hugo and Monet, too. Sorry, I was just concentrating on the big winners.

  2. What gorgeous photos. The only one I had any inclination for was Lady Bird Johnson, and I’m not even sure how I knew that, other than your “consider the flowers” clue. Great idea for a post! Makes me think I should do something similar with movie stills.

  3. Thanks to all the brave people who ventured a try at naming the mystery people. But I know that there are a lot of you who were afraid to try. Ahh, come on. We’re kind to anyone who tries.
    Hope you’ve discovered some places you would like to visit.

  4. Vera, I am going to have a guess at a few of them. I think the garden may be Claude Monet (in Giverny, France). And I think the exile from the top photo may be Victor Hugo (love of the cathedral is from the Humpback of Notre-Dame and I think he was exiled by Napoleon due to his dislike of Naopleon’s seizure of power). Is the castle associated King Richard the Lionheart? Finally, I think the wooden house is from Quincy (near Boston) which I think is called something like the “City of Presidents” as more than one has been born there.

  5. First one is Victor Hugo- Second one I have no clue- third and fourth ones, Richard I (Richard the Lionheart)?? I already said who was the 5th house- at least I think I’m right on that one-6th picture- Lyndon Johnson white house in texas, last picture is John Adams house? Your clues helped termendously- I don’t think I could have even guessed this many without the clues.

  6. Interesting pics — can’t wait to find out the answers. I do know one of them, I think. The last photo is the birthplace of John Adams in Quincy, Massachusetts. Enjoyed visiting there a few years ago. Is that right?

  7. I think the first one might be Napoleon – the fifth house down is Louis Bromfield’s home- I will try to figure the rest of them out.

  8. Hi Vera, I don’t know any of them – but I think this is really fun… looking forward to seeing the answers!

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