We have made an effort when traveling through Europe to not only visit famous Churches but also the Synagogues. In each city we find the ancient ghettos and houses of worships that our ancestors visited. Tempio Maggiore di Roma is truly one of the most magnificent Synagogues on the planet. Like most Synagogues and few Churches it is guarded by the military the necessity of which makes me sad.
Our tour was allowed in at the end of a wedding which made our visit even more special. There is also a wonderful Jewish Museum which I will cover in a future post.
As you begin and move through life you have the opportunity to experience many joys. I will do us all a favor and not enumerate them. When I became the Father of a little girl I began to think about the joys she would bring our family through her life. I began to experience through her eyes of what it was like to be a little girl. I realized that if we were lucky in life I may actually get to walk her down the aisle at her wedding and deliver a toast. Well we were lucky and I got to that this August at the Honore Ballroom at the Palmer House in Chicago. A wedding is a sea change event and this was one was no different. Having this honor was one of the greatest and most important moments in my life and I will remember it always. (Image courtesy of Leah Moyers Photography)
Last week we had a suite at the Palmer House Hotel in Chicago as part of our only daughter’s wedding. I was fascinated by the strange full length mirrors on our floor. I spent some time trying to get only my head in the mirror and take the shot. Couldn’t do it handheld without falling down so settled for a wave instead.
Last weekend we visited Chicago to search for venues for my daughter’s wedding. The tour of the Palmer House came with a history tour that was very enlightening. The first hotel was built as a wedding present from Potter Palmer to his bride Bertha Honoré. It opened on September 26, 1871, but 13 days later it burned in the Chicago Fire. Palmer hired architect John M. Van Osdel to rebuild it. The hotel was rebuilt again in 1925 and in 1945 was purchased by Conrad Hilton for $20 million.
Palmer House Lobby
Many famous visitors have stayed there including Grover Cleveland, Ulysses S. Grant, William Jennings Bryan,William McKinley, Mark Twain, L. Frank Baum, and Oscar Wilde. Next year it will host my daughter’s wedding in awesome style.