Feed Your Gypsy Soul!

  • Detailed Designs
    Detailed designs can be seen throughout the amazing Salt Lake City. The historic district features many examples of intricate designs adorning aging buildings. Photo by Donna M. Brown, All Rights Reserved
  • Cathedral
    The Cathedral of the Madeleine in Salt Lake City, Utah is on the National Register of Historic Places. Plans for this cultural masterpiece began in 1889 when the land was purchased. The beloved Salt Lake building was dedicated in 1909. Photo by Donna M. Brown, All Rights Reserved
  • Masonic Temple
    The Salt Lake City Masonic Temple has been the most visible jewel of Freemasonry in Utah for the last 79 years. Photo by Donna M. Brown, All Rights Reserved.
  • Downtown
    Salt Lake City's downtown, particularly Main Street, is full of history and modern-day spirit. This timeless district attracts visitors and locals for a wide variety of reasons from business to tourism to shopping to pure entertainment. Photo by Donna M. Brown, All Rights Reserved
  • Theatre
    Salt Lake City's downtown, particularly Main Street, is full of history and modern-day spirit. This timeless district attracts visitors and locals for a wide variety of reasons from business to tourism to shopping to pure entertainment. Photo by Donna M. Brown, All Rights Reserved
  • methodist
    The historic First United Methodist Church near 100 South and State Street in Salt Lake City was founded in 1870. It is just one of many historic churches built by people of different faiths in the local historic Utah district. Photo by Donna M. Brown, All Rights Reserved
  • Seagull Bridge
    Salt Lake City's Seagull Bridge at State Street and South Temple is an historic landmark representative of its early pioneer beginnings. Photo by Donna M. Brown, All Rights Reserved
  • Promised Valley Playhouse
    Now the home of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Family Services, this historic Salt Lake City Building at 132 South State was once known as the Orpheum Theatre. It was built in 1905. From 1972 to 1996 it served as the Promised Valley Playhouse. Photo by Donna M. Brown, All Rights Reserved
  • Governor's Mansion
    Built in 1902 by the prominent mining magnate, U.S. Senator Thomas Kearns, this elegant and opulent home was often a political debating center where the Senator conducted official business. Using the finest craftsmen and materials available, the residence was comparable in quality and style to eastern mansions like those of the Vanderbilts and Carnegies. (Information from www.utah.gov) Photo by Donna M. Brown, All Rights Reserved
  • alt Lake LDS Temple
    Salt Lake City is the headquarters of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Each year at Christmas, the Mormon Church puts on a spectacular display of holiday lights. Photo by Donna M. Brown, All Rights Reserved.
  • Beerhive Pub
    The Beerhive Pub on Salt Lake City's historic Main Street is a local hot spot featuring German cuisine and a vast array of imported and domestic beers available. Photo by Donna M. Brown, All Rights Reserved
  • White Memorial Chapel
    On Utah's Capitol Hill this building is known as "The White Memorial Chapel." It was built in 1980 to resemble a historic chapel owned by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The original version was built in 1883. This site housed the original for 90 years. The architectural style is Gothic revival. The reproduction features the original chapel's steeple, cornerstone, leaded glass windows and frames, doors, benches, pulpit, and interior woodwork. The original was demolished in 1973, Donna M. Brown, All Rights Reserved.
  • mural
    This beautiful mural is painted on a brick wall directly to the west of the historic United Methodist Church near 100 South and State Street in downtown Salt Lake City, Utah. Photo by Donna M. Brown, All Rights Reserved
  • Cathedral of the Madeleine Tympanum
    This tympanum hangs over Cathedral of the Madeleine in Salt Lake. It was created by Francis Aretz of Pittsburgh, Penn. Shipped in pieces to Utah in 1917, the tympanum features Christ as High Priest, flanked by angels; and the Twelve Apostles, six standing and six kneeling. Saints Jerome, Ambrose, Gregory and Augustine, appear in the upper half of the work. Saints Matthew, Mark, Luke and John surround the arms of the central cross. Photo by Donna M. Brown, All Rights Reserved
  • Memory Grove
    Memory Grove Park is a peaceful place in the middle of downtown Salt Lake City. Utah home buyers love the many green spaces to exercise, recreate, and meditate. Photo by Donna M. Brown, All Rights Reserved
  • Capitol Hill
    The Utah State Capitol stands high on Capitol Hill overseeing the Salt Lake Valley below. Photo by Donna M. Brown, All Rights Reserved
Capitol Hill

The Utah State Capitol stands high on Capitol Hill overseeing the Salt Lake Valley below. Photo by Donna M. Brown, All Rights Reserved

HIGHLIGHTS: Motivational speech from a NOT granola girl

by Donna M. Brown
A gypsy soul.

Okay, lest you get the wrong impression, I am NOT a granola girl (although I have always longed to be). I do not have perfectly tanned, supple skin, I don’t walk around with a designer water bottle, I don’t look adorable in a pony tail, and I do NOT wear Spandex biking shorts with hiking boots and rolled down socks. Dude, if you see me in Spandex biking wake up, you are having a freaking nightmare.

I am a middle-aged grandma with four really neat children, children-in-law and five adorable grandchildren. I want to be able to show my family the beauty in life. Sometimes in order to find that beauty you really have to look. I find it by traveling to different locations and by consciously looking for what is absolutely amazing everywhere I go. I long to see new things, meet new people and be enlightened by the sites, scents, smells, sounds and feelings of new places. I’m pretty sure that’s because I have a gypsy soul.

SLC Mural

This beautiful mural is painted on a brick wall directly to the west of the historic United Methodist Church near 100 South and State Street in downtown Salt Lake City, Utah. Photo by Donna M. Brown, All Rights Reserved

I most often find healing magnificence in nature. Let’s face it, there is no better artist than our Creator; but, if you know where to look you will find expressions of love and appreciation everywhere you look. One of my favorite places to explore is downtown Salt Lake City. There is a vibrancy to the city that I can’t really explain. I understand that part of the attraction for me is the fact that I lived there as a child. I lived in what is now dubbed the “Marmalade District.” It isn’t far from the Utah State Capitol and in fact I spent many days playing on the capitol steps surrounded by all that is the Utah’s power center.

Isn’t it Time You Left Home?

Whether you are hiking in the back country, or roaming the city streets, there is nothing like a breath of fresh air to renew your senses and get your heart beating again. While leaving home might seem a relatively easy thing to do, it is sometimes those first steps that keep people from a world of inspiring beauty.

Memory Grove

Memory Grove Park is a peaceful place in the middle of downtown Salt Lake City. Utah home buyers love the many green spaces to exercise, recreate, and meditate. Photo by Donna M. Brown, All Rights Reserved

Get up. Put your shoes on. Go. It really is that simple. It doesn’t have to cost a lot of money. If you start by exploring your immediate world, it doesn’t have to cost any money, really. ¬†All you need is a love of or a desire for:

  • history
  • art
  • culture
  • nature
  • architecture
  • people
  • religion
  • design
  • health
  • exercise
  • learning
  • exploration
  • wildlife

Downtown Salt Lake City, UT is one of the most beautiful city’s to me. It is near and dear to my heart because I have brilliant memories of the years I spent with my mother and father there. My father was a sports editor for the Salt Lake Tribune for 25 years. He was literally starving for adventure and excitement and that hunger was instilled in his children. My mother shared his love of all things beautiful and spent years packing her four children and the neighbor children to museums, parks, churches, plays — anything that would give our little minds a clear understanding of the importance of taking an interest in our surroundings.

Detailed Designs

Detailed designs can be seen throughout the amazing Salt Lake City. The historic district features many examples of intricate designs adorning aging buildings. Photo by Donna M. Brown, All Rights Reserved

In this day an age of “electronic bliss,” it is more important than ever to encourage our youth to look for signs of life.

Whatever your c

ity is, wherever your city is, take a little time to wander. If you happen to visit Salt Lake City, be sure to stroll through the Avenues District where you will find wonderful Victorian homes – large and small – full of character and alive with history. Make it a goal to spend two hours exploring without spending one dime!

Take it all in and take it with you. Memories like these will last a lifetime. There are so many truly mind-boggling places to see. Maybe it’s time to break up with your TV?

Go places with My Gypsy Sole and travel until your shoes fall off.

 

 

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