|The Vinoy at night, from the waterfront|
I previously posted about the panel I served on, along with Kathleen Kent, Mary Sharratt and Suzy Witten, three fabulous and fascinating novelists who write about witchcraft. Now I'd like to talk about the Vinoy Hotel, where the conference was held....because it really was an amazing hotel.
|I kept expecting to see Danny on his Big Wheel coming down the hallway|
|Chihuly glasswork in the lobby case|
The Chihuly Museum is here in town (the town being St. Petersburg, Florida). I really wanted to go. I love Chihuly, who I first encountered upon entering the San Jose Museum of Art, where he has two enormous hanging glass pieces in the front lobby...which made me think in an earthquake, I'd know exactly where not to stand. And then in the Bellagio in Las Vegas, I marveled at the magnificent Fiori di Como ceiling near the registration desks. Finally, Dale Chihuly gets sort of bandied about in a novel I'd just read called Where'd You Go Bernadette, which I loved beyond speaking, so I was really excited to see the evidence of his handiwork here and there in the hotel. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to swing visiting the museum although I walked right past it. Nor was I able to see the Dali Museum, whose architecture is said to be one of the top 10 buildings you have to see before you die. Well....now I don't have to die, right?
|The Chihuly chandelier in the Vinoy ballroom...I was not the only one to see a Medusa in it|
|Lovely architectural details abound in the bar. Because that's what matters in a bar.|
The hotel's bar was really lovely and I'm happy to say I spent a fair amount of time here chatting with friend and fellow novelist Vanitha Sankaran and then later....dancing to the DJ with a bunch of other booty-bumping HNSers. I didn't know until the next day that it was a wedding party. Without the veils and bouquets, who can tell?
|Darn, it's out of focus. This is the muy cool lobby.|
But the room is worth waiting for!
|My view as I walked in....why, are those chairs for reading? How lovely of you, Vinoy!|
|View from other side of the room. Love the lime walls with magenta chairs.|
She didn't really say that. I would have loved it if she had.
|A room with a view: Helena Bonham Carter, eat your heart out!|
I think that's all for the Vinoy. In my next post, I'll share images of some of the sessions I attended.
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