The Madonna Inn - San Luis Obispo, California

Built in 1958 by Alex and Phyllis Madonna, the Madonna Inn is a Swiss Alp-inspired hotel/restaurant in seeming celebration of all that is garish and tacky in human taste. Writer Umberto Eco described the decor as “Albert Speer, while leafing through a book on Gaudi, swallowed an overgenerous dose of LSD and began to build a nuptial catacomb for Liza Minelli.”

The Madonna Inn consists of 109 rooms, all with different names and themes: Floral Fantasy, Jungle Rock, Sir Walter Raleigh, Whispering Hills, etc. All colors of the rainbow are employed, but pink is most notably favored in the Gold Rush Steakhouse, Copper Cafe, and Silver Bar which make up the lower level of the hotel and are further decorated with floral carpet and swirling golden trees. Even the sugar on the diner tables is pink.

Male tourists should make a point of visiting the waterfall urinal in the lobby restroom.

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Someone brought to my attention that my blog was mentioned in this review. Well, technically, they mentioned “a blog” that listed all the classical music in Hannibal, but there’s a good chance it’s mine I guess. This is probably the most fame my tumblr will ever get, so thank you crtics!

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Lord of the flies … #birthcontrol #yyc #chaos (at The Calgary Zoo)

Lord of the flies … #birthcontrol #yyc #chaos (at The Calgary Zoo)

You know what I think? I think we’re all in our private traps, clamped in them, and none of us can ever get out. We scratch and we claw, but only at the air, only at each other, and for all of it, we never budge an inch.

Psycho (1960)

(Source: forevermarilyn)

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Spring walk … #yyc  (at Prince’s Island Park)

Spring walk … #yyc (at Prince’s Island Park)


Places on your dash without context or tags.


Places on your dash without context or tags.

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