Congressman With Downton-Inspired Office Is an Instagram Star

Representative Aaron Schock always manages to have good time, even on trips to Jackson Hole when he's “making the most of no heli.”
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Photos of Representative Aaron Schock's office, modeled after the dining room from Downton Abbey, caused a PR meltdown that was just chronicled in the Washington Post.

Reporter Ben Terris quoted the Illinois Republican's spokesman, Benjamin Cole, calling him during a tour to say: “Are you taking pictures of the office? ... Who told you you could do that? ... OK, stay where you are. You’ve created a bit of a crisis in the office.”

But Schock isn't totally averse to publicity. His Instagram feed, profiled by the New York Times last year, is a showcase for his globe-trotting adventures (including a holiday trip to Argentina). Here are some less panic-inducing snapshots from the life and times of Aaron Schock.

A foray around the Mediterranean, starting with a razor shave: 

Beginning vacation the right way.... a good Turkish shave.

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A breakfast on a picturesque porch in Greece:

Breakfast at Villa Viviana

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Taking in the view:

A perfect view

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Window-shopping in Nice:

Maison Auer #Nice, France making candied fruit "depuis 1820"

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The "ultimate luxury" of a freshly pressed tablecloth in Monaco:

Ultimate luxury #Monaco

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A ski trip out west:

Mountain top. #bluesky day #skivail

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Managing to have a good time when heli-skiing isn't an option:

Making the most of no heli. Blizzard. #toomuchsnow

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CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story incorrectly identified the location of the second photo. It was Greece, according to Schock's Instagram account.