Friday, February 22, 2019

Big Euro Trip--Oddities at the End

As we wind down our exciting trip abroad, and a month before leaving again on another Euro trip, I finalize my posts of this trip with the odd and exciting we found along the way.

French politics commented on the US state of affairs...


A romantic bakery...


A classic stereo found in a restored Dutch castle...


A racing sedan left out to pasture...



My favorite pub in Lyon... (actually never went inside, just liked the name)


A halloween window (we were in France in October)...


A neat mask on a storefront...


A French hot dog shop...


A dog warning...


Out of stock!!!  French can be so interesting...


A fun store front...



A couple enticements to a local Dutch pub...



Me below sea level...  hope the dikes hold...


And, at long last, the end...  (the very confluence in Lyon).


Hope you enjoyed at least a little of this trip with us...  Stay tuned for more and more travel adventures.


Sunday, February 17, 2019

Big Euro Trip--Doors

Seems like photographers are compelled to take shots of interesting doors, and I'm no exception.  So here's a few I found on our trip.

A hatch from the ancient hilltop village of Perouge...


From Toulon...


A couple nighttime pics from Viviers...



Finally, from Vienne...  curious door knob...


OK, finally getting close to the end.  One post coming with a collection of oddities (of course!).

Sunday, February 3, 2019

Big Euro Trip--Dutch Adventure

God, I'm dragging this out...  I need to get off my butt and finish, please.

Anyway, at the end of our trip, we spent a few days in the Netherlands with Agnes and Nico (thanks so much for your time and efforts). 

We visited the Hague to check out the Girl with the Pearl Earring, which didn't do much for me at first, but I kept returning to it over and over.  There's something about seeing famous paintings live, versus posters or in books, that make a greater impression than the copies.

But my favorite part of the Hague was a huge mall within the central part of town, and all the modern Deco features, even railings to the subway and garbage cans.






 The Hague is certainly a real city, I wish we could have spent more time exploring.


But we were off to Delft, not so much for pottery (it's everywhere in Delft), but to visit a college friend and wander around.  A great old church...


The next day it was off to a famous castle and grounds... the Kasteel de Haar.  It's been in many movies and is quite the experience, beyond pictures...  check out the web site for a much better description.  (and such a lovely couple visited the castle)



On our last day, we visited Zandvoort, famous for it's race track and beach city atmosphere.  We didn't make it to the race track, since it was late in the day, but we had a wonderful dinner on the beach, at sunset, on the last day of the season.  And I want to stay in this hotel (the Palace) when I come for race season (I hope!).




So that was it...  except at least one more future post with many exciting pictures of strange and wonderful things we discovered.  Stay tuned...

Saturday, January 19, 2019

Big European Trip--Cruise Wrap Up

Our last stop on our river cruise was Avignon, former home of the Popes.  The central part of the city is walled and has quite a history.


Sometime in past history, the Catholic Popes had their residence here, I guess before relocating to the Vatican in Rome.  So we got the tour.


I wasn't that impressed, but the girls found a new boyfriend.



The best part of this palace was in the kitchen, I was fascinated by this immense chimney, I suspect for venting cooking fires.


Since we docked near the famous Avignon bridge, many people began breaking out in song.  I guess I'm culturally deprived, because I had no idea what they were singing.  But apparently the song is quite popular.  So I went exploring. 


I found a display that allowed you to hear the "famous" song in multiple styles:  folk, rock, country, reggae(!), and others.  Weird, but then I guess I've missed out somehow.  But the view of the Pope's Palace from the bridge was quite spectacular.


That was it for the cruise.  The next morning it was off on a 100Euro taxi ride to the Marseille airport for a flight to Schipol airport in Amsterdam.  Thanks to Lori and Jim for joining us on the cruise, and thanks to our new Canadian friends Steve and Judy (Lucy) for their company.

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Big European Trip--More

Well, got derailed by the holiday season.  But I have more and more pics from our October river cruise in France.  We opted for an optional tour into the mountains outside Avignon to a famous quarry that had been converted into an amazing light show:  the place translates to Careers of Lights.  I can't even begin to explain how they manage the image projection on all the quarry surfaces, an amazing experience.  The presentation we witnessed was based on Spanish artists. 





After the quarry, we were bussed to a nearby village carved into one of the highest mountain peaks, the village of Le Baux.  I have to admit, this quaint little village was the highlight of the whole trip for me.  "Protected" by the ruins of an old castle, The village overlooks a beautiful valley (where a number of French film industry folks have homes).



But the most enjoyment was found just wandering the streets of the village.






Miriam arranged a date with a famous celebrity...


But I stepped into to quell that adventure...


Not even a little rain could dampen our enjoyment of Le Baux.