Monument

When I was in Paris I saw the Eiffel Tower from many points around the city.  I started to watch for all the different places I could catch glimpses of this monument from parks and streets and at different times of the day.  Here are some of my impressions.

I saw this early in the morning.

Eiffel Tower

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Travel theme: Yellow

When I was in Provence last May it was sunny and bright.  In addition to the sun there were many examples of the color yellow that I noticed.  Here are some of my souvenir pictures from Provence.

A Look Back at this Year

Now that it is the end of the year I’m remembering all the places that I visited in 2013.  It started in January with a trip to Seattle.  A few months later I had a wonderful visit to Spain and France.  During the summer I was in Chicago, and then in July there was a stay by the beach in Maine.  In September I was in England and spent time both in London and Cornwall.  And last month I got to see Hoover Dam in Nevada.

Next year I’m making plans for more travel, including an upcoming move to Virginia.  I’m looking forward to lots of new adventures.  Happy New Year!

A Carousel and Other Souvenirs

When I was in Arles, France this spring I wanted to take a look around.  Following a sign seemed like a good way to begin.

sign

The buildings were colorful and there were interesting places to shop.

building

shop

Then I discovered a carousel and decided to take some pictures as souvenirs.  Although it wasn’t open at the time I thought that the cars (including the animals) were charming.

Here is the entire carousel and a detail of one of the panels that features the amphitheater.

Carousel

carousel

These pictures are now my souvenir postcards from Arles.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Good Morning!

It was morning in Provence and I was out early to take a walk.  I thought it would be nice to stop for some café au lait and maybe get something to eat.  I saw this place on the corner and paused to look at the menu.  I liked the choices for crepes and juice.  It was going to be a very good morning.

France

Weekly Photo Challenge: An Unusual POV

When I was in Paris this spring I enjoyed my walk in the Jardin des Tuileries.  I noticed this group of chairs in front a fountain and they looked very cheerful and friendly.  As I prepared to take a picture of them I looked up and saw the obelisk from the Place de la Concorde on the right and the Eiffel Tower to the left.  Surprisingly (at least to me) the famous landmarks were not the focus of this picture.  I really liked those chairs.

obscure

Check here for more on the challenge.

Flowers are Everywhere

I am happy to say that I’ve seen lots of flowers this year and they are a welcome sight.  It started in January when I was in Seattle.  Although it was winter there were buckets of flowers at Pike Place Market.  In late April I took a walk in the Great Smoky Mountains in Tennessee in time to see some dainty wildflowers growing along the trail.  Next I saw cheerful flowers in Barcelona followed by late spring blooms in Paris.  And just recently I was in Maine.  Even though flowers differ by season and climate they are always beautiful.

A colorful flower display in Maine:

flowers