Monthly Archives: February 2010
Time to hit the road again!
I shot this the other day when I walked the dogs. I loved the meandering lane melding into the distant road, the valley, the still Winter-brown shrubs in opposition to the green field, where soon the cows will graze again.
My posting may be a little bit sporadic during the next couple of days. We leave our comfort zone and head out on a new Bumpy Tour. Destination: our place in the Casamance. It’s not easy getting there any more, ever since Air Senegal went bust, we can’t get a flight from Dakar to the south. The flights simply do not exist. We can either drive from Dakar (we’ve done that bumpy road 3 times, once all the way around The Gambia), or we can take the over night ferry. One of those tragically sank several years ago (too many people on board). We’ve done that too. So that only leaves us charter flights from Paris. Getting into and around Paris can become its own adventure too!
So, until next time : Bon Voyage!
Sketch Swap is one of those online fun place I go to from time to time. I can’t draw to save my life, but here it does not matter. Very reminiscent of Etch-a-Sketch, except that you aren’t confined only to vertical and horizontal. Submit your doodle and then one is sent back to you, drawn out right in front of your eyes!
Silliness for when the boss is not looking : – )
A year ago it was hot enough that I quenched my thirst with one of these Gazelle beers – yum! I have never been much of a beer drinker, never got into keg parties at college et al. However, as I’ve grown wiser in my years, I’ve discovered that beer really suits certain times, places and meals. Germany comes to mind. Senegal is another. This beer is proudly Made in West Africa (as is the competitor beer: Flag). We buy a whole case at a time, in addition to a case half filled with Cokes, half with Sprite. Our Senegalese friends don’t drink alcohol, and we like to mix the beer with Sprite (as they do in Spain (“clara” ) the UK (a “shandy”) and in France (a “panache”).
The temperature in Cap Skirring is currently in about the mid 80′s F/30′s C, so I suppose a few more Gazelles will be poured in the coming weeks. Along with with Guerrouane.
PS – a DIY project I undertook: the tray covered in Gazelle labels. Maybe we drink too much? @#%&!?
Maybe it’s because I’ve spent a lot of time in sunny climes, but there’s something about grey winter days which I really appreciate. I find beauty in the cold colored sky, the bleakness of the woods, empty flowerpots on door steps of houses, the grim faces on people. Perhaps it is also because I know all too soon the green leaves and smiles of Springtime will be back.
Driving on back roads is this unsurpassable view of the Chateau de Rochepot. I’ve not yet visited the interiors, but in my fairy tale imagination are flagstone floors, tapestries adorning walls, wolfhounds sleeping alongside a roaring fire. Maybe a maiden locked up in the tower, her Prince in the dungeon.
And for those of you interested in the before version, here is the SOOC:
Growing up in the hustle and bustle of New York City, it was always fun to discover hidden places, quiet place, places where you could pretend to be alone amongst the busy-ness of it all. Often as a teenager I would go to the Metropolitan Museum of Art (a huge building) where I knew all of its nooks and crannies to find refuge in one of the many special galleries.
This courtyard in Florence reminded me of that. Away from the street noise and vibrations, you can stop and breath.
For those of you who like time-lapse photography Their Circular Life allows you to be a silent observer in several locations in Italy, over 24 hours.
It runs on flash, so please be patient while it loads.
On Thursdays I’ve gotten into the habit of posting a photo from the same day as last year. However, today I found myself 4 days in between, so I chose instead to share with you an image from inside the Duomo cathedral, where I saw a 27 foot tall man!
Yes, you read correctly : a 27 foot tall man, and no it was not a giant albino monk from the Da Vinci Code, Sasquatch or even the Jolly Greet Giant. You see that guy at the bottom left who is holding something which faintly resembles a beer mug ? That’s him. He’s an older guy, but in really good shape and has a set of wings to boot! The “beer mug” is an hour glass. And yes, he does measure 27 feet tall, which really puts this incredible fresco into perspective as to how large the surface of the dome is.
Come to think of it, standing next to him, I’d barely reach his kneecap!