At one point, it was even nice enough for me to take off my jacket!
Wednesday, August 8, 2012
Saturday, August 4, 2012
In fact, everyone comes to see the statue no matter what else they do in Belgium. Everybody capitalizes on its popularity--even the nearby french fry store!
Saturday, July 28, 2012
But nevertheless, despite all the natural beauty and all the art museums and all the town squares in all my summer travels, there are a couple of sights even more precious waiting for me in Springfield--the bright faces of my two small nieces!
Friday, July 27, 2012
We started our day's tour by climbing the nearest hill, which is what gave us such a gorgeous view of the city.
Finally made it to Norway! Usually when I hit Europe, I go south to the beaches or at least to Italy, but this time I was brave enough to go the other direction. As you can see, on the Hardanger Plain, it's a nice, sunny summer's day! (It's a good thing I remembered to bring something for my ears....)
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Unfortunately for me, however, that meant that most of the colleges were closed to visitors. In order to see King's College, I had to go to evensong!
Saturday, July 14, 2012
Elves would be here, of course, lurking behind the trees. And dwarves just around the corner. Of course, J.R.R. was doing all this thinking and writing in his "spare" time....
Saturday, July 7, 2012
It's summer, so I'm out and about again. This year I started in Stratford-upon-Avon. Although my friends and I enjoyed John III and Julius Caesar, Jonjo's O'Neill's performance in the title role of Richard III blew us away. O'Neill was brilliant as the heartless ruler. O'Neill started his performance on a casual note, so we were taken off guard when he reeled in the audience along with his victims, one by one.
Thursday, March 8, 2012
It was difficult to hear all about carnival this year and not have a chance to participate--oh, if I could only be at two places at once! But I tried to keep up with the activities by reading about them--and then collecting email news from friends who were able to participate--either in Venice or Ivrea or New Orleans.
This picture was shot on Valentine's Day, 2012. by Sandra Cuel, my good friend from Austria who has often joined me in Venice either for carnival or during the summer. This early morning shot has all the right elements--a beautiful "mask" against the soft morning light. What you can't see is the "mask's" breath, but Sandra assured me that it was a very cold morning!