Found Some Bikes in Amsterdam

For years I’ve been seeing photos of bikes in Amsterdam with one of the many canals in the background. So of course I was hoping to capture my own. No worries, bikes are everywhere. Not as many as in Copenhagen, but close. We even saw a parking garage for bicycles:

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Had to watch really closely when crossing streets because bikers would come out of nowhere and nearly run us down. If you go, pay attention to the reddish-brown lanes–they’re for bikes–and look both ways, more than once.

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Found my canal with bike shot.

And one more.

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Would you believe the place with the awnings is the Hansel and Gretel Cafe? So cute.

I could have taken so many photos of bikes and canals, but we only had a day and a half and really wanted to see the Van Gogh Museum, the Riiksmuseum, Anne Frank house, etc. It was a bit of a challenge, but we hit them all.

Hope your week’s going well so far.

{carole}

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Norwegian Blue

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A blue door in the old town of Stavanger, Norway. It was raining when we first walked around, but stopped long enough so I could take some photos. A really lovely area.

Thanks so much for the kind words, emails, cards and flowers. They help, they really do.

{carole}

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A Pause

Hi everyone,

I’m back from our trip to Amsterdam and Norway, but my brother passed away on Sunday and it’s left me flattened. He was ill for a long time, but this was still an unexpected surprise. I hope to be back reading your blogs and commenting sometime soon, but not this week.

I’ll leave you with a photo taken 500 miles north of the Arctic Circle in Norway where the sun never really set. This was shot at 11:30 p.m.!

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Hope your week’s going well so far.

{carole}

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Happy Friday

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A ranunculus for you this fine summer Friday. After May Gray and June Gloom, we are having perfectly gorgeous weather. It’s so nice to be able to eat outside again.

We are going on a trip next week and won’t be back until August. I’m trying to get everything done without going crazy.đŸ™‚ Having back problems really put a monkey wrench in my schedule. It’s all good, though.

Great weekend, everyone…see you in August!

{carole}

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Travel Scan: Dream Garage in Aix

We spent only two days in Aix-en-Provence, France, but it was long enough for me to realize this was one of my favorite cities in the world. Dreamy, golden light everywhere with soft breezes blowing through plane trees. Not to mention gorgeous architecture all over.

So I shouldn’t have been astonished to see a car pull into these beautiful doors guarded by carved stone cherubs beneath a wrought-iron balcony with red geraniums:

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Best garage ever.

Great weekend, everyone, and Happy Fourth of July to my American readers! Monday is a holiday, so I’ll be back in a week.

{carole}

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St. Isaac’s from the Bridge

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Somehow I overlooked this shot of St. Isaac’s Cathedral in St. Petersburg in my original post. I don’t know what the building is next to it, but I think it’s beautiful. There were so many structures like this along the Neva. We were lucky enough to take a cruise on the river and I’ll share those photos in the future.

Hope your week’s going well so far.

{carole}

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Thinking of the U.K. Today

Sorry this post is arriving so late, but my husband and I spent the evening watching the news about the U.K. leaving the EU (the “brexit”). Pretty historic. I hope this all works out for them and the rest of Europe. Since England was on my mind, I decided to pull out some photos of the home of Anne Hathaway, William Shakespeare’s wife.

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Anne Hathaway House was built in 15th and 17th centuries and still looks amazing.

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I was very curious about the thatched roof, so took this close-up.

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Such lovely climbing roses against the walls.

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Those windows! We really loved visiting this place and the rest of Stratford-Upon-Avon.

Great weekend, everyone!

{carole}

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Ladurée New York

Since I haven’t been able to shoot much the past two weeks, I thought I’d dig into the archives for this post.

I’ve never been to LadurĂ©e in Paris, so during a past trip to New York, I decided to try the one on Madison Avenue. I’m not a huge fan of macarons, but I like them well enough. I was more curious to see what the place looked like. Photos of the one in Paris are amazing.

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The exterior.

Inside, the space was kind of small. Only a few tables, but there was just one other person there, so we got a table:

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I know, tiny!

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The view from our table.

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Across from us. Someone sat down right after I took this photo, so I’m glad I didn’t wait ’til later.

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I thought the decor was very pretty.

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The display window from the other side. I do like the striped awning.

Now for the good stuff.

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I did appreciate the nice china and silver. Such a luxury when you’re used to paper cups from Starbucks.

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Can you believe these pastries? Really too beautiful to eat.

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The pain chocolat and croissants looked kind of run-of-the-mill in comparison.đŸ˜‰

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We didn’t try any of these, but I’ll bet they are delicious.

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There were so many macarons it was hard to choose, but we settled on these:

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I’ve forgotten what we ordered exactly, but I know the green one is pistachio and one of the brown ones is coffee and/or salted caramel. As I said, I’m not wild about macarons, but these were really good. It was pretty close to dinner, so we didn’t want anything too heavy.

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The orange blossom tea was wonderful and it all made for such a pretty table setting. Thank you to my sweet husband for indulging me!

Hope your week’s going well so far. My back is a lot better now, just some stiffness after sitting.

{carole}

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Variations on a Sunset

I don’t think I’ll ever get tired of sunsets at the beach. Each one is so different and so beautiful. What’s struck me recently is how the sky changes just a few feet in another direction:

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Facing west.

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Looking towards the southwest.

Great weekend, everyone, and Happy Fathers Day to all the dads out there.

{carole}

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From the Train

After our land tour in Alaska, we took a train to Whittier, where we boarded the cruise ship. The scenery from the train was so beautiful. I took this one somewhere between Wasilla (home of Sarah Palin) and Whittier.

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Thanks again, everyone, for the get well wishes. I’m doing a little better each day, thankfully. I hope to get back to commenting on blogs soon.

Hope your week’s going well so far.

{carole}

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