Sunday, January 25, 2009

the Maine Coast/Reflections







Winter seems to be a time of reflection for me. A thought that struck me this morning was, "Are we truly products of our environment?" I grew up a relatively short distance from the coast in Maine, NE USA. Some of my strongest memories of childhood are our trips to the coast. I have not lived in Maine for many years, but deep within my nature is a need to live near a large body of water, one where you can not see the shore on the other side. Over the years I have lived in or visited a variety of places, most of which I have enjoyed. Still, the places where I have been the most content and at peace with myself have been those that are on or near a large body of water. If we were to think of Elementals, mine would definitely be Water.

I wonder if any of you who are reading this have had any thoughts about self, origins, and the physical environment in which you are most comfortable in. If you have considered this in the past or are just sorting it all out, I'd be interested in reading what you have to say.

Thank you for visiting; please feel free to comment. As always, enjoy your own travels. Dare to venture beyond your present horizon and experience what is there.

Kerry

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Collioure Collection







Have you ever taken a chance and spent time in a distant place you have been told about? Collioure, a small town in the Catalan region of Southern France (just 50 k from the Spanish border) was such an experience for me. I enjoyed wandering around the colorful streets that eventually ended up at the harbor. There was a sense of beauty and age throughout the town. While the weather didn't always cooperate (Fall had its brief showers for parts of the days) there was a relaxed feeling generated that made the occasional dampness unimportant. Sitting at a sidewalk cafe table sipping a late afternoon glass of sangria and watching the passersby made for a very pleasant life, indeed. Collioure is definitely on my list of places to revisit.

Thank you for visiting, I hope that you liked the images of Colioure. Please feel free to leave a comment, they are always welcome. As always, enjoy your own travels. Dare to venture beyond your present horizon and experience what is there. If you do follow this advice, Collioure is a great place to broaden your horizon just a bit.

Kerry

Friday, January 9, 2009

Cultural Icons








All of these photos were taken in the same country, even though they represent different time periods. Can you name the country in which they were taken?

Thank you for visiting. As always, enjoy your own travels. Dare to venture beyond your present horizon and experience what is there.

Kerry

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Windows Potpourri 2








When I tried the windows theme a couple of posts ago, I came across so many views that I liked that I thought I'd create just one more post with this theme. Both the first and last photos were taken in the old section of Lucca, Italy. One is a modernistic store display that caught me by surprise in that location; the other is a traditional window lined by candles for a significant religious holiday. The photo taken through the car window presents a view of the Pyrenees. The boarded up cafe window was found in La Rochelle, France. I almost missed the combination of the traditional and the 1960's as I walked the streets of Paris, one that brought a smile to my face.

Thank you for visiting. Please feel free to leave a comment, they are always welcome. I really did enjoy the insights from the comments related to the last "windows" post. As always, enjoy your own travels. Dare to venture beyond your present horizon and experience what is there.

Kerry