Sunday, February 22, 2009

Paris Gray





There are some places where it is just a pleasure to be there, regardless of the weather on a particular day. Paris is one of those special places for me. For whatever reason, when I am there I feel comfortable and content. Do any of you have similar feelings about a particular place? I hope that you enjoy the "gray version" of Paris. Another time I'll post sunnier views of the City of Light.

Thank you for visiting. Please feel free to leave a comment if you are so inclined. As always, enjoy your own travels. Dare to venture beyond your present horizon and experience what is there.

Kerry

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Back to the Land (Southern France)






I've been doing some reflecting, not a bad thing to do occasionally. While the "Posers" I posted the other day were interesting to me, they are not what travel is all about (at least in my own mind). The land shapes the peoples and cultures that live on it. The land in all of its aspects is the thing of beauty and significance. The "Posers" are fleeting images that may be of some interest. On that note, here are some images that represent parts of the land I saw when I traveled in southern France. I felt very fortunate to be traveling by car with friends who knew the area. So often my travels in other countries have been limited by train or bus routes, a fine way to travel but one which makes it difficult to go off the beaten path. In any case, I hope that you enjoy these scenes.

Thank you for visiting, Please feel free to leave a comment, your comments are always welcome. If you have any thoughts on land vs. "posers", I'd be especially interested in reading them. As always, enjoy your own travels. Dare to venture beyond your present horizon and experience what is there.

Kerry

Friday, February 13, 2009

Assorted Posers






And now for something completely different....Instead of cultural landscapes, I decided to put together images of posed objects that I've stumbled across. As for the wee man, I found myself relating to his full beard and otherwise hairless head. The photo of the wax figure in Carcasonne made me wonder if the woman would have pulled his hair had they both been around in the Middle Ages. I'm not quite sure if I feel that London's winged creature is viewing the church as a guardian or as an aggressor-any thoughts on the matter? Bird in flight + statue = a foreshadowing of what is to happen. Lastly, I really though that His Majesty looked a little bit lost and confused.

I hope that this change of pace was worth offering to you. There are times when I feel a bit frivolous and this was one of them. Thank you for visiting. Please feel free to leave a comment either here or on my VerveEarth wall. Your comments are appreciated, and make blogging worthwhile. May your travels be enjoyable and safe.

Kerry

Thursday, February 5, 2009

St. Martin de l'Arcon







A quiet place in SE France- a few houses along the side of the road, vineyards, and a cemetery. It would be our base for a few nights while we explored the region and then headed south across the Pyrenees into Spain. We arrived in pitch dark and awoke to its natural beauty. Looking out the living room windows to admire the sunrise, we saw the cars of grape pickers parked along the narrow road. As I stepped outside and saw the land in the daylight I was stuck by the ruggedness of the land and its lack of city bustle. Later in the day, we wandered through the cemetery, where we unexpectedly came across a lizard who attempted to blend into his surroundings and avoid contact with us. (I like lizards, and have even had them as pets at times.)

As I put this post together, I wonder when I will be able to return to Europe. The present state of the economy makes overseas travel less likely. As you may have guessed, I love travel and intended to spend a good part of my retirement doing so. Until I can travel abroad again, there are many parts of North America that I haven't explored yet. A New Mexico road trip is coming up soon. I hope that all of you are surviving this series of "economic speed bumps" and that all of us will have our situations improve in the near future.

In the meantime,thank you for visiting. Please feel free to leave a comment if you are so inclined. As always, enjoy your own travels. Dare to venture beyond your present horizon and experience what is there.

Kerry