Friday, September 30, 2011

Philadelphia Interlude

Just a quick post between explorations of this vibrant, interesting, and charming city. This is my first time here and I'm enjoying every minute of my visit. Much of my time has been spent wandering streets and side streets taking in the sights and tastes. Fantastic! Cultural diversity, history, and innovations all blend to make the week-long stay interesting.

There will be more posts in a week or so, but I wanted to share one of my favorite images to date. These houses are found in the historic waterfront district of the city. What colors!

Thanks for visiting, please feel free to stop by again. In the meantime, may your travels be interesting and enjoyable.


Thursday, September 22, 2011

Sunset at Boothbay Harbor, Maine

I've just started my East Coast trip, but I wanted to share these images of yesterday evening. Boothbay Harbor on the south-central coast of Maine. It was an evening that ended a perfect Maine Fall day- sunny, high 60's F, and a few leaves changing colors. I'll have other photos another time, but this evening was exceptional.

May your own travels be interesting and enjoyable. Until later...


Sunday, September 18, 2011

Nations Cup Sheboygan

As I prepare to leave tomorrow for a two week trip to the east coast of the USA, I am reminded that sometimes interesting photo-ops are found at home. The day before yesterday we took an afternoon walk along the Sheboygan riverfront so that we could reconnect one more time with the river and Lake Michigan before we left.

I had forgotten that this weekend Sheboygan was hosting the Nations Cup grand final sailing event. (if you're interested in learning more about the event go to The banners along the riverfront proclaimed that 60 sailors from 15 nations would be involved and that only one would be the winner. As we rounded the bend in the riverfront, we came across two tall ships docked along the side. During the weekend, people could buy a ticket and experience a short voyage on Lake Michigan. Further along the riverfront walk is the harbor mouth and a view of the lake. Races were taking place and we had a land-bound front row seat. Walking away from it all, we later wandered around the brightly painted carnival rides that were being fine-tuned for the evening and the rest of the weekend. All in all, it was an even better walk that we thought that it would be.

Thank you for visiting, please fee free to stop by again. For the next two weeks I'll be traveling, so I may not make a post. I'm excited to revisit Maine and Boston with a chance to see family as well. Philadelphia will be a new city to explore, and there will be a family visit there as well. In the meantime, may your own travels be interesting and enjoyable.


Friday, September 9, 2011

Further Windows Into Cultures

carnival costumes-Spain

women's fashion-Paris

boilded eggs/statues-London's Chinatown

Human Cycles-Seville

kilted mannequins-Edinburgh

Once more we find images of different storefronts. These images relate to what people in a place want for themselves, not what they hope that visitors to their cities will buy. How customers are enticed to buy things is often the same in urban areas. Instead of the colorful, noisy marketplace of smaller places with vendors aggressively encouraging people to buy their wares, streets are lined with competing display windows. Whether you are in Paris, London, Nairobi, or Boothbay Harbor (Maine) items will be placed prominently in windows, often with the word "sale" in bold letters. "Sales" , we know, are relative terms. What is interesting to me as a traveler is WHAT is displayed for local use......

Kilts are still worn by some Scots in formal occasions, as you will discover as you walk the streets of Edinburgh. Carnival costumes in Spain and hard boiled eggs in London's Chinatown, signs of special celebrations. Vibrant colors of cartoonish figures with word bubbles draw the eye towards a women's store in Paris. "Human Cycles" in Seville advertises bicycles (something the city actively promotes the use of) but makes me wonder what sort of "human cycles" could be involved. All of these items give the traveler a bit more insight in the total culture of the place. Wouldn't it be boring if these windows were the same, regardless of the city or country? Our cultural differences at times cause misunderstandings, but they also make it interesting for us to travel beyond our present horizons and discover what is there. What better reason to travel?

Thank you for visiting, please stop by again. In themeantime, may your travels be interesting and enjoyable.


p.s. I forgot to mention that I'm looking forward to my next trip, which will happen in a little over a week. Will spend time with family members in Maine, Boston, and Philadelphia and also do some travel on our own. Philadelphia is a new city for me and almost a week will be spent there. A combination of revisiting the old and exploring the new-an excellent travel blend.