Saturday, October 29, 2011

Views From Mount Battie

I keep returning to the beauty and tranquility of the rugged Maine coast. Actually I was born and grew up about 50 miles that coast and I rediscover it during my visit when go to spend time with family in Maine. My adopted area along the western shore of Lake Michigan has many similarities, but it doesn't have the high panoramic views, nor does it have the salty sea breezes. If only I could import them to Wisconsin!

The views that you see here are from Mount Battie near Camden on the central coastal area of Maine. The day was sunny, the sky a brilliant blue, and while there were a number of people enjoying the view it was still possible to take landscape photos without intruding people bodies. The Maine coast is always worth visiting, but especially after the height of the June-August tourist season when the population of the State seems to triple in size and coastal Route 1 has bumper to bumper traffic.

Thanks for visiting, I hope that you enjoyed the views. May your own travels be interesting and enjoyable.

BTW-Travel excitement is in the air here, plane tickets for a May 2012 Ireland trip arrived this week, another new place to explore!


Thursday, October 20, 2011

Philadelphia-First Impressions Set the Stage

After a day of travel, you finally reach your destination. Now, you have two options-take a rest or hit the streets. Our daughter met our train from Boston, got us checked into our B & B (La Reserve), then started to show us the city she had fallen in love with over the last few months. This is the way to start a visit-immerse yourself in the new place from the moment your arrive. Rest and relaxation can come later.

I didn't take many photos the first day, but the ones in this post are expressions of my first impressions of Philadelphia. The City of Brotherly Love was captured in views of Love Park and the sign of a Pledge of Nonviolence. Philadelphia lived up to its name during our stay, leaving a lasting impression of being a warm, safe, friendly city on our day and late evening walks. Other flashbacks-a flower cappuccino made by a coffee artist at Elixr, the skyline around City Hall, and the playful game pieces sculptures on the way to Love Park.

That walk during our first afternoon in Philadelphia set the stage for our other explorations over the week. It became very obvious why our daughter loves the city. While we saw and did many things during our stay, there is still so much yet to experience. Philadelphia, we will return.

Thank you for stopping by, please come again. Until then, may your travels be interesting and enjoyable.


Friday, October 14, 2011

'Settlers" of 17th Century Plimouth Plantation

One of the many interesting places that I visited during my recent trip the the U.S. east coast was Plimouth Plantation. The settlement is located in Plymouth, Massachusetts near Plymouth Rock where the English colonists landed the Mayflower and started a colony. A visit to Plimouth Plantation can include wandering through separate settlements of the Wampanoag(the original settlers of the area) and the English colonists. A short distance away you can tour a replica of the Mayflower and then take a short walk to the actual Plymouth Rock (dated 1620). If you are interested in learning more about Plimouth Plantation, you can visit its website

The photos in this post focus upon the English settlement. The "settlers" whom you meet as you wander around Plimouth Plantation stay in character -they dress, act , and speak as English settlers of the early 1600's. The re-enactors are a well-versed, talented group, and I learned much of the daily life and conditions of those who left England to spend the rest of their lives in North America. As visitors are encouraged to take photos during their stay, I was able to capture close-ups of people in their daily lives without my usual inhibitions of being intrusive in the lives of others.

May visit to the Plantation was enjoyable, even though it was a gray and foggy day. Actually, the weather helped set the atmosphere and enhanced a feeling that we were taking a journey back in time. I hope that you enjoyed this aspect of the Plantation. Another time, I will take you through the Wampanoag settlement where the intent of the presentation is very different.

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


Sunday, October 9, 2011

Murals Along the Streets of Philadelphia 1

I have added another city to my short list of favorites-Philadelphia. There are many reasons that I enjoyed exploring the city for the first time. The images you find in this blog are one of the reasons for this new interest. In the short week in Philadelphia, I found it to be a live, vibrant, diverse city in all of its aspects. As you walk along its streets you often turn a corner and are struck by a vivid work of art decorating the wall of an otherwise mundane building. I am very fond of this type of art-it's openly accessible to everyone and it is part of the total nature of a neighborhood. Outdoor art and its appeal is something I've talked about in some of my other posts. As this form of art is temporary ( exposed to the elements and subject to being lost forever as a building is renovated or torn down) , I always feel compelled to photograph one whenever I see it. That way, the work of the artist may live on just a little bit longer than it might have otherwise.

In this post I tried to include a sampling of murals that reflects some of the city's diversity. At were times the location of the mural was almost as surprising to me as its content. All of what was discovered during the many walks that were taken added to the total impression of the city. Philadelphia is alive and well, and deserves be be visited again.

Thank you for stopping by. Please feel free to come back, if you wish. In the meantime, may your travels be interesting and enjoyable.