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Denia – Before Sunrise

Ever since I woke up at o’dark thirty in Milano to get a clear picture of the Duomo back in 2009 I have made it a priority to get some early morning or late evening pictures (it also helps me to justify lugging a tripod 4,500 miles). In Paris it was the Opera, the Eiffel […]

Spanish Adventure – Denia

We started our Spanish adventure in a town called Denia. We flew into Barcelona El-Prat airport, collected our rental car (a nice Peugeot cabriolet), plugged in the TomTom (also known as a marriage saver) and headed south. Denia is a small city (about 40K people) which is about 4 1/2 hours south of Barcelona. They […]

Our Recent Escape to El Dorado Maroma

This year marked our ninth trip to the Playa del Carmen area of Mexico. We’ve been staying at the Karisma resorts. So far we’ve been to El Dorado Seaside once, El Dorado Royale/Casitas six and this was our second trip to El Dorado Maroma. You can tell we like the properties. Mary has documented the […]

Lock & Dam 14 – Le Claire – Part II

Fishing isn’t just for adults, the juvies got into the action too. Here are a couple. Long lenses compress distance and can create images that don’t seem to make sense otherwise. Either that is a BIG gull or a very small adult eagle. I love the stare. Such concentration. Final shot is a very ruffled […]

Lock & Dam 14 – Le Claire – Part I

It has been way to long since I posted anything on the blog. The Eagles tend to inspire posting. The Eagles and Lock & Dam 14 (which have been on my photography bucket list for some time) proved to be just that. It took two trips to Le Claire to accomplish the mission but despite […]

Paris – Day 8 Sacre Coeur, Montmartre

On our final non travel day we took the Metro (and then the funicular) to the top of Montmartre to visit Sacre Coeur and the surrounding area. It is breathtaking. Certainly from the outside it is the most spectacular chuch in Paris. Notre Dame is bigger and more impressive perhaps but Sacre Coeur takes your […]

Paris – Day 7 (part 2)

I am starting to get into taking photographs of eupopean landmarks at night (or early AM). This time, it was off to the Louvre/Tuileries at night.  The first shot was the Opera Brasserie right across the street from our apartment.  When Kate and I arrived at the Louvre, we had fun shooting the Arc du Carrousel […]

Paris – Day 7

We left early Friday on the RER to visit the Palace of Versailles. Versailles was the residence of the royalty of France from 1682 until 1789 when the French Revolution began. Louix XIII had originally built a hunting lodge at the village outside Paris in 1624. This petite structure became the foundation of the most […]

Paris – Day 6, The Louvre and Love Locks

The Louvre was crowded this morning. Now if that isn’t the silliest thing one could say. I can’t imagine it is ever anything but busy. How about this, it was so busy it was annoying. Especially with tour groups who act like entitled little %(&^*&$s. I feel better. The first shot below is an outside […]

Paris – Day 5

Yesterday we visited Mont St. Michel. It was a long day. We had a short walk, 2 and 1/2 blocks to pick up our bus at 7:15 AM and returned at about 9:15PM. We picked CityRama tours, it was just easy. The day included transportation, lunch, entrance to the Abbey and a guided tour that […]