Wednesday, August 13, 2014


Been very busy between work and in the meantime, here is an obligatory iconic shot of Stonehenge. I was there for the first time with some visiting friends and will be returning again soon with another group of friends.

Stonehenge - Wiltshire, England

Sunday, July 13, 2014


Near the end of our time in France, we drove down to Aix-en-Provence to see some of the places Elesa's parents saw in their early days, have lunch with the Best Man from their wedding and to see another area of France. The drive down on the highway wasn't all that exciting, but the city itself is quite nice. We were only there for one night, but arrived at lunch time which was early enough to walk a bit around in the afternoon and evening, and then a little bit more in the morning.

Anciano Placo dóu Marcat - Aix-en-Provence, France

Lavender - Aix-en-Provence, France

Virgin and Child - Cathédrale Saint-Sauveur d'Aix-en-Provence

Fontaine de la Rotonde - Aix-en-Provence, France

Fontaine de la Rotonde - Aix-en-Provence, France

Fontaine de la Rotonde - Aix-en-Provence, France

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Market Day in France

One of the things I really like "on the continent" are the markets. The array of fruits and vegetables and just "stuff" is amazing. The markets here, at least the ones near us, are dedicated to locally grown fruits and veggies and locally produced products, so most of the stalls are prepared foods. The prepared foods (and cheese....I love the cheese!) we've found to be excellent. However, there really aren't a lot of oranges for instance, grown in the U.K. so I've come to the conclusion that I really can't rely on the markets as a source for produce. Whereas the markets in Belgium a couple months back, and France a couple weeks ago, were a cornucopia of fruits and veggies from all over the E.U.

Hard to Cook French Without Garlic

Biggest Artichokes I've Ever Seen

Piles and Bowls of Apricots

Scarves With an American Twist

Sausages and More Sausages

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Grapes...Now on to France

Following on the heels of India, I spent about 10 days in France with my wife and her sister. Most of that was in a "Gite" on a vineyard just south of Beaune. I'll start with some photos of the vineyards.

Windmill - Santenay, Burgundy, France

Vintage 2014, Chassey-le-Camp, Burgundy,France

Vineyards Near Chassey-le-Camp, Burgundy, France

Vineyards Near Chassey-le-Camp, Burgundy, France

Vineyards Near Chassey-le-Camp, Burgundy, France

Santenay & Vineyards, Burgundy, France

Vineyards Near Chassey-le-Camp, Burgundy, France

Vineyards Near Chassey-le-Camp, Burgundy, France

Saturday, June 28, 2014

A Stroll Through Lodi Gardens

Lodi Gardens isn't on the UNESCO World Heritage List, but I'd heard and seen good things about it and it is convenient to Humayun's Tomb, so I stopped by and took a walk through the park after visiting the Tomb. It is a peaceful place, but it was getting pretty hot by mid-day. There really weren't all that many people around, considering how nice the park is. These are the last of the photos from my visit to India. The full set can be seen on photobucket as a slideshow HERE but at least for now the slide show has no annotations. I'm so far behind that it is unlikely it will have them anytime soon.

Bara Gumbad Tomb, Lodi Gardens - Delhi, India

Women Carrying Bundles of Sticks, Lodi Gardens - Delhi, India

Inside the Domes of the Mosque at Bara Gumbad Tomb, Lodi Gardens - Delhi, India

Sheesh Gumbad, Lodi Gardens - Delhi, India

Rubbish Bins as Art, Lodi Gardens - Delhi, India

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Qutub Minar (Urdu: قطب مینار‎),

By the third day I was smarter, and tired of heat. The last major thing on my list was Qutub (aka Qutb, Qutab) Minar, the last of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Delhi. I planned pretty well and at this point I realized why some of the things opened at 6 am. So I dragged my butt out of bed and took a taxi out to Qutub Minar, getting there before 6:30 am, before any other visitors, and before the heat. As I walked up to the gate there were multiple big signs "No Bags, Backpacks" but the gate attendant took one look at my pale face, the huge camera and just waved me through past the metal detectors. Most of the time I was the only visitor there. Here are some of the photos.

Qutub Minar Soars 73 Meters - Delhi, India

Quwwatu'l-Islam Details - Delhi, India

Alai Minar - Delhi, India

Qutub Minar- Delhi, India

Qutub Minar- Delhi, India

Quwwatu'l-Islam - Delhi, India

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Summer Begins Along the Oxford Canal

A few photos from today's walk along the canal. Summer arrived yesterday...

Clinging to the Rocks

Long Boats Moored Along the Canal

The Canal Footpath Toward Banbury

Canal Wildflowers

Blackberry Blooms

Canal Wildflowers #2