A European Adventure–Another Time and Place

I took this picture a long time ago in Belgium.

I took this picture a long time ago in Belgium.

Take a trip with me to another world and another time.  Not another world in the sense of aliens (although the gobbledygook of foreign languages and the lifestyles of the locals made it seem like it could be!)   Not even another century unless you define the twentieth century as another “time.”  It was, however, alien to me though not in a bad way.  I was a young woman.  I had recently completed my education and was embarking on a new career and life.  But, first, my friend and I were going on an European adventure.

We flew to England where we stayed with my sister and her husband, who was stationed at an air force base in Ipswich, England.  We did the usual sightseeing in London, but the real adventure began when my friend and I bravely rented a Ford with the steering wheel on the wrong side and headed out to “see” Europe in 4 days!

We took a ferry to Belgium and drove to Bruges.  Bruges was breathtakingly beautiful.  It was a foggy morning and the canals were encased in saturated colors and a white mist wafted around the bridges and centuries-old buildings.  Bruges is where my lifelong passion to return to Europe began.  We didn’t call it a Bucket List then, but, nevertheless, that was the beginning of mine.

After Bruges came Amsterdam.  We did a whirlwind tour of the Rijksmuseum.  We took a photo of the Heineken Brewery, saw a dike (the water kind,) and took a boat tour through canals lined with lovely old homes.

From Amsterdam, we went briefly to Koln, Germany.  Then, on to Paris.

Ahhhh, Paris, the City of Lights.  What a wonderfully historic, romantic place!   We saw the Eiffel Tower, the Arc De Triomphe, the outside of Notre Dame and the factory where they make Shalimar perfume (very important site!)   Oh, and  we met a cute French guy who took us to a discotheque.  It was all fun and lovely.

But, we didn’t see  Montmartre, or the inside of Notre Dame where my husband’s uncle was the first American priest to celebrate Mass during World War II  after the liberation of Paris from the Nazis.  We didn’t visit the Louvre.  Or, countless other wonderful places I would  love to visit.

But, I was young then and although we had a great adventure, I will definitely do it differently the next time.  I would see with better eyes—eyes that have experienced life and know what is important to me, know what I want and need to see, know what I missed then and don’t want to miss now before my time is up.  That’s what my bucket list is all about—to see before I can’t see, write while I remember how to write and experience the world now that I’m old enough to appreciate all of its splendor, excesses and opportunities. I want to tell everyone about it and know that, if they want to, they can see, hear and feel my adventures through my words and pictures.  What could be better than that?

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Biggest Baddest Bucket List Contest–Talk About Dreaming BIG!

Unbelievably, I recently posted an entry to the Biggest Baddest Bucket List Contest.  This is absolutely, beyond a doubt, far beyond anything I have ever even thought about considering to do!  I love blogging and photography and have been spending lots of time doing these things lately, and, when I saw the blog about this competition, I thought, “Why not?”  I know how to do the things they expect of the winner and I was pretty sure I could come up with a presentable video which they required, so I spent a couple of weeks doing a video and writing a blog and going through photos and came up with an entry.  I will post all of these endeavors after the contest is over–I certainly don’t expect to win….but, once again, I spent a lot of time with my father doing my blog on Cades Cove, so the whole thing was worth all of the work.  And, it is something that I can eventually post here so what’s to lose?  I enjoyed the whole thing and, if by some complete miracle, I have some success with this, well, WOW, what a treat!  I would be happy with the preliminary choices which require a trip to London.  Wouldn’t that be a treat?  Anyway, I wanted to post this to encourage other bloggers to get out there and get involved with the activities that make you happy.  It is unlikely that I will win this, but, despite that, it is fun to dream, isn’t it?

It’s a lot like buying a lottery ticket.  Somebody has got to win and anticipation is good for your soul…. Life is good.

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Cades Cove Photo Shoot–Team-Building at Work (couples counseling at its best)

Deer in Cades Cove

Deer in Cades Cove

Never in the past did I ever consider that I would enjoy blogging. I enjoy writing lots, but, in all honesty, my passion leans more toward digital imaging and photography. And, face it, most of the people in my age group don’t even know what blogging is. And,  younger people I know don’t believe that someone as old as I am could have all that much to say that would interest them. It’s all true. Regardless, I jumped into this with a surprising eagerness and am enjoying how it makes me feel. That being said, I don’t have the time available for writing and reading my blog every day. So, I have decided to go off in a different direction. For a while at least, I am going to write and post a blog every weekend (probably on Sunday.) I will concentrate on my chosen topic and come up with something to post that I hope will be interesting or entertaining or instructional or whatever… Continue reading

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Old Timer Bill—Amazing Grace

My stepfather and I made this video for my mom’s 80th birthday.  It sounds lovely except for my humming in the background–I didn’t think about the mike picking up my out-of-tune warble.  Anyway, the rest of it is wonderful!   I have more to come!

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Winter Storm—Last One of the Year? Let’s Play!

It snowed last night while we were sleeping and ITS MARCH!   Thinking it will probably be the last one of the year, I bundled up, covered my camera with a baggy (there has to be a better way…..) and went outdoors to play.  It was beautiful.  Here are some of the pictures of our yard that I took.  I hope you enjoy them!

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backyard-birdhouse

pillow-for-web

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march snow front bird house

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front-yard-for-web

 

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An Old Door and Flowers with Advice from a Wise Woman

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When one door closes, another opens. But we often look so regretfully upon the closed door that we don’t see the one that has opened for us.”     

   Helen Keller

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Trip to the Aquarium….Weird Fish Photos!

I took these pictures at the same time that I took “The Seahorse and the Boy’s Shiny Teeth” which I posted in a previous blog.  That was my favorite picture of the bunch, but all of the fish pictures were fun for me to process.  So, I thought I would post the rest of them for you to see.  What do you think?

sword-fish-webThe face is priceless!

shark-for-webLooks ominous to me….

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spiny-fish-web

octopus-for-webThis octopus wants out!

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Had to put the boy and seahorse back in….I LOVE the seahorse’s fascination with the little boy’s teeth!

crabs-at-aquariumIs this a crab?  lots of legs here….

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Look at its expression in his eyes.  This fish looks like it has peed on the floor and KNOWS it.

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I have been telling this joke for 35 years! Don’t know any others…..

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A couple of really dumb guys from another country who had just moved to the US of A went, for the first time, to a baseball game.  They were running late and had not had anything to eat so they were HUNGRY!  They noticed there were guys going around, shouting, “GET YOUR DOGS HERE…..HOT DOGS!!!!”  They looked at each other,  shrugged  and said, “In America, they eat dogs…man’s best friend….”   But, in time, they became so hungry that they decided to be brave and eat a dog.  So, one of them leaned forward, held up two fingers and shouted, “Two Dogs, please!”  The dogs were passed down the row until the hungry guys each got one and gingerly opened them up.  The first one looked at the second guy and in a scandalized tone, whispered…….”What part did you get?”

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Liebster Blog Nomination! Thanks LOTS and here is my response!

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I recently received a Liebster Blog Award nomination from http://CrankyCaregiver.wordpress.com and I am going to try to fulfill my responsibilities in accepting this award.  I am not sure that I know how to do all these things but I can certainly try.  I WANT to do it–I just don’t know that much about links and stuff like that.   But , anyway, here goes. AND, I hope this all works. Continue reading

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What Children Do…..

What Children Do.....

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