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February 16, 2015

France: Reims

Looking up inside one of towers at Reim's cathedral.

Looking up inside one of towers at Reim’s cathedral.

Eighty miles east-northeast of Paris is the historic city of Reims. Founded before the birth of Christ by the Gauls, Reims later became an important city in the Roman Empire. After the fall of the Roman Empire, Reims rose as a religious center. It’s famous cathedral was the traditional site of the crowning of the kings of France, playing the same role in France as Westminster Abbey does in the United Kingdom. (more…)

England: London, Battersea Power Station


The Battersea Power Station viewed from the Thames.

An iconic part of the Thames scene is the Battersea Power Station. This Art Deco-style structure dates from the 1930’s. It is the largest brick building in Europe. With its expansive cathedral-style design and 338 ft high smokestacks, Battersea Station commands the view from the Thames. (more…)

France: The Fontinettes Ecluse

Leaving Fontinettes Ecluse

Leaving Fontinettes Ecluse

Locks on Europe’s commercial waterways are generally large. Indeed, the locks on the Grand Gabarit, northern France’s barge superhighway, are designed to fit barges up to 36 feet wide and 469 feet long. Aside from being wide and long, locks on commercial waterways are often deep. Particularly deep is les Fontinettes, an ecluse on the Grand Gabarit near Saint Omer. (more…)

February 5, 2015

France: Tunnel de Chalifert

Inside the Tunnel de Chalifert

Inside the Tunnel de Chalifert

Traveling on our barge Wanderlust, we get to see a few places that tourists rarely see. One of these is the Tunnel de Chalifert is very near Disneyland Paris. (more…)

January 3, 2015

Southwest: Sedona in the Snow, Take Two

Cathedral Rock

Cathedral Rock

Judging by the response of the locals, snow, particularly heavy snow, is a rare event in Sedona Arizona. At the end of 2014, the weather forecasts predicted that a major winter storm would hit northern Arizona. In a normally dry desert area, the impending precipitation sent residents and visitors alike scurrying to the grocery stores to stock up on supplies for the coming snow apocalypse. The forecasts were not wrong. By New Year’s Day, several inches of snow were on the ground and the red rocks where splotched with white patches. (more…)

England: London, Poppies at the Tower of London

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DSC_3102-Edit-EditBetween July and November of 2014, on the hundred-year anniversary of the beginning of World War I, 888,246 ceramic red poppies were installed in the moat of the Tower of London. The poppies were part of the art installation Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red. Each poppy is intended to represent one British or Colonial serviceman killed in the War. The War to End All Wars did not end all wars. Sadly it is estimated that 16 million people died as a result of the conflict.


January 2, 2015

England: London, Painted Hall and Chapel at the Old Royal Naval College Greenwich

Inside the chapel

Inside the chapel

From what we’ve seen, most visitors to Greenwich scurry up the hill to see the Royal Observatory and the prime meridian. At the observatory a line constructed in the pavement marks the position of the Greenwich Meridian, the consensus line of longitude 0°. Countless pictures have been snapped of tourists straddling the prime meridian line. (more…)

January 1, 2015

England: London, the Tower Bridge from the Water

Tower Bridge from below

Tower Bridge from below

Judging by the number of tourists with cameras in hand, the Tower Bridge is one of London’s most photographed landmarks. I admit that I too find this distinctive bridge over the Thames to be irresistibly photogenic. With all of the pictures taken, this is undoubtedly a bridge that needs no more photographs. Nevertheless, I’ll add a few more pictures of London’s famous bridge to Internet mix. In my defense, these pictures are taken from an unusual angle. They were snapped from the deck of our barge Wanderlust as we headed down the Thames on the way to a mooring nearby. (more…)

England: London, Dogs on the Tube

Filed under: Dog, Europe, London, Photography, Travel, Travel, United Kingdom, Writing — Tags: , , , , , , — anotherheader @ 4:25 pm

DSC_2100-Edit-Edit-EditOur pooch Gigi usually travels with us. In fact our canine has visited more countries than most of our human friends, something she tries not to gloat about publicly. International air travel is easier the smaller the dog. But we didn’t choose Gigi for ease of travel. Indeed, we didn’t choose her at all. Like all good dogs, Gigi adopted her humans. And thus we find ourselves traveling with a full-grown Border Chinhuahua Terrier who weighs in around 25 kg. Gigi’s size creates certain limitations that we’ve learned to live with. (more…)

December 28, 2014

England: London, the Millennium Bridge

The Millennium Bridge

The Millennium Bridge

Crossing the Thames between the Blackfriars Railway and the Southwark Bridges is the Millennium Bridge. Opened in 2000, the Millennium Bridge creates a convenient walking route between St. Paul’s Cathedral and the Tate Modern Gallery. Today it is hard to imagine this stretch of the Thames without the bridge. (more…)

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