Monday, May 29, 2017

Phoenix, Arizona - Luci's at the Orchard

Part store part restaurant. On 12th Street north of Glendale Avenue. 

Inside and outside seating. 

It is mid 70s this morning and I picked a nice spot outside. Soft breeze and sun starting to come through the trees. 

I ordered Corned Beef Eggs Benedict. 

"There are no foreign lands. It is the traveler only who is foreign." Robert Louis Stevenson

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Tempe, Arizona - Holi Festival of Colors

Holi is a Hindu spring festival celebrated in India and Nepal.  It is also known as the "Festival of Colors".  The festival signifies victory of good over evil, the arrival of spring, end of winter, and for many a way to meet others, play and laugh, forget and forgive, and repair broken relationships.

In recent years the festival has spread to Europe and North America (and Tempe!) as a spring celebration of love, frolic and colors.  [Source: wikipedia]

I was introduced to this festival by co-workers.  I was a little concerned about the powder and water with my camera, but Naran assured me that I would have a safe spot away from the elements with a good view of all of the action.  He was right!  It was fun to photograph and next year I would like to participate...right in the middle of it all. The big camera will need to stay at home and I will bring a water resistant point and shoot.  Look for artistic work from my efforts here as the colors and motions were beautiful.

Answers to questions that you may have.
1. It washes off and does not stain.  Given that, I still would bring cloths that could stand up to the colors.
2.  Ah, yes, you have to drive home afterwards. Clean clothes? blankets for the car?
3. My motivator is in one of the last photos. She had a scarf on her head and covered her hair. That is exactly what I need to do!

Global fun.  Boy chases girl. Girl chases boy.  You purchase bags of colored powder and toss them in the air, or at a specific person.

 A bubble machine added to the fun.

 The little boy in the blue shirt must be trying to figure out what is going on!

 Well into the spirit of the fun.  These three were having a blast.

 This girl is my motivation for participating next year.


Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Phoenix, Arizona - Capture!PhotoCon 2017

Join in on the fun. Attend Capture!PhotoCon 

"There are no foreign lands. It is the traveler only who is foreign." Robert Louis Stevenson

Sunday, December 18, 2016

London, England - Ebury Restaurant and Wine Bar

A very special place next to the Lime Tree in Belgravia. It is beautiful with Christmas decorations. The food is always wonderful and I couldn't pass up the Lobster Bisque and the full Turkey dinner with all of the fixings. Creme Brûlée with a fig and plum compote topped of the meal. 

Actually, seeing the staff again five and a half years after the last visit was delightful. The middle two were working tonight. What fun and giggles looking at this photo again. 

Look back at 2011. There are three posts from the restaurant:

I love this place!!

Prices given are in pounds.  At this time the exchange rate is 10 pounds = $12.35 US Dollar.
Lobster Bisque was 9.00 pounds
Roast Turkey Dinner was 17.50 pounds
Red wine Cotes du Rhone was 7.50 pounds.
Sparkling water (bottle) was 4.70 pounds.
The optional service charge is listed as 12.5% but you are free to tip more for the awesome service.

From 2011:

"There are no foreign lands. It is the traveler only who is foreign." Robert Louis Stevenson

Friday, December 16, 2016

Cologne, Germany - Christmas Markets

The original French Fry was made in Belgium.  This is the official fry guy.  Where did we last see him?  In Miami, Arizona.  Look at the last photo on this blog post.

 Newstand, always need to check out how these are handled.
 Building, bikes.
 This woman stayed at our house when she was in high school and visiting the United States to play music for Octoberfest.  She now is a musician in Cologne and has two sons.  I was delighted to be able to spend time with her and meet the boys.
 The skiers are still at it.
 The boys were fascinated by the organ player.
 We walked along the Rhein River to the Chocolate Museum.
 The Altmarket Christmas Market.

 One of the many end-of-the-year weddings held at the town hall.
 Fun and excitement at the market.
 The town has narrow streets in this neighborhood.