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Weekly Photo Challenge: Two Subjects

Tourist magnate would be one of my first descriptions of London’s Sunday UpMarket at the old Truman Brewery. It is clearly an un-kept secret in London. One can see how the masses would be drawn to such an exciting market with close to 150 booths displaying wares such as hand-made jewelry, vintage clothing, trendy women’s wear and accessories, leather goods and unique styles for men. Then there is the famous culturally diverse food section with you name it … Sri Lankan, Thai, Ethiopian, Japanese, Mexican, Chinese, Brazilian and Caribbean foods at a price you can afford! The market is a big draw for the East London hipsters and was a totally enjoyable attraction for us more conservative types …

My favorite part of the day was wandering away from the crowds onto Hanbury Street and taking pictures of all the amazing street art. This one with two faces from opposing political parties by Ben Slow was one of my favorites. One from the English Defense League and the other from an Islamic extremist group.

Check out the link http://blog.vandalog.com/2012/03/ben-slow-back-on-hanbury-street/ for some background on this street art.


Weekly Photo Challenge: Arranged

I was excited about this challenge because we are traveling overseas and I knew I would be taking a lot of photos. We are in Istanbul now and here is what I came up with … They sell the chestnuts as fast as they are arranging them on the heated surface. I would write more but I think it is about 12:30 am and we are getting up early tomorrow.
By the way, the chestnuts were delicious!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Through

Geneva, Switzerland Fall 2011. After a long day of walking, the non-photographers were quite ready to relax with a cup of coffee. But not me. No, I was itching to run around and take more photographs. While they were settling in I slipped outside and, as my husband and friends sipped their coffee and enjoyed people watching through the window, quickly snapped another shot!
Afterwards, I did join in on the coffee break and happened to taste a delicious chocolate that was served alongside the coffee. Sweets and chocolates aren’t my thing, but I have to say that this truffle was fabulous. As it turns out, there was a gourmet food store downstairs where we enjoyed seeing beautiful displays as well as sampling exotic foods. And I was able to pick up a few of those chocolates! (If you are a chocoholic: Globus chocolates – Tarfuti dolci del Piemonte — Truffles douces du Piedmont)

Weekly Photo Challenge: Distorted

Cloud Gate, aka “The Bean” is a 110-ton stainless steel sculpture located in Millennium Park, Chicago. The surface is smooth and shiny and provides many unique reflections of the surroundings, tourists and the city’s skyline. At first I wasn’t sure what to expect from the sculpture but quickly found myself exploring and playing around with the distorted reflections that were reminiscent of a fun house of mirrors.

I couldn’t resist this photo op and was especially intrigued with the reflections bouncing off the inside of “The Bean.” In this picture, I was standing under the arch pointing the camera up and towards the center creating an image with a telescopic affect with many reflections of reflections. Fun!

I quickly learned why “The Bean” is one of the more popular photo spots in the city!

Belgium – 2011

While visiting friends in Chicago, I received a surprise phone call from my husband asking me if I wanted to pack my bags when I got home and head to Belgium ….


Inspecting the Christmas stocking perhaps?

One day we received a phone call from our son informing us that “we” have a problem. A puppy was in trouble and needed a home. Never mind that our son is a college student living five hours away in an apartment that has a “no animals” clause in the lease. Inconvenient details that surely can be worked out. Parents can be won over and little sister can be bribed to help out! Problem solved.


CiCi is now a welcome addition to the family … and perfect timing.  We get to enjoy the puppy phase, the excitement when visitors arrive, the choice selection of clothes, shoes, and many other objects to nosh on … and then when she is all grown up and trained … well, you get the picture!  We love CiCi … she has brought a lot of unpredictability and immense joy to our family!

Early morning walk to the park

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