Saturday, June 21, 2014

There's No Place Like Home!


Anyone who knows me
knows I love to travel!


Leaving on a Jet Plane ~ Iceland Air
Denver International Airport (DIA)



It doesn't matter how or where.
I love to experience new people and places.



Heading for the Runway


When my plane gathers speed rolling down the runway,
my exhilaration mounts
and soars 
as the plane lifts into the air.



Liftoff



Up! Up! 
It's such an incredible feeling!


On the Wings of a Big Bird!


And away!

Plains Near DIA


Cloud Land is endlessly beautiful
as I head into new adventures.

Cloud Land



Paris

Evening in Paris
(Rue de Buci ⊥ Rue de Seine)



Boats on the Seine
Looking Toward Pont des Arts ~ The Love Locks Bridge





London

Constitution Hill



Trafalgar Square




Reykjavik

Faxafl├│i Bay and Esja Mountain Range



Enjoying a Summer Evening
Jorundur Bar and Restaurant on Austurstraeti




I can see things I've dreamed of all of my life.

The Eiffel Tower from the Top of the Arc de Triomphe
Terry and Sara with Me (in red) 



Walk where kings have trod.

Steps ~ Wakefield Tower Area, Tower of London



Explore natural wonders.


The Blue Lagoon, Iceland



But there comes that moment,
when I have gorged on all that is new,
and satiated, 
my thoughts turn to home.

I can't get there fast enough!


Route, Iceland Air

Ice on Hudson Bay, June 15, 2014
(with possible tip of one of the 1,500 Belcher/Sanikiluaq islands)




HOME

Denver International Airport



Home


One of the loveliest words in my language ~
With wonders of its own.


Double Rainbow
June 18, 2014














It's good to be home!


Happy Summer
June 21 ~ Summer Solstice
(Shortly before sunrise with uncooperative clouds)

48 comments:

  1. Double rainbow - what does it mean???
    Wonderful pictures! Yes, travel is fun, but it's so great to come home.
    And I do not like to fly, so I won't tell you what races through my mind as the plane zooms down the runway.

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    1. Thanks, Alex! There was a time I was afraid to fly, but I've gotten past the fear. I was on a very turbulent flight once and happened to be sitting by a naval structural engineer who designed airplanes. He said that the turbulence we were experiencing was nothing, that the plane could take much more. Then he showed me how to listen to the pilots' communications on Channel 9 (United flights). I found that so fascinating that I forgot I was afraid ~ and I haven't looked back.

      As for a double rainbow, if you look closely at the first and third rainbow photos, you may be able to see parts of two rainbows (tricky in the third photo). Sometimes in our area, when the light is really intense, two rainbows form. The primary and brighter one is inside with the seven colors going ROYGBIV. The secondary rainbow is outside and dimmer with the seven colors going in reverse VIBGYOR. I keep trying to get a good photo, but it's hard!

      Enjoy your weekend!

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  2. How gorgeous!!! Thank you so much for sharing this lovely trip!

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    1. Thanks, Linda! I'm finally home and catching up with everything! We have clean clothes! We have food! We've slept! Ha ha! Now back to real life and more regular blogging! Take care!

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  3. Such awesome shots at your sea, glad safe and sound you are at your sand bar. Where to next? Timbuktu? lol

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    1. Would you believe Nova Scotia? But I'd love to go to Timbuktu!

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  4. Welcome back!
    Lovely pictures! thanks for sharing. I love to see London through the eyes of others. It's lovely to travel and see places you've always dreamed of, and yes, after doing so, home can be the sweetest place :)

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    1. Thanks, Dawna! Now if I can just get on top of my To Do List! LOL! I hope to post more trip pictures.

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  5. That was fun, Louise! Going on your journey with you and back. You have seen lots of interesting places and met lots of interesting people I bet.
    Time to rest up for your NS trip! You know how WILD and CRAZY those Nova Scotians can get!! lol

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  6. Remember, Jim! I'm a Nova Scotian! And I can't wait! See you soon!

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  7. Welcome home dear Fundy!
    And next a trip to Nova Scotia and a meet-up with Jim, Ron and Sophie? You lucky thing, you!

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    1. Thanks Terry! It is great to be home! But I can't wait to see the threesome! I haven't seen Ron since 1970~ish when we were both at Acadia University. We were in grade 8 together in Wolfville. My sister Barb and I are going to spend the day with them near the end of July!!!

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  8. The adventures are great...but flying terrifies me. How lucky you are to get to see so many exciting places!

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  9. Thanks for visiting, Stephanie! And you're right ~ I count myself very lucky to finally see Paris, London, and Reykjavik! They are amazing places.

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  10. that's quite a trip, I hear Iceland is quite the country

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    1. Iceland is awesome, Adam! I really hope to return one day! Have a good one!

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  11. Ohhhhhhhh.. lovely pictures!! But wow, that vast expanse where you live -- glorious!

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    1. Thanks, B&R! I think we have such wide open spaces, but then I see the North ~ flying over Greenland and northern Labrador, crossing Hudson Bay and western Ontario. It is incredibly WILD, barely touched by humans. It's truly magnificent country. My nose was glued to the airplane window hours at a time! I hope all is well with you!

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  12. The way you described the lift-off experience resonated with me. I took my very first plane flight ever in April (to Germany) and feeling that plane take off was exhilarating and magical. Not so much on the return flight though, as it meant I was leaving :)

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    1. I've had those flights too, Keith, when you must leave behind someone whom you love very much! And Beate seems like an amazing human being. I loved what she wrote in her comment on libraries on your most recent post. Hopefully you'll be able to share lots of magical flights!

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  13. What a beautiful, beautiful post! I envy you the places you've seen. I'm not sure why travel has been something I've yearned to do but never felt able to pull together financially and organizationally. That said, I love home and love that yours is such a sweet thought when "that moment" arrives. Stunning photography and story-telling here, by the way.

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    1. Thank you for your lovely comment, Carol! It made my day! It was wonderful to visit places I had dreamed of going to all of my life! My husband loves to plan trips, the looking for the best deal he can find parts. We've had some interesting low budget experiences, let me tell you! Have a happy Sunday!

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  14. What a feast of photos!! Thanks for sharing the beauty and joy of the journey!

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    1. Thank you, Donna! It makes me happy to know that you enjoyed my photos! I hope that your moving if going well. Packing up is always hard for me! Have a great week!

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  15. What a wonderful post. For a couple of minutes there I was transported from my troubles and whisked to distant shores!

    I especially loved the take-off pics. I know that feeling well. There's nothing quite like it. I yearn to go on a big Jumbo Jet again.

    Thanks for leaving a comment on my blog and for following. I have done the same :)

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  16. Thank you, Wendy! I'm glad that my post took your mind off things for a little while. I have been thinking of you and your Barnie-Boy all day. I love big jets! It always amazes me that they fly! I live near an air base, and I get a thrill every time the fighter jets fly overhead. Planes of all sorts are things of beauty! Thank you for following my blog! Treat yourself extra kindly! Take care!

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  17. Oh how I love this post. The Seine.... I remember those days... 1986... I was a spring chicken back then.

    There's no place like home. :)

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    1. Hey BG! It makes me happy to know that you enjoyed my post! I so want to return to Paris. We barely scratched the surface in three days. Have a good day!

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  18. What a lovely post- i think travelling makes you appreciate home for sure

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    1. Thank you, HIT! Home is always awesome! Have a great day!

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  19. What a wonderful trip!! It is a goose bump moment when you walk where 'kings have trod'. Great images, I am sure you have many many more... It always feels good to be back home. Have a great week!

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    1. Hi Michelle! I was having a lot of goose bump moments, let me tell you! The Tower of London is an amazing place, especially if you have been steeped in England's history when growing up. And you are right ~ I have tons of photographs and stories. If only I could clone myself! Take care!

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  20. What a spectacular trip! It looks like you had an amazing time. And it's always nice to return home. There really is no place like it.

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    1. I had the best time, Martha! I've been waiting forty years to make this trip. It was fun to meet up with our niece Sara who has been studying in Dijon, France for the past year. She is just a little younger than I was when I went traveling around Holland, France, and Spain in a Volkswagen van my girlfriend and I bought in a back alley in Amsterdam. Adventures you never forget! Home is definitely good though! Take care!

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  21. I enjoyed the photos, it must have been a great trip, but there's no place like home! I hope I will be able to travel one day too, there are many places I'd love to visit!

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    1. Hi Louise! I hope you will be able to see all those places someday, sooner rather than later. I waited a long time to be able to travel, and I definitely go on a budget, but it was well worth the wait. Have a good one!

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  22. I feel the same way! After a couple of weeks, it's time to go home. I can last three weeks but that's stretching it.

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    1. You sound exactly like my husband! He was chomping at the bit to go home before we even hit Iceland!
      Have a good one!

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  23. Wow Louise what a great 'walk about' you have had. The world is such a wealth of beauty and diversity. Glad you had the chance to dip your beak and share images from your wanderings with us again! Where to next? Best - ME

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    1. Would you believe, Nova Scotia?! I'm meeting up with my family in Smith's Cove (near Digby). Terry will be meeting friends in Las Vegas while I'm gone ~ he's out of vacation! I hope you are enjoying your summer!

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  24. Ooh! Thank you for taking me on your adventure with you. My wanderlust is crowding to the surface, but I'm going to have to be happy with the excitement of a couple moves, for now. I raise my cheese to you, world traveler!

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    1. Thanks, Crystal! I was born with itchy feet! Did we eat cheese in France! So gooood! Take care!

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  25. Hi Fundy!!
    I bet you don't have time to blog!!
    It is much more fun to travel LOL!!!
    What an interesting trip this was, with a moment in Iceland!
    Home is well deserved to recover from fatigue!
    But now you have plenty of photos to show us!!
    Gorgeous rainbow in Denver!
    Enjoy your weekend!!

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  26. Hi Noushka! How lovely to hear from you! You're right ~ travel and life have been getting in the way of my blogging! I'm perpetually trying to get on top of things! I have several posts in the works, including one on the Blue Lagoon in Iceland. You have a lovely weekend, too, my friend!

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  27. Ah yes HOME, just a 4-letter word that makes us all feel so good inside.

    Thanks for the sample of pictures from your travels.

    This is our long weekend now CANADA DAY on Tuesday!

    Do you remember that? LOL

    Ron

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    1. PS: I hooked up with Google+ so my G+ is my profile pic. Now ain't that a conundrum!

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