Edinburgh

After visiting Copenhagen we sailed across the North Sea to Edinburgh.  It was pretty stormy with intermittent rain when we docked so we spent most of the time inside sampling whisky but did get this shot of the skyline.

Edinburgh

Honeymoon Bridge

This bridge was built in 1876 and is just south of the confluence of the Wildcat with the Ellis River by Charles Austin Broughton and his son Frank who were dairy farmers.  It is also named Covered Bridge # 51 by the state of New Hampshire.  The nickname, Honeymoon Bridge, comes from the tradition of lovers kissing under it for good luck.

Jackson, NH
Jackson, NH

Pemigewasset River Bridge

You can’t visit New England without finding and capturing some of the covered bridges.  The Pemigewasset River bridge, located in New Hampshire’s Franconia Notch State Park, is found 1/4 mile up the Flume Gorge Trail.  The bridge was built in 1886.

New Hampshire
New Hampshire

Cite

We used the Paris subway system a lot during our stay.  One of our favorites was Cite.  It opened in 1910 and is one of the few with a surviving Art Nouveau entrance and stylish round lamps on the platforms. It is located under the Île de la Cité, the island in the Seine that contains the Notre Dame Cathedral which was our destination.

Paris
Paris

 

637

This is a photo I would not typically post but the stormy sky combined with the conning tower of the submarine just worked.  Taken at the Navel Undersea Museum in Keyport, WA during my recent travels to the Bainbridge Island.

Keyport, WA
Keyport, WA

Bloedel Reserve

My first post of 2014 comes from the Bloedel Reserve on Bainbridge Island, WA.  We were on the island visiting my son’s family and took the four grandkids there for a hike.  It was cold, raining, and cloudy.  There was very little in bloom but I did find this Golden Weeping Willow which is a hybrid and has this wonderful winter color.

The Reserve’s 150 acres has natural woodlands, landscaped gardens, including a Japanese Garden, a Moss Garden, a Reflection Pool and the Bloedels’ former estate home.  Portions of the property over look the sound.

Bainbridge Island, WA
Bainbridge Island, WA