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Jun 232016
 

With a good friend being in Denmark right now, I thought of my time in Copenhagen.  Wandering around in that beautiful city is so easy and rewarding.  With statues and architectural art everywhere it’s not hard to need some time to get around.  Even though the city is entirely flat and perfect for walking.  This statue depicts C. F. Tietgen, one of Denmark’s early industrialists.  He looks good with blooming tulips.

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Jun 112016
 

For a golfer, there’s nothing quite so spectacular as golfing in Ireland.  I mean Wow!  The terrain is difficult and spectacular, the people friendly, the music alluring and there’s fresh Guinness.  And did I mention the golf?  It’s the best ever.  Here we’re at the infamous Ballybunion in County Kerry.

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Dec 112015
 

Dreaming of Spring?  This woman seems to be.  But it must be a large responsibility to be a guardian of the King’s castle surrounded by the beautiful rhododendrons.  Her name is Echo and lives in the gardens of Rosenborg castle in Copenhagen, Denmark.

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Aug 282015
 

I don’t pretend to be a tour guide or advocate for any particular destination.  Thus, I have no idea who the artist of this particular sculpture is or even what it depicts.  Guess that leaves more for the imagination.  I see two young, innocent, angelic cupids resting and hiding in the leaves.  They’re ready to give their blessings as you walk by.  Maybe you’ll even stop and rest, sit on a bench nearby.  They’ll pierce you in the heart.  Your love of life and other will deepen.  What do you see?

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May 222015
 

Church or castle?  That is the question.  Whatever it is or used to be, it marks the continued connection with an age long past in the green and mostly rural conditions of present day Ireland.  Yes, there’s Dublin and many other wonderful cities, but it’s the farmland and greenery and sheep dotting much of this magnificent Isle that strikes me the most.  This long history of the rural landscape with its people is what gives Ireland its charm and the people its friendly, gentle presence.

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Apr 142015
 

I wonder what it’s like.  Living in a relatively small space out in the public view.  Do they both live there?  Do they move from place to place or stay in the one spot?  They look quite relaxed.  Just reading the newspaper in the warm sunshine.  Would you call this living the good life?  A bit too small and public for me.  I’ve gotten used to more space around me.  I wouldn’t mind riding around on the canals, though, exploring the sights and sounds of Amsterdam on a private boat.  I think a week sounds about right.

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Feb 202015
 

A true medieval castle.  I can only imagine living inside her back in the day.  Surrounded by cliffs and forest it must have been a beast to construct, as well.  I’m sure one of the reasons it’s still here in such good shape is its natural defensive locale.  It seems out of the loop even for todays standards.  Was it worth fighting for?  Maybe no one of any significant prominence lived here.  Hard to believe, though, given such a massive and incredible building.

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Aug 212014
 

Two posts in a row of a music theme.  Guess you can tell I like music.  Here, we were walking around in Copenhagen, exploring the various sights when I began to hear music.  I moved towards it, opened up the church door and much to my delight a beautiful little orchestra was in the middle of its rehearsal.  What an impressive venue to go along with precision in music.  I could have stayed all night, but we went back to our wandering.

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Jul 262014
 

Ah, County Kerry and Ireland.  Nothing like Ireland.  The people, the land, the golf, the music, the beer.  One of my favorite places of all time.  If there weren’t so many other places to go I’d be going to Ireland much more often.  I went with some very good friends and we crisscrossed the countryside without a care, enjoying the music, food, people and golf.  We arose by 4:00 AM to take the drive down and around the ring of Kerry through the county.  Of course we stopped half way to play an incredible golf course, Waterville.  Just all in a days adventure.

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Jun 172014
 

Not me, but someone.  Canals are just part of the topography in Amsterdam.  Such a beautiful city, too.  It’s Europe.  It’s old.  At least compared to the western U.S.  The architecture is old and spectacular.  I imagine this particular speed boat demon racing to his favorite breakfast eatery.  Or, maybe he’s a delivery man, off to deliver his wares.  Whatever he’s doing, there isn’t much traffic here on the canal.  Of course it’s never like a freeway.  There always seems to be a relative ease tooling around on an Amsterdamian canal.

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