Cobblestone Streets of Sibiu, Romania

Courtyard Cat Sibiu, Romania

Courtyard Cat Sibiu, Romania

Sibiu, Romania is a charming maze of winding cobblestone streets, large open squares and fine restaurants.  It was a very welcomed relief from the gritty streets of Bucharest. I had seen the above blue wall and cat scene photo posted by  Vagabon and Dave sixty days earlier in their travel blog and instantly loved it.  So I cruised from Texas to Spain, flew from Barcelona to Bucharest, rented a car to Sibiu just to see these beautiful blue tones…..  Thank you Bonnie and Dave!
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Gaudi Town, Casa Milà & Casa Batlló

La Pedrera Little Buddy in Casa Milà

La Pedrera Warrior and Little Buddy in Casa Milà

It is difficult to comprehend living in Casa Milà, the famous Antoni Gaudí designed apartment building as several families do to this today.  There may not be a straight line nor 90 degree angle in the entire seven story complex.  Gaudi is where we get the term gaudy, but I do not think that term fits this great innovative architect.
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Wynwood Walls, Miami Florida

Miami Skyline

Miami Skyline

Having a stop in Miami, Florida for a day is not one of the more exotic ports of call one can have on a cruise boat. Especially since I’ve visited several times before.  However, I’m not yet to the point where I will not disembark and explore whatever the port may be.
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9-11 Memorial, NYC

9-11 School Children's Poster

9-11 School Children’s Poster

It is a sad situation, but it seems that in the US we do memorials very well.  From the Oklahoma bombing to the Vietnam Memorial our memorials seem to be very fitting tributes to the heroes who lost their lives.  The 9-11 Memorial in New York is no exception.
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Oban, Scotland or ‘Is This a Vacation?’

Oban Moon

Oban Harbor, On Vacation

 

Continuing our practice of alternating between large cities and small towns on our European tour, from Glasgow we next headed for the small town of Oban, Scotland.  While some scotch drinkers will recognize this a a brand name, most have likely never heard of this fishing village/tourist town on the west coast of Scotland.  The scotch distillery is right in the middle of town.  Along with my goal of tasting the local cuisine of where we visit, I went for my first scotch tasting here.  I am no expert and that may be a good thing, both physically and financially.
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Crested Butte, Colorado Quaint Town USA; Photo Manipulation?

Purple House

Photo Manipulation?

In addition to Crested Butte, Colorado’s well known reputation for skiing, it is also a great place to go for wild flowers viewing and hanging out in a very western town with many quaint houses.  We hung out here while the National Parks were closed due to the irrational government shut down of all our National Parks.  Who would not love coming home to this little house every day?  Do you think this photo is an example of photo manipulation?  Well, I am not sure myself….
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