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Power Washing in Residentplatz Square

Salzburg FountainSalzburg – Residentplaz Square

“the Residenzbrunnen. This biggest Baroque fountain of Central Europe was built between 1656 and 1661 under the rule of Prince Archbishop Guidobald von Thun. The material used is marble from Mount Untersberg. The artists in charge were Tommaso di Garona and Antonio Dario.”

Below- View Two as we walked around but you can’t see the equipment- I Iike the photo better as it shows more of the location and the passerby checking out what it happening to the fountain.

Residentplatz Square SalzburgHere you can see the Salzburger Dom cathedral

Winter Light Garden and Flower Show at Phipps Conservatory

Sparkling and colorful, glowing and shimmering.  Beautiful display with candlelight throughout the show.

Thanks for the cool suggestion to head to the Phipps Conservatory after dinner, V.  The Winter Lights Garden was magical on this cold and clear winter night, with the moon peeking through.  A great train display too, but not many pics of it.  We had fun.  xxoo

NYC Tourist Gallery-Dog Lover Sweater, Grand Central I Love NY Tourism Window, Paddington Ad, The Crowd at Rockefeller Center and a Couple More Christmas Windows

One more gallery of New York City.  I’ve been home a week.

By looking at the photographs,  I’m still enjoying the time I had with my sister.

I was a tourist for sure!

Dog Lover SweaterIMG_0368



the crowd at Rockefeller Center last Sunday

IMG_0277A fire truck outside St. Patrick Cathedral


Another Killer Heel in a Store Window



People like to photograph the Christmas windows.

IMG_0222Giant snowflake dangling above the traffic


Market in Grand Central


The train display at the Transit Museum in Grand Central


Transit Museum Train Display

IMG_0388Trees for Sale on Seventh Ave

Exactly as My Sister Spotted it on the Corner of Grove and Bedford Streets

glove and cigarette

Looks set up but this is just as Mary spotted it for me to photograph.

Right across from the building where the opening credits of Friends was filmed and tour groups flock.

Friends TV show

And a tour group just a half block down the street on Grove.

tour group Greenwich Village

Weekly Photo Challenge: Perspective

“This week’s photo challenge is about perspective: post a photo which is not what it seems to be.”

Knight Piece

Chess Piece

Game Pieces

Game Pieces–  by Daniel Martinez, Renee Petropoulis, and Roger White

Public Art in front of Philadelphia Municipal Services Building.

Crop Building Philadelphia

Me and my sister in Philadelphia

Entire Reflection


First Bank of the USThe Actual Building  – The First Bank of the United States.    (where all the trouble began)

Mt. Vernon Photo Find

I was sifting through old photographs on one of the snow days. You know those awful albums with the adhesive on the pages to stick the photos to the page?

Found this shot I took (film) of my son Mark (he’ll be 38 in May) and noticed the random dad taking a family photograph.

family shot
P.S. Update of post
Mark saw the photo of himself and emailed this photo that he took of his kids at Mt. Vernon just this past year



And inspired by Toying With Thread crochet blog by Stef- it’s the new year – I created Teenagers Knit Blog and the first post is up today if you have time to check it out.

Just Past Midnight- Columbus Ohio

My son Mark drove me and my sister downtown so Mary could catch a 1:10 AM bus to DC to visit some friends. We’ve had a nice couple of weeks together, first in New York City and then with the family in Columbus.

After we dropped her at the Greyhound station, he drove me around the downtown area so I could get a few nighttime shots of the city.  The Ohio Statehouse- just a bit of it as I shot it from the car window. Had the 70-200mm Canon L series lens on the camera.  I should have gotten out of the car but we were on our way to take Mary.  I had envisioned flags flying as they had been the last time we drove by in the daytime, but not even a breeze.

Ohio Statehouse

Ohio Statehouse (Greek Revival) Built 1839-1861

Christopher Columbus Statue

Christopher Columbus  in front of City Hall-  a 3-ton bronze statue- Uncrated Oct 10, 1955   A gift from Genoa

LeVeque Tower

LeVeque Tower- second tallest building- Art Deco with red white and blue lights on it tonight for the upcoming Fourth of July

The Palace Theater

The Palace Theatre

Eternal Flame

The Columbus Fire Department Memorial Eternal Flame 

The Santa Maria

(You hear about “noise” in a photograph.  This is a fine example of “noise”)

The Santa Maria in Battelle Riverfront Park on the Scioto River

Nationwide Building

City buses lined up headed north

Columbus Dispatch SignThe Columbus Dispatch Neon Sign across from the State Capitol Building

Thanks Mark for the just past midnight tour of Columbus downtown.

Tourists in Our Own City- Just Ducky Tours









Saturday afternoon Steve asked me if I wanted to take that Ducky Tour we had seen last week when we were downtown at the Arts Festival.

After a moment’s hesitation I threw on some clothes and we went.  What a good idea.

Had to wait and hour and a half for the next available tour as the weather was great and everyone was out. We sipped a Yuengling at the Hard Rock Cafe and then made our way to the line that was forming at flag #3 for our boat.

We had a lot of fun. It was so enjoyable.  Especially the rivers part.  Steve said he would definitely go again.

Everyone looks at you as you drive past and then you all quack like a duck so if you aren’t in a cheery disposition or that seems too too corny, don’t go.  It was really funny and fun and I documented the experience with the camera.

The feeling of driving into the river and leaving land was really a cool sensation.  And now I know where to take the grandchildren when they come to visit the city.  They would love taking a Just Ducky Tour.

Did you see the movie Saving Private Ryan? the driver asked.

Just Ducky Tours Amphibious Vehicles HistoryDucky Tour Vehicle


All six boats drive off at about the same time, like a convoy

the driver's seat






Self portrait


Self portrait in the rearview mirror




Tour Guide Cait


Tour guide Cait finds some humor to entertain the tourists.  Us!









sculptures at Station Square


Salvaged from a building? Who are these figures and what are they doing?



Smithfield Bridge


Historic Landmark Smithfield Bridge



Waiting for the Bus







Downtown Building Reflections



First you drive around downtown and see everything you know from a different vantage point.



PPG Plaza Fountain


PPG Plaza and fountain.




Man crossing the street


Looks like a character from a novel.








Parking Lot


Headed to find her car in the parking lot.










Blimp and PPG


The Blimp and PPG building



Entering the Mon River




Driving down the Mon Wharf, right into the Monongahela River!




Fort Pitt Bridge


Underneath the Fort Pitt Bridge





Point Park Fountain


The fountain is working again.




Just Ducky Tour Boat


What a Just Ducky Tour Boat looks like on the river.




Just Ducky Tour


There are the companion Ducky Tourists.

We were on the Monongahela, The Allegheny and the Ohio Rivers. RIght at the point.







Driving out of the River



What it looks like when the amphibious vehicle drives out of the Monongahela River.



Just Ducky Tour



Right next to us on the road.  Watch that Baby!!!

Bicycles on Smithfield Bridge






Back at STation Square


Returned safely to Station Square.

They told us NO one has had to use a life jacket in the 16 years of Just Ducky Tours.  I took some photos of people driving the boat and am emailing them their pic.

Quack Quack Quack!



Cafe du Monde Beignets New Orleans (click 2 c pic)

Sunday morning in New Orleans.  Worth the short wait in a line for a seat at a table.  One order is three warm beignets.  Accompanied by Cafe au Lait.  It is traditional.  It is delicious.  Everyone is ordering and eating them, piled on a tiny plate, covered with powdered sugar.  You start your day in New Orleans honoring the necessary tourist ritual and are fortunate you are with a New Orleansean who knows where to park!CafeauLaitBeignets


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