Friday Flashback #075 …

I went to Hay-on-Wye for the books and saw this. The Hay Valley is incredibly green and beautiful. Nestled just beyond this vista, taken from a bridge, is the tiny village, the world's first booktown. Invented in 1962 by visionary (and very eccentric) entrepreneur Richard Booth (who died in late August), the idea of a... Continue Reading →

Friday Flashback #074 …

The solitary loneliness of that one palm tree, holding vigil over the Pacific Ocean. This photo was taken from the Pacific Surfliner train, north of San Diego. There's a great, miles-long stretch where the train tracks run parallel to the ocean, before turning inland into a depressing parade of strip malls and industrial dystopia. But... Continue Reading →

Friday Flashback #073 …

New York state of mind ... yes, choose love, always. While I may currently love London best (see last week's post, #072), I do also love New York City, where this colorful photo was taken a few years back. I'm finally going back to the Big Apple this year after a one-year absence, and I'm... Continue Reading →

Friday Flashback #072 …

Oh, London ... I love you best. This odd futuristic (as in 2001: A Space Odyssey futuristic) tunnel is (if memory serves me right) under St. Pancras station and leads to another Underground stop. I loved the lights and look of it, hence this photo. London is once again on my Fall travel list, providing... Continue Reading →

Friday Flashback #071 …

I'm back after a short hiatus ... did you miss me? We had a run of cloudy, cool, breezy days up until about the end of June this year ... and since then it's been pretty much all-sun, all the time (except in the mornings). That photo above is my stomping ground, usually filled with... Continue Reading →

Friday Flashback #070 …

I call this the calm after the storm. I took this photo last summer at a restaurant next to (and behind) the San Diego Convention Center on a peaceful Sunday evening AFTER Comic-Con had ended and I was having a lovely dinner with two lovely friends. It was the end of the busiest time of... Continue Reading →

Friday Flashback #069 …

Sonic Bloom at Seattle Center in ... you guessed it ... Seattle, WA. I just spent a very pleasant weekend there just a few weeks ago and took a similar (if not as good) photo, because I'm a creature of habit, and let's face it ... these things are very impressive. I love Seattle ...... Continue Reading →

Friday Flashback #068 …

The mothership is calling me back. Like Powell's in Portland, OR, The Strand Bookstore in New York City exerts a powerful influence on me, like the moon locked in orbit over the Earth. I missed going to NYC last year, and it's looming on my fall trip horizon, just in time for the thick of... Continue Reading →

Friday Flashback #067 …

I miss Balboa Park. Oh, it didn't go anywhere ... I did. I moved across the bay almost two years ago and stopped walking almost every weekend through my old stomping ground. Yes, I could climb on the horse (ferry) and do it again, but walking over on Coronado is soooo much easier (no hills!).... Continue Reading →

Friday Flashback #066 …

I call this photo "Peek-a-boo," since it reveals a different look at St. Paul's Cathedral in London. This is my favorite part of the city, the Southbank (or Bankside) and this particular view is from near the OXO Tower building, a repurposed factory that used to manufacture meat stock cubes for cooking (it was originally... Continue Reading →

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