Friday Flashback #083 …

Another British river, but this time from York. I loved York on my first visit … it’s winding cobblestone streets made me feel like I was walking on history every step of the way. I also really enjoyed the remaining segments of the Roman wall around the city and walked all 3 of them. I’m going to try and pop in for a brief visit while I’m in northern England, just for a day, but York definitely deserves a second, longer visit from me someday.

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Friday Flashback #082 …

I love this view from the Southbank area of London, looking past the restored OXO building to St. Paul’s Cathedral and beyond. This is my favorite part of London, from about Westminster Bridge all the way up to the Tower Bridge. This photo is also at high tide for the Thames. And, oh! Those Clouds and plane contrails! I can’t wait to go back.

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Friday Flashback #81 …

While Parliament seems mired in confusion and disarray these days, there’s always a glimmer of hope when you see this statue of Winston Churchill outside of that august assembly of buildings. Maybe someday soon a Churchill-like figure will rise to unite the country again and displace the blond-headed bozo currently masquerading as PM.

That’s enough political commentary for this blog. That’ll do, pic.

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Friday Flashback #080 …

I’m traveling back to the UK soon (Brexit be damned), so in honor of my favorite fall vacation place, the next few weeks will feature photos from last year’s trip to England.

I stumbled upon this used bookstore in the Marylebone section of town and just had to snap a photo of its picturesque exterior. Books (and magazines) still seem to be a much more important part of British life, a quality that endears the UK even more to me.

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Friday Flashback #077 …

Brighton vista.

I’m still sorting out my feelings about my visit to Brighton. One one hand, I loved it, it’s a funky seaside resort town, but certainly not like my childhood in Atlantic City, NJ. Brighton reminded me more of Haight-Ashbury in San Francisco, less of a boardwalk and amusements-filled beach town. The beach was all pebbles; the amusements were confined, pretty much, to one pier. Still, it was great to visit, and I may even go back someday, since it’s only an hour or so on the train from London. And I love my British train rides …

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Friday Flashback #076 …

I call this photo “optimism.”

While I see kayaks arranged on this little inlet of San Diego Bay on a daily basis, I’ve never seen them stacked so nicely and so tall. Nor is there usually anyone there watching over them. And while there are 3 out in the Bay already (along with a couple of board riders), I sincerely doubt that all of those other 19 kayaks will touch water at some point. But, hey … shoot for the stars, right?

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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 town filled with bookstores (which were filled with books) saved this tiny village and put it on the map as a tourist–and book lovers–destination.

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