The gr8ful grind: September 2015

Let go of anger; It's an acid that eats away the delicate layers of your happiness

The reverse side has also its reverse side

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

There's more than one arc in the city. This is the Arc du Carousel near the Louvre. Paris, France; September, 2015.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Yesterday we posted a pic taken in front of Sacre Coeur. If one turns directly around, this is the Basilica itself. Paris, France, September, 2015.

Monday, September 28, 2015

As we continue our second week of the just returned trip, we offer up a look of the city from Butte Montmartre, taken directly in front of Basilica Sacre Coeur. (Click the photo for a larger view) Paris, France; September, 2015

Friday, September 25, 2015

Place des Voges was bult by King Henry IV 1605 and was the prototype of all other European squares. Interestingly, his house was on one side of the square, while his queen's house on the opposite side of the square. French author Victor Hugo also lived here. Today, it's a VERY toney place with about only the very well to do living around the square. If you're on a budget, plan to eat somewhere else. We ordered a cheeseburger and was brought just about the most boring burger we've ever eaten: meat cheese, a little sauce, and a side of fries. That's it. No lettuce, tomatoes, onions, nothing but the 20 euro bill (about $23). I emphasize a boring flavor. Paris, France; September, 2015. 

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Construction began on Notre Dame in the early 1100s and it took almost 174 years to complete. When one is up close, one can see why. Paris, France; September, 2015.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

There's just something about a sunset along the Seine that can't be beat. Paris, France; September, 2015.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Some folks think the Louvre is one of the most gorgeous palaces around, while others think Versailles tops them all. But we have a special place in our hearts for the Opera Garnier, the Paris Opera House. This pic was taken at the bottom of one of it's fantastic staircases. Paris, France; September, 2015,

Monday, September 21, 2015

We've just returned from another weeklong stay in Paris, so for the next week (two?) or so we'll be posting a few photos of the visit. This one was taken while floating down the Seine on a bataux boat on a brilliant afternoon, with Ile de Cité where the city was founded over 2,100 years ago on the left. (Click the photo for a better view) Paris, France, September, 2015.

Friday, September 18, 2015

The cupola of the Énglise Catholique Collégiale St Quiriace can be seen as one looks up the street of this medieval, walled city. Province, France; September, 2013.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

We aren't quite sure what this particular wagon was used for, but obviously it did some heavy labor. Fort Rock, Oregon; June, 2015.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

This was our room at the historic old Balch Hotel. If you're ever in the neighborhood, we highly recommend it as a place to listen to the quiet and release all that tension in your shoulders, allowing them to lower to the place where they should actually be. (Clickk the photo for a better view out of the window) Dufur, Oregon; August, 2015.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

It's amazing what one can find off the beaten path. So there we were, out in the middle of nowhere along state Highway 6 as a cut off to get to another Interstate and we drove by this. If you click on the photo you can see the heart much more clearly. Someone put a lot of time and effort into this, what with painting the rock and getting the two halves as even as possible. It might be difficult to tell here, but from the to of the heart to the bottom point is about 10 feet in length. Somewhere on Highway 6 near (we think) Woodside, Utah; August, 2014.

Monday, September 14, 2015

Looking up to the top of the Yaquina Head lighthouse on a nice winter's day. Yaquina Head near Newport, Oregon; February, 2015.

Friday, September 11, 2015

A look down the Champs de Mars to the Institut des Hautes Etudes de Defence and the Montparnasse Tower beyond. (Click the photo for a better view) Taken from the Eiffel Tower, Paris, France; September 2011.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

River City is getting a new bridge, Tillicum Crossing, set to open in a week or two. This bridge will not have any auto traffic, just light rail, bikes, and pedestrians. This photo was taken almost a year ago, about a couple of months after the center span was completed. (Click the photo for mote detail) Portland, Oregon; August, 2014.

Wednesday, September 09, 2015

A shot of the view from part way up the hill behind Artists Paint Pots. Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming; August, 2014.

Tuesday, September 08, 2015

It can be difficult to cross US Highway 101 along the west coast of the US, as it's usually jamming with cars no matter the time of year. However, there are some clever ways to get around that, such as this passage under the 101 bridge, allowing tourists to get from one side to the other. Depot Bay, Oregon; February, 2015.

Monday, September 07, 2015

For much of August the western US has been burning up--a multitude of wildfires, and multiple homes destroyed. Usually this view is quite pristine and one can see for many miles, with the Cascade Range off in the distance. On this day, smoke from the wildfires was filtering its way down the Columbia River Gorge. Near Vista House at Crown Point, Oregon; August, 2015.

Friday, September 04, 2015

A bateaux boat makes its way up the Seine on a partly cloudy day. Paris, France; September, 2013.

Thursday, September 03, 2015

Mt. Hood holds sway over Willamette Falls on a brisk winter's day. Oregon City, Oregon; February, 2012.

Wednesday, September 02, 2015

A vanity from yesteryear at an old historical cabin. (Click the photo to see the detail on the pitcher's filigree) Fort Rock, Oregon; June, 2015.

Tuesday, September 01, 2015

Sunflowers at sunset outside the historic Balch Hotel. Dufur, Oregon; August, 2015.