Monday, September 29, 2014

Easy Rider

Peter Fonda's ride in "Easy Rider" is going up for auction.  The Profiles in History auction house in Calabasas, California is handling the sale.  They estimate it will bring between $1 million and $1.2 million.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

French handy work

Missed posting this at the time but found these chairs at a shop in Normandy.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014


Amsterdam must have numerous bicycle fabrication shops considering what big business bicycles are in this town. I saw this bike in the window of a shop and stopped in to have a look. They are mostly made to order. The "engine" is a battery and the motor is actually enclosed in the front hub ready to offer an assist when needed.  An additional battery can be fitted to a rear rack. Top speed is 45 kph.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Half timbered houses

Rouen's half timbered houses were built between the fourteenth and eighteenth centuries.

Under cover house

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Mont Saint Michel

Construction on a monastery at this site began in the eighth century.  It held off a thirty year siege during the 100 Year War.  Read more about this World Heritage Site here.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Pontorson, Normandy

Pontorson, Normandy

Stone and mortar are used for the majority of construction in Normandy.   Houses, barns, sheds, walls and even driveways.

Jeep tours

There is a company that offers tours of Normandy in WW2 era Jeeps.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Stroller dog

Street scene Caen, France

Bike rack trouble

Found this bike on the bank of the Onre in Caen, France this afternoon.

Do it in the mud

500 people competed in the summer meeting of the Craufurdland Muddy Run (Scotland) racing 6 miles through forest trails, over waterways and through muddy pools.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Thursday, September 11, 2014

A day at the beach

The Adriatic coast near Ravenna, Italy

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Wood sculpture

On Sunday I posted some beautiful work with stone.  Today the artists' work is stacked wood.  Additional examples are shown here.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Stone sculpture

See more of these beautiful stone sculptures here.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

House guests

A window was left open in a Winchester, England residence.  The resident had not been in the room for several months.  During that time a swarm of 5000 wasps built a nest that was three feet wide and a foot deep.  The wasps were also chewing through the pillows and into the mattress.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Record holders

"Walkies" is a four year old Pomeranian that has run himself into the 60th addition of the Guinness World Records book after running 10 meters on his hind legs in 6.56 second and running 5 meters on his front legs in 7.76 seconds.

Hidekichi Miyazaki is 103 years old.  He is shown being helped by his daughter and an 89 year old athlete after crossing the finish line in the men's 100 meter dash at a Japan Masters Athletes competition in Kyoto.  Miyazaki holds the 100 meter record for centenarians at 29.83 seconds.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Thailand's White Temple

The White Temple is the creation of Thai artist Charlemchai Kositpipat.  The project started in 1997.  The millionaire artist spent his own money on the project.  Access to some of the buildings is limit due to damage from an earthquake.  Additional images and details available here.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Living on the water

There are lots of people living on the water in Amsterdam... probably because there is an abundance of water.  I am sure there are drawbacks to living in a structure like this, but it certainly is beautiful.  Additional images here.