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September 7, 2010

Lyon and Denmark

Lyon's airport

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I was in Lyon to visit my friend's Rachael and Tony who you met here and here. Michaela (who is looking much more grown up now) loves the carousels in Lyon (almost as much as me!).

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I flew out of Paris towards my next adventure and spent about an hour getting dinner and wandering about before I had to get to the airport. I took this picture of the city.

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And these pictures from the air.

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I went to Denmark to visit my sister and family. She was doing a home exchange in the beautiful Northern part of the country where the scenery is beautiful, but the water is freezing.

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See how there is no one in the water...

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The misleadingly named Buried Church (most of the church has been dismantled and they left the steeple for tourists). It still looks quite fascinating as you approach though.

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The giant moving sand dune in North Jutland is pretty incredible. According to wiki, "The dune contains a total of 4 million m³ of sand. The wind moves it in a north-easterly direction up to 18 m a year."

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Denmark also has one palm beach. There are 100 palm trees that are put out by the municipality of Frederikshavn for the summer months. The water is actually fairly warm here (for the North), but that's only because the water is quite shallow.

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January 1, 2008

xmas ... part 3 ... the HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! edition

These photos were taken during Edinburgh's annual Hogmanay party. A party so popular you don't even have to make an effort to walk, the crowd just pushes you along.

Edinburgh looked even more magical than usual; all dolled up for the holiday season.

A couple of the monsters from the "Monster Mash/Nite A Fore" party on the 30th:

And here's the first video I've ever uploaded to this blog (Click to view). Please let me know if you have any trouble viewing it.

Sitting in here my Edinburgh guest house and looking back, it seems like an obviously decadent decision to hit three cities in ten days. (Well, to be be truthful, four cities. We spent one night and an afternoon in Glasgow.) But I'm awfully glad that I did. It started very early on the 23rd when, after no sleep at all, I lugged myself to the Dublin airport to catch a very early morning flight to London:

I was thrilled by the way that the low lying fog looked like Christmas decorations across the United Kingdom.

I don't have many photos of my time in London, but here's a few:

Some slightly over-jolly Santas:

The next photo was taken on the ferry to France. We decided to take the ferry and bus combo in an effort to save money and reduce our carbon footprint:

Paris was its usual enchanting self. I love taking photos of this city, and always seem to take far too many.

The character (not Santa) in the photos above and below is the creation by the artist, Jérôme Mesnager as part of his Ghosts of Paris project.

The next photo was taken in March of 2005, the last time I was in Paris: