Just Pictures: Vermont

It’s been awhile since I’ve posted…I blame it on moving countries, houses, studios, oh and summer glorious summer.  More on my life transitions later, right now I want to share my trip to Vermont that I went on about a month ago.

Vermont is an beautiful place.  I had never been, but WOW, I fell in love instantly with its wildness and with the determination of Vermonters to keep it that way.  We spent time hanging out in swimming holes, in a community garden, on hiking trails, and with some wonderful people.

Check it out…

 

 


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Just Pictures: the last 24 hours or the sky is falling….

June 6th…the movers came, packed up my stuff…

and then they and everything else, were gone…

June 7th, started with a trip to a very sterile doctor’s office…the packers packed my inhaler!

Then to school, here is the lake I walk by everyday and today I finally took a picture..

 

Off to an art show with friends…

Jet Stream chicks (although that was not the real name)

 

 

Walking to dinner with my pal Ali, it was like a Pissarro painting because, surprize…it was grey and rainy.

 

Then the sky started to fall

 

 

And then I realized it was time to head inside or get blown away…sleep time.

 

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Just Pictures: Prima Ballerina

This weekend I had the pleasure of traveling to the UK to visit some dear friends that I have not seen for a looooooooong time…7 years!  I was excited to spend some quality family time with them in the countryside and not in the busy city of London…I get enough city in Brussels.

Anyway, on the weekends my friend teaches ballet lessons to youngsters, one class of 4 year olds and one class of 7-10 year olds.  First off, let me say my pal has the patience of a saint to teach ballet to 4 year olds (which can be like herding cats), however; she was amazing with them!  They were cute and fun to watch.  The second class, with the older students, was also fun to observe.  One minute they were serious, straight-backed, straight-faced prima ballerinas and the next minute they were all giggles and smiles.  The studio was beautiful and the light was perfect.  I got carried away and took almost 150 pictures of the two classes trying to capture both their innocence and the adult-like seriousness that they maintained at times.  Below are pictures from the older class…don’t worry, not all 150 of them 🙂

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Just Pictures: Wandering around Ghent

 

I am not sure what has taken me so long to get Ghent, (pronounced as if you’re clearing your throat), but I am glad I finally explored it this weekend.   It’s a beautiful old city located in the Flemish region of Belgium, actually it is the capital of East Flanders.    You can read more about it here.

Anyway, I was awoken early Saturday morning by this strange glowing orb coming through my window…yep, you guessed it!  THE SUN.  We haven’t really been seeing very much of that star here in Brussels, so it was a shock to the system to be woken up by that smiling sphere rather than the sound of the horse of a dog that lives above me.  I was so happy to see it as I have been chomping at the bit to get out of Brussels, and so I decided to seize the sun and go for it.

So I gathered my camera and my umbrella (can’t be too over confident) and hopped on the train.  In 25 minutes I was in Ghent.

WHAT A GEM!  It’s not as congested as Brussels, the buildings are not as high and have more of a Dutch influence. Ghent is a university town, it has a great lively feel to it.  It was clean!  No dog poo on the streets and people were sooooo friendly!  They smiled, they greeted you, I got to speak Dutch, it was a lovely day.

Here are some pictures from my adventure:

People rode bikes, almost impossible in Brussels because of the traffic.

I loved the canals in the city, it gives it such a romantic feel.

They have an open air flower market there everyday.

So I just walked and walked and walked, with out a map, until my feet just could not go on anymore.  I can’t wait to go back to Ghent and do some more exploring, perhaps this time with a guide book…or maybe not 🙂

Hope you all had a lovely weekend and the moms had a great mother’s day.

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Just Pictures: Wandering about Brussels

Yesterday we had the day off from school …YAAAAAA!  It was Labor Day here and therefore a free day to do no labor, which I didn’t.  The other special thing about yesterday is that is was SUNNY!  Yes, the sun actually came out and stayed out for many consecutive hours.  I was pleased to have the opportunity to dry out, warm up, feel the sun on my neck.

So I decided to do one of my favorite walks down to the open air flea market and through a bit of the old part of the city.  I love the flea market, which is open EVERYDAY!  When I first got here, I went almost every Sunday.  I rarely buy something, it’s a great place to wander and look at a bunch of old junk and some of it is great old junk.

So here we go, my walk in pictures…

A view of the city of Brussels

I found this funny window arrangement on the way to the flea market.

A close-up of a painty peely wall

In these boxes most everything is a Euro, but you need to dig...no energy to dig today.

This guy sells hundreds of glasses, buttons, pipes, matchbooks and more...what a pack rat!

metal and glass

no hands Jesus

awesome record player

After spending some time at the flea market I made my way through the city and found this wall filled with some pretty cool street art.

Belgium is known for its beer (over 900 kinds) and chocolate.  Check out these hippos all carved from chocolate.  I almost passed out from the sugary smell when I entered the shop…

Then it was time to relax a bit and I found this little oasis to sit and enjoy the weather.

I love tulips

On my way home I saw these guys and thought they were pretty funny.

It was a good walk and a great day to be outside…now it is back to work.

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Just Pictures: Paris

Went to Paris for the weekend last weekend, one of the benefits to living in Brussels.  I gotta get here more often…

Cafe in Primary Colors

 

Notre Dame

 

Centre Pompidu

 

Street Musician

 

Bridge ala Pissarro

 

Centre Pompidu

 

Looking out the window  Centre Pompidu

 

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