Monday, July 31, 2006

Road Trip!


We started our road trip yesterday morning as we left the Three Chimneys Inn back in Durham, New Hampshire. We drove through New Hampshire and stopped in Woodstock, Vermont for lunch. The town was a typical, quaint small town you might see in the movies. We ate at a nice cafe on Main Street that offered delicious, gourment foods. We ended up for the evening in Saratoga Springs, NY. What a surprisingly fun, cute town. They were holding their annual outdoor music festival and we had a great time. We noticed how this cute town was completely obsessed with horse racing. Horses were seen everywhere, including on mannequins in the shop windows--they had horse heads.

This morning we woke up and continued our drive west. We drove through moutainous terrain which eventually flattened until we arrive in Niagara Falls, NY this afternoon. We checked into the Red Coach Inn which is directly across from the rapids. Further downstream is the impressive Niagra Falls. They were truly magnificant. I will post some photos later....

Tomorrow our plans are to visit the Amish Country in Pennsylvania. We have never seen these villages that seem to be stuck in the past. I wonder what causes one to decide to reject the present and live in the past?? If you have any ideas, please comment.

If you have any suggestions for our road trip, please comment. Do you know of any places we should see on our way from Pennsylvania back north to Boston??? Check back for photos later, either in a blog post or by click on the Flickr link....

Friday, July 28, 2006

Boston

Yesterday we visited Boston. It was hot and humid. Here are a few impressions...

This is a presidential campaign poster for LaRouche in Downtown Boston yesterday:

Revere St and Charles St in the Beacon Hill Neighborhood:

Boston's Old State House, which dates to 1713. This building served as the first headquarters for British government in Boston and was later a landmark in the early days of the founding of the United States:

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Why is the USA so backwards?

Now with the Washington State Supreme Court's decision today, the USA has solidified its role as a discriminatory, backwards nation. It is embarrassing to me as an American to realize how backwards the US really is, especially when compared to Western Europe. Supposedly it is the land of the free, but in reality it is quite the opposite. It is a nation where discrimination reigns and rational, itelligent thoughts are not permitted. Thanks, Washington State!
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Tuesday, July 25, 2006

PROVINCETOWN is my new home!

I love Provincetown, Massachusetts and I never want to leave...Here are a few impressions thus far:

Here is a sign we encountered on our walk today:

Here I am trying to walk through the tidal flats:

Here's Matt & Annette on the beach today:

Monday, July 24, 2006

Amsterdam or bust!

Well, the time has come to say goodbye to Duesseldorf. We have lived in Duesseldorf for the last 6 months, however, beginning late August we will be moving to Amsterdam. I am very excited about the move. We already have a nice apartment that overlooks a canal in central Amsterdam. Now I am reading the book, Culture Shock! Netherlands.

This blog will be discontinued and will be renamed....TBD.

In the mean time, we're on vacation in Provincetown, MA; White Mountains in NH; and on our way to San Francisco...

Here are some impressions on our last trip to Amsterdam, excluding when I went to sign our new lease...

I love this crooked building:

Wonderful, colorful tulips at the famous Flower Market:

This is what they call "7 Bridges," according to our canal tour:
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Sunday, July 23, 2006

CSD 2006 float

This is a float from Cologne Gay Pride 2006. Notice how the float is passing by an old church.

Saturday, July 22, 2006

We made it to Provincetown, Massachusetts!

We made it to Provincetown today just in time for Tropical Storm Beryl. Luckily we're staying in a beautiful inn, Lands End Inn. We will have a long weekend to enjoy this quaint, seaside village. Photos soon to follow...Have a great weekend everyone!

Thursday, July 20, 2006

Back In the US

We arrived yesterday in Boston after a long, uncomfortable flight on Lufthansa. We both breezed through customs and were met by Matt's sister, Annette. We then picked up our rental car and drove north from Boston to here, Durham, New Hamphshire. It is a cute little town with lots of New England charm. We are staying in the Three Chimneys Inn which is the best place in town. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and dates back to 1649---which in US history is VERY old. :)

Today we will be driving to Portsmouth, NH and check out that place. I will post photos later. Saturday morning we will be heading to Provincetown, Mass. It's nice to be back in the US, but it feels a little less like home this time around...Am I becoming more accustomed to Europe? We'll see.

Here is a photo of one building on the University of New Hampshire campus:


Here is our room at the Three Chimneys Inn:


Another photo of the room:


If you ever must be in Durham, NH, stay at the Three Chimneys Inn.

Sunday, July 16, 2006

Christopher Street Day or Gay Pride Cologne

Today was Christopher Street Day in Cologne, Germany or Gay Pride. It was so much fun. The parade was long, it was hot, there were lots of people, we had lots of fun, etc....

Here are some impressions:




Friday, July 14, 2006

The Ugly American

No, it's not what you think...It is a coffeehouse that is located in the Pempelfort neighborhood of Duesseldorf. I just learned of this coffeehouse and will be visiting it this weekend for sure. I am a caffeine addict! If you're in Duesseldorf, stop by and check it out!
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Thursday, July 13, 2006

On Vacation

Matt and I have been on vacation and I have had limited internet access...therefore, very few postings. I will post more starting Saturday when we return home. So far we have flown to Munich, drove to Graz and Weitz, Austria. We visited a winery in Slovenia. Then we visited the Neuschwanstein Castle, drove up to Ulm and we're now in Nürnberg. More Saturday....

Sunday, July 02, 2006

Sunday at the Lake

Today we had a nice Sunday afternoon at Unterbacht See in Duesseldorf. (Unterbacht Lake) It was nice and warm out. We sat in a cafe by the lake watching all the people strolling and enjoying the lake.

Here are a few impressions from today.

This one is my favorite. This yellow lab was so cute:


Some wildlife on the lake:


Sailboat on the lake:


Windsurfer having difficulties:

Saturday, July 01, 2006

Germany Won!!!

Last night we went out to watch the game in Media Harbor at Eigelstein. The atmosphere was just electric for most of the evening. It was only low when Argentina scored first. Here are a few pics from yesterday: