away for the weekend

Thursday, October 20, 2016

j'adore quebec!

oui oui!!

and that's about all the french I know - except for maybe bon jour
- which the shopkeepers had a very melodious way of saying
- and I was never quite successful at imitating
(le sigh...)

without further ado - here are a few things I loved about Quebec

which reminds me of a castle - but it's not
It's fun to look at anyway - and is beautiful lit up at night

and looms over the city

2) window shopping

3) outdoor cafes
even when it's only 50 degrees outside
(french onion soup, please)

4) art where you least expect it
-on the side of a building

- in alleys

and last but not least
5) ornate fences with bright autumn foliage

actually - I could go on and on
(coffee shops, creperies, waterfall, river views...)

On another note - as we roamed about the city taking photos,
it seemed I always had the wrong lens in my camera.
- kit lens lacks enough zoom
- zoom lens is often too zoomy
and the nifty fifty - while very, very nifty - is somewhat limiting when walking around
I'd kind of like to buy a good walk-around lens
I'd love to know what your favorite lens is (walk-around or otherwise)!

I'm joining Theresa for Good Fences

Have a great weekend!

Monday, October 17, 2016

the northeast kingdom

- and fun with border patrol 

An early morning breakfast in Lyndon, Vermont - part of Vermont's Northeast Kingdom,
before heading up to the Canadian border for Greg's appointment with
U.S. Customs and Border Protection

and while no post about a Vermont diner is complete without a photo of the regulars

ummmm - yeah - stealth photographer I am not

Next stop - Derby Line, Vermont
and while Greg was completing his Global Entry interview,
I wandered around town.

As I was snapping photos and wondering what would happen if I ventured
to the other side of these pots (a photo looking into the U.S. seemed like a neat idea),
 a border patrol agent drove up and parked right next to me.
Well - alrighty, then...

 built to straddle the border (long before all this border security hubbub)
Unfortunately it was closed - I was curious to see whether any 
restrictions existed inside the building.

and then, a couple of blocks down the road,
here is Greg so fascinated with the bonjour! on the welcome sign,
 that he had inadvertently walked into Canada
- which earned us a trip back up the street to the U.S. Border Inspection Station
you know - to check back in to the U.S. (sheesh)

And then we intentionally drove into Canada to begin our
long weekend in Quebec.

I'm joining Signs, Signs