A Long Night: Traveling to Paris

What’s more fun than taking a 9 hour flight from New York to Paris? Taking a flight that’s delayed two hours (sitting on the plane) for a major storm that stopped all flights until it passed. Once the storm passed, we taxied out to the runway, and after sitting there for a half hour, the captain announced we’re waiting to clearance to take off and that we were number 20 in queue. Then the plane drove around JFK for about a half hour before takeoff to get to the right runway. Finally we took off two hours after we were scheduled to leave New York.

The plane had this cool feature of a tail camera that was shared with passengers during the flight.

My watch showed 2:00am, but the local time was 10:00, so I opened the window shade (couldn’t sleep anyway) and saw this:

About two hours later we landed in Paris.

It’s really hard to fathom how green everything is, coming from a desert that has multiple shades of brown and red. Here it’s multiple shades of green.

We drove straight to Normandy to our B&B on a farm. It’s absolutely gorgeous here! Woke up to hearing church bells and birds singing, and this view from the window.

Last night for dinner we drove to the next village for pizza, and found this nearby:

It’s now a church, but it was a castle at one time. It deserves further exploring.

Enjoy!

Kelly

A Swarm of Swimmers

I normally don’t take a lot of photos of people in large groups, especially strangers.  For this reason, this subject was a bit hard for me (that and my work schedule prevents me from getting out there and taking photos).  I had to look through my archives to find a photo of a large swarm of objects.

I found this gem from a cruise I went on a few years ago of some kids swimming in the ocean below Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville in Montego Bay, Jamaica.

These kids were running (or trying to) between the two trampolines on the tube that connected them.  Their antics were absolutely hilarious.  There were several face plants into the side of one trampoline or the other, belly flops and such into the water.  But my favorite is this one below.  It’s of a girl taking flight off the trampoline into the water.  Her expression is priceless.  Apparently I wasn’t the only one enjoying their antics…

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Wild Weekly’s Photo Contest – Exploring

I’m participating in the online adventure travel magazine LetsBeWild.com’s Wild Weekly Photo Challenge for bloggersThis week’s Challenge is: Exploration!

I explore the desert of Southwest Utah quite frequently.  However, this time I decided to post an adventure I had that made me quite queasy (literally).  I went on a seven day, seven night Western Caribbean Cruise.  One of the destinations was Grand Cayman Island.  I had never been snorkeling before, so I decided what the heck.

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Notice the reef in the harbor? It means that large ships can’t dock here, just small personal water craft or ferries.  Did you know there is a shipwreck in the harbor?  Well, it wasn’t caused by the reef like you would think.  It was caused by a coal engine.  Apparently, the vibrations from the engine rattled the ship apart.  Of course the ship wasn’t designed for a coal engine, it was originally a wind powered ship.  When the ship made it to harbor, it was leaking so bad, the officials determined to just sink it where it was.

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This was the engine for the ship.  It’s a popular spot for fish to explore.

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Not just fish, but for snorkelers (like me) and scuba divers like him:

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Of course, that’s about the time claustrophobia kicked in and I had to leave the water.  It was fun while it lasted, though.  I had a blast.

 

Wild Weekly Photo Challenge – Water

First of all, I want to wish all you Ghouls and Goblins, Orcs and Halflings (and other such creatures) a very happy and safe Halloween!

I am participating in this week’s Wild Weekly Photo Challenge of Water.  This photo is of Zion Narrows.  This canyon was carved by the amazingly small Virgin River over many millennia.  It’s also one of Zion’s most popular hikes, but is prone to flash flooding.

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I also decided to include a photo I took of a sunset in the Gulf of Mexico while on a cruise.  This was taken just after leaving Cazumel, Mexico.  It shows the beauty and desolation of the ocean.  Almost like being lost at sea.

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