Posts Tagged ‘Russia’

Travel Theme: Old-Fashioned

Toot your horn.
Trumpet and old-fashioned accents playing around inside the restroom at Taco Perla in San Diego’s North Park.

Party never stops. Restroom art inside Tacos Perla in #SanDiego

Nostalgia on display in Barcelona. Vintage bullfighting poster at Museu Tauri.
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Photo Friday: Portrait

Portrait of a hero.
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Inside St. Cecilia in San Francisco.

Portrait of faith.
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Inside the Hermitage in St. Petersburg.

Portrait of blue.
Street Art in the Mission
In San Francisco’s Mission.

Portrait of travelers.
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Inside La Alcoba Azul in Barcelona.

My entry for this week’s Photo Friday: Portrait.

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100 Happy Days: Piano

Piano music makes me feel nostalgic.

After work, I listened to a lovely NPR interview with classical pianist Tara Kamangar. Her new album covers music from Russia And Iran.

I adored listening to her play the love theme from Spartacus.
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Photo Friday: Movement

Boating at the end of autumn.
Off Neva River
Drifting along a canal off the Neva River in St. Petersburg, Russia.

A romantic moment, captured in stone.
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Inside the Hermitage.

This is my entry for this week’s Photo Friday: Movement.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Threshold

A blessing for travelers.
Blessing for travelers
On our day trip to Mexico, I spotted this 75-foot statue of Jesus off the highway leading to Ensenada.

The calm before a fight.
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Inside the bull ring at Museu Tauri in Barcelona.

Butterflies before my first lecture.
Setting up for my lecture
A studio inside St. Petersburg State University.

My entry for the Weekly Photo Challenge: Threshold.

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Travel theme: Work

Roasting chicken at Los Caracoles in Barcelona, Spain.
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Selling fish at the Mercado de Pesce in Ensenada, Mexico.
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Making a movie near the Kronverk Hotel in St. Petersburg, Russia.
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My entry for today’s Travel Theme: Work.

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Travel theme: Architecture

Inside the Cathedral of the Holy Cross and Saint Eulalia in Barcelona’s Gothic district.
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Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, Russia.
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Fading beauty – what’s left of the New Mission Theater in San Francisco.
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My entry for this week’s Travel Theme: Architecture.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Solitary

If I wanted to see any photos of me in St. Petersburg, I had to get creative. I took advantage of the huge mirrors inside the Mariinsky Theatre for this shot with my Droid X.

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This is my entry for the Weekly Photo Challenge: Solitary.
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It’s a beautiful venue for ballet. I enjoyed my solo work trip/vacation in Russia.
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I’m also ready to travel again! I have a never-ending “to do” list for our Barcelona trip. I’m doing the thumbs up/thumbs down process with my mental wardrobe. My bedtime reading: Lonely Planet Guidebook to Barcelona.

I also want to straighten out the moving box jungle inside my home office before I step on the plane at SFO. It may sound ambitious. I think I can do it.

Soon, I’ll be updating this blog with photos from Spain.

Woot!

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Photo Sunday: Colorful

Inside the Hermitage in St. Petersburg, Russia.
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I taught a journalism class at St. Petersburg State University a couple of years ago. I had a blast and I would love to go back. I posted more photos and observations on my travel photo blog: eurotrip.queenkv.org.
This is my entry for today’s Photo Sunday Challenge: Colorful.

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Living for my weekends

La vie en rose? I kept it simple for Happy Hour on my Friday. Other people called it Wednesday or “Hump Day.” I called it the start of my weekend.

Yesterday, I enjoyed French red wine, a salmon sandwich and a good book at Cafe du Soleil in San Francisco.
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I watched dogs walk their humans or chase after them on their bicycles. I saw a dad teaching his kids how to ride bikes by the intersection. Another guy blew-up at a couple down the street. Heads swiveled from cafe patrons and pedestrians when his cursing got louder.

This wine bar in the Haight reminded me of my favorite French bistro in St. Petersburg, Russia.
Chicken pate and a French Merlot

Les Amis De Jean-Jacques near Bolshoy pr reminded me of other bistros in Paris.
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Even though it felt like the first day of winter in San Francisco, I wanted to enjoy my wine outside and read Gopnik’s “Paris to the Moon.” I just wrapped up my 8-day work week and I think I’m getting over my cold.

Time to celebrate the weekend.

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