No One Told You Life was Going to be This Way

Having a cup of joe at Central Perk

This weekend I was down in LA and on the Warner Brothers studio tour I got to live out a dream I didn’t realize I’d had, visiting the set of Friends. Though not in its original sound stage the set of Central Perk has been set up as it was on the last day of filming for visitors to take pictures sitting on the signature couch.

Hunchbacks and Gargoyles

After a long break I’m finally going through the last pictures from my trip to Europe in September.

Morning Subway
Breakfast
If you like it then you’d better put a lock on it
A little taste of Luxembourg
See no evil
keep on the grass
A subway scene
Back to Notre Dame
Looking out over the city
The good, the bad, and the ugly
The hunchback of Notre Dame
By day a stone gargoyle, by night a fighter of crime
The spire
Boat tour
Going under the bridge
More subways!
Sun sets on the triumph of Paris
Round and round
huh?
The Eiffel tower (again)
Sunlight starts turning to gold
Getting a nice pic
Looking toward downtown
The tower is searching for someone

Visiting Versailles

After a long break I’m finally going through the last pictures from my trip to Europe in September.

Peasants at the gates
Inside the palace walls
The gardens
The chapel
Louis again
The hall of mirrors, best place to take a selfie
A french bee
Only picture before they shut the fountains off
The gardens of Versailles
Clouds
Stuck in quicksand
Secret garden

Art and Eiffel

After a long break I’m finally going through the last pictures from my trip to Europe in September.

The french pioneered the glass pyramid as a holistic healing device
A fancy room
The crown jewels
Winged Victory of Samothrace
The only thing greater than the size of this museum is the number of visitors
A lucky shot of the Venus de Milo without any other tourists in frame
Cultural appropriation… err… I mean, a sphinx?
Concentrating on framing
Feel that healing power
Triumph
Posing with a local bicycle cabby
The Eiffel Tower
Not quiet a Space Needle, but its still nice.
Worlds largest sundial
Looking down at where we’ve been
Boats on the Seine
The Trocadéro across the river
Getting a nice picture
Wow, what an original picture
Do it for the Instagram
This would look good on Instagram
You have something on your head
Still not taller
Wandering the streets at night
Some great neon signs lighting the dark streets

All Signs Point to Paris

After a long break I’m finally going through the last pictures from my trip to Europe in September.

After taking the train from Brussels to Paris and getting settled in our new AirBnB. We still had some time in the day to visit a few churches before on the way to get some ice cream.

Sainte-Chapelle
Notre Dama
Ice cream

Snowing in Seattle

It doesn’t snow often in Seattle. Which is good because it is a very hilly city without the infrastructure to remove snow. On the rare occasion when it does snow this circumstances leave residents with only one option for getting around the city.

Skiing down Fremont hill

Mill Valley

Some people may say that things are never black and white. To those people I would direct them up to the mountains on a cold winter morning and see a dark world covered in fresh snow. I managed a picture of this winter wonderland while skiing this weekend, with the clouds just retreating back up into the sky and a light dusting on all the trees.

Mill Valley

In Bruges

Our next day in Belgium we split the day between Bruges and Ghent. Both of these cities were beautiful examples of Gothic ascetics with very little modern construction.

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A picturesque hotel right as we got off the train

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The morning streets of Bruges

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Omer on the streets

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Around every corner is another great scene

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Jonathan, looking for breakfast

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Spires tower over all the city

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Getting a picutre

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Waling the street

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The Courthouse

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The Belfry of Bruges

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Inside the Belfry

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From the top of the Belfry we watch a storm roll in

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Looking down on the Basilica of the Holy Blood

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Bells in the Belfry

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“Your mother was a hamster and your father smelt of elderberries”

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A medieval courtyard

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The back of the tower

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The streets after the rain

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The rain removes all the tourist from in from of City hall

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Basilica of the Holy Blood, no pictures were allowed inside

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Looking cool

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Empty streets

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Admiring the Church

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The Church of St. Anne

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The Courthouse

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Where we stopped for lunch for Belgium fries

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More chocolates

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The Senate and People of Belgium?

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A Bridge in Bruges

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Top photo spot

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Justin by the canal

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Behind Church of Our Lady Bruges

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Taking a picture

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Half Moon’s bier pipeline!

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On a bridge

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Where we should have gotten lunch

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Goodbye Bruges, will Justin make it to Ghent?

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Saint Nicholas’ Church in Ghent

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So many towers

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I think the stone tower looks nicer than the crane

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The Belfry of Ghent

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Belfry of Ghent, St Bavo’s Cathedral in the background

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Post Plaza

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Looking back at Saint Nicholas

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Leie (Lys) River

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Gravensteen castle

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Despite running to the castle we arrived just as it closed

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Defend the gates

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Saint Nicholas

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A canal cafe

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Sunset

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Ghent at night

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Back at Gravensteen castle

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Canals are calm at night

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Bridge of the Lys at night

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Trains and Atomiums

Our first full day in Brussels we enjoy more waffles and chocolates before heading out to see some odd sights. First up Train World a museum dedicated to the history of railroads in Europe, as Belgium had the first rail line in continental Europe. The next destination for the day is the Atomium, a structure like the Eiffel tower or Space Needle, constructed for a Worlds Fair and never taken down.

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Belgium waffles disappear too quickly to photograph

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Covered streets are great on rainy days

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Welcome to the Train World

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Trains

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Conductor boarding

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Steam engines are surprisingly complicated

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Train selfie

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Lets get out of here

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Admiring the scenery

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Enter a caption

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The Type 12, train of the future

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Our travel itinerary

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A model of the train we had taken from Amsterdam

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The Atomium

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Getting the Instagram picture

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Young Atlas

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There is no angle from which this structure is uninteresting

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A flock of birds flying underneath in the rain

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The secret plans

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Going up?

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Taking a nice pic

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Goodbye Amsterdam, Hello Brussels

 

We spend our last morning in the Netherlands getting cheese and stroopwafels to bring home. With some foresight we also get a wheel of cheese and a loaf of bread for our lunch on the train to Brussels. Once in Brussels we found our Air B&B right next to St Michael and St Gudula Cathedral and a short walk from the Grand Place and dozens of chocolate shops.