Nostalgia in Venice, Italy

While roaming about Venice, Italy, I found some relics from the bast that were particularly applicable to my own likes. One was the old Coca-Cola cooler:

DSC_3601It was part of a retail display and not actually in use. I’d wager it still worked. Then there was the sign for Kodak, from back in the days of film:

DSC_3540I went through many, many rolls of Kodak film. From Tri-X and Pan-X black and white to Ektachrome positive film in large format. Always good stuff.

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Chateau d’Abbadia

On the Basque Coast of France, Chateau d’Abbadia stands on a bluff above the sea. It’s an impressive building built in the 19th Century by a fellow who liked to explore the world and beyond. Here’s a look at the main entrance:

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And a look at the south side for a better sense of scale.

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Sadly, no photography was permitted inside the building which featured a handsome library, a telescope, countless beautifully furnished rooms, not to mention interesting artifacts.

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The photo above is a look at the chapel wing. The chapel itself was quite impressive in scale and decor. Clearly, the architect knew what he was doing, as did the builders. If you’re in the area of Hendaye, France, I highly recommend a visit here. Guide is in French with a written handout in other languages including English.

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Kitesurfing the Atlantic

While in Margate, NJ, USA, I paused for a look at the beach and ocean. Saw this fellow kitesurfing.

Gave me an opportunity to test out the video feature on my iPhone7. Works fairly well. That water was a bit chilly, but it didn’t seem to cut down on the guy’s fun. Be careful out there.

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Lucy, Margate, NJ, USA

Lucy is one of those roadside attractions from another era. A giant elephant that looks out to sea in Margate, New Jersey.

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Fun for the whole family, this type of thing is. On the afternoon I was there, it was closed. Still something to see. Enjoy the journey.

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