Great image of Paris lost for an “off” switch!

Flying in to Charles DeGaulle airport this morning, I was struck by a lovely, and unusual, image of the city. Certainly different than I’ve ever seen. There was a gray fog over the city, shrouding many of the immediately recognizable landmarks in the city. But rising above the fog was the Eiffel Tower in the distance, dark gray against the light gray fog. I thought about taking out my camera, but we were nearly landed, and a camera is one of those electronic devices “with an on/off switch” so I didn’t get the picture. Shame.

My first trip to Vienna

Here are some pix from my first trip to Vienna. Well, at least the first trip where I stopped, left the airport, worked, got to walk around the city. This was my first trip where Vienna wasn’t just a layover on the way to somewhere else!

The first pictures are of some little sculptures in the display window of a museum I saw when I was walking with Doug, one of the members of the team. They look Mongolian to me – and since that’s the other country I’ll be traveling to over the next few years, they caught my attention.

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And these are pix of the Italian Alps on the way from Vienna to Milan, Italy. The pictures are natural color, taken through the airplane window, and not adjusted in any way (other than cropped in some cases). I liked how the fog crept in through the sharp valleys.

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And then there were these little darlings. They were adorable, but do you see what each of them has in hand? A blackberry! Arg! Addiction starts young!

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The Previous Trip to Vienna

The last time the team was in Vienna, it was August. Here are some of my favorite images – including a “Group Photo” taken from an amazing restaurant high on a hill above Vienna. We all work for Erin – the tiny but brilliant person in the middle of the pack.

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Ok, I know I just said she was brilliant. But here’s a picture (left below) from a restaurant where it took us both about 15 minutes to realize that the teacup she had asked the server for several times – was right there under the tea pot! Great design, but ultimately a humbling pot of tea!  Sorry about the lack of focus – was laughing!

On the right is an amazing monument in Vienna – built by Emperor Leopold I to commemorate the city at long last emerging from the plague.

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Boooooo-rack Oooooooooobama

I haven’t been able to get out into my precinct as much as I had hoped to help get out the vote. So, I was glad I could do a little free advertising when lots of kids – and their parents! – came by the house for Trick or Treat! I was especially impressed with one group of trick-or-treaters who were so busy admiring the Booorack Oooobama pumpkins, they forgot to ring the bell to get their candy!

Thanks to the hosts of yeswecarve.com for some great templates!

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