MM 4-11 Wild

We have lived in our home overlooking Crow Canyon for the last 44 years. During that time several wild animals have visited our spacious backyard, mostly squirrels and raccoons with an occasional skunk. We even had a quick brown fox drop by one day a few months ago. Then there’s this critter who jumped over our fence about a year ago and decided to homestead in the bushes on top of our hill.

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MM 4-10 The Naked Giant of León

We spent a few days in León, Spain last month and we were walking back to our hotel after visiting the San Marcos Parador one day when we reached the Plaza de Santo Domingo and passed this naked giant sitting on the sidewalk with his left arm outstretched and palm up as if he was asking for a handout. He didn’t move and he didn’t say a word and we noticed that he was oblivious to us and other pedestrians as well as to all the cars whizzing by. I stopped and took his picture and we then resumed walking back to our hotel. That picture will be my entry to Leanne Cole’s Monochrome Madness Challenge this week.

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Discovering León, Part Two: A Walking Tour of the City’s Historic Old Town

We stayed at the NH Plaza Major Hotel during our three-day visit to León and our walking tour starts from there. Along the way we will stop and stare at the four most impressive works of architecture that the city has to offer.

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Discovering León, Part One: Nothing but the Facts

We left our house in Castro Valley, California at 6am on Friday, May 19th and arrived in León, Spain around 5pm on Saturday, May 20th — three car rides, two air flights and one train ride later. We already knew several things about León and soon learned a lot more.  Most of them were facts but some were what has recently become known as alternate facts. Here are some of the most important:
First of all, it’s pronounced “lay-own,” not “lee-on.”

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MM 4-09 Looking Up at the World Trade Center

After our trip to Spain and Portugal last month we flew to New York City and stayed there for four days before flying the rest of the way home. We walked around the city a lot and one day visited the World Trade Center and 9-11 Memorial. I took a lot of pictures looking up at all the skyscrapers. This one will be my entry to this week’s Monochrome Madness Challenge.

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More photos of the Dom Luis I Bridge in Porto

I made a mistake in describing the photo I took for this week’s Monochrome Madness Challenge (see here). My memory tricked me. I thought this was the photo I took after exiting the funicular one day to spend the afternoon strolling up and down the Ribeira and cruising up and down the Rio Douro. But one of my readers (Disperser, see his comment following my posting) then asked a question which led me to examine all the pictures I took of the Dom Luis Bridge and I then discovered my error: the picture was taken the day before when we hopped off the sightseeing bus on the Gaia side of the bridge. So that photo was from the Gaia side, not Porto, and the hillside behind the bridge is Porto, not Gaia.

My examination came up with 31 photos that included at least a portion of the bridge and so I decided to do another posting and show you all the nine best of those 31.

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MM 4-08 Walking along the Douro River

After our nine-day journey along the Camino de Santiago de Compostela in northern Spain we took a bus to Porto, Portugal and spent another three days there. One day we took the three-minute ride on the Funicular dos Guindais down to the river to visit the Ribeira District, probably the most popular tourist spot in town. Shortly after exiting the funicular I took this picture of people walking along the river near the Dom Luis I bridge, one of several that span the Douro in Porto. It will be my entry for this week’s Monochrome Madness Challenge.

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