Sunday, February 28, 2010

Almost everyone lives 'outside of Paris'

The City of Light, the capital of France, occupies an area of approximately 33.6 square miles (86.92 square kilometers). An article in a publication in 2009 quoted a writer who said he was born "outside of Paris."

He later confessed it was New York City. His response indicates liberties have definitely been taken with the use of those three words.

The phrase evokes a certain feeling. And truthfully, "Outside of Paris" encompasses the rest of the world. We join thousands, maybe millions, who find the phrase as intriguing, romantic and as adventuresome as a Humphrey Bogart/Ingrid Bergman movie.

We have visited Paris and thoroughly enjoyed the stay. Lifetime residents of the USA, we shamelessly claim we live "outside of Paris."

Sunday, February 21, 2010

San Francisco called the Paris of the West

The City by the Bay

Alcatraz Island forms the backdrop for an
afternoon of sailing on San Francisco Bay.

Wellknown spot located across from the
Hyde-Beach streets cablecar turnaround
in the Fisherman's Wharf area.

Timed exposure of a cable car while zooming
a handheld Nikon 18-200 lens.

A musician practices his trade in a doorway
just down from the TransAmerica building
before a nighttime gig.