|The carnival atmosphere outside Fenway Park|
1. Dirty Water at Fenway Park, Boston
Once inside, I looked in awe at my surroundings. I had that feeling of baseball reverence as I spied the green monster wall and saw the Boston skyline beyond. The ball field was an intimate space, with the crowd and the scoreboard packed around it.
|Fenway Park is hallowed ground for baseball fans.|
Aw, Boston, you’re my home . . .
Yeah, down by the river,
Down by the banks of the river Charles.
(Aw, that's where it's happenin' baby)
That's where you'll find me
Along with lovers, muggers, and thieves.
(Aw, but they're cool people) . . .
I love that dirty water!
2. Christmas in July
The little hotel on the edge of Spello, Italy, was a perfect stopover on a 2005 bike tour across Italy. The building had previously been an olive mill and was converted into a hotel. The rooms had patios with unobstructed views of the mountains and the dusty-green olive groves that hugged their bases.
|Countryside near Spello, Italy|
|Italian winter scene in our Spello hotel room in July|
3. Puppet Bike
|Of course! It's a puppet bike!|
Gretta and I were enjoying a weekend in Chicago with friends, and we'd just walked out of the Institute and crossed to the west side of Michigan Avenue. At the corner, I spied some type of bicycle contraption with a small crowd huddled near the rear of the bike where a large, fancy box was attached to the frame. Oh, I should have realized instantly that it was a "Puppet Bike!" Little doggie hand-puppets were dancing to an Elvis tune, and they had captured the attention of every passerby on Michigan Avenue.
|Doggie puppets rockin' on Michigan Ave.|
Here's a link to see a reporter's story on puppet bike:
4. Prime Real Estate in Banff
|A nice hotel on the main street in Banff, Alberta|
I assumed the real estate in downtown would be considered prime, but when I looked out the hotel room window at the house adjacent to the hotel, I was a bit shocked.
|A real fixer-upper in the back yard.|
Hey, it would make a great Bed and Breakfast fixer-upper.
5. Rag-tag Band on the streets of Florence
I looked out the third-floor window of the bed and breakfast room in Florence, and my jaw dropped. The San Giovanni Baptistry was directly in front of me in the middle of the town square and the view to the right was the massive Duomo and the Santa Maria del Fiore Cathedral. Gretta and I used the central location to allow us to roam and sightsee during the day and return to the room for a deli lunch break. It was fun to sit at the window sill and people-watch.
|View from our room in Florence, Italy|
|Impromptu marching band at the square in Florence|
The mass of people continued to follow the band around the square two more times before they went on down the street. At one point, near the front of the cathedral, it seemed like the whole city was attempting to converge on one spot. The horse carriages, the band, the crowd, the vendors, beggars, a street sweeping machine and an ambulance were all vying for the same space.
|There was a lot happening on the square that afternoon.|
6. La Forge - A Storybook Cottage Made from Stone
On a 2007 bike tour in France, our accommodations in La Bugue were on the grounds of a large French chateau. We were the lucky couple who got the keys to a private stone cabin down by a creek.
|La Forge - The fairy-tale stone cabin|
|Gretta in the storybook cottage|