Monthly Archives: May 2016

Long Danish Evening

It gets dark really late in Copenhagen this time of year and it is delightful to sit outside talking until late in the evening. Bare feet, green lawns, blue skies, old friends, is there a better way to end the … Continue reading

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Our Friend Paolo

Our friend Paolo is a great conversationalist. He likes to think, dispute and resolve issues of every kind. He has a very nice way of listening to what others say and then responding to it. He holds very still, keeps … Continue reading

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A Beautiful Spring Day and a Physics Problem

The weather these past few days Odense Denmark may be just about best I have ever experienced- sunny, breezy and perfect for bare feet. The incredibly green lawns, hedges and trees intensifies the impact. And what better way to enjoy … Continue reading

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Playing Is Serious Work

The grandson of our host here in Odense came over for the morning. He is a beautiful child of nearly two years. I noticed how serious he was as he went about the work of playing. He had a plan … Continue reading

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Happy Hour at Munke Mose Park, Odense

Munke Mølle is a park in Odense that borders the city center. I was sketching there late this afternoon and it was full of people beginning their weekend, including this group of men having a beer together. I wanted to … Continue reading

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Cemetery in Odense Denmark

Yesterday I walked past a cemetery in Odense Denmark. Its expansive grounds were centered around a large church but divided by hedges and paths. I sat on one of the many benches beneath a large tree and sketched the line … Continue reading

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Danish Farm and Field

After driving through many hours of gorgeous farmland, we arrived in Odense Denmark late this afternoon. While in Germany, I drew a few scenes similar to this one using pen and watercolor but lost the structure of the field in … Continue reading

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An Avenue of Trees

It turns out that Dinklage Germany, which we stumbled upon when looking for a hotel at the end of the day yesterday, is lush, green and incredibly beautiful. When we saw it this morning we decided to spend a day … Continue reading

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From the Car Window

We had a great day driving from Beze, France to Dinklage, Germany, which is just south of Bremen. In the morning we were surrounded with huge fields of greens and yellows that stretched from horizon to horizon. I kept my … Continue reading

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Driving Through France

We are slowly making our way from Barcelona to Copenhagen and drove today in France from Narbonne on the Mediterranean to Beze, a small village not far from Dijon. Although the jostling of a car in motion creates challenges, I really … Continue reading

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Goodbye Spain

We left Barcelona today but not before I sketched a stranger paying her bill at the front desk. I could hear that she had a question about a charge and I could see that her concern showed in her shoulders … Continue reading

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Tourists Pose at Güell Park, Barcelona

For our last outing in Barcelona we visited Güell Park. The park features the work of Antoni Gaudí and is located in the hills overlooking the city and Mediterranean Sea. It is a popular place among tourists and locals with … Continue reading

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Lunch in Barcelona

We had a late lunch today on the plaza outside a small vegetarian restaurant near the center of Barcelona. The food was great and I liked the yellow sign and tablecloths and the way they complemented the green trim of … Continue reading

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On the Train to Montserrat Spain

  The Benedictine Monastery at Montserrat Spain is a huge attraction for locals and tourists alike.  It is located at the top of a mountain chain and features a beautiful old church, monastery, abandoned hermitages, views and hiking. The way up the … Continue reading

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Enjoying the Wait

Sometimes you meet awesome people while waiting in line. Tonight we met a trio from Holland and I got a chance to sketch them a bit before their turn to enter the restaurant. They were young, well educated, and spoke … Continue reading

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Enjoying a Moment Outside La Sagrada Familia, Barcelona

People throng to La Familia Sagrada Basilica in Barcelona, which has been under construction since 1882, mostly because Antoni Gaudi’s vision for a church that teaches through its design is just plain awe inspiring. While we waited in the park … Continue reading

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Saturday Evening Mass in Santiago

With a little help from a rented car, we made it to Santiago de Compostela  in time for mass at the cathedral, the subject of this sketch. This mass was a big deal; the bishop and some 20 priests celebrated it … Continue reading

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The Sun Sets Late in Ribadesella Spain

We rode today from Llanes to Ribadesella, 30 kilometers, in a heavy rainstorm. The views were awesome but was very cold and despite all our rain gear, we got soaked to the skin. We stopped in the first hotel we … Continue reading

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Resting After Lunch

The terrain was much less hilly and we we made very good time on our sixth day of biking a portion of the Northern Route of El Camino de Santiago. We began on a small paved road in Colombres and … Continue reading

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Mathematician on El Camino de Santiago

Today was our best day yet on El Camino de Santiago in terms of cycling distance. We started in Cobreces and are now in Colombres, a 38 kilometer day. This pace will not get us all the way to Santiago … Continue reading

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Habitaciones Bella Vista

Today was our fourth day biking el Camino de Santiago. We made good time, aided by taking the ferry from Somo to Santander and then the light rail for 5 kilometers through the industrial portion of Santander. It was another … Continue reading

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Somo Beach, Spain

We left Laredo this morning, biking along the beach to the Santoña ferry. Then we were in gorgeous rolling hills with farmland, pasture, forest and small villages for the rest of the day. A small storm arrived with the afternoon … Continue reading

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Bike Repair on El Camino de Santiago

Bike Repair on El Camino de Santiago People here are very friendly, wishing us a “Buen Camino!” us as we pass, or spontaneously offering directions. A few hours after leaving Castro-Urales this morning the cable for the front gear on … Continue reading

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First Lunch Stop on the Camino de Santiago

On our first morning on El Camino, we made our way through Bilbao and took a ferry across the Ria de Nervion O de Bilbao into Portugalete. We stopped for a quick lunch and sketch in a small park and … Continue reading

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Unexpected Day at the Airport

We did not plan to spend most of yesterday at the airport. However, our low cost, no frill airline switched our departure from one side of the large Barcelona Airport to the other, without announcing it. A few fleet footed … Continue reading

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Waiting at the Airport

Yesterday we cleaned and left our apartment in Jerusalem, returned the car, moved through the many layers of security at Ben Gurion Airport and finally waited for our plane.  It was great to sit and sketch. I searched a bit … Continue reading

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Jaffa Street, again

This afternoon I drew the Jaffa Street scene again for my last sketch in Jerusalem. Israel is full of captivating sites for sketching and Jaffa Street became one of my favorites. Its lively dynamic is perfect for catching people on … Continue reading

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View of the Dead Sea from Masada

Today we visited a kibbutz for the day, taking lots of pictures but not getting any sketches. This is a sketch I began on the Masada trip and finished this evening. The view is from the top of Masada looking … Continue reading

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Vase with a Sprig of Dried Flowers

Our furnished apartment here in Israel for the past three months came with a handmade vase and a sprig of dried flowers. I looked at it appreciatively countless times and included it in the background of several sketches.  I wanted … Continue reading

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