Monday, July 23, 2007

A note about the photos

I just wanted to mention that the photos I put up on this blog are ones that strike a cord with me. That doesn't mean that they are necessarily the best examples of what the artists are capable of. This is not meant to be an art blog but simply a place for me to celebrate my interest in Europe and related works.

For additional works by the artist Mary Taitt please visit her blog, Imagik.

Manor House

Photo by Mary Taitt
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Saturday, July 21, 2007

Predjama Castle

photo by Mary Taitt
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Thursday, June 28, 2007

The Honeymoon is over

The honeymoon to Slovenia has pretty much ended. The newlyweds are en route back to the States.

I am anxious to hear all about their trip and to see many more pictures.

Stay tuned for more lovely photos and hopefully some travel narratives courtesy of the bride.

Monday, June 25, 2007


Photo by Mary Taitt
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Another Window, Another Country

Photo by Mary Taitt
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Saturday, June 23, 2007


Photo by Mary Taitt, 6/22/07
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Photo by Mary Taitt, 6/22/07
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Windows in Austria

Photo by Mary Taitt, 6/22/07
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Monday, June 18, 2007

Bled, again

photo by Mary Taitt, 6/18/07
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Monday, May 14, 2007

Love in Provence

I just finished reading Love in Provence by Yvone Lenard. This is the second book of hers that I've read.

Although thoroughly enjoyable, it did not make me want to rush out and plan a trip to France. The book is a collection of personal essays (in the form of chapters, but each could be taken independently) about the year she spent chaperoning college students during their time abroad. There were many amusing stories about the kids and a few historical tidbits about the country.

She included recipes (although each of them stressed light or low-fat, which just served to irritate me) and advice on travel destinations in the region for romantic experiences.

I would recommend the book for a light-hearted and fun read but not necessarily for a close look into the culture and countryside of Provence.

Friday, February 16, 2007

My Life in France

I am about two thirds of the way through My Life in France by Julia Child.

Before starting the book, my knowledge of Julia Child was limited to the occasional pause on PBS during one of her cooking shows to listen to her very unique voice. And the commonly referred to tendency she had for using alcohol in the cooking process (whether this is true or not I can't say).

The book is excellent. It is well written and interesting, with enough humor and personal details to balance the cooking portions perfectly. I am not inclined towards cooking myself but I find it is a subject that appeals to me in print.

So far she's taken us through living in Paris and Marseilles. Now they are based in Germany and she's hard at work on writing her first cookbook. I didn't expect, but have enjoyed, her opinions on American politics or her war experiences. It's amazing how different life was just a half century ago.

One thing is for sure, I would love to be eating along side her as she feasts on all the French cuisine.

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

My Travel Shelf

Inspired by Rev. Dr. Mom, here's my shelf of travel narratives (although I don't think that's the best label for the genre, as most of the writers are not travelling but living in a foreign country). This collection gets prime shelf location.
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Saturday, January 20, 2007


An ID badge of some sort from a visit of Gram & Gramps to Austria, I'm guessing.
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Thursday, January 18, 2007

Paris 1982

Grandpa Joe & Grandma Margaret
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