Local Urban Parks

By: WatchinTheSky, 10:48 PM GMT on November 30, 2015

Beginning a new week, last week saw almost .4" of rain from a cold Alaska system - not the expected direction of an El Nino storm. It is early in the rain season, so far at home we are at around 50% of normal. Just 30 miles south in San Diego, they are about 10% above normal. But to keep things in perspective, we should be around 2" - a bit more for home, a bit less for SD. (I can hear the snorts and sneers from Texas and farther east!)

Since we are not ...

Champagne Region - Fr

By: WatchinTheSky, 4:56 AM GMT on November 18, 2015

For this trip, this was C's 'must do' segment! Being a big fan of the Bubbly, getting to see the area of origin was not to be missed.

We are there after the harvest, Fall is in swing so colors are changing.

I didn't realize most of the big champagne producers have their vineyards one next to the other with no barriers/fences, just small access roads running between the vines. Generally, nothing can be labeled as Champagne unless it ...

Updated: 5:00 PM GMT on November 20, 2015

Out and About in Paris

By: WatchinTheSky, 9:41 PM GMT on November 12, 2015

A little bit of a random mix of sights in Paris, not there long enough to see all there was - for sure ;-) The weather was mostly super, I recommend early November for traveling Europe - at least Italy, Ireland, and now France ;-)

No museums this time, though there is the saying that if you stand on the 'zero mile' marker just outside of Notre Dame - you are assured a return visit!
Well, OK then! :-)

Let's get very random out of th...

Updated: 6:33 PM GMT on November 17, 2015

Remembering - Remembrance

By: WatchinTheSky, 3:25 PM GMT on November 11, 2015



Updated: 9:21 PM GMT on November 11, 2015

Part Trois - Normandy and Omaha Beach

By: WatchinTheSky, 6:25 PM GMT on November 03, 2015

We couldn't go to France without visiting the Normandy area, seeing up close where the course of history was redirected more than 70 years ago.

This stone marker greets visitors to the memorial grounds.

One of the several memorial marker/statues on Omaha Beach.

This memorial represents three elements: The Wings of Hope, Rise Freedom, and the Wings Of Fraternity. French sculptor Anilore Banon, created the monument in 2004,...

Updated: 6:33 PM GMT on November 03, 2015

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