Thinking of Europe

Waiting around the house for a repairman is excruciating. It’s not like I had plans to go anywhere today but now that I cannot I feel restless. To ease my unease I started looking through pictures amassed over ten years of European travel and I have decided to pick out a few of my favorites to post.

Bikes are just better in Amsterdam.

Bikes are just better in Amsterdam.

We have been to Amsterdam a lot. Don't Judge.

We have been to Amsterdam a lot. Don’t Judge.

View towards the Rijksmuseum. Word to the wise - skip the brownie prior to your visit. It's just too much.

View towards the Rijksmuseum.

Bavaria is beautiful.

Bavaria is beautiful. Water is wet.

SIde street in a German village. I've forgotten where this is.

SIde street in a Bavarian village. I’ve forgotten exactly where this is though.

Munich. Frauenkirche at sunset

Munich. Frauenkirche at sunset. It is still beautiful even though one of the towers is shrouded in scaffolding.

Buda Castle. Beautiful spot but a bone chilling day.

Buda Castle. Beautiful spot but a bone chilling day.

If there is a dark back alley in your town I am into it. This one is in Budapest.

If there is a dark back alley in your town I am into it. This one is in Budapest.

Prague has the best dark alleyways by far.

Prague has the best dark alleyways by far. One expects a Kafkaesque character to come around the corner and murder you in a very creative way.

Well, that wasted a few hours but now I have a severe case of wanderlust on top of my repairman issues.

Is it too early to start drinking?

City Photo Bureau: Dallas

Dueling Cranes Uptown

Dueling Cranes Uptown

These photos were made during a very long walk just this past Wednesday. My route started in the Uptown area and traveled down McKinney Ave, across downtown via St. Paul Street then into Deep Ellum. It was a very bright, very hot, and very clear day in Dallas so everything is framed with a vivid blue sky. Not my best work but it was a fun day regardless. Enjoy.

Local Pub. Someone got creative with a black marker - Can you see it?

Local Pub. Someone got creative with a black marker – Can you see it?

The Vital Thruway - McKinney Ave.

The Vital Thruway – McKinney Ave.

The First Baptist Center. They have a cool Bellagio-type fountain show every 15 minutes.

The First Baptist Center. They have a cool Bellagio-type fountain show every 15 minutes.

First Baptist Reflection

First Baptist Reflection

Downtown with the fisheye.

Downtown with the fisheye.

Thanksgiving copy

Thanksgiving Square Chapel. Folks are pretty into the Christian thing down here.

Obviously they have a pretty lenient policy on signage in Deep Ellum.

Obviously they have a pretty lenient policy on signage in Deep Ellum.

I just like the contrast on this one.

I just like the contrast on this one.

There are many murals in Deep Ellum - this is one of my favorite.

There are many murals in Deep Ellum – this is one of my favorites.

This is a very photo friendly town so stay tuned for more CPBs.

Suddenly Texan

I live in the same state as this man. That is a good thing.

I live in the same state as this man and that is a good thing.

Two weeks ago we lived in a sweet apartment on the 21st floor overlooking all of the big buildings in Boston’s financial district. Now we live in a sweet apartment that overlooks a dog run in the Uptown/West Village section of Dallas; the home to an eclectic mix of young self-entitled professionals who tend to bring out my more judgemental side. Perhaps I am judgemental because they are in their optimistic self-centered twenties whereas  I am in my more cynical late-thirties. Either way I am not in my social comfort zone as of yet, but I have high hopes for our time here in Texas and I am sure we will settle into our niche very soon – we’ve already made friends with a number of bartenders so things are looking up.

I contemplated writing about how different Dallas is from Boston or how I am having a hard time adjusting to the friggin’ heat but I assume my reader(s) can already guess that Massachusetts and Texas are exponentially different,  and they also don’t need to know  how to dress so as not to show off the fact they are dripping with sweat – by the way – dry heat my ass. What I would like to convey with this short post is that we are Texans (or is it Texians) now and that many of my future posts are going to showcase our exploration of this massive state. Now where do I start?

If you have any Texas travel secrets, favorite restaurants, favorite tourist traps, or anything else Texas related that I should see please feel free to comment.