More Faces in the Crowd

Love this week’s Daily Post Photo Challenge. Self has tons of “faces in the crowd” pictures. TONS.

Here are three more:

  • Waterloo Bridge, June 2017


  • The Louvre, May 2017


  • The Crowd in Front of the Mona Lisa, May 2017: This has to be seen to be believed. As you probably can guess, the Mona Lisa is on the left.


Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.


Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: BIRDS

Self loves participating in Cee’s Fun Foto Challenges. This week’s challenge is BIRDS.

Since self is a writer, she has a lot of books. When she travels, there are more books in her suitcase than clothes.

Two years ago, in London, self was trying to heft a suitcase onto a double decker. The bus driver actually left the wheel to help her (This would never happen in San Francisco. Or Redwood City, that’s for sure!). Self tried to warn him. He took one tug at self’s bag, gave her a sharp look, and said: “I tell you, it must make you feel really good leaving home, knowing you’ve brought all your books along with you.”

When she’s in London, she always stays in Bloomsbury. Which means, of course, frequent trips to the London Review Bookshop. She was so good, this last trip. She only bought four books. One of them was a book of Amazing Rare Things: The Art of Natural History in the Age of Discovery, by David Attenborough and Susan Owens.

Here’s one of the illustrations: Frigate Pelican, by John James Audubon, from his groundbreaking collection The Birds of America (published 1822):


Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.


A FACE IN THE CROWD: The Daily Post Photo Challenge, 21 February 2018

This week’s Daily Post Photo Challenge is “a face in the crowd.”

Self has a lot of pictures of anonymous people, because she travels a lot by herself.

In December 2017, self visited London’s Barbican for the first time. She went to see the Basquiat: Boom for Real exhibit. Life-changing.


Before that, she was in Paris:


Cinema Mac Mahon, on the Avenue of the same name in Paris, December 2017

Christmas Day 2017  in the Tuileries, Paris:


Paris, December 25, 2017

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.


DARKEST HOUR: What’s Up With Joe Wright

2nd full day back in America, 2nd movie: Darkest Hour.

So dull.

Self has seen Atonement, which made her cry buckets.

Not that she expects every Joe Wright to make her cry buckets, just that she likes movies to engage her emotions and this one didn’t.

Well, self did feel bad for the 4,000 British troops at Calais who were ordered to attack the advancing Germans, all to enable the main body of the British army to be evacuated from Dunkirk (almost 300,000 men)

Perhaps self was in a mood because she did not get to see I, Tonya.

Instead she got to watch Gary Oldman do Winston Churchill and his portrayal was rather baffling. Self had no idea that Churchill was such a bumbling, distracted man, whose only skill apparently was a penchant for rousing words and an ability to get the pulse of the British people.

He was a populist! Who would have thought!

The scene in the underground was very, very contrived.

Two stars, maybe?

Kudos nevertheless to Stephen Dillane for making her completely forget Stannis Baratheon in his portrayal of Churchill antagonist Viscount Halifax, and to Samuel West for still being Samuel West, and to Lily James for performing the role of ingenue/typist so flawlessly.

Someone started coughing loud in the last half hour or so of the movie, and a young woman yelled, from way across the theatre: Hey, would you do your coughing outside?

Which surprised self exceedingly because she didn’t notice any young people in the audience before the lights went down. But it is a very good thing to know that young people are interested in watching this movie that has absolutely no battle scenes (i.e.,  more spittle than blood).

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: 6 Letters Starts With the Letter ‘V’

Happy to participate in another of Cee Neuner’s Fun Foto Challenges.


Self’s word is VOLUMES.

Self visited the British Library for the first time on 31 December 2017. There was a Harry Potter exhibit, but that was sold out. She was able to get on another tour, however, and had a very stimulating introduction to the library holdings.


George V donated his entire library to the British Library. Here’s how the volumes are displayed.


Self’s silhouette can be seen in this picture. It was Dec. 31, 2017, around noon.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Two Ts Anywhere in the Word

So much fun to do Cee Neuner’s Fun Foto Challenges!

Self’s Letter T:  The Tate Modern, in London’s former Bankside Power Station

On the last day of 2017, self was in London. She took a walk. It was okay until it started to rain. Luckily, she’d already crossed the Millenium Bridge by the time it started coming down hard. She was able to take shelter across the street from St. Paul’s Cathedral.

This was one of the pictures she took that day:


London’s Tate Modern, 31 December 2017: In a truly thrilling transformation, the former Bankside Power Station became a great world-class museum.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.





Still More 2017 Favorites

Self spent the last day of 2017 in London, a city dear to her heart.

She took an iconic walk. It was a cloudy day.


The Millenium Bridge, London: Dec. 31, 2017


More Millenium Bridge: Dec. 31, 2017


The Crouching Man in Front of the British Library: Dec. 31, 2017

More 2017 Favorites: Big Year


Evening, Trafalgar Square, First Sunday of March 2017


Steep Hillside, One Cow: Albion, California, New Year’s 2017


Kepler’s Books, Menlo Park, CA: January 2017


2017 Favorite Photos

The theme for this week’s Daily Post Photo Challenge is 2017 Favorites.

Here goes!


The Prince Albert Memorial on a Beautiful Day in Hyde Park, London, Late October 2017


Leaving the Globe after a performance of “Tristan and Yseult,” Tuesday 13 June 2017


The Main House in the Tyrone Guthrie Centre in Annaghmakerrig, Under a Crescent Moon

What. A. Year.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

Transformation: The Daily Post Photo Challenge, 22 November 2017

This week’s Daily Post Photo Challenge is TRANSFORMATION.

There are many ways self could choose to interpret that challenge. She could show nature and the changing seasons. She could show people in the process of transforming (costumes, aging, and so forth).

For now, she chooses to focus on the transformation of physical space. The first picture is London’s Chinatown in late October. The second is the Blue Room in Paradiso in Cork.

In the first picture, the Chinese lanterns add a whole different aspect to the street.

In the second, it’s the shadows cast by a floor lamp that transform a simple room into a place of mystery.


Chinatown, London: Last Week of October 2017


Paradiso, Cork: Early November, 2017

Other interpretations:

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

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