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In spite of the Mediterranean vibe, this is actually at Longwood Gardens, Pa.

In spite of the Mediterranean vibe, this is actually at Longwood Gardens, Pa.

Cherokee nation mural at the River Walk, Chattanooga.

Cherokee nation mural at the River Walk, Chattanooga.

 

Waterfront Park, Charleston.

Waterfront Park, Charleston.

 

St. Patrick's Day Parade, Metairie, La.  It's 11 am and this young lady, who was riding on one of the floats, forgot about the importance of pacing ones alcohol consumption.

St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Metairie, La. It’s 11 am and this young lady, who was riding on one of the floats, forgot about the importance of pacing ones alcohol consumption.

 

Tubing down the Delaware River, Jersey side.

Tubing down the Delaware River, Jersey side.

 

The Propietory House, in beautiful Perth Amboy (lovely this time of year), home of the last royal governor of the colony of New Jersey, William Franklin - illegitimate son of Ben Franklin.  No I'm not making it up.

The Propietory House, in beautiful Perth Amboy (lovely this time of year), home of the last royal governor of the colony of New Jersey, William Franklin – illegitimate son of Ben Franklin. No I’m not making it up.

 

If you're looking for the hotel, there it is  - Brussels

If you’re looking for the hotel, there it is – Brussels

 

They legalized drugs and apparently wrote an opera about it - or more likely built the building then were so stoned they forgot why - Amsterdam

They legalized drugs and apparently wrote an opera about it – or more likely built the building then were so stoned they forgot why – Amsterdam

 

One of the magnificent stained glass windows in Notre Dame, Paris

One of the magnificent stained glass windows in Notre Dame, Paris

 

OUtside of the Cotton Bowl, Dallas, Texas.

Outside of the Cotton Bowl, which is actually located inside the the Texas State Fair Grounds, Dallas, Texas.

 

The Inn, at Saratoga Springs, NY.

The Inn, at Saratoga Springs, NY.

 

The number one tourist attraction Brussels - the Mannekin Pis - a statue of a little boy taking a leak.  No, I'm not making that up.

The number one tourist attraction in Brussels – the Mannekin Pis – a statue of a little boy taking a leak. No, I’m not making that up.

 

 

 Picadilly Circus, London turned into a pedestrian mall for the day.

Picadilly Circus, London turned into a pedestrian mall for the day.

 

 

Outside the entrance to the Musee D'Orsay, Paris home to some of the greatest impressionistic paintings in the world

Outside the entrance to the Musee D’Orsay, Paris home to some of the greatest impressionistic paintings in the world

 

A store specializing in condoms, red light district, Amsterdam

A store specializing in condoms, red light district, Amsterdam

 

Courtyard of Prague Castle as the people wait for the changing of the guard

Courtyard of Prague Castle as the people wait for the changing of the guard

 

 

Store front in the red light district, Amsterdam.  I'm sure it means something to somebody, just not to me.

Store front in the red light district, Amsterdam. It’s trying to be deeply philosophical, but failing miserably.

 

Statue honoring the "dough boys" of WWI, in Brussels

Statue honoring the “dough boys” of WWI, in Brussels

A hearty Munich lunch consists of beer, pig's knuckle, sauerkraut and a pretzel.

A hearty Munich lunch consists of beer, pig’s knuckle, sauerkraut and a pretzel.

 

Museum of Our Lord in the Attic - a secret Catholic Church built in the attics of 2 adjoining buildings.

Museum of Our Lord in the Attic – a secret Catholic Church built in the attics of 2 adjoining buildings – Amsterdam.

 

The iconic "Iamsterdam" sign, in Amsterdam on the museumplein.

The iconic “I amsterdam” sign, on the museumplein.

 

Woodstock, which is actually not located in Woodstock, but in nearby Bethel

Woodstock, which is actually not located in Woodstock, but in nearby Bethel, NY.

 

Looking down the Olympic ski jump, Lake Placid.

Looking down the Olympic ski jump, Lake Placid.

 

 

Street musician with his music playing animatronic music playing "friends" - Cork City

Street musician with his music playing animatronic “friends” – Cork City

Claddagh Museum, Galway, Ireland

Claddagh Museum, Galway, Ireland

A few Guinness clothing options - Cork City, Ireland

A few Guinness clothing options – Cork City, Ireland

A New Orleans portrait. A bum watches as Santa takes out money from an ATM.  Garbage bags at curbside add to the ambience.

A New Orleans portrait. A bum checks out his bag of goodies as Santa takes out money from an ATM. Garbage bags at curbside add to the ambience.
New Orleans skyline, taken from the Natchez Riverboat from the Mississippi River.

New Orleans skyline, taken from the Natchez Riverboat from the Mississippi River.

Canal Street, New Orleans during the Christmas holidays.

Canal Street, New Orleans during the Christmas holidays.

 

 

Senior Frogs, Old San Juan, Puerto Rico

Senior Frogs, Old San Juan, Puerto Rico

Damaged boats from Hurricane Sandy, Perth Amboy, New Jersey

Damaged boats from Hurricane Sandy, Perth Amboy, New Jersey

 

Ambergris Caye, Belize.  In the distance, the waves are crashing on the reef - the second largest in the world.

Ambergris Caye, Belize. In the distance, the waves are crashing on the reef – the second largest in the world.

 

The oldest church in Barbados

The oldest church in Barbados

 

Seagull chilling out above the Canadian side of Niagara Falls

Seagull chilling out above the Canadian side of Niagara Falls

 

 

Crossing the Charles Bridge, going to the Mala Strana side, Prague

Crossing the Charles Bridge, going to the Mala Strana side, Prague

 

Repelling down the El Salto Waterfall - Caguas, Puerto Rico

Repelling down the El Salto Waterfall – Caguas, Puerto Rico

Guy riding unicycle at sunset, Mallory Square - Key West

Guy riding unicycle at sunset, Mallory Square – Key West

 

The bridge over the Delaware River from the New Hope, Penn. side

The bridge over the Delaware River from the New Hope, Penn. side

 

Center Ice, Olympic Center - Lake Placid

Center Ice, Olympic Center – Lake Placid

 

Sometimes you feel kind of small, especially when you're standing in front of the 50 foot, wood carved front doors of St. Peter's Basilica, Vatican City.

Sometimes you feel kind of small, especially when you’re standing in front of the 50 foot, wood carved front doors of St. Peter’s Basilica, Vatican City.

A view to die for.  Cemetery located next to El Morro, Puerto Rico.

A view to die for. Cemetery located next to El Morro, Old San Juan, Puerto Rico.

 

Doors leading to the hockey rink at the Lake Placid Winter Olympic Complex

Doors leading to the hockey rink at the Lake Placid Winter Olympic Complex

 

 

Close up shot of some of the odd rock formations at Giants Causeway, Northern Ireland

Close up shot of some of the odd rock formations at Giants Causeway, Northern Ireland

 

Modern sculpture showing what happens with communism - you start out complete, then slowly but surely it eats away your heart and soul until there's nothing but a skeleton left.

Modern sculpture, Prague. Depicting what happens under communism – you start out complete, then slowly but surely it eats away your heart and soul until eventually you’re left with nothing  but a skeleton.

 

Greenwich (London)

Greenwich (London)

While the Berlin Wall is long gone, the location of the wall is marked by a double row of bricks in the pavement.

While the Berlin Wall is long gone, the location of the wall is marked by a double row of bricks in the pavement that extends for the entire length.

 

Lake Tahoe, with mountains in the distance

Lake Tahoe, with mountains in the distance

Inside the Louvre, Paris.  If you read the Da Vinci Code, this is what Mr. Brown referenced when he talked about the two points of the pyramids meeting.

Inside the Louvre, Paris. If you read the Da Vinci Code, this is what Mr. Brown referenced when he talked about the two points of the pyramids meeting.

 

An apropos name for a restaurant, Prague

An apropos name for a restaurant & cafe, Prague

The grave of the Marquis de Lafayette, Picpus Cememtery, Paris.  And yes, that is an Ameican flag. a memorial to the important place he had in American history

The grave of the Marquis de Lafayette, Picpus Cememtery, Paris. Yes, that is an Ameican flag. a memorial to the important part he played in the American Revolution.

 

A lone soul walking thru the Holocaust Memorial, Berlin

A lone soul walking thru the Holocaust Memorial, Berlin

A museum devoted to shoes, Toronto

A museum devoted to shoes, Toronto

Every summer Berlin creates a "beach" across from Museum Island, with palm trees and everything.

Every summer Berlin creates a “beach” across from Museum Island with imported palm trees, sand and everything else you’d expect to find at the beach.

 

Sunset over the Atlantic Ocean, Seaside Park, New Jersey

Moon rising over the Atlantic Ocean, Seaside Park, New Jersey

Mural on side of building in London, inspired by the Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's album cover

Mural on side of building in London, inspired by the Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s album cover

You know you're not in America when you see  -

You know you’re not in America when –

The stairs leading up to the top of the bell tower at St. Ann's Church, Cork City, Ireland

Spooky stairwell leading up to the top of the bell tower at St. Ann’s Church, Cork City, Ireland

 

The view from the top of St. Ann's Church, Cork City, Ireland

The view from the top of St. Ann’s Church, Cork City, Ireland

 

The Cork Butter Museum, Cork, Ireland

The Cork Butter Museum, Cork, Ireland

 

Business As Usual is straight ahead - Limerick, Ireland

Business As Usual is straight ahead – Limerick, Ireland

 

Note the toilet handle is not part of the toilet, but attached to the countertop - Days Hotel, Belfast

Note the toilet handle is not part of the toilet, but attached to the counter top – Days Hotel, Belfast, Northern Ireland

 

You know you're not in Kansas, anymore.  Celtic crosses on tombstones, church graveyard, Ireland.

You know you’re not in Kansas, anymore. Celtic crosses on tombstones, church graveyard, Ireland.

Seaside castle, Northern Ireland

Seaside castle, Northern Ireland

Funky rock formations at Giants Causeway - Northern Ireland

Funky rock formations at Giants Causeway – Northern Ireland

Funky metal statue, Belfast waterfront

Funky metal statue, Belfast waterfront

Hotel Europa, Belfast, in the Guinness Book of World Records for being the most bombed hotel in the world

Hotel Europa, Belfast, in the Guinness Book of World Records for being the most bombed hotel in the world

Kissing the giant salmon statue, Belfast

Kissing the giant salmon statue, Belfast

The Titanic Experience (Museum), Belfast

The Titanic Experience (Museum), Belfast

The original Apple Studio, London (from the roof of which we got the famous, "I hope we passed the audition")

The original Apple Studio, London (from the roof of which the Beatles played an impromptu live concert from which we got the famous line, “I hope we passed the audition” )

Paul McCartney's current studio, London (no, not the FedEx truck - the second floor)

Paul McCartney’s current studio, London (no, not the FedEx truck – the second floor)

Abbey Road Studios, London

Abbey Road Studios, London

The famous Abbey Road crosswalk - yeah, I know, she's walking the wrong way.

The famous Abbey Road crosswalk – yeah, I know, she’s walking the wrong way.

 

The Cliffs of Moher, Ireland

The Cliffs of Moher, Ireland

A "dalman" (ancient burial site) on the "Burren" (odd, geological formation) - western Ireland

A “dalman” (ancient burial site) on the “Burren” (odd, geological formation) – County Clare, Ireland

Bunratty Castle, Ireland

Bunratty Castle, Ireland

The stone walls of Dun Aengus, Inishmore, Aran Islands

The stone walls of Dun Aengus, Inishmore, Aran Islands

A view of the Audobon House, from the rear gardens, Key West

A view of the Audobon House, from the rear gardens, Key West

View from my balcony of the hotel pool with the Caribbean just beyond, Barbados

Looking out from my balcony onto the hotel pool, with the Caribbean just beyond, Barbados

The lighthouse atop El Morro, Viejo San Juan, Puerto Rico

The lighthouse atop El Morro, Viejo San Juan, Puerto Rico

The view from my hotel room, looking out onto the Caribbean, Barbados

The view from my hotel room, looking out onto the Caribbean, Barbados

The Great Paterson Falls, New Jersey (yeah, that New Jersey)

The Great Paterson Falls, New Jersey (yeah, that New Jersey)

Traditional thatched roof cottage, Doolin, Ireland

Traditional thatched roof cottage, Doolin, Ireland

Giordanos, a mainstay of deep dish pizza in the Windy City

Giordanos, a mainstay of deep dish pizza in the Windy City

Mount Gay Rum recipe sign hanging up in a bar in Barbados

Mount Gay Rum recipe sign hanging up in a bar in Barbados

Pope Benedict's first ride in the Popemobile at his Installation, as seen on Jumbotron in the Piazza del Populo

Pope Benedict’s first ride in the Popemobile at his Installation, as seen on Jumbotron in the Piazza del Populo

The Swiss Guard, Vatican City

The Swiss Guard, Vatican City

Not only do they have a flamingo crossing in Key West, there's also a separate entrance for handicapped ones

Not only do they have a flamingo crossing in Key West, there’s also a separate entrance for handicapped ones

Exterior of movie theater in  Key West

Exterior of movie theater in Key West

 

At the Berlin Olympic Stadium the following plaque lists the winners of the various events of the 1936 Olympic Games. At the top left you can see that Jesse Owens was unbeatable, which pissed Hitler off to no end.

Store front, Berlin.

Hockey Hall of Fame, Toronto.

Chinese restaurant, Toronto.

Hotel patio adjacent to Mallory Square, Key West.

Thank you, Mr. Butterfly for sitting there and doing nothing so I could snap a very nice picture of you – Key West Butterfly Gardens.

Some Key West attitude.

Horse buggy rides on the road to the ancient ruins of Dun Aengus, Inishmore, Aran Islands, Ireland.

Not sure if the danger sign is for me, or the Cliffs of Moher (in the background).

 

Rock of Cashel, Ireland

The Parthenon, Rome.

 

Wrigley Field, Chicago.

 

Mr. Beef, Chicago.

 

A man taking his palm tree for a ride in the back of his pickup – Ambergris Caye, Belize.

 

Road sign, Ambergris Caye, Belize.

The docks at San Pedro, Belize.

Street sign, London. Hence the Beatles lyric, “Why don’t we do it in the road?”

Big Ben, London.

 

Part of the Prague Castle complex, the Strahov Monastery serves excellent food, and makes the best IPA beer I’ve ever tasted – St. Norberts.

 

The Lennon Wall, University of Prague.  Famous graffiti laden wall that was a centerpiece for protests against communist rule, that eventually led to the   Velvet Revolution.

The Lennon Wall, University of Prague. Famous graffiti laden wall that was a centerpiece for protests against communist rule, that eventually led to the Velvet Revolution.

 

Store front, Toronto

Store front, Toronto

 

The Bastard family crypt, Pere LeChaise Cemetery, Paris.

The Bastard family crypt, Pere LeChaise Cemetery, Paris.

The entrance to Pere LeChaise Cemetery, Paris

The entrance to Pere LeChaise Cemetery, Paris

 

Niagara Falls from the Canadian side

Niagara Falls from the Canadian side

 

Partial side view of the Trevi Fountain, Rome.  You can see how close the building on the next block is to the whole structure.

Partial side view of the Trevi Fountain, Rome. You can see how close the building on the next block is to the whole structure.

 

The Pasta Museum - Rome.  They wouldn't let me take pictures inside because they were afraid I would steal some pasta secrets and sell them on the black market

The Pasta Museum – Rome. They wouldn’t let me take pictures inside because they were afraid I would steal some pasta secrets and sell them on the black market

Interior view of the San Juan Gate - Old San Juan, Puerto Rico

Interior view of the San Juan Gate – Old San Juan, Puerto Rico

Swine working on their tan lines - Cook College

Swine working on their tan lines – Cook College

 

Statue advertising Salvador Dali exhibition - London

Statue advertising Salvador Dali exhibition – London

 

Hotel sign - Virginia City, Nevada

Hotel sign – Virginia City, Nevada

 

One of the sections of the Berlin Wall still standing

One of the sections of the Berlin Wall still standing

 

 

A frozen street performer “not” walking his dog, with musical accompaniment – New Orleans

Jazz legend statues, Bourbon Street – New Orleans

 

Amplemann chairs, Berlin

 

Eternal flame at the Arc de Triomphe – Paris

Arc de Triomphe – Paris

 

Niagara Falls, looking at the American side

Niagara Falls Welcome center – Canada

 

The Reichstag – Berlin

 

Looking up at the interior roof of the Sony Complex - Berlin

Looking up at the interior roof of the Sony Complex – Berlin

The Rock of Gibraltar – Gibraltar

 

Bull ring – Malaga, Spain

The Pieta – Vatican City.  Picture taken thru 6 inch bulletproof glass and showing reflection of the flash from the camera.

 

Two urinating statues, outside the Kafka Museum  (the statues actually rotate while they are peeing.  very wild) – Prague

 

Real live Beefeater - London

Real live Beefeater – London

 

Giant stuffed Beefeater - Tower of London

Giant stuffed Beefeater bear- Tower of London

 

Giant baby statues, alone - Prague

Giant baby statues, alone – Prague

 

Giant baby statues with people all around - Prague

Giant baby statues with people all around – Prague

 

Tower of London Complex

 

Lake Tahoe, with the Sierra Nevadas in the distance

Looking up at the mountains – Lake Tahoe

Checkpoint Charlie Museum

 

Checkpoint Charlie – Berlin

 

Checkpoint Charlie from the back

 

Rosetta Stone - London (no, that's not the name of the girl in the striped top)

Rosetta Stone – London (no, that’s not the name of the girl in the striped top)

 

Eiffel Tower - Paris

Eiffel Tower – Paris

Entrance for the stairs at the Eiffel Tower

Entrance for the stairs at the Eiffel Tower – the line for the stairs was much shorter than the line for the elevators.  Go figure.

 
View of the Seine River, from the top of the Eiffel Tower - Paris

View of the River Seine from the top of the Eiffel Tower

Campy tourist photo op at Charles Bridge - Prague

Campy tourist photo op at Charles Bridge – Prague

Monks who live in poverty, video cameras and the opulence of Versailles, perfect together

Monks who live in poverty, video cameras and the opulence of Versailles, perfect together

Bourbon Street - New Orleans.  Kind of self explanatory

Bourbon Street – New Orleans. Kind of self explanatory

Mural on wall of Artist Colony Building - Berlin

Mural on wall of Artist Colony Building – Berlin

   COLOSSEUM MONTAGE

Colosseum – exterior view from the main drag that runs alongside the arena. Forum is on the right where the pillars are

 

Colosseum – looking down the gangplank.  seating in the distance.

 

Colosseum – view from upper mezzanine looking down towards the start of the gangplank

 

Colosseum – showing a bit of the underground space

 

Colosseum – view from underground room looking up into the central arena in the distance

 

Colosseum – gladiators talking shop, outside the arena