Guest Blog Post: “Paris: A Photo-Essay,” by dynamicstasis

Paris by dynamicstasis
Paris by dynamicstasis

30 stunning photos of lovely Paris by dynamicstasis. Enjoy …

DynamicStasis

Thirty photographs from our flânerie through Paris.

0001 Paris.

0002 Sunday breakfast in the Jardin des Tuileries.

0003 The west façade of Notre-Dame Cathedral. Wonky composite of twelve photographs.

0004 Notre-Dame Cathedral. Detail 01, west façade.

0005 Notre-Dame Cathedral. Detail 02, west façade.

0006 Notre-Dame Cathedral. Detail 03, north façade.

0007 Notre-Dame Cathedral. Interior.

0008 Notre-Dame Cathedral. North façade Rose Window.

0009 Looking south from Montmartre.

0010 Detail.

0011 Montmartre street.

0012 Pont de l’Archevêché.

0013 Louvre approach through the Passage Richelieu.

0014 “Was it busy?”… “Yeah, quite busy.”

0015 Jardin des Tuileries.

0016 Chair. Terrasse du Bord de l’Eau.

0017 Musée d’Orsay.

0018 Poster.

0019 Pompidou Centre / Rue du Renard.

0020 Pompidou Centre / Place Georges Pompidou.

0021 Wall / Art.

0022 Love / Heart.

0023 Arc de Triomphe 01.

0024 Arc de Triomphe 02.

0025 Avenue des Champs-Élysées.

0026 Avenue d’Iéna.

0027 Rue de Buenos Ayres.

0028 Tour Eiffel 01.

0029 Tour Eiffel 02.

0030 River Seine / from the Tour Eiffel.

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Sloths and Surfing at Costa Rica’s Puerto Viejo Beach, Manzanillo: videos included! by da-AL

Costa Ricans are among the happiest people in the world, according to scientific studies.

That explains how pura vida (pure life or good life) has come to be used by all Costa Ricans to greet, to encourage, and to convey all around friendliness.

Some other interesting facts about Costa Rica:

  • Just about everyone there speaks English.
  • The country has only two seasons – rainy and not as rainy.
  • Temps are 80’s and 90s Fahrenheit year ’round.
  • Every day of the year, sunrise and sunset are at 5:30.
  • It’s easy to get sunburned due to its being closer to the equator.
  • My husband and I used citronella wristbands and natural bug repellent, yet received fewer bug bites than many of our fellow travelers.

Take it from me — seeing a happy sloth close up definitely contributes to my sense of wellbeing!

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Costa Rica: Arenal Volcano, La Fortuna, Plus Videos by da-AL

Volcanos, waterfalls, and sheer fun abound in Costa Rica.

Arenal Volcano
Arenal Volcano

Hum a little tune as you watch these fast motion photos.

Learn more about Costa Rica here and here.

Costa Rica: Jungle Hiking, Indigenous Abodes, and Rafting the Pacuare River by da-AL

A popular medical tourism destination, Costa Ricans live longer than Northern Americans. How? Thanks to their socialized medicine system, strict anti-smoking laws, overall healthy focus, and low sugar consumption in.

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Learn more about Costa Rica here and here.

San Diego: Art, Dancing, Food, Gardens, Music, and Quilts by da-AL

This was first posted on fellow blogger Jeyran’s site.

A San Diego’s museum shark threatens to bite my head off, but I'm fiercer!
A San Diego’s museum shark threatens to bite my head off, but I’m fiercer!

San Diego is only a couple of hours drive from my Los Angeles County home. That said, how can it be that prior to a few months ago, years had passed since I’d visited?

Originally, my husband and I planned to only overnight in San Diego, en route to Guadalupe, Mexico’s burgeoning wine and culinary arts region. In the best way, San Diego romanced us into saving Mexico for the future.

The first night, we ambled through the Gaslamp District, a happening area pulsing with nightlife, street performers, and restaurants.

The next day we perused Balboa Park’s abundance of science and art museums, many of them free admission, and gardens.

Colorful American quilts wowed me!

What detail and texture on these Russian icons!

A reader, one of my fave creatures, rocks Italian painter Savoldo’s painting!

16dpmuseumIn Little Italy that night we enjoyed a terrific highfaluting dinner infused with basil, oregano, and garlic at a non-gourmet price. Afterward, we tangoed among friendly dancers on a great floor.

Our last day, before leaving for home, we brunched Mexican style in Old Town. Under shady trees, a series of live bands rocked, salsaed, and serenaded us.

Thank you, San Diego!