Cowboy’s Best Friend

Years ago we attended a nature walk through the desert near Scottsdale Arizona. Our guide pointed to one of these cactus and called it the cowboys best friend. The needles could be used as emergency sutures or to sew up torn jeans or boots. It is a variety of Cholla cactus and they are plentiful in the Sonora Desert of the southwestern United States and Mexico.

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Cowboy’s Best Friend

Viking Hiln

Last October we toured Europe for four weeks and I have been posting a selection of images from the trip for months. For eight days our floating hotel was the Viking Hiln. OK all the Viking ships have weird Nordic names. I am sorry I didn’t capture more pictures on the ship. It was truly a luxury vessel with beautiful facilities. The service and meals were 5 star and the service by the crew was even better.

Our sail was along the Rhine River from Amsterdam to Basel Switzerland. Day long excursions to castles and towns were rewarded with nighttime shipboard entertainment. Here are a few shots I captured, I guess I will have to take another cruise to really photograph the ship.

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The Viking Hiln

The Sun Deck
Evening Entertainment

Personal Housekeeping

Cruising the Rhine Gorge

St. Stephen’s Revisited

Last year I posted about St. Stephen’s Cathedral (Stephansdom) which is the founding church of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Vienna and the seat of the Archbishop of Vienna. It is a huge Gothic Cathedral in the Stephansplatz and construction began in 1339.

I love the interior shot of the Cathedral in that post but found these images which show the interior and exterior of the Cathedral. It is difficult to get a shot of the whole Cathedral. In addition to the immense size it is squeezed in between other narrow streets at buildings. You would need a crane, drone or helicopter to capture it.

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St. Stephen’s Revisited

St. Stephen’s Revisited

California Science Center

The first time I ever went to a science center was in the 1970’s in Toronto. It was fun and enlightening and we have made a habit of going to Science Centers as we travel around the world. We have been to centers in New Jersey,San Francisco, Chicago, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Milan and others.

This year we went to The California Science Center in Los Angeles for the first time. It is a beautifully designed facility and the special exhibit was the Magic of Pixar. It was a fun peak behind the science of animation. They also limited the amount of people in the special exhibit through reservations so it was never too crowded and it made the exhibit more accessible

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California Science Center

California Science Center

National Geographic at Kinderjik

Last time we visited Holland we took a tour of the UNESCO site at Kinderjik. The Windmills of Kinderdijk are along the Rhine River in Holland south of Amsterdam. They are used to manage water and eliminate flooding and have been in existence since the 15th Century.

Our guide told us that this yellow wooden frame was to mark the spot where a National Geographic Cover was photographed. I don’t think that the yellow frame was placed by the Magazine but rather the tourist authority that manages the site.

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National Geographic at Kinderjik

Köln Waterfront Church

Köln (Cologne) is the largest city in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia. Köln survived the largest bombardment of any city in Europe by the Royal Air Force In World War Two. It was nearly destroyed in the process but has been thoughtfully reconstructed. This waterfront church is a example of the reconstructed city.

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Köln Waterfront Church

Another View from Indian Canyons

Recently I posted about Indian Canyons. That post featured a view along Murray Canyon Trail.
This view was taken from the foot of Palm Canyon Trail. in the background are the San Jacinto Mountains.

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Another View from Indian Canyons