Sunrise, Sunset

I am still out every morning doing my walk. This whole area around my Mom’s place is paved with walkways away from the streets which is nice.

There was a full moon the other day, the Harvest Moon which usually occurs in September but this year was in October, so called because it occurs near the Autumn Solstice. I had forgotten to check it out the night before but at dawn, when I went out to walk, I noticed that it was really light and that I didn’t need my flash light and thought at first there was a bright street light but then realized that it was the full moon, lighting my way.

I’ve been going through my Mom’s photos and found this one of me. Mom can’t remember how old I was when it was taken. I’m guessing two or three months. I guess now days they would have to put an iPhone in the baby’s hands to be authentic.

Starbucks on dawn. The guy sitting there in the blue shirt is Maurice. He has finally arrived sick and with jet lag, but here. It’s been a long time.

 

This and That

I usually do posts about This and That in Paris but, since I have a few photos that are unconnected to each other, here we go, only in the States.

When I caught an Uber for the ride to the airport for a plane to Texas, this was my driver. He was a very nice man and the hair, hat, and turquoise bracelet interested me. I usually have interesting conversations with Uber drivers. A lot of them are retired and either wanting to keep busy or needing the extra cash. This Willie Nelson lookalike had a disabled wife at home, was working for extra income and didn’t drive on week-ends because he didn’t want to drive drunks. Several drivers have told me about really drunk people, usually college girls, who use Uber which could be dangerous it seems to me. At least they aren’t driving. I have a grandson in college who has started being an Uber driver just a few hours a week and making a decent income. He doesn’t do nights either because he doesn’t want anyone to throw up in his car. One driver told me he once went to pick up a hamburger at Mcdonalds for delivery. Seems a bit lazy to me. The world is changing. Sometimes I feel really old.

I’m still walking everyday. I find myself awake at 4 am most mornings for some reason and I think, “What the heck, might as well get out and walk” which I do. I skip walking in the sun when I do this and it’s actually cool and I get to see sunrises. Clouds add so much to a sunrise or sunset. Of course, by 8 or so, I have been up for hours and by noon, I need a nap. I don’t know how all of this will work when Maurice arrives but he will probably have jet lag anyway so we can get out together.

I was walking the other day and a light from a nearby building was shining through the trees and it made this pattern on the ground which looked liked trees themselves. Somehow I noticed this.

Morning Walk

Maurice and I walk just about every morning unless I get up really early and walk with a friend. Sometimes I want a change from the usual, though beautiful, Promenade Plantée and I wanted to get a photo of Spring flowers with the Eiffel Tower in the background on a day of sunshine (rain was expected the next day) so we took a metro which was packed with people on their way to work to the Eiffel Tower and then walked to Concorde from there before taking a metro back home.

Pretty pink flowers everywhere.

These yellow bushes are everywhere, all over Paris.

This girl was having photos taken. I noticed that her gown matches the pink flowers in the tree above her.

We walked right along side the Seine up to Pont Alexander III, the prettiest bridge in Paris.

Then went up to the street level to cross it and on down to Concorde.

High Line

The High Line in New York City, a reclaimed railroad track, is a very popular site. It’s full of tourists and locals walking high above the city getting great views of New York. I like the Promenade Plantée in Paris better, mainly because of the plants and flowers, but it is still unique and interesting.

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A look at the walkway.

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A glimpse of the Empire State Building. I saw the Statue of Liberty too.

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I looked for some but never saw any.

image We did see this however. It was very lifelike and I wondered if it was a man but there was no movement. Art of a sort I guess.

image The setting sun.

image There was a Samsung store on the street below the High Line which was rather like an Apple store with people to help, products for sale, and even a cafe. They were promoting those new digital reality eyepieces. This was one being done down below on a stage. We tried one in special seats and “saw” elephants approaching, dinasaurs running, etc. Very cool.

A Pretty Walk

I love to get outside and walk when the temperatures are cool and fall in in the air and golden leaves are everywhere. These photos were taken on the Promenade Planteé near our apartment building in early November.

img_2041 There had been a rain the night before and a lot of leaves came down.

img_2043 So nice to have this view as you walk along.

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There are very few flowers on the walk except for rose bushes so it was a delight to see these seasonal mums.

img_2047 The grass is green for a little longer.

img_2048 I loved the yellow leave behind this statue.

Nice Day for a Walk

I try to do a walk every day, sometimes a bit of running, and I usually head to nearby Promenade Plantée as there are tree lined paths, rose bushes and flowers. It’s especially nice if it’s a sunny day. Some times there are so many joggers that it’s crowded even early in the day. Anyway, here are a few photos I took on my last time there.

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There are some nice apartment buildings along the path as well as good views of older buildings in the area.

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The sun always does good things with architecture.

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This bridge crosses over a nice expanse of grass below.

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Here’s the grass area. Doesn’t it look green and inviting?