Friday, December 3, 2021

Cool Jazz (Weekend Street/Reflections # 45)


 New York City

It was Christmas Eve 2015 and he was only wearing a t-shirt. He was so cool he had goosebumps. 😄 I think it started to snow later that evening.

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Friday, November 26, 2021

L'ivrogne (Weekend Street/Reflections # 44)


 Paris, France

I think he drank a little too much that night.😉

"Ami remplis mon verre

Encore un et je vas

Encore un et je vais

Non je ne pleure pas

Je chante et je suis gai

Mais j'ai mal d'être moi

Ami remplis mon verre

Ami remplis mon verre" - Jacques Brel

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Friday, November 19, 2021

Arts et Métiers (Weekend Street/Reflections # 43)

Paris, France

A sad but increasingly common scene these days.

I saw the broken coconut (noix de coco in French) near the man's feet and a French proverb came to mind, "Qui a des noix en casse, qui n'en a pas s'en passe." I don't remember where I learned it, and I'm not sure I know what it means. If you know what it means in English or French, please share in the comments.
 

Have a great weekend and a Happy Thanksgiving!

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Friday, November 12, 2021

Spy vs Spy (Weekend Street/Reflections # 42)

Lyon, France
 

Continuing with last week's theme.😎

The black and white lines and this man's style remind me of a comic that I used to like when I was a kid.                  

                                                      Spy vs Spy


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Friday, November 5, 2021

Bienvenue à Zédel (Weekend/Street Reflections # 41)


 London, England

He would be a good spy because his legs seem to blend into the wall. I'm a better spy because I was able to take his picture undetected.👀😎

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Friday, October 29, 2021

Campo Santa Maria Formosa (Weekend/Street Reflections # 40)

 

Venice, Italy

There are some reflections in the foreground to go with the evening street scene.

Happy Halloween!

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Friday, October 22, 2021

L'ennui de la Laverie (Weekend Street/Reflections # 39)


 Paris, France

This is not the most enjoyable way to spend an evening but sometimes it has to be done. 😊

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Friday, October 15, 2021

Une terrasse à Philadelphie (Weekend Street/Reflections # 38)

 

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

An interesting fellow having lunch alone in The French Quarter.

Pourquoi devrions-nous toujours déjeuner avec quelqu'un ?

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Friday, October 8, 2021

Timesaver (Weekend Street/Reflections # 37)


 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

I thought it was interesting that he was wearing two watches and reading two books at the same time. Then I noticed the reading material between his arms. I wonder if he had a pocket watch to complete the sets of three?

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Friday, October 1, 2021

Nostalgia (Weekend Street/Reflections # 36)


 Lyon, France

Reminiscing about the good old days.😃

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Friday, September 24, 2021

Balloons (Weekend/Street Reflections # 35)


 Costa Mesa, California

Sometimes it's good to look at things from a different perspective.

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Friday, September 17, 2021

Surprise Attack! (Weekend/Street Reflections # 34)


 San Diego, California

I was trying to figure out the settings on my smartphone camera when all of a sudden this guy popped up and started grinding pepper over my salad. I was a little startled but that didn't stop me from taking his picture. Aren't they supposed to ask if you want pepper? 😀

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Friday, September 10, 2021

Rainy Day (Weekend Street/Reflections # 33)


 Doylestown, Pennsylvania

The farmer's market in Doylestown Pennsylvania on 13 September 2014. It probably wasn't a very profitable day.

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Friday, September 3, 2021

Philadelphia Romance (Weekend Street/Reflections # 32)

 

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

This cool December evening in 2015 seems like a lifetime ago. If I remember correctly the violinist was playing Winter by Vivaldi. 

Bon week-end!

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Friday, August 27, 2021

Ready, Aim, Click, Click (Weekend Street/Reflections # 31)

 

Rome, Italy

I was able to click a few shots before this guy shot once. They don't call me the fastest shot in the West for nothing. 

I heard some cheering as I walked away so they must have been impressed. Hmm..on second thought, maybe he hit the bullseye. 😄


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Friday, August 20, 2021

Le Flipper (Weekend Street/Reflections # 30)


 Lyon, France

Unlike last week's photo, there was little chance of these guys noticing me. It's been a while since I've played a pinball machine, but I remember how captivating they can be.

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Friday, August 13, 2021

Living the Dream on Balboa Island (Weekend Street/Reflections # 29)


 Newport Beach, California                                     Balboa Island       


This week's title can also be found in the photo. Look below the "Hot Spiced Cider" sign.😎

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Friday, August 6, 2021

La Gazza Ladra/The Thieving Magpie (Weekend Street/Reflections # 28)


 Florence, Italy

La Gazza Ladra (The Thieving Magpie in English) is a pretty cool name for a jewelry store. The woman in front of the shop was either smoking a cigarette or blowing me a kiss.😀

La gazza ladra is also an opera semiseria by Gioachino Rossini. 


I hope you are having a good summer!

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Friday, July 30, 2021

Dangerous Crossing (Weekend Street/Reflections # 27)


 New York City

A  vendor crossing the street at night. 

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Friday, July 23, 2021

The Captain (Weekend Street/Reflections # 26)

 

Venice, Italy

I couldn't tell what she was looking at, but it must have been interesting. She was focused on something before, during, and after I took the picture. It wasn't a person because she and I were the only two people on either side of the canal. One of the perks of traveling off-season. 

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Friday, July 16, 2021

An Evening in Soho (Weekend Street/Reflections # 25)

 

London, England.

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Friday, July 9, 2021

A Rainy Day in Venice (Weekend Street/Reflections # 24)


 Venice, Italy

In 2014 (5 years before last week's picture), I took this picture from the bedroom window of an apartment that I rented on Airbnb.

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Friday, July 2, 2021

Vino, Donne e Canto/Wine, Women and Song (Weekend Street/Reflections # 23)

 

Venice, Italy

An enjoyable evening in Venice.




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Friday, June 25, 2021

Le Kiosque de Paris (Weekend Street/Reflections # 22)

 

Paris, France

Some yellow flowers to brighten the day! 

I think the woman on the bike wants a bouquet to go with her scarf.

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Friday, June 18, 2021

“L’amour c’est comme une cigarette” (Weekend Street/Reflections # 21)

 

Lyon, France

I was hoping that she would hop on the little motorcycle and do some wheelies, but she just stood there smoking.

I was reminded of two songs.

“L’amour c’est comme une cigarette” by Silvie Vartan and "Possible en Moto" by Johnny Hallyday. 😎 

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Friday, June 11, 2021

Il Fornaio (Weekend Street/Reflections # 20)


 Rome, Italy

I enjoy having coffee and cookies at Il Fornaio in Rome, but it's hard to choose the cookies because they all look so good.

Like me, the guy outside was having a difficult time deciding which baked goods to buy. 

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Friday, June 4, 2021

Window Shopping in the Rain (Weekend Street/Reflections # 19)

 

Florence, Italy

Did she buy something? Did she meet the man walking toward her? Probably not, but I don't know. After the click of the shutter, I was already looking for the next scene to unfold. 

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Friday, May 28, 2021

Night Rider (Weekend Street/Reflections # 18)


 Florence, Italy

My back was turned but I could hear a bike coming my way, so I spun around and snapped a quick picture as he zipped by. That's what I'd call a lucky shot. 😀👍

Happy Memorial Day Weekend!


It's been a month since the last Covid update for my city.

Newport Beach population 86,000:

As of May 28, 2021, there are less than 50 active cases but there were 2 deaths since the last update. (total deaths 77)  Hopefully the cases will go to zero soon.

I'm glad to see other towns and cities are opening up!


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Friday, May 21, 2021

"Je suis venu j'ai bu j'me souviens plus" ! (Weekend Street/Reflections # 17)

Aha ! une rencontre amoureuse.


 Ne vous inquiétez pas, je ne le dirai à personne.

Lyon, France

He caught me taking their picture so I said something funny and they seemed to appreciate it, 

I don't remember what I said so I improvised with the text above the photos.😀


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Friday, May 14, 2021

La théorie de la vitre brisée (Weekend/Street Reflections # 16)

Lyon, France

We've almost always rented apartments with washing machines while traveling in Europe, but once while staying in a hotel, we used a  laundromat. It seemed like a waste of valuable time. However, I like to know where the nearest laundromat is just in case. 😎 

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Friday, May 7, 2021

Il mercato del pesce di Rialto/Rialto Fish Market (Weekend Street/Reflections # 15)

 

Venice, Italy

Sometimes it's best to get advice from an expert. People have been buying fish at this market for over nine hundred years.

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Friday, April 30, 2021

A Slow Night at the Trattoria (Weekend Street/Reflections # 14)


 Newport Beach, California

I took this photo in 2018 however it could have been taken in 2020 or 2021 with more customers.  COVID restrictions haven't been enforced in my city and several restaurants have remained open. 

However, I think some restaurants were open only for takeaway for a while.

I've been tracking COVID since February 2020, and thankfully, it has never been a big problem here.

Newport Beach population 86,000:

As of April 29, 2021, there are approximately 134 cases.

From day one less than 5% of the population have been infected (3,868 cases), and of those infected, more than 98% survive. (total deaths 75)

How has it been where you live?


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Friday, April 23, 2021

Next Stop, Bologna Centrale (Weekend Street/Reflections # 13)

 

Bologna, Italy

It was 2014. We were on a train from Florence to Venice or maybe it was from Venice to Florence. My wife was trying to read a book called "Cat Bearing Gifts" while the two women were having a slightly loud conversation. Maybe I should have paid extra for “la carrozza silenzio.” Just kidding. They didn't bother my wife and I found them entertaining.

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Friday, April 16, 2021

Waiting? (Weekend Street/Reflections # 12)


 Santa Ana, California

Photographs can be visual templates for stories. We can fill in the blanks.

A few weeks ago, I posted a photo of a woman waiting for a bus in Paris, or maybe she was just resting her feet. 

What's the story here?  

She could be waiting for someone, or perhaps she's waiting for a pizza, or maybe it's something completely different. 

 

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Friday, April 9, 2021

Un Flâneur dans la Ville (Weekend Street/Reflections # 11)

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
 

"The French Quarter is an official district of Philadelphia, designated by the city, stretching between 17th and 19th streets east and west and Walnut and Sansom streets north to south. The designation was formalized in 1999. According to City Paper, the French Quarter of Philadelphia "... is one of the few places outside of France to support a flourishing French culture" although "it remains largely unknown to tourists and locals alike. "

"Le quartier français est un quartier officiel de Philadelphie, désigné par la ville, qui s'étend entre les 17e et 19e rues est et ouest et les rues Walnut et Sansom du nord au sud. La désignation a été officialisée en 1999. Selon City Paper , le quartier français de Philadelphie "... est l'un des rares endroits hors de France à soutenir une culture française florissante " même si "il reste largement méconnu des touristes et des autochtones".


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Friday, April 2, 2021

La Vita Inizia Dopo il Caffè/Life Begins After Coffee (Weekend Street/Reflections # 10)

 Florence, Italy

I've been a slave to morning coffee for many years, so I can relate.😃


Happy Easter/Joyeuses Pâques !


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