Silent Sunday: NYC Harbor – Foundations

Silent Sunday: NYC Harbor – Foundations

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Silent Sunday: Remembering the Florida Keys

Silent Sunday: Remembering the Florida Keys

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© Pier at Hawk’s Cay Resort, Carol Labuzzetta, 2011
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Resort Grounds, © Carol Labuzzetta, 2011
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Sun Shadow Phenomenon, © Carol Labuzzetta, 2011
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Lagoon Rest, © Carol Labuzzetta, 2011
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Sea Grass and Sea Oats, Sombero Beach, Florida Keys, © Carol Labuzzetta, 2011.
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©  Bahia Honda State Park, Florida Keys, Carol Labuzzetta, 2011
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© Carol Labuzzetta, Sunset at Hawk’s Cay Lagoon, 2011
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Water Bird, Florida Keys, © Carol Labuzzetta, 2011
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 Water Rest, © Carol Labuzzetta, 2011
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Hawk’s Cay Sun Shadow, © Carol Labuzzetta, 2011
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Sombero Beach, Florida Keys, © Carol Labuzzetta, 2011
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A Street in the Keys, © Carol Labuzzetta, 2011
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Resort Signage, © Carol Labuzzetta, 2011
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 Sunset over the Lagoon © Carol Labuzzetta, 2011
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Dusk at the Lagoon, © Carol Labuzzetta, 2011
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Keys Kitsch, © Carol Labuzzetta, 2011
A Year Later: Still Pining for The Hague, Netherlands, and Maybe a Tulip or Two.

A Year Later: Still Pining for The Hague, Netherlands, and Maybe a Tulip or Two.

Last September, I was fortunate enough to visit The Netherlands, specifically the city of The Hague with my oldest son. He presented at an international scientific conference as a college student on some research he had conducted over the previous two years. I was able to go with him on my first trip to Europe!  It was a fast trip, but one that left me wanting more. I would like to return to Holland, as well as take more trips with my son.

We found the city of Den Haag easy to get around, clean, filled with busy yet polite people, and beautiful to look at. Here are some shots of the streets of Den Haag (The Hague). There are many types of architecture which meant that there was always something interesting to look at during our daily adventures.

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We did a lot of walking, riding the buses and trams, and sightseeing in between his conference obligations. All presenters also had to volunteer time at this conference. Having been both a conference presenter and volunteer myself, I know what an obligation this can be. So, the first morning there, I made my way to one of the many museums in The Hague to occupy my time while my son was busy volunteering. I felt comfortable walking from our hotel – a quaint room in an old mansion – now a Best Western affiliate in a residential section of the city, to this particular museum.

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Given it was our first day, I was not all that sure of using the public transportation by myself.  As we found out later, the public trams and buses were safe, reliable, clean, and easy to use since we had purchased passes that allowed unlimited rides to anywhere in the area we were staying and even to Delft, a mere 30 minutes away, and the beach, Scheveningen – on the North Sea, which was even closer.

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Delft, © Carol Labuzzetta, 2016
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Scheveningen, © Carol Labuzzetta, 2016

The beach was deserted the day we visited, but you could imagine how popular it would be on a hot summer day! We got to see this seagull trying to eat a tennis ball! He did get it in his mouth, too! I wonder if it smelled like fish?

 

 

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Some of our the most memorable places include those off the beaten track, such as the trek we took a year ago tomorrow to visit three windmills in the Dutch countryside. It was an adventure well worth it!

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Trips to the conference venue continued intermittently throughout the week, with us being able to explore different routes around the city. We walked where and when we could, somewhat afraid to ride a bike in this face paced, yet professional appearing city. There were advantages to walking in that we could take in all the new surroundings have to offer and easily return to a place, if desired, later in the trip. In a few short days we found a two restaurants we liked enough to return to twice, tried two grocery stores, bought some fancy dutch chocolate – although I think the STAM chocolatiers (also, Dutch) in Ames, Iowa are just as good and much less pretentious, stuck our toes in the North Sea, travelled the trams like we were pros – except for the one time we got on going the wrong way,  gawked at artwork by some of the most famous Dutch Masters, wandered into the countryside armed only with a map and an accurate inner compass that my young companion has always had, felt reverent in some ancient kerks (churches), and luckily were not run over by any bicyclists!

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Yes, there was a lot to like about Den Haag. I am drawn to go back in the future. It is a place that is both old and new, with a glistening city centre bordered by centuries old parliament buildings and churches. There are museums for art lovers, bistros and music for those to love the culture of food, as well as a sense of a history of sustainable living with the bicyclists, solar panels, windmills, canals systems, and dikes. I guess I am just attracted to a place that functions to uphold peace and justice on an international level. The architecture draws me in as well, since old seems revered and appreciated, while the need for new is recognized. Somehow, it all worked together!  Until the future arrives, Den Haag, I bid you adieu but will continue to admire you from afar.

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This is my third post on Den Haag. You can visit my other posts  here and here.

 

Silent Sunday: Churches

Silent Sunday: Churches

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Old Kerk, Delft, The Netherlands, © Carol Labuzzetta, 2016
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St. Peter’s in St. George Bermuda, © Carol Labuzzetta, 2017
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Pretty Church in Madison, Wisconsin, © Carol Labuzzetta, 2012
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Mission Church in Hanalei, Kauai, © Carol Labuzzetta, 2013
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Altar in St. Patrick’s Cathedral, NYC, © Carol Labuzzetta, 2013

 

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Our Doors Are Open, Church in Madison, Wisconsin, © Carol Labuzzetta, 2012
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Trinity Church in NYC, Stained Glass Altar © Carol Labuzzetta, 2013
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Arched Doorway at St. John the Divine in NYC, © Carol Labuzzetta 2013
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Facade at St. John the Divine Cathedral, NYC, © Carol Labuzzetta, 2013

 

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Old Church in Hamilton Bermuda, © Carol Labuzzetta, 2017
Silent Sunday: More Beautiful Bermuda

Silent Sunday: More Beautiful Bermuda

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Last Night Sunset. August 2017.

 

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© J. Labuzzetta, 2017. Moongate.

 

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© Carol Labuzzetta, Trail to the LIghthouse from Hotel, Bermuda. 2017.
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© Azure Waters. Tabacco Bay. Bermuda. 2017.
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© Royal Navy Dockyard Grounds, Bermuda. 2017.
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© St. Peter’s Church. One of the Oldest in the New World, Bermuda, 2017.
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© National Museum. Bermuda, 2017.
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© Carol Labuzzetta, Kite from the America’s Cup Race, 2017. Bermuda.
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© Pretty Pastels and White Roofs, Bermuda. 2017. 
The Dockyard. National Museum 2017
© National Museum at the Dockyard, Bermuda, 2017.
St. George Local Reststop 2017
© Local Reststop, St. George. Bermuda. 2017.
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© Pink Sand Beach at Hotel, Southhampton, Bermuda. 2017.
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© Carol Labuzzetta. Huh? Beer Served Badger Style in Bermuda. 2017.
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© Clear Blue. Bermuda. 2017.
Silent Sunday: Gibbs Hill Lighthouse, Bermuda, One of the Oldest Cast Iron Lighthouses in the World (Circa, 1846).

Silent Sunday: Gibbs Hill Lighthouse, Bermuda, One of the Oldest Cast Iron Lighthouses in the World (Circa, 1846).

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Silent Sunday: Randomness

Silent Sunday: Randomness

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© Plum Harvest,  Carol Labuzzetta, 2015
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Plums, ©Carol Labuzzetta, 2015
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© Johnson’s Blue Perrenial Geranium, Carol Labuzzetta, 2014
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© Butterfly Waystation, Carol Labuzzetta, 2009
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© Carol Labuzzetta, Bahia Honda State Park, Florida,  2009
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View from Washington Monument,  © Carol Labuzzetta, 2015