Thursday, October 31, 2013

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

All Painted Up

What happens to a ladder in these parts!

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Friday, October 25, 2013

Burano, Italy

Our next stop was the beautiful little island of Burano. The houses are all painted in wonderful colors. As in Venice, there are no cars here, but more little parks. Next time we come to this area with the dog, we will stay here instead of Venice!

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Murano Glass Blowing

We stopped briefly in Murano to watch a glass blowing demonstration. Amazing!

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Beetle Mania

We saw this wallpaper at an art exhibit which was part of the Biennale Arte di Venezia. The beetle with a spot on it's back was named by Oskar Scheibel, a Yugoslav amateur entomologist, who was a huge fan of Adolf Hitler. When he discovered this cave beetle, he named it Anophthalmus hitleri.

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Monday, October 14, 2013

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Tuesday, October 8, 2013


It was the first decent weather we had seen in months at the beginning of June and tourist season wasn't quite in full swing yet (though there were still FAR too many of them), so we decided to make an impromptu trip to Venice. It was Janet's first time and it had been 25 years since I was in Venice, so I was happy to go back. Walking around at night is the most pleasant since most of the tourists (some from cruise ships) are gone. I love taking photos during the "blue hour." Unfortunately, I did not have the big camera and tripod along on our walk, so the photos aren't the best quality.

Monday, October 7, 2013


We spotted this BIG hedgehog in our garden. I didn't get close enough to take a great shot. This guy was as big as a large cat!

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Bastille Day

Last July 14th was Bastille Day in France. We watched the Ferney fireworks from our balcony. The moon was competing with the fireworks!

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Sun Bathing

Charlie finally goes out on the balcony by himself to lie on the warm tiles.

Friday, October 4, 2013

Hiking with a View

Janet and Charlie hike in the meadows of the Jura with the Alps and Mont Blanc in the background and Lake Geneva under the haze.

Thursday, October 3, 2013


We went for a lovely hike in the Jura last weekend with a friend and her kids. The weather was stunning. In this photo Aurelie (who loves animals) is trying to make friends with a cow we saw on the hike.