Lots of people on the street selling a variety of the same cast model of the Eiffel Tower.
Mimi fulfilling her dream of roller skating under the Eiffel Tower.
There is street art everywhere in Paris
I forget what was being made here, but I liked how the upper part of the window was frosted so you could only see the hands and workspace.
The Latin Quarter at night.
Crepes and Sandwiches
Here at Chez Alain Miam Miam you will get the best sandwich or the best sweet (or savory) crepe you have ever had. Located within a farmers market in the Le Marais neighborhood.
Just look at this thing.
You see a lot of great things traveling on public transportation.
Throughout the city you can find this game being played.
The grave of Jim Morrison.
My wife being not impressed.
Fitting sight in a graveyard
Apparently you're supposed to kiss his grave?
Found this interesting bar on the roof of an apartment building, no signs or anything. Just get in the elevator and take it to the top. Not super interesting inside, but the view (even on a rainy day) was pretty nice.
Loved these little gas stations just on the side of the road.
There are burritos in Paris, and they are pretty good. My wife had us looking for burritos everywhere we went for her "research"
Carousel of Terror
The horses on this carousel at the base of Montmartre are scary.
After his head was cut off, Denis is said to have picked it up and walked ten kilometers, preaching a sermon the entire way.
Under the streets of Paris is a maze of tunnels, some used as catacombs. Its a pretty cool thing to see, and one of the few times we waited in line to do something "touristy"
Procession at the Arc de Triomphe on V-Day
This guy and his contraption was causing quite the traffic jam on the narrow streets of Paris
This little peeing statue that is one of the most viewed items in the city, here he is dressed up. The outfits change through the year, and are sent as gifts from all over the world.
Kinda hard to believe that this crowed of tourists are here to see a 2ft tall statue of a peeing boy. There is always a crowd there.
Beer, lots and lots of it.
No trip to Belgium is complete without tasting lots of different beers.
This narrow corridor of tourist trap eateries, don't eat here.
A must visit to what is a dying breed of spontaneous fermentation breweries.
The buskers in Europe are some of the best I have ever encountered.
A beautiful spring day
The best sandwiches in town..
Tonton Garby is the greatest sandwich/cheese shop I visited in all of Europe, mostly because of the shop owner. Please go visit him and eat his delicious creations
Not quite sure what this is, it was embedded in the sidewalk.
Lamp Post in Brussles
Fries are a big thing in this part of the world
This place not only had great fries, but perhaps the best signage ever.
An interesting interpretation of the peeing boy.
I have a thing for the different crosswalk buttons throughout the world.
Flea Market in Antwerp
An odd statue near the river in Antwerp
Antwerp Central Station
Brouwerij De Halve Maan
Obligatory brewery tour in Brugge
The view from the belfry.
This was the Friday night of Pride weekend. It was beautiful.
a la Becasse
Théâtre Royal de Toone
A bar that houses an old marionette theater, it was a great experience.
Some photos from Munich in spring of 2015
Every day at 11 a.m. (as well as 12 p.m. and 5 p.m. in summer) it chimes and re-enacts two stories from the 16th century
Surfing on the man made river that flows through Munich
These guys are taking the business of busking to a whole new level.
Man I miss these.
The Glockenspiel as seen from the bell tower of St. Peter's Church
St. Peter's Church
The patron saint of "spinsters"
Following 1923's abortive Beer Hall Putsch, and the subsequent rise of the Nazi party, the Feldherrnhalle became a monument for Hitler's movement, with pedestrians expected to salute when passing by, but the nearby Viscardigasse alley provided an alternate route for those that refused to show their support.
Some strange art on the walls of the Munich Residenz
Brunch the Bavarian way
Photos from Venice in spring of 2015
The Grand Canal
One of the many specialized boats that seem to have been born in Venice, some kind of crane boat for picking up garbage maybe.
Everything in Venice is done via little boats.
Being an island city there are not many parks, and in the afternoons the children of the city are just playing wherever they can find the space. This little girl was zipping back and forth in a little square.
Color of Burano
Burano is a small island in the lagoon. All the home owners and business owners have painted all the buildings in bright colors.
Books on a Boat
This is a book store in Venice that has flooded so many times that the owner has started just keeping books inside boats.
Rome is a beautiful city, this was the 1st stop for my wife and I on our 7 week adventure in Europe. Hope you enjoy these photos as much as I enjoyed taking them while exploring this amazing city.
This is the first pcture I took as I exited the metro for the 1st time in the city, I was so excited i just had to shoot something.
People people everywhere. At the end of the street you see the Spanish Steps, a popular meeting spot for both locals and tourists alike.
The Rain in Spagna
Here is just a fun one of Mimi standing in Piazza di Spagna in a light rain, when it rains this city really starts to feel less crowded because everyone runs for cover. We didn't run.
Mass Transit Mimi
Learning to move around the city like Romans do.
Part of me was tired of all the people here, but now looking at this photo, the people give a good reference for just how giant this place really is.
One of the few moments where I was able to catch without my frame being full of tour groups.
If these walls could talk...
There is a plaque at the base of this cross that reads:
"The amphitheater, one consecrated to triumphs, entertainments, and the impious worship of pagan gods, is now dedicated to the sufferings of the martyrs purified from impious superstitions."
Arch of Titus
A monument built in the 1st century commemorating Titus' victories. This arch also served as the inspiration of many other triumphal arches.
Hippodrome of Domitian
Located on Palatine Hill.
The Roman Forum
Some of these structures date back to the 7th century BC. A lot of the magic of this place is killed by the throngs of people visiting, I often wondered if some of the other visitors even cared about the history and what this place represents in terms of the history of mankind
Arch of Septimius Severus
Here we see the Arch of Septimius Severus, with the church Santi Luca e Martina in the background.
Sun in the Piazza
This man was just relaxing in the sun in Piazza di S. Slivestro. Like so many other Romans, he is taking advantage of the beautiful public spaces the city has to offer.
This is the best way to get around the city, scooters rule the roads of Rome.
St. Peter's at night
Man in Piazza Campo De Fiori
Taking a Break
Truly and amazing structure, nothing can prepare you for walking up to this building and entering the massive front doors.
View from the Typewriter
Amsterdam is a beautiful place, bustling with people racing around on bicycles, canals filled with boats and an energy I have never felt in another city.
This was the view from the apartment we had for our 7 days in Amsterdam
The Other View
Looking the other way.
Almost a Ladder
This buildings here are tall and narrow, the stairs are practically the same as stairs you would find on a ship/boat.
The Saint Andrews Crosses that appear on the flag of Amsterdam are etched into the base of the rails along the canals through the city.
There is bike parking everywhere, and it all seems to be full all the time.
Looks like some mischievous character knocked these bikes over as if they were dominoes.
The Night Watch
Many people visiting the Rijksmuseum to catch a glimpse of one of the worlds most famous paintings
Amsterdam in the spring there are flowers blooming everywhere!
Steak Knife @ Cannibale Royale
Gotta love a place that brings you a full on chefs knife with your steak.
Just an absolutely beautiful spring day
A guy enjoying is lunch at the edge of the canal on a warm spring day.
Tulips at Keukenhof
These gardens are open 3 months out of the year, and 1 million people visit in that 3 month span. Over 7 million bulbs are planed here each year.
While I was there, a carnival filled Dam Square.
In July of 2015, a good friend of mine was riding a motorcycle to every state capital promoting motorcycle safety for Allstate motorcycle insurance. I joined him in San Francisco and accompanied him for about 3 weeks.
This journey took me through California, Oregon, Washington, a ferry to Alaska, Yukon Territory, British Columbia, Alberta, Montana, and Wyoming.
I crossed paths with old friends, and made new friends on this journey.