Western Europe Wine Quest

Images and the story of our 2022 Western Europe Wine Quest are here

(I will post all ten days as I work the images):

06_04_22 cruise DSC08517_DetailJune 4, Day One: France: La Havre, Honfleur

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See full size images at my gallery site: https://billterry1.smugmug.com/Places/Western-Europe-Wine-Quest-2022/


France: Day 5, June 8

Bordeaux, France

Morning walk to a church

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Sirena with Bordeaux in the background

 

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Narrow streets!


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Flower Shop at the end of a street

 

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Saint- Louis des Chartrons Roman Catholic Church (built in 1895)

 

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Guide explaining how part of the sides of the church had been restored.


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See full size images at my gallery site: https://billterry1.smugmug.com/Places/Western-Europe-Wine-Quest-2022/

Go here for a list of each day: https://www.billterry1.com/2022/07/western-europe-wine-quest.html

June 8, 2022


France: Day 4, June 07

La Rochelle, France

No planned shore excursion. We took a shuttle downtown and wandered around this beautiful seaport city located on the Bay of Biscay in western France.

 

Looking out to sea from the harbor

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Kids learning to sail tied together and pulled by a "mother boat."

The entrance to the city, surrounding the narrow harbor entrance, was built up with old battlements.  
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Views of the city and harbor
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Locks that open to let small boats out

Wandering around
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Bureau du Port

 

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Wilson supervising kids in boats

 

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Nice paint!


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Lunch at a great Italian restaurant... in France.

 

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Closing shot. Nice door.

See full size images at my gallery site: https://billterry1.smugmug.com/Places/Western-Europe-Wine-Quest-2022/

Go here for a list of each day: https://www.billterry1.com/2022/07/western-europe-wine-quest.html


June 7, 2022


France: Day 3, June 6

No shore excursion today, just a lazy day onboard with the Big Dinner with our tour group in the Tuscan Steakhouse. Since it was part of a wine quest, some very good wines and knowledge from Kelly

No formal images, it was all about focusing on wine, food and friends... excuse the grab shots!

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Prosciutto di San Daniele Riserva

 

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Caprese

 

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Introducing a wine to people who actually paid attention.

 

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Peek at Ruth's Risotto ali'Aragosta (lobstah!)

 

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Fagottini al Formaggio

 

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Wilson studying the menu up close.

 

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Osso Bucco (!!) w/ 2017 Saumur Champigny Roches Neuves

 

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More 'splaining.

 

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Terrible picture, GREAT dessert! "A Decadent Quintet"

 

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One of many toasts

 

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Forgot to save a copy of the menu so here is the best I got.

Later that evening...

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Entertainment and... more wine!


What a great evening with friends!

See full size images at my gallery site: https://billterry1.smugmug.com/Places/Western-Europe-Wine-Quest-2022/

Go here for a list of each day: https://www.billterry1.com/2022/07/western-europe-wine-quest.html

June 6, 2022


France: Day Two, June 5

Saint-Malo, France

It dawned gray and cloudy at the walled port city in northwestern France on the British Channel.

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Seagull on guard


  Unfortunately, our scheduled shore excursion once again did not occur. Fortunately, Kelly stepped up and, on the fly, led a great day in Saint-Malo. An excellent starter of Crepes de Froment (sweet crepes) at a local restaurant was followed by a walking tour of the city. Lunch at the Cafe de L'Quest led to a guided tour of the walls and city. 

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City Map

 

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One of many entrances

 

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Another entrance

 

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View from atop the wall

 

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Wilson posing for his fandom
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Narrow crowded streets within the walls


  Some apartment and wall images

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"Wall art"

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High tide in the morning

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See the object in the lower part of the image? We spent a while trying to figure out why there is a staircase out in the water. See the answer later.

LUNCH!!!

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Saint-Malo is known for its seafood!

 

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Flambé!

 

More wandering:

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Robert Surcouf (12 December 1773 – 8 July 1827) was a French privateer and slave trader who operated in the Indian Ocean between 1789 and 1801, and again from 1807 to 1808, capturing over 40 prizes. He later amassed a large fortune as a ship-owner, from privateering, commercial activities,the illegal slave trade,and as a landowner. Buried in Saint-Malo. He is pointing towards England, his favorite hunting grounds.

 

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Stained glass

 

Low tide in the afternoon

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Look at the lower right, the staircase at hightide reveals itself and a diving platform for a saltwater pool at low tide.

See full size images at my gallery site: https://billterry1.smugmug.com/Places/Western-Europe-Wine-Quest-2022/

June 5, 2022


France: Day One, June 4

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Western Europe Wine Quest
Day One, La Havre and Honfleur, France

On the first day of our ten-day wine cruise, the scheduled shore excursion never got started because the bus never arrived. We had been told that lasting effects of the Pandemic could wreak havoc on scheduled events. 

Kelly, our intrepid leader (the one with no red hat), took over, organizing an off-the-cuff wandering. First, a ship-sponsored shuttle bus into La Havre, followed by a tram to the downtown bus station. We got bus tickets to the small city of Honfleur. It was about an hour or so before the bus left, so some of us took a cab to the scenic Hanging Gardens in La Havre, a mid-19th-century fortress with manicured gardens.

La Havre

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City of La Havre from atop the Hanging Gardens

 

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War Memorial downtown. La Havre was decimated during WWII, suffering terrible civilian casualties.
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Big Birds guarding City Hall (Hotel de Ville translates to City Hall)

 

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Big Bird up close

 

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Red Plant at the Gardens
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Another view of La Havre

 

Honfleur

A crowded intra- city bus took us to the picturesque city of Honfleur. Known for its Vieux-Bassin (old harbor), lined with 16th- to 18th-century townhouses, the city was hosting a giant farmers market with booths lining the major streets. An outdoor lunch at an excellent small local restaurant, where no one spoke English, and wandering the streets filled the day. 

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Vieux-Bassin

The Market

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Lunch!

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Wandering

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Cook's window

 

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Artist's window


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Old Harbor patrolled by a Duck

 A return bus, tram ride and a 45 minute walk through beautiful La Havre got us back to the ship. Wonderful day. 

See full size images at my gallery site: https://billterry1.smugmug.com/Places/Western-Europe-Wine-Quest-2022/

June 4, 2022 


London wandering, part two


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Wandering around London on the 2nd level of a Big Red Bus. We spent our last day in London playing tourist on the top deck of one of London's omnipresent double-decker tour busses. 

 

Trafalgar Square 

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Vice-Admiral Horatio Nelson, 1st Viscount Nelson, 1st Duke of Bronte, KB

 

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I'm not sure I completely get British humor. At a corner of Trafalgar Square

 

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At another corner of Trafalgar Square... shouldn't it be named the Vice- Admiralty?

 

A lasting memory of London- very crowded and lots of slow moving traffic
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Big Ben is the name of the bell, not the tower

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The Tower is the Elizabeth Tower


From London Bridges
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Lots of strange creatures on big pedestals
 
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Two guys hangin' out... holding Earths?

 

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A homage, not to the Colonel, to "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street" (it is on Fleet Street)


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The Hung Drawn and Quartered. Pleasant name for a big pub.
 

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A small construction. 'Drove by it at one of the times the bus actually moved quickly, so I really don't know what it is for.
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End with another pass by Big Ben

Full-size images are at my Gallery site: https://billterry1.smugmug.com/Places/London-2022/

June 14, 2022


London wandering, part one

We were in London for a few days earlier this month before and after a cruise. Ruth's first time and my last visit was in the 70's.  A lot of the time was walking around the Paddington and Kensington areas, including the two big parks, Hyde and Kensington.

The week of the Queen's Platinum Jubilee...
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where Ruth had an audience with someone special. 
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Adjacent to our hotel, Paddington Station is a huge train station, more crowded than most US airports.  
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Paddington is associated with a rather famous bear, who Ruth got to sit next to. 
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Two bucket list items...

British ale/ beer (the one on the left is mine)
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Wilson... and Ruth in a traditional Brisitsh phone booth (they are only there to impress tourists like us... everyone uses cell phones)
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Walking the streets of London...

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Wall art


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Amidst all the beautiful old buildings, this was a bit of a shock.  
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Loved the view inside this old church
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Lots of Beatles things in London
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How does he get in there?
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Sign outside a Barber Shoppe
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Kensington Gardens- a Royal park


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Local Inhabitant. He didn't quack so I don't know if he had a British accent. 

 

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Visiting inhabitant

 

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One of the anomalies of London parks, amidst beautifully kept grounds are little patches left to grow wild.

Bees
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Hyde Park

The largest of four Royal parks in the center of London

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One of the huge number of inhabitants of the same breed.


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Kensington Castle framed by art

 

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Kensington Castle

 

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Wild Parakeets??

 

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Even the broken fences are protected

A beautiful gardens in Hyde Park
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One of many statues: Arthur, Duke of Wellington

 

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Another area left alone to grow slightly wild


The closing image is not really London. It is a view of the traditional English countryside on the road from London to Southampton. 

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Full-size images are at my Gallery site: https://billterry1.smugmug.com/Places/London-2022/

June 2, 3, 13, 14, 2022

 


Carolines Restaurant and the Apalachicola River Inn- abandoned

The third in a series on the riverside complex in Apalachicola that was once Boss Oyster, Carolines Restaurant, and the Apalachicola River Inn. This post focuses on the River Inn and Carolines.

Earlier posts are here:
The story and images
and
Inside Boss Oyster

All the images, high-def and full-size, are part of my Abandoned/ Out of Business gallery:
Gallery Images

 

The Apalachicola River Inn

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Back Registration Entrance

 

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Closer in

 

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Registration side door

 

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Registration area

 

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View from upstairs

 

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Laundry

 

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Sign to the Rooftop Lounge




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Steps to upstairs rooms

 

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Stairs at far end


Caroline's Restaurant

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Water-side view

 

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Remnant of an ad piece

 

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Chandelier and round window

 

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Entrance wallpaper and light fixture

 

February 2022


Abandoned- Robinson's Pecan House

03_22 robinson farm DSC08270 -1A piece of Florida tradition... Florida kitsch... is disappearing. Robinson's Pecan House had, according to the Monticello News in 2020, been run by Arthur Robinson for 43 years and before that by his brother, Willie, for 37 years.  Noticeable for its bright red and yellow signs, the Pecan House is on a rural section of Capps Highway, the road that was the main north-south thoroughfare to the state capital, before the interstates took over.  For years, it has been the indicator for me that I was getting close to Tallahassee when driving up from Tampa. Along with pecans and pecan products, the House (actually a stand with 4 manual garage doors that raised up when open for business) sold a variety of local honey, boiled peanuts, tomatoes, and other goodies.

Sadly, time has not been kind to the Robinson's Pecan House and it is permanently closed, slowly being consumed by the rural countryside.


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Once bright yellow and red signs lead to and away from the Pecan House along the side of the highway, offering delights to passers-by. Now they are slowly falling apart.
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Some are gone altogether
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You can barely see that it is Tupelo HONEY at the bottom of the sign.

 

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Fading to white.


Click here for Full-size, high-def images at my galleries.  

March 2022


Abandoned- Inside Boss Oyster

Boss Oyster, and the conjoined River Inn and Caroline's restaurant were long-time favorites in Apalachicola, Florida. Hurricanes and the Pandemic shut them down. Click here to read their story in my earlier post. 

In late February 2022, I was able to go inside what was once a favorite watering hole in Apalach, Boss Oyster. 

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The old sign, done as a detailed painting.

 

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A lot of the outdoor water-facing areas are in very bad shape


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The old Frog Level bar

 

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Actually a picture of... a frog (the bar's namesake?)

 

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Food pickup area

 

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Looking out from the kitchen

 

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Another view looking into the kitchen

 

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Wall art

 

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Once a door?


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Looking at you!

 

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Door framed by a window


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Best seat in the place

 

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Do NOT go through this door!


Click he

Click here to go to my gallery and see full-size high-def images of this abandoned place.

Coming soon: Inside the River View inn and Caroline's

February 2022


Wandering back through 2021- hither and yon

After the storm- Anne Marie Island, August 2021

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Sunset viewing

 

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Watching

 

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Patiently waiting for sunset

 

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First morning coffee


Outside the Dali Museum, September 2021

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Um, excuse me, ma'am, do you have the time?

 

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Ants amongst the cacti

 

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Boat in an emerald sea

Downtown Ocala at sunset, September 2021

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Savannah, GA, September 2021

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Fun with water and lights

 

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Night sculpture

 

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Patterned wall



Patriotism in the stands and on horseback


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Local rodeo

Renderings on a theme
Do you like one the best?

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Original

 

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As an oil painting

 

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As a colored pencil drawing

 

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As a detail painting


Savannah, GA, September 2021


Wandering back through 2021- St. Augustine roaming

May, 2021


The St. Augustine Distillery

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Superb small- batch bourbon


Replacing the Santa Maria Restaurant.

Here is what it looked like in 2018: https://www.billterry1.com/2018/12/out-of-business-santa-maria-restaurant.html

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The gate at the pier entrance is the only part of the original restaurant left.


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Classic accommodations:

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Steps at the downtown Hilton


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Rype and Ready


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Walls

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Done as a detailed colored pencil drawing


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Closing Image (sunset in Ocala, FL on the way home)


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May, 2021