Thursday, May 21, 2009

let the good times roll

Every now and then go away, have a little relaxation, for when you come back to your work your judgment will be surer. Go some distance away because then the work appears smaller and more of it can be taken in at a glance and a lack of harmony and proportion is more readily seen.
Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519) draftsman, painter, sculptor, architect and engineer

It is not more vacation we need - it is more vocation.
Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962) diplomat, humanitarian and first lady

We love because it's the only true adventure
Nikki Giovanni (b. 1943) poet

A civilization is a heritage of beliefs, customs, and knowledge slowly accumulated in the course of centuries, elements difficult at times to justify by logic, but justifying themselves as paths when they lead somewhere, since they open up for man his inner distance.
Antoine de Saint-Exupery (1900-1944) pilot, writer and author of 'The Little Prince

Discovery consists in seeing what everyone else has seen and thinking what no one else has thought.
Albert Szent-Gyorgyi(1893-1986) biochemist, 1937 Nobel Prize for Medicine

Laughter is an instant vacation.

He who nurtures benevolence for all creatures within his heart overcomes all difficulties and will be the recipient of all types of riches at every step.
Chanakya (350 BC-275 BC) politician, strategist and writer

We should come home from adventures, and perils, and discoveries every day with new experience and character.
Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862)essayist, poet and philosopher

1. a period of suspension of work, study, or other activity, usually used for rest, recreation, or travel; recess or holiday: Schoolchildren are on vacation now.
2. a part of the year, regularly set aside, when normal activities of law courts, legislatures, etc., are suspended.
3. freedom or release from duty, business, or activity.
4. an act or instance of vacating.

I've had many wonderful vacations and I hope there will be many, many more in store!
I may come back and add some back story but until then, the basic

notes on photos:

1. olympic penisula - april 2006
2. the burghers of calais by rodin, victoria tower gardens outside the house of parliament, london 2002
3. f and me with the versailles gardens in the background, october 2005.
4. somewhere in the provence, october 2005
5. em & me in gaudi's parc guell, barcelona, march 2007
6. em & h.s. friend waiting for in some line on our way to nova scoctia summer 1995
7. em (age 4) feeding chipmunk friend at our campsite in acadia national park, october 1983
8. me (age 4) with father and brother at cuyamaca rancho state park, california, summer 1959

(the sure sign of a terrific vacation will always be encounters with new friends! seals in the waters around nova scotia, summer 1995)

b.b. king let the good times roll performs at the pavarotti and friends concert, 1999


Ronda Laveen said...

What grand vacation memories. At our local arbortereum, we have a huge wall and mosaic bench built by local volunteers. Love it.

Roy said...

As usual, a great collection of photos, Kim. Ah, and the great BB! Definitely vacation music.

Anonymous said...

Niiiiice! Oh I wish we could've docked in Spain ( back when I was in the Navy ). Great collection!

Meri said...

Delightful! I am so looking forward to traveling far away again.

Anonymous said...

Almost forgot; thanks for posting this week's theme :)

Candie Bracci said...

Hi,and wow!What stunning pictures!!Just love it!

ArtSparker said...

We had similar family camping trips in Yosemite.

I like these lines from T.S. Eliot's Little Gidding:

We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time.

Wings said...

Great post! Such nice pictures. I have to say, I could stare at that first one for hours. Just love the beach... How long til vacation?

LadrĂ³n de Basura (a.k.a. Junk Thief) said...

Great to see you in Parc Guell again, a favorite spot we have both been to.

tony said...

Great Photos!Especially Barcelona!

mar azul said...

Ah, Parc Guell. But Versailles is not bad, either (and you are both very cute on that picture).
The top one is my favorite - I can almost see it moving (but maybe that's just because I've been snapping pictures all day) :-)
Great quote by Leonardo et les autres. Thank you, mouse.

Leah said...

I just love coming here for a little inspiration!

The Clever Pup said...

Love, love, love your vacation pics. Your fellow's got a great face. Very handsome.

Squirrel said...

Love the pic of you w/ dad and brothers ~ happy pic.

John Hayes said...

Wow, that first quote really hits home with me. Great pix as always-- love the seals!

Baino said...

Ooh feel like I've been on holiday without leaving the chair! Rodin was very prolific and did a load of the Burghers of Calais, we even have a couple here in the National Gallery. And Grrr . . another person who's been to Paris!

Salty Miss Jill said...

So that's what your fella looks like!
I love these photos of you and your family. Thanks for sharing them. :)

The Silver Fox said...

Great collection of shots, but my favorite was the one of the seals poking their heads above the water!

lettuce said...

lovely lovely

the picture of you camping brings back wonderful memories of our family camping holidays

I'm SO looking forward to "doing" London with you some time

Marianna said...

I so much enjoy coming here and reading your posts! I sit back, maybe take my coffee and try to...get in the picture, feel the quote, see beyond the image!

Thank you...

Merle Sneed said...

F is a good-looking guy. Kind of reminds me of ...well, me.

Poetikat said...

Beautiful photos--and quotes. I love the Roosevelt quote especially.

The voice in MY poem could use a bit of Da Vinci's influence.


Gary said...

Oh, versailles is breathtaking. The whole of France is such a wonderland. I LOVE it there. We should have taken a little diversion to the versailles room at the metropolitan museum of art when we were there.

BYW, speaking of the museum. I brought my class there a couple of weeks ago to explore Egypt and guess who I saw? Our docent Jill! She asked about you and wanted me to say hello.

Coffee Messiah said...

Very nice ; )

Auntie, aka Dog Girl said...

Ah yes, so true when you said "Laughter is an instant vacation".
Thank you for sharing your picture.
I feel as though we got a guided tour of your photo album.

rosedale's 4 head said...

[i'm all smiles during this post]

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