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A Day At The Beach

My wife Robbie and I packed a lunch and headed to Playalinda beach at the Canaveral National Seashore. It’s always a good day on the beach listening to the crashing waves and the seagulls. I took my camera for a short walk to see what I could find. The texture of the images was speaking to me, so I decided to do black and white conversions.


Our Venice Cruise Chapter 23 Part 4: Elevador da Gloria, the Finale

We took in the sights of the beautiful city of Lisbon Portugal for most of the day. It was after dark and we were in the Parca Rossio. The Rossio is a large plaza with two beautiful fountains. It is paved with a wavy mosaic. Our group was ready to head back to the hotel. We had a flight back to Miami in the morning. I really wanted to see the Elevador da Gloria. I wasn’t sure exactly where it was, but I knew it was pretty close to the Rossio. So as Robbie and the rest of the group started back to the hotel. I set off to find Gloria in the direction that I thought it might be.

Lisbon has several fairly steep hills. They have several ways of getting to the top of the hill to the Barrio Alto. We passed the Elevador de Santa Justa earlier, an ornate iron elevator to Barrio Alto. The Elevador da Gloria, also known as the Ascensor da Gloria, is a trolley/funicular that carries people up the hill to and from Barrio Alto. Gloria is actually two trolleys that are designed to climb the steep hill. One trolley goes up as the other trolley comes down. They pass in the middle of the hill so there is always one at the top and one at the bottom. A new group of passengers climbs aboard and the process starts all over again.

After leaving the Parca Rossio I passed the Rossio train station. It was a beautiful building and I wasn’t sure at the time that it was actually the train station. I continued past the train station and only a few blocks farther I found Gloria. It was totally worth the extra walk. Gloria was amazing! I spent quite a bit of time watching Elevador da Gloria making the trip up and down the hill several times. I was able to get one of my favorite photos of the trip. I set up my tripod and camera and pointed it at the empty tracks waiting for Gloria to make the return trip back down the hill. A cute couple in orange coats stopped on the corner under a streetlight also waiting for Gloria. The guy was looking at his phone, and just as Gloria appeared the girl nibbled on his ear. I took the photo. It was one of those fleeting moments in time that unless captured, go unnoticed and unseen. I doubt that I could have setup the image any better. It’s possible that she did the ear nibble for my benefit. I had a big camera set up on a tripod pointed in that direction. I’m pretty sure they knew I was going to photograph Gloria. I had lots of fun photographing Gloria. I probably could have stayed longer, but it was getting late and I thought I should get back to the hotel.

Robbie and I woke up early the next morning and packed our bags for the last time. One of the perks of cruising is that you travel to all of these wonderful places and you unpack and pack once, while you’re on the ship anyway. We checked out of the hotel and met everyone in the lobby. Sandy hired a van to get us all to the airport. We got a box breakfast from the hotel that we ate while we waited for the van. The van arrived and we loaded our suitcases into the back and made the short trip to the airport. The Lisbon airport is bigger than it seems. It was pretty far from the front desk to the gate. We were a little early so we got a little more to eat on the way to the gate. Once we were at the gate, once again, we needed to take a bus out to our plane on the tarmac. Just like on our previous flights to and from Lisbon. We boarded the plane and found our seats. This plane was a little bigger and more comfy than the one we had on our first flight from Miami. Robbie and I were in the middle row with 4 seats. Luckily we had all 4 seats to ourselves, whoo-hoo! The flight to Miami was good, well as good as a long flight can be anyway. We picked up our rental car, Robbie, Barb, and I drove back home to Titusville. Sandy, Jerry, Marcia and Jack had another rental. Sherry and Jeff were not going to Florida, they took different flights out of Venice and were not with us in Lisbon. Kris and her sister Kim made other arrangements out of Venice as well. Everyone made it home safe and sound.

Wow, what an awesome trip! Robbie and I had an amazing time! I know everyone else did as well. This was a trip that we will always remember. A huge thank you to Sandy and Jerry for inviting us to come along with them! Sandy did an awesome job arranging flights and the trip! We had a great time with everyone. What a great group of people to travel with, we had fun, it wouldn’t have been the same trip without all of you! Stay tuned, we have been making plans for our next trip after Covid in 2022. It’s going to be full of lions and leopards and giraffes, OH MY!


Foggy Winter Morning Part 3

I ended up at the A. Max Brewer Bridge to finish my foggy morning photos.


Our Venice Cruise Chapter 23 Part 1: Lisbon Portugal

After a very full itinerary of cruising the Adriatic, Aegean, and Mediterranean Seas, Robbie and I spent a relaxing evening in Mestre, Italy. We were up early the next morning. We had a morning flight to Lisbon, Portugal. Sandy found very inexpensive flights with TAP Air (Air Portugal). They want you to spend time and money in Portugal. You have the option of laying over up to 5 days in Portugal before going to your destination. We opted for one night in Lisbon before heading back to Miami. Sandy arranged transportation to get the group to the airport. I always have a little airport anxiety. Are we on time, are our bags overweight, getting through customs and security, it’s all a bit nerve-racking for me. Once I get to the gate I can relax. Everything went smoothly, our flight was on time and we were on our way to Lisbon! After taking off we could see the snow capped Alps on the horizon. We had a nice flight to Lisbon. We flew over the city before landing. Our plane was on the tarmac again, so another bus ride to the main terminal. The trip through the airport went well. We hired some taxi-vans and loaded our luggage. It’s amazing how much luggage you can get into those vans. We had a short trip from the airport to our Lisbon hotel.

After we all got settled in to our hotel rooms, everyone met in the lobby. We decided to take a walk into downtown Lisbon. We walked from the hotel through Lisbon taking in the sights along the way. The mosaic cobblestone sidewalks were amazing! It was hard to know where to look. I kept looking between the sidewalks and the architecture of the buildings. We walked through the huge Arco da Rua Augusta. The arch was built to commemorate the reconstruction of Lisbon after a huge earthquake. Walking through the arch takes you to the Praça do Comércio, a large plaza along the mouth of the Tagus river where it empties into the Atlantic Ocean. We took in the view of the plaza and the river as the sun was setting. All of this walking and sightseeing around this beautiful city made us hungry. We set off looking for a nice Portuguese restaurant. We found a nice out of the way place and had a very tasty meal.