Tags: cappuccino, coffee, drinks, France, non-alcoholic beer, Plombieres-les-Bains
Although I love the smell of coffee, I don’t like the taste unless it’s tarted up with chocolate (dark, for preference) in a mocha or comes as a cappuccino, a drink with a venerable history. I’m a tea drinker on a daily basis, with the occasional mocha/cappuccino thrown in for variety.
But when I’m in Europe and it’s after dinner, cappuccino is my tipple, while my s-i-l chooses un café. And while on an extended walk through a lovely town, when the need for a bathroom (toilet) strikes, unless you wish to use the public toilets, which may or may not be nice, you don’t just waltz into a McDo and use the facilities. No, it’s into a bar and order something. Of course, simply sitting and having a coffee of whatever sort, is also the perfect excuse to sit outside and people-watch.
While in Plombières-les-Bains, the need for a bathroom break prior to the drive home was a priority, so we nipped into a small corner bar, eschewing the more attractive outdoor tables to avoid a smoker. When my cappuccino arrived and the server had left, my s-i-l and I exchanged one of those glances where you widen your eyes while making a small, disbelieving face. This topping, complete with sprinkles, reminded me more of something I might get on top of a sundae at the county fair or Dairy Queen!! To say I sipped cautiously was to understate, but the coffee wasn’t bitter and the whole thing worked wonderfully. If it looks overly sweet, remember that whipped cream isn’t sweetened the way it is here and that cute, wrapped sugar cube was still there when we left.
Tags: Rittenhouse Square, Sally D's Mobile Photography Challenge, Sally D's Mobile Photography Challenge: Challenger's Choice
I’ve featured the mouthwateringly beautiful, circa-1897 Fell-Van Rensselaer building at 18th and Walnut in Philadelphia (Rittenhouse Square), or as most refer to it, “the Anthropologie building”, before. It’s hard for me to fathom that it was a home at one time! Even if I don’t go inside, I always enjoy seeing the window displays. Here’s one I saw on my last visit. It works well for my “Still Life” entry for this week.
(Caveat: In case I remembered incorrectly, it’s a great display, no matter where it was, and my comments about the Anthropologie building and displays still stand.)
Tags: autumn, autumn quotes, flowers, October, seasons
No spring nor summer beauty hath such grace as I have seen in one autumnal face.
~John Donne, The Complete Poetry and Selected Prose
A week ago, autumn arrived for me when I slipped into flannel-lined jeans to bundle up for the Saturday morning farmers market. Officially, I think it arrived last night, when I donned flannel pajamas and then, this morning, flipped the “Heat” switch on the thermostat to “Auto”, albeit with the temperature set quite low, just enough to take the daunting chill from the air. I’ll turn it down again tonight for perfect sleeping temperature.
Tags: Galaxy Quest, insect, postaday, Sarris, Weekly Photo Challenge, WPC
“Shine” is the theme for the photo challenge this week. Nancy asks if we’ve had something catch our eye that was bright or shiny, then had to look again to see what was really there. Last weekend, while on a trip back to Nebraska for my 45th high school reunion (a wonderful time), we stopped for lunch at the Iowa Machine Shed restaurant. Besides amazing food, they had farm equipment of all types and, along the side of the building, some enormous sunflowers. The sun shining through the flowers caught my eye, but this little critter made me take another glance.
For anyone who’s seen “Galaxy Quest”, I must admit this guy reminds me a bit of Sarris. 🙂
Tags: Cee's Oddball Photo Challenge, COB Photo Challenge, faces, kitchen photography, oddball photos
As the Weekly Photo Challenge prompt seems to be lost in the ether, I’ll go ahead and post my response to the Oddball Photo Challenge for this week. Here are two faces that appeared in my kitchen recently.
Scrubbing is hard work, but he still has a smile.
The definition of “bulbous?”
Tags: architecture, doors, Philadelphia, Thursday doors
As you might expect from a city founded in 1682 by European immigrants, that served as one of the capitals during the Revolutionary War and a temporary capital while Washington, D.C. was being constructed, and that had a large role in other areas during the founding of the United States, Philadelphia is filled with European-style architecture. Of course, that includes doors. Here are three rather elaborate examples.